National Volunteer Week 2023

Volunteers are critical to the growth of pickleball in Canada and we are fortunate to have so many dedicated people across the country who commit time, knowledge, and passion to the sport that brings us together.

To celebrate this National Volunteer Week, we are taking the opportunity to share Volunteer Spotlights of volunteers whose communities would like to say thank you for all of their hard work. Learn more about the incredible people who help grow pickleball in Canada through their work at the local, provincial/territorial, and national levels!

Dave chairs PCO’s Governance Committee and brings with him a wealth of knowledge in this area, having worked in the sport community for 4 decades, with national, provincial, and multi-sport organizations.

His contributions to the Board are impactful and we thank him for his tireless efforts in the advancement of pickleball in Canada.

Brent and Dawn are avid pickleballers and officials and they have given so much of their time to train others in Nova Scotia. As they work towards becoming Certified Referees, they help trainees and Level 1 referees improve.

They are dedicated to the sport and helping it to become more professional. Thank you, Brent and Dawn, for all you do to advance officiating! 

Deanna chairs PCO’s Sport Committee, an integral role to the development of technical programs and guidelines for pickleball in Canada. Deanna brings extensive experience to this role including tournament and club operations.

With experience at the local, provincial, and national levels, Deanna’s knowledge is so valuable to the development of pickleball across the country. She is also passionate about furthering and empowering women and girls through sport!

Louise has been involved with the Fredericton Pickleball Club since its inception, and continues to play a key role in the development of pickleball in Fredericton.

When she’s not busy completing grants, fundraising, strategizing to build courts in her community, or on the court playing, Louise volunteers her time and expertise mentoring new players. She always has a kind word and welcoming smile, and encourages all members to play their best pickleball.

Barry has made significant contributions to the growth of Pickleball Canada’s ratings and tournaments programs. He continues to play a key role as the Canadian Tournament Player Rankings (CTPR) grows and as ratings in pickleball continue to develop. We are very grateful for all he has done to advance pickleball in Canada! 

Barry brings a passion for pickleball and an expertise in ratings to the PCO Ratings Committee and he is always willing to share his knowledge with new players.

Hermel is President of Pickleball Saint-Isodore. He works tirelessly to maintain and develop the club and has assisted with the building of 6 new courts. Hermel helps new players find groups to play with and the club has introduced more than 500 new players to pickleball!

Hermel also worked very hard to ensure members safely returned to play during the COVID-19 pandemic and the community is very grateful for his dedication to growing the club and the sport of pickleball.

Cynthia began playing pickleball in 2021 and quickly fell in love with the sport. She is committed to making the game accessible to all and has been working hard develop Pickleball Canada’s resources for new players.

Her enthusiasm for pickleball inspires others to take up the sport and helps to create a strong and supportive pickleball community. 

Bill is Vice President of Pickleball Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition to tirelessly organizing and sponsoring ladders and tournaments for members, he is an active volunteer coach and is a proud promoter of pickleball in the province.

Thank you for everything you do for pickleball, Bill!

Alan chairs Pickleball Canada’s Officiating Advisory Committee. He and the dedicated group of volunteers on the committee have made incredible progress in the advancement of Pickleball Canada’s national officiating program.

You may have read one of Alan’s articles in the Scoop newsletter, learning about all things officiating. Alan also sits on Pickleball BC’s Board of Directors – an active volunteer for sure!