Volunteers recognized by Rockets’ organization

From left, Lise Buma, Peter van Kessel Jr. and Pauline van Kessel present the Peter van Kessel Memorial Award to General Manager Rob Sadler. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — Beyond the boys that laced ’em up for the Jr. C team, the North Dundas Rockets organization also recognized those volunteers that helped out during this season’s exciting ride.

Rob Sadler, the Rockets general manager, was acknowledged as this year’s top volunteer with the new Peter van Kessel Memorial Award — named after the late stalwart supporter of the team.

van Kessel’s widow, Pauline, and their children, Lise Buma and Peter Jr., delivered the trophy in his honour.

The elder van Kessel was a grandfather to three members of the 2016-17 Rockets’ squad when he passed away the day before Christmas last year.

Also awarded for their time volunteering with the team were music technician Kelly Forrester, equipment manager Duane Young, trainer Donnie Helder, Deb and Des Desarmia in admissions and Nikki Palmer in photos and social media.

The team winners were reported earlier in Sadler’s column, The Rockets’ Launch Pad.

Also included below is some highlight footage of player awards at the team’s April 2 Awards and Appreciation banquet.

Music technician Kelly Forrester receives her award. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Equipment Manager Duane Young, one of the recognized volunteers. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Trainer Donnie Helder was recognized for his volunteer time with the team. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Des (left) and Deb Desarmia are thanked for their volunteer time in admissions. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Niki Palmer is recognized for her work as team photographer and social media. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


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