Friday, April 12, 2019
In addition to holding down a full-time job, Leanne Smith is the volunteer managing director for the president's "C" league of the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA). In this role, she coordinates the leagues for players aged four (4) to 21, playing recreational hockey at Vancouver Thunderbirds, Vancouver, New Westminster, Burnaby, Burnaby Winter Club, Arbutus and Richmond Jets Minor Hockey Association’s (MHA).
She hosts monthly league meetings with the Association presidents and they openly share best practices and assist each other with issues, due to Leanne's guidance. Leanne is also a member of the PCAHA Special Events Committee and the PCAHA Rules Committee.
Leanne recently volunteered to be a ticket-taker at the World Junior Championship exhibition game between Russia and Switzerland, hosted by Burnaby MHA just prior to Christmas. Leanne also helps annually with the Vancouver MHA Annual Canuck Place Charity Tournament.
Prior to her current role with PCAHA, she also volunteered for her home Association, Vancouver MHA.
This is her 20th year as a volunteer for minor hockey and I think that's worth recognizing.
She no longer has any children playing hockey (her son is now a hockey coach) and she truly does this for the kids. She wants them to have a wonderful experience playing hockey and to carry that forward for the rest of their lives.
Leanne was instrumental in creating the Midget C Scholarship Tournament for the President's League - a friendly round robin tournament for graduating Midget players (grade 12), where they not only get the opportunity to play with players from other Associations and make new friends, but also could win scholarships for good sportsmanship and play on the ice.
She is always the first to step in and volunteer when help is needed, and she does all of this with a friendly and engaging attitude and a smile on her face. Hockey in these communities thrives, in part, because of her hard work.
Leanne also takes time out of her schedule to attend the BC Hockey Congress each year. She feels that by learning more about BC Hockey initiatives, she will be able to do a better job in her PCAHA role.