Lakers Mourn Passing of Past President & Coach, News (Shallow Lake Minor Hockey)

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Lakers Mourn Passing of Past President & Coach
Submitted By SLMH on Wed 03 02, 22
Shallow Lake  Minor Hockey Association mourns the passing of a friend, past President and a former coach Dave Garinger and our thoughts go out to his family and friends as we pay tribute to Dave and his amazing contribution to youth sports in Ontario.



Dave served as both a coach and president of Shallow Lake Minor Hockey back in the 90's before moving on to become a leader and an ambassador of youth sports in Ontario. 

Dave coached minor softball and minor hockey teams – sometimes several each season, served as a softball and hockey convenor for the Western Ontario Athletic Association, served as a hockey convenor for the Ontario Minor Hockey Association, and accompanied OMHA teams on European tours as their Hockey Canada representative.

He was also a carded softball umpire for the WOAA from 1979 to 2000.In 1996, Dave was elected to the WOAA Board of Directors and in 2006 he filled in as President for a short term.

He also served as 2nd Vice-President for a year and was elected as 1st Vice-President from 2004 to 2021. In addition, Dave worked on the WOAA Capital Campaign Fundraising Committee from 2002 to 2007. In 2001, Dave started a 20 year run as WOAA Minor Hockey Chairman as well as the OMHA Regional Executive Member for the WOAA area. During his tenure, he served and chaired on virtually every OMHA Committee, including a long standing appointment to Development both at the OMHA and Ontario Hockey Federation levels, serving as the OMHA Development Committee Chair, the Chair of many OHF Championships, and the Chair of Hockey Canada Program of Excellence Regional and Provincial Under-17 Camps for many years.

Dave received many accolades and awards throughout his volunteerism and teaching career. Some of these highlights include: As part of the WOAA 75th Anniversary Celebrations in 2017, Dave was named as one of the WOAA Community Sports Builders. In 2019, Dave received the WOAA David H. Jacobi Memorial President's Award “to acknowledge the person or persons considered to have significantly contributed to the betterment of the organization”. This award is presented annually to the individual(s) who strives to continue "Working With Our Future".

In 2021, Dave was selected as a WOAA Life Member as recommended by the Board of Directors and approved by the membership 

Dave was proud to be recognized with an OMHA "20 Years Service Board Member" pin in the summer of 2021.Dave cherished the friendships he earned both in his teaching career and in volunteering alongside his colleagues in the WOAA and OMHA.

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