Local Skate Volunteer Wins Skate Canada Award of Excellence

May 28, 2019

Discover Saint John is pleased to announce local skate volunteer Sue Taylor is the recipient of the 2019 Event Volunteer Award of Excellence granted by Skate Canada, the governing body for the sport of figure skating in Canada. Skate Canada is the largest and oldest governing body of figure skating in the world.

Skate Canada honoured 20 award winners during its annual Awards Banquet at the 2019 Ice Summit held in Ottawa on May 25, 2019. The winners received their awards in front of a crowd of over 350 of Canada’s top skating delegates. The evening was co-hosted by 2019 Canadian ice dance silver medallists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier. The awards were given out by 2019 junior ice dance world champions Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha.

The Skate Canada Awards program honours dedicated members of the skating community who have donated their time to help contribute to improving the quality of skating in Canada.

Sue Taylor, a long-time volunteer from Saint John was the co-chair of the 2019 Canadian Figure Skating Championships held in the city in January 2019, as well as the co-chair of 2013 Skate Canada International held in October 2013.

Both events not only vitalized the skating community and reaped significant economic benefits, but brought in visitors and engaged residents bringing the city alive, says Victoria Clarke, Executive Director of Discover Saint John. “It’s the dedication and commitment of local champions like Sue Taylor that is propelling sports tourism in our city. We applaud all of our volunteers and are thrilled that Sue is being recognized at a national level.”

A proud resident of Saint John, Sue was happy to show off her “beautiful city”.  Sue’s recent involvement is the culmination of years of time spent in the rink watching her daughter, Emily, a former competitive skater.  Sue was also the president of the Saint John Figure Skating club and region representative for Skate New Brunswick.

Nominated by co-chair, Cynthia Benson, Ms. Benson was quick to praise Ms. Taylor not only on her long hours of hard work, but for her grace and sunny disposition. “Sue is a true role model. All of the athletes, visitors, officials, coaches and stakeholders praised our volunteer force for their friendliness and co-operation. Sue truly epitomized these values and led by example dealing with every tiny detail with a smile on her face. Sue inspires and motivates others!”

The complete list of 2019 award recipients: https://skatecanada.ca/2019/05/skate-canada-members-honoured-at-2019-ice-summit-in-ottawa/

Media contact:

Jillian MacKinnon
Director of Marketing & Communications, Discover Saint John