Honorary Members

This category of membership is reserved for members of the Huntley Curling Club who have given meritorious service to the local curling community or to the advancement of curling within the club.

An honorary member is a member of Huntley Curling Club who has achieved a huge popularity amongst the other members.

The declaration of honorary membership requires passage by the current president and two past presidents of the Huntley Curling club.

Congratulations

  • Jill Rivington

    Jill Rivington

    Nominated by: Murray Pearson

    Inducted 12 April 2014

    Information

    In 1998, the HCC needed someone to take the lead in developing a curling development program for youth. Jill had started curling in 1988 and had taken the NCCP Level 1 Coaching Course to learn more about the technical aspect of curling to help her improve her game and that of her own kids. Her enthusiasm was noted, and she was asked to assume a leadership role for youth curling development.

    The first year, she and another parent worked with 8 children, growing to 12 and 20 kids in subsequent years, requiring her to attract more volunteers/instructors. As part of her commitment to excellence, she insisted that volunteers take the necessary training to become certified coaches who could deliver a quality program. She convinced HCC Board members to fund this training, and worked with her team to oversee the coach training and youth program to ensure every child received the same instruction.

    As they say, the rest is history! Under her leadership, she developed a strong team of certified coaches and a Little Rock, U-18 (Bantam), and U-21 (Junior) curling program that has delivered beyond expectations. Her 'graduates' have excelled at Zones, Regions and many have made it to Provincial and Canadian championships. Attached is a listing of her girls 'graduates' and their accomplishments. There have been many boys ' graduates' as well, many making their way to OFSAA, Provincial, and National Championships. Since 1999, she has personally coached many Little Rock, School, Bantam Girls, Bantam Mixed and Junior Girls Teams, coaching at least one team per year, and lots of times, two teams. Last year she had over 100 youth members between the Sunday Program and Evening Student Leagues.

    As is her style, Jill is quick to point out that the success of the program turned on having a very dedicated group of parents and enthusiastic, talented youth who succeeded, mainly because of HCC's consistent, high-quality teaching program. She relied heavily on parents such as Dave & Lidia Cormier, Ross & Laurie Cotten, and Steve Au, and when their kids graduated ,she has been able to attract more dedicated instructors such as Bill Vance, Kurt Hahn, Donnie Campbell, and the Lyon-Hatcher family. She and her team often put in 400+ hours a year with Sunday instruction time and coaching competitive teams. As her program grew, it attracted competitive kids to our club from across the Region.

    Jill was also instrumental in getting a Trillium Grant to buy Lite Rocks for the Little Rock program. The grant covered only part of the cost, so she and her team ran fundraising bonspiels and raffles, succeeding in raising enough money to cover the entire $12,000 cost. Her team also took over running a Junior Spiel, never missing a year since 1995. 

    Jill's overall philosophy has been to be respectful, accountable, and sportsmanlike, to give kids a good work ethic, a sound technical base and a love for the game, all delivered in a positive manner - never talking about winning or losing, but about shots, relaxing, and enjoying the moment - having some fun !

    Jill has spent many hours learning and developing her own skills set. She has completed NCCP level 1&2 training and should complete her final level 3 NCCP training soon, which will make her one of the finest coaches in Ottawa. The Youth Program we now enjoy at HCC is a direct result of her dedication and leadership. Thank you and congratulations on a job well done Jill!

    Approved By:

    Past President: Lorne Rice

    Past President: Cathy Shane

    President: Kerry Johnson

  • Locksley & Dixie Trenholm

    Locksley & Dixie Trenholm

    Nominated by: Murray Pearson

    Inducted 12 April 2014

    Information

    During the 70's, the rural community of Carp was growing, adding new housing developments and residents. Locksley and Dixie Trenholm saw the need to integrate new residents with members of the established families through sports, particularly youth, who could benefit from sports facilities that would grow the community. Locks and Dixie had been curling with a small group from Carp, supported by several local curling clubs, leading them to the idea of establishing a curling club in Carp that would serve to support community development.Locks sought the help of Keith Roe, an established community leader, to approach the Carp Fair Board, who were considering new buildings, to seek support for cooperation on Locks' idea for a future curling club. When the Fair Board asked ”How many people would be interested?”, Dixie took the initiative to organize a survey of Huntley Township residents, 150 of whom said they would join if one was built, with 55 willing to help make it happen.

