2003 Bobbie Steen Awards

The Bobbie Steen Legacy Foundation Award of $1,000 is awarded to an Emerging Leader to further their education or to support programming which champions Women in the area of Sport and Physical Activity.

The 2003 Emerging Leader is the Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association of BC

The Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC (ASRA) is the multi-sport umbrella organization for the Aboriginal people of British Columbia.  Since its inception in 1989, it has been working towards increasing the opportunities for BC’s Aboriginal people to fully access sport, physical activity and recreation activities.

Strengthening the Circle”, an initiative created by ASRA, involves supporting a network of Aboriginal female leaders dedicated to the development of the Aboriginal Sport Excellence Program.  The mission of the Strengthening the Circle initiative is “to engage BC Aboriginal girls and women in the decisions that affect the quality of their sport, physical activity and recreation experiences.”  Strengthening the Circle is designed to foster in girls and women the desire to be leaders, and to meet the current and future needs of Aboriginal girls and women striving to reach their full athletic potential. For more information on ASRA and this initiative, please visit www.asra.ca.

The Bobbie Steen Award of Excellence was created to acknowledge an individual who demonstrates exