The Marion Dockendorff award, presented annually to a dedicated female curler for contributions to curling in many capacities, was awarded tonight, following the PEI Curling Association’s Annual General Meeting at the Charlottetown Curling Club, to the Cornwall Curling Club’s Karen Currie.
Photo (L-R): Karen Currie, PEI Curling Association President George Koke
Karen has served in many capacities at the club, with her Countryview Golf Club business serving as sponsor for many events. She has also recently been club president, and was food and beverage chair for the national The Dominion Curling Club championship which took place in November 2010 at the Charlottetown and Cornwall clubs. She also does junior curling instruction in conjunction with her son Kris, serves as drawmaster for the club’s competitive league, and competes regularly as a skip in provincial women’s and senior women’s championships. She also pitches in as a volunteer at many club bonspiels and other events.
PEI Curling Association president George Koke presented the award to Currie.
Here is the award nomination:
Each year the PEI Curling Association recognizes a female curler (or curlers) who have shown great dedication to the sport of curling either on a local, provincial, and/or national level. The award honours curling pioneer, Marion Dockendorff. This year the Award goes to Karen Currie from the Cornwall Curling Club. Karen Currie personifies the description of this award. There is no more dedicated member of the Cornwall Curling Club. Karen has been a Board member for the last three years and has served as Vice President, President and now Past President. Karen is the first person to volunteer for the ‘not so popular’ jobs. She will prepare food for bonspiels, organize the draws, run bonspiels, arrange for prizes and generally do everything. Karen has been the draw master for the last several years for our competitive league. Not an easy task to satisfy 16 teams all winter. This year we opened our new club and guess who was there cleaning, buying furniture, helping to decorate and to ensure things were done and done right. When Cornwall co-hosted the National Dominion Championship Karen was the Chair of Food and Beverages for both Cornwall and Charlottetown locations. She almost single handed organized the opening Banquet, which was a highlight for our visitors from across the Country. Karen makes sure that there is a junior program running and has helped out with instruction. She has worked with new curlers to ensure they enjoy the experience. This is especially true when she asks for new curlers to be on her team in bonspiels. She is always so positive and has so much fun it rubs off on her team and her opposition. Many curlers on PEI will know Karen from her competing in Provincial Championships. Karen feels it is very important for the Club to be represented at provincial events and help make these bonspiels successful. Karen and her family sponsor many events at the club through their business Countryview Golf Club. She is a great corporate citizen. I think the best way to sum up how we feel about Karen is a comment from a long time club member who said ‘everyone wants to work with Karen to get things done. She is so easy to get along with and makes every job fun because she will not just tell you to do it but will help you do it!!