Central Bedeque volunteer recognized by RBC Insurance, Hockey Canada & Hockey Hall of Fame



    Prince Edward Island's "RBC Local Hockey Leader" awarded $10,000 for
    hockey in her community

    TORONTO, March 1 /CNW/ - Terri MacDonald, a multi-tasking, local hockey
volunteer, will earn special recognition in the Hockey Hall of Fame in
Toronto.
    MacDonald is this year's RBC Local Hockey Leader for Prince Edward
Island, one of 13 volunteers (one for each Hockey Canada branch) recognized
today by RBC Insurance, with support from Hockey Canada and the Hockey Hall of
Fame. The winners, who will also receive a signed Team Canada jersey, were
chosen from more than 1,000 nominations received from across the country.
    As outlined in a nomination essay submitted by fellow Central Bedeque
resident Heath Glover, MacDonald's volunteer commitment began 16 years ago.
She started out doing fundraising to defray costs for minor hockey, and has
been volunteering ever since. She has served as vice president, president,
referee in chief, league coordinator, member of the PEI Minor Hockey Council
and tournament organizer.
    "Terri MacDonald is definitely the reason we have minor hockey and have a
community arena," said Glover. "No one knows exactly how many hours she has
logged as a volunteer, but the results are very visible."
    RBC Insurance will donate $10,000 to the program in MacDonald's name.
MacDonald is also invited to attend a special ceremony unveiling a display
honouring the 2006-07 RBC Local Hockey Leaders at the Hockey Hall of Fame in
Toronto. A banner recognizing her achievement will also be raised in
MacDonald's community.
    "RBC Insurance is proud to recognize truly dedicated hockey volunteers
like Terri MacDonald," said Neil Skelding, President and CEO, RBC Insurance.
"Hockey is a way of life in many Canadian communities, and this simply
wouldn't happen without volunteers."
    The RBC Local Hockey Leaders program is now in its fourth year. A panel
of experts including Hockey Hall of Fame Director of Public Affairs Ron Ellis,
Chair of the Board for Hockey Canada René Marcil, and 2006 Olympic gold
medalists Jennifer Botterill (Women's Ice Hockey) and Jean Labonté (Men's
Sledge Hockey) selected the winners based on guidelines that include
dedication, leadership, commitment and impact on hockey and hockey players in
their community. To date, the program has donated more than $450,000 to
grassroots hockey initiatives across Canada.
    "If you visit any arena in Canada, chances are you will hear people
talking about the RBC Local Hockey Leaders program and about a volunteer in
their community who is a perfect candidate for recognition," said Bob
Nicholson, President, Hockey Canada. "This program resonates across the
country, because every Canadian community has individuals that organize,
administer, fundraise, coach and do whatever it takes to keep hockey vibrant
in their communities. We appreciate RBC's continued leadership in recognizing
these volunteers."
    For more information and biographies on all of the RBC Local Hockey
Leaders, please visit www.rbcinsurance.com.

    
    2007 Regional RBC Local Hockey Leaders:

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    Region                   RBC Local Hockey Leader  Community
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    Hockey North             Dale Smith               Cambridge Bay, NU
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    British Columbia         Gary Edwards             Cecil Lake, BC
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    Alberta                  Brian Ennis              Red Deer, AB
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    Saskatchewan             Johnny Ford              Gray, SK
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    Manitoba                 Henry Kazina             Tyndall, MB
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    Ontario                  Murray Howard            London, ON
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    Northwestern Ontario     Dan Reynard              Kenora, ON
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    Ottawa District          Raymond & Cheryl Graham  Ottawa, ON
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    Quebec                   Robert Nutbrown          Canton d'Ascot, QC
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    New Brunswick            Garry Brooks             Fredericton Junction,
                                                      NB
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    Nova Scotia              John Murphy              Yarmouth, NS
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    Prince Edward Island     Terri MacDonald          Central Bedeque, PEI
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    Newfoundland & Labrador  Joseph Lane              Port Aux Basques, NFLD
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For further information:

For further information: Brian Findlay or Bob Stellick, (416) 603-9452;
Jackie Braden, Media Relations, RBC, (416) 974-2124


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