Outstanding Contribution Award
Vanier College 2005-2006 Athletics Awards Banquet
A new award introduced this year;
we have decided that the category of Coach of the Year"
needed to be expanded a little bit. We find ourselves in the
wonderful position of having coaches who are returning year after
year and thought that the time was right to expand the criteria
to include some people who are a little more behind the scenes
that ought to be recognized. This is not to say that coaches
cannot be considered for this award because they most certainly
have been. All of our AAA coaches have been considered on the
simple fact that they, like all of our coaches, work full time
jobs off campus and then come to Vanier where they work an additional
20-30 hours per week -- I sincerely hope that you athletes take
the time to show your appreciation to them. Some of our other
coaches have had outstanding seasons results wise, such as rugby
who won their championship and football who made it all the way
to the final.
Others that have been given consideration
are people like:
So many people ... but we have decided to honor someone this year who has volunteered with our program since he was a student in 1993. He came to us with an interest in sports and particularly in one specialized area. He was a rather shy young man and his interest seemed to be a wee bit out of character, but we agreed to let him get involved as a "back up". The position he was interested in was being filled at the time by a very capable returning student, and while we hated to discourage anybody who was interested in volunteering, we felt we had our bases pretty well covered with our current choice. The incumbent at that time was a fellow by the name of Herbie Kuhn who ultimately graduated and moved to Toronto and became the public address announcer for the Toronto Raptors. Herbie's graduation gave Donny the opening he was waiting for and he jumped right in. It has been a pleasure to watch Donny's growth over the years -- when he started, the text had to be completely written out from "Welcome to Vanier College and here are tonight's starting five" to "Please have a safe drive home". Now we are able to sit back and enjoy the action while our "pro" handles the whole event. Our only worry now is that there are other schools and event organizers who are trying to steal him away.
It is my pleasure to ask Director of Human Resources, Stan Unger to present the inaugural Outstanding Contribution Award to the "Voice of the Cheetahs" -- Donny Insogna.