January 18, 2013, Calgary, AB (ISN) – Ron Robison, Commissioner of the Western Hockey League, announced today, on behalf of the WHL Board of Governors, the recipient of the WHL Distinguished Service Award for the 2012 – 13 season.
The 2012 – 13 WHL Distinguished Service Award recipient is Judy Seher, a longtime billet coordinator for the Red Deer Rebels.
Since the inception of the Red Deer Rebels franchise in 1992, Judy Seher has volunteered her time as the team’s Billet Coordinator, working tirelessly to make sure that the players are placed in positive family environments. Judy has been a key contributor in the off-ice well-being of Rebels players and is also involved in many charitable events throughout Central Alberta. Her son, Kurt, played four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Swift Current Broncos and the Seattle Thunderbirds before pursuing a professional hockey career.
“Billet families, not only in Red Deer but across the WHL, provide an essential service for our players and our Member Clubs”, commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Judy Seher’s remarkable volunteer leadership has not only enabled the Red Deer Rebels to maintain an exceptional group of billet families but also makes the adjustment to a new home away from home that much easier for the players and their parents.”
The WHL Distinguished Service Award, which the WHL introduced during in 2004 – 05, is presented annually to an individual associated with the WHL who has made an extraordinary contribution over an extended period of time at the Club or League level.
WHL Commissioner Ron Robison will be in Red Deer this Saturday, January 19, to present Judy Seher with the honor as part of the pre-game ceremonies.
Previous recipients of the WHL Distinguished Service Award include:
Rose Mary Hartney (Moose Jaw Warriors – Education Advisor); Greg ‘Spike’ Wallace (Kamloops Blazers – Community & Sponsorship Coordinator); Nella Rounsville (Kootenay Ice – Education Advisor); Lorne Frey (Kelowna Rockets – Asst GM/Head Scout); Graham Tuer (Saskatchewan Hockey Association – Volunteer); Jann Boss (Portland Winterhawks – Administration); Ruth “Grams” Pollock (Prince Albert Raiders Billet Coordinator); Dr. Ian Hill (Regina Pats Team Doctor); Dr. Alfred Blue (Seattle Thunderbirds Team Doctor); Doris Rubel (Kamloops Blazers Billet Coordinator); Colleen MacBean (Swift Current Broncos Education Advisor); and Bob Ridley (Medicine Hat Tigers Play-By-Play Announcer).