    In June, 1978, Locks and Dixie called a meeting of the 55 volunteers to organize the HCC executive. In December, 1978, Locks succeeded in incorportating the Huntley Curling Club as the first step in seeking grants to fund the project. Locks Trenholm and Keith Roe co-chaired the first year. Locks continued as President for the second year. Locks applied for many grants and in February, 1980, the Huntley Curling Club received a Wintario grant of $132,280.93, matched by local fund raising. The Ottawa Valley Curling Association also helped finance building costs. Dixie served on the HCC executive for 5 years, in charge of publicity. Construction of the Huntley Curling Club started August, 1980 and Locks Trenholm threw the first rock at the Official Opening Ceremonies on February 28, 1981.

    But Locks and Dixie didn't stop there. Both were active curlers, always ready to help with club events, involved in bringing Curl Canada instruction to develop curling skill levels, and Dixie was the first skip at HCC to record an 8 ender, and to win HCC's first major bonspiel - the Stanley-Gauthier for curlers with less than 5 years experience.

    Locks was inducted into the Governor General’s Curling Club in 1993, promoted to Emeritus status in 2007, and served as president in 2003-04. The main focus of this Honorary Curling Club has been to recognize those who have made a significant contribution to curling, whether it be locally, provincially or nationally, not only as competitive curlers, but also as builders and administrators. Dixie too, continued her active role as Founding Chair of Publicity. She wrote weekly Curling columns for local newspapers, promoted the club at fundraising events and Carp Fair, and organized the Official Opening of HCC in February, 1981, as well as the 25th Anniversary celebration. She was instrumental in organizing the production of 4 HCC Cookbooks, represented Huntley Curling Club at two Friendship Tours of Scotland, and was on organizing teams at Scott Tournament of Hearts and 2 Labatt Briers.

    Both Locks and Dixie demonstrated vision and perseverance in their quest, building a strong team of volunteers, leading by example to make their dream come true. Their vision, dedication and hard work is the reason HCC members and the community now enjoy the many benefits of a world class curling club. The Huntley Curling Club owes these founding members a huge debt of gratitude for their vision and passion in making a dream come true. Congratulations on a job well done!

    Approved By:

    Past President:  Lorne Rice

    Past President:  Cathy Shane

    President: Kerry Johnson 

  • Lynn Sabourin

    Lynn Sabourin

    Inducted 12 April 2011

    Nominated by: Murray Pearson

    Information

    Lynn Sabourin was an early and strong supporter of the Club. She was a member of the original Founders Sponsors who contributed money to get the operation off the ground, and time - countless hours of service to the Club.  She was the mainstay of the kitchen committee for many years, running the kitchen for bonspiels, and anchoring the Carp Fair breakfast and lunch details.  I think she lived at the Club while the Fair was on! 

    She played an influential role in starting up an early ladies league and Friday night league, curling of course, but demonstrating leadership and patience as she helped develop curling skills in new and existing members.  You can imagine that when the Club started, there were not many experienced curlers to take the lead in training, and while Lynn was never a formal OCA trained instructor, she never hesitated to give generously of her time to work with anyone who asked for help. 

    Symbolic of her passion for excellence and desire to establish HCC as a bonefide curling club, she generously donated the Ray Sabourin trophy for the men's league. This trophy has morphed over the years into a symbol that now recognizes the Club Champion team, a fitting honour. 

    Quite frankly, I can think of no one more deserving of this special recognition than Lynn, and I know she would be deeply moved and honoured to receive this recognition.

    Approved By:

    Past President:  Lorne Rice

    Past President:  Howard Healey

    President: Peter Smith

  • Fern Boyd

    Fern Boyd

    Inducted 12 April 2011

    Nominated by: Birgit Pearson

    Information

    Fern has been a member of the Huntley Curling Club for as long as I can remember. Fern was a member of the original start up Founders Club committee that worked hard to get our Club in place. In the early days of the Club and ever since, she has been a staunch supporter, always ready to help out with whatever needed doing. She spent many hours in the kitchen on Carp Fair weekends cooking breakfasts and entertaining us all with her stories and warm sense of humour. While she may not be remembered for her curling prowess, she nevertheless has all the right equipment! Her broom is famous, as is her feisty “up and at ‘em” philosophy. There is at least one buck that we know of who couldn’t keep a step ahead of her – ‘Gordon’ will always have a place in our Club thanks to Fern’s steady eye! True to her family values, she was a driving force in instituting the Clan Spiel, which is still going today.

    Fern reminded us again this winter at the Gore Mutual Provincial championships why she is so admired. She wowed the kids and audience by throwing the ceremonial first rock, but didn’t stop there – she took time to meet and talk to all the young people, holding court and charming them with her humour and spirit. The kids all loved her, as do we! I hope you will agree that Fern richly deserves to be named an Honorary Member.

