Michelle Lee is the fifteenth recipient of the volunteer Distinguished Service Award.
Michelle’s volunteerism with golf first began serving as a district representative with the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association. In this role, Michelle would visit and advocate for the MLGA with member clubs inside the district. She also ran the district “Bronze Tournament” where she met numerous women golfers from around the city. Michelle remained a volunteer of the MLGA until the amalgamation with the Manitoba Golf Association in 2003.
In 2004, Michelle joined the Board of Golf Manitoba where she completed a full 10-year term. During that time, Michelle was very active taking on numerous volunteer roles including the following:
- 2005 – Present: Starter/Scorer/Pace of Play Official
- 2006 – 2010: Marketing Committee
- 2007 – Chair of Membership Committee
- 2007 – 2008: Volunteer Committee
- 2009 – Chair of the Volunteer committee
- 2010 – Chair of Tournament Committee / Co-chair Medical at CN Canadian Women’s Open
- 2013 – Chair Volunteer Committee / Nominating Committee member
- 2013 – Present: Tournament Committee
Of special note in 2007/2008, Michelle assisted Volunteer Committee Chair Bonnie Stephenson in establishing the inaugural Golf Manitoba volunteer Distinguished Service Award.
In addition to her volunteerism with Golf Manitoba, Michelle also volunteered at St. Charles Country Club, her home course. She joined the Board of St. Charles where she completed three full terms holding the following appointments:
- Chair of Play & Rules
- Honorary Secretary
- Communications Chair
- Membership Committee member
- LRP Committee
- Member of the Ladies Invitational committee (Rossbrook House)
- Member of the Ladies Mackenzie Gathering committee
Michelle continues to sit as a member of the St. Charles Ladies Executive serving as the Communications Chair.
“I feel that I have gained more than I have given as a volunteer to Golf Manitoba,” said Lee. “It is humbling and amazing to be part of a group of distinguished service recipients who have mentored me in the past and who have trained me, and they have inspired me to continue on as a Golf Manitoba volunteer. My deepest gratitude for the nomination and I am humbled and honored to receive this award.”
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and our entire Golf Manitoba volunteer family, it is my great pleasure and honour to recognize Michelle Lee of the St. Charles Country Club as the 2021 Distinguished Service Award recipient,” said Wayne McWhirter, President of Golf Manitoba. “Michelle’s leadership and contributions to the sport of amateur golf during her many years of service are admirable and very worthy of this award. Thank you, Michelle, for all that you have given.”
Golf Manitoba is very pleased to honour Michelle Lee as the volunteer Distinguished Service Award recipient for 2021.
WINNIPEG, MB – Volunteers have been at the heart of Golf Manitoba since its founding in 2003 and prior to that for both the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association (MLGA) and the Manitoba Golf Association (MGA). The time and expertise volunteers donate year after year enable Golf Manitoba to achieve its goals. The volunteer contribution, dedication and commitment are vital to the growth of the organization.
Each year, Golf Manitoba recognizes the outstanding individual contributions of a long-serving volunteer through its Distinguished Service Award. The criteria for the award is long-time service to Golf Manitoba (including Manitoba Golf Association & Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association); going above and beyond the expectations of a volunteer; proving to be an advocate for the game and the Association, demonstrated commitment to amateur golf in Manitoba and Northwest Ontario and displaying qualities of a positive role model for other volunteers.
After a combined 52 years of volunteerism to the sport of golf, Golf Manitoba is pleased to recognize Brenda & Dennis Prystayko as this year’s recipients of the Golf Manitoba Distinguished Service Award.
Brenda’s volunteerism in golf began in 1990 with the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association where she served as a Board member and a non-playing captain for numerous junior girl’s provincial teams. When the MLGA merged to become Golf Manitoba, she became actively involved with the junior girl’s development teams that competed in the ladies Nassau League, Western Canada and Canada Summer Games and at national level championships. Brenda’s enthusiasm and her involvement directly contributed to the success of the junior girl’s program where many of her past players have continued to play competitively at university and provincial level championships.
Brenda has been an excellent role model for junior girl’s golf in Manitoba and Northwest Ontario where she created an atmosphere that made playing competitive golf fun. The Nassau team alumni speak fondly of their experience and continue to enjoy their relationship with Brenda. Every parent and every junior girl who where fortunate to know Brenda have nothing but nice things to say about her contributions and her genuine interest in wanting to help and grow junior girls golf.
Brenda Prystayko’s volunteer highlights:
- Began volunteering with the Manitoba Ladies’ Golf Association (MLGA) in 1990
- Previous Board member of the MLGA
- Non-Playing Captain for Provincial teams with the MLGA
- Manager for Team Manitoba at the 2011 Western Canada Games
- Manager for Team Manitoba at the 2013 Canada Games
- Manager for Team Manitoba at the 2017 Canada Games
- Non-Playing Captain for Team Manitoba numerous times at the Canadian Junior
- Non-Playing Captain for the Junior Girls Nassau Team since their inception in 2008
“Brenda and I would like to thank Golf Manitoba for allowing us to volunteer our services to the Manitoba junior golf program. It has been very gratifying to be a part of the development of junior golfers, boys and girls, into fine young adults. We would especially like to thank Golf Manitoba Director of Player Development Garth Goodbrandson for his time and leadership in the development of junior golf.” – Dennis Prystayko
Dennis Prystayko’s volunteerism began in 1998 with the then Manitoba Golf Association and most recently with Golf Manitoba. He has dedicated countless hours assisting with the junior boy’s development program where he acted as a non-playing captain for the junior teams that competed in the Mundie Putter league and at national junior championships. His leadership skills are exceptional, and he has developed an amazing relationship with many junior golfers several of whom have gone on to play college golf, have become top provincial players as well as Club and Touring Professionals. Dennis has shown a genuine interest and dedication in helping to grow the sport of golf during his 22 years of service.
Dennis Prystayko’s volunteer highlights:
- Began volunteering for the MGA in 1998
- Non-Playing Captain for Team Manitoba at the Canadian Junior for many years
- Captain of the junior boys Mundie Putter team for 17 years
- Past member of Golf Manitoba’s Player Development Committee
Dennis and Brenda continue to enjoy their passion for golf and are both active, long-time members of the Pine Ridge Golf Club in Winnipeg.
“Golf Manitoba is very fortunate to have received so many years of dedicated service from both Brenda and Dennis Prystayko. They have been fantastic role models for junior golf and have been exceptional ambassadors for the association,” said Golf Manitoba Executive Director Jared Ladobruk. “And on behalf of our association and our volunteers, we are honoured to recognize Brenda and Dennis Prystayko as the Distinguished Service Award recipients for 2020.”
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About Golf Manitoba – Golf Manitoba is provincial sport organization (PSO) for amateur golf in Manitoba. Its mission is to develop, promote, govern and service the sport of golf in Manitoba and Northwest Ontario for the benefit of all participants.
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