2022 Recipient – Roger Dubielewicz
Roger volunteered for the Columbia Valley Rockies for nearly 40 years before his passing in January. The key figure of the Rockies organization was recognized by the KIJHL with the Outstanding Service Award to open its annual general meeting at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort on June 17.
Receiving the Outstanding Service Award plaque on behalf of Roger was his son Scott Dubielewicz and granddaughter Gwen, who were presented with it by KIJHL commissioner Jeff Dubois and District of Invermere mayor Al Miller.
Rockies president Brett Holt said Roger’s recognition sets the standard for the award.
“What it has done is it has set a standard for the league on the type of individual and effort that is going to be recognized and acknowledged and Roger magnifies that. It’s obviously a huge honour for us and the Rockies to see Roger achieve it.”
Known as a legend for selling 50/50 tickets, Roger passed away during the season. In a presentation to recognize Roger, Miller spoke about him and said that Roger got involved with the Rockies in 1987 after moving to Invermere in 1983.
“Roger’s guidance throughout the years with the Rockies organization has been incredible,” said Miller. “There have been many club executives, board members, volunteers, coaches, trainers and players that came and went here at the Eddie Mountain Arena, but Roger was the constant, always here and available.
“Sharing advice or some of his past history of the Rockies was invaluable,” continued Miller. “Supporting youth was just part of his DNA. And how thankful we are for his commitment to hockey and sport in general.”