    Approved By:

    Past President:  Lorne Rice

    Past President:  Howard Healey

    President: Peter Smith

  • Stewart Hitchcock

    Stewart Hitchcock

    Nominated by: Murray Pearson

    Inducted April 2009 

    Information

    Stewart was in search of a curling facility that was easily accessible to where he lived.  In the early stages of discussion regarding the possibility of a club, Stewart became an active supporter.  Soon, he volunteered to be secretary to a couple of committees whose primary mandate was to get people interested and committed to the development of the club.  Stewart holds the prestigious title of being the first member of the Huntley Curling club.

    In his own words:

    “When we began the conversation about a club in Carp, there was a friendly rivalry between South March versus Carp.  Lucky for me, Carp won.  I was always interested in seeing the club develop.  I liked the social aspect of the club; it is the people who make a club.

    The great thing about the Huntley Curling Club is what we can do! In recent years, the club has become more than a curling rink. We host many weddings, parties, hip-of-beef nights, socials, and other events, meeting every specialized need.”

    Off the ice:

    Stewart was an active curler in the men’s league. However, in 1999, Stewart became a member of the board and received the title ‘Kitchen Director’.  The club’s signature meal became a hip-of-beef cooked in an old washing machine that Stewart had taken apart and redesigned.  This ‘new oven’ was capable of cooking 110 pounds of beef at one time.  Fundraising activities were always part of Stewart`s thinking and when people  became interested in renting the space for weddings and parties,  Stewart tells the story of a professional wedding planner becoming distressed about what he was going to do with the ‘black holes’, referring to the viewing windows.  Stewart came to the rescue and designed and organized the production of window coverings that could be put up and taken down in minutes.

    What others say about Stewart:

    “Stewart wasn’t a competitive curler, but he enjoyed the camaraderie and the club social events.  He and his friends would cook the meat for one of the events every year.  Their oven was an old remodeled dishwasher.  They served up a fantastic meal.  At the end of the evening, they would wrap up the leftover beef and hand out packages of beef as door prizes.  It was great.”

    “With Stewart in charge...believe me, it will happen.”

    Activities Outside of Curling:

    Stewart is an inventor and enjoys creating solutions to household problems.  Stewart can make your kitchen into a user-friendly dream...adding a few moving parts to cupboards...garbage bags can open, saran and foil can be separated, and flour can be at your fingertips.

    Stewart’s Advice: “Help everyone feel welcome, and want to return.”

    Approved By:

    Past President: Lock Trenholm 

    Past President: Lorne Rice

    President: Cathy Shane

  • Ken Pesket

    Ken Pesket

    Nominated by: Murray Pearson

    Inducted April 2009 

    Information

    Ken and his wife Jackie wanted to curl; it was their passion.  Ken was responsible for securing and organizing the work crews required to build the Huntley Curling Club and in 1980, he helped lay the concrete foundation for the club. Jackie made sandwiches and coffee, and she kept the crews working.   

    Until 2008, Ken actively curled in the mixed and men’s leagues, locally and provincially.  Ken broke his leg in 2004, but it was when he broke his second leg in 2008 that his curling days came to an end.

    In his own words:

    The reason I love curling so much is that it is an intriguing mental game, there is so much to think about.  Curling is also highly competitive.  I like that.

    Curling is the thread that ties the community together...we had a house fire and lost everything.  It was the members of the curling community that helped us through that difficult time...they were unbelievable. 

    At the club, I became known for my Stetson...I always curled wearing my Stetson.  Over the years, I collected pins from various rinks and bonspiels. These pins decorated my hat... this hat is very special to me.”

    Off the ice:

    Ken and Jackie were heavily involved in the Scottish tours.  In 1988 and 1992, they help host Scotland’s Lord Elgin teams and in 1990 and 1998, they were on the team that represented the Huntley Curling Club in Scotland against the Scottish teams.  Ken speaks fondly of the time spent with Lord Elgin and Lady Victoria...and the Stetson.

    Ken spent many hours teaching beginners and novice curlers the intricacies of the game.  He willingly helped anyone with their delivery and took pride in teaching the newcomers the art of falling. 

    During special club events, Ken enjoyed his time helping out in the kitchen.

    What others say about Ken:

    “Ken curled with me for quite a few years, and we had our share of success.  He was always very serious and competitive...a great asset to the team.”

    “Ken enjoyed a good party...we had some wonderful times."

    Activities Outside of Curling:

    Ken enjoys an active lifestyle, and golfing is one of his favourite pastimes.

    Ken’s Advice:  “Get involved.”

    Approved By:

    Past President: Stuart Given

    Past President: Lorne Rice

    President: Cathy Shane