Marzia Del Bianco Volunteer of the Year Award (Unionville Minor Hockey Association)

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UMHA Volunteer of the Year Award

The UMHA is an organization powered by its volunteers.  Each year, many wonderful people selflessly give of their time and energy into creating a great hockey program for the youth within our community.  

Every year since 2005, the UMHA has awarded an individual who has gone "above and beyond the call of duty" when it comes to contributing to the success of the Unionville Minor Hockey Association.

Past Recipients Include:

2005-2006 - Richard Page
2006-2007 - Paul Beck
2007-2008 - Susan Young Beck
2008-2009 - Don Roe
2009-2010 - Doug Robinson/Rob Thompson
2010-2011 - Bill Palmer
2011-2012 - Jack Betteridge
2012-2013 - Sophie Paquet
2013-2014 - Duane Johnson
2014-2015 - David Racioppa
2015-2016 - Laura Lea Upshall and Tammy Mack
2016-2017 - Rodney Boulter and Peter Ventin

If you know of someone that you would like to nominate to receive the UMHA Volunteer of the Year Award, please complete this ONLINE APPLICATION FORM and submit it to the UMHA by March 31st. Each nomination will be reviewed by the UMHA Board of Directors.

The individual who nominated the successful volunteer will be contacted no later than 1 week before the UMHA's Annual General Meeting.

The winning applicant will be asked to attend the UMHA's Annual General Meeting in order to receive his/her award.


In order to be awarded the UMHA Volunteer of the Year Award, the individual:

  • Must be nominated by someone affiliated with the UMHA (parent, player or volunteer, etc);
  • Must be a current volunteer in our house league program; 
  • Must have volunteered within our organization for a minimum of 3 years.

If you have any questions regarding this award please contact the UMHA by email or by phone @ 905-477-9707.

2016-2017 UMHA Marzia Del Bianco Volunteer of the Year Award Winners - Rodney Boulter and Peter Ventin


It is with great pleasure that we present this year's Voluteer of the Year Award to two outstanding people in the UMHA. 

Rodney Boulter:

For as long as his sons have been playing hockey, Rodney Boulter has been there to support the UMHA.   Based on the Hockey Canada Registry we believe that Rodney began his volunteer hockey career in 2008 when his oldest son joined the league as a mite player.  Rodney has held every role possible; Head Coach, Trainer, Assistant Coach and Manager proving that whatever role we needed help with, Rodney was there to cover it.   

Over the years, Rodney has selflessly given of his time and talents to support programming in the UMHA.  On event deserves special mention. In 2012, the UMHA hosted the Let’s Learn Hockey Program which is a one day hockey orientation event sponsored by the Minor Hockey Foundation Ontario. The aim is to provide 40 underprivileged children the opportunity to receive a full set of hockey equipment and participate in a full day of on and off ice activities.   Rodney graciously took the job of being our official photographer capturing the joy these children had when taking to the ice.  At the end of the event, Rodney assisted us in presenting to each child, a picture of them in their newly acquired hockey equipment for the very first time.

Whether it is volunteering time to help balance teams, instructing players during extra skill sessions on a Sunday night, dressing up in costume to support UMHA programming, helping take team pictures during the season, being rostered on two teams each year for the past 5 years, taking on whatever bench position needs filling, Rodney has given hundreds of hours of his time to the youth in this association in order to make it a great place to play. Most importantly, Rodney has showed that giving back to your community can really make a difference. 

Rodney’s commitment to the UMHA mirrors that of his family.  Both Karen and the boys have given many hours to the organization proving that, ‘The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Congratulations on being named as a recipient of this year’s Marzia Del Bianco Volunteer of the Year Award.

Peter Ventin: 

Peter first started to volunteer with the UMHA in 2013, coaching and assisting in as many as four teams per year.  Once again, the UMHA has reaped the benefit of having a coach with two children involved in minor hockey who made sure “Dad’s” time was split evenly! Along with Peter’s tremendous skill set in teaching and coaching both House League and Select hockey players, he has expectations for each player and encourages them to reach their potential. 

We would like to specifically recognize Peter's special contribution to the UMHA this past season:  Peter's involvement in the UMHA Task Force that was created to appeal the OMHA's decision regarding our Select program and its continued participation in the NYHL.  Together with other Task Group members, Peer helped formulate a plan and a presentation to bring to the OMHA Board.  Knowing how important the Jets program was to his children and to other UMHA families, he was able to deliver with conviction, passion and knowledge a strong message to the OMHA that ultimately resulted in the OMHA amending their decision. 

Volunteers don't necessarily have more time to those that don't - they just have the heart.  As a result of Peter's tremendous heart, his big smile and his great laugh, the UMHA will continue to provide a program that meets the needs and desires of its membership and community. 

Congratulations on being named as a recipient of this year’s Marzia Del Bianco Volunteer of the Year Award.

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