Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Komets Founders Honoured

Recently Carol & David Fisher received notification that they would be receiving a City of Peterborough Civic Award for Sport Betterment.  It was a real surprise!

Last night (June 11th) they were honoured along with many others at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre for their efforts and volunteer hours as co-founders of the Jack McGee Kawartha Komets.

Councillor Lesley Parnell, always a supporter and encourager of the Komets, made the presentation along with major Daryl Bennett.

The Fishers were nominated by two long-time board members and on-ice volunteers with the Komets.

The following biographical sketch was read by Ms. Parnell:

Carol and David Fisher – Sport Betterment

"It is our pleasure this evening to recognize Carol and David Fisher with a Sport Betterment Award.

They are the founders of the Kawartha Komets, a not-for-profit organization launched in 2009 to give girls and boys, teens and adults with physical, emotional and/or neurodevelopmental challenges an opportunity to play the game they love, and build lasting relationships with others who share their love for hockey. Through their tireless efforts, the Fishers have not only introduced a new program to Peterborough, they have nurtured it. In 2009 there were 12 players, and this past season there were 60!

Carol and David look after player registration, scheduling with other teams in Special Hockey International, negotiating ice time, organizing transportation, ensuring all players have the proper equipment, laundering jerseys, recruiting volunteers and coaches, looking after the website, and organizing the year-end banquet. Late in 2012 the Fishers felt the Komets could give back to the community that has been so supportive to them. A charity game was organized in January between the Komets and Petes with proceeds going to the Five Counties Children’s Centre. Over $14,000 was raised!

One of the individuals who wrote a letter in support of their nomination said it best: “I have not met two more dedicated and committed people in my life. They work tirelessly to run this hockey team and give everything of themselves and ask nothing in return. They care deeply about every child and every family and to be honest, I am moved to tears just thinking about them.” Well said
Congratulations Carol and David on this well deserved award."

For a Peterborough Examiner online article highlighting the other award winners in the "sports" category, click here.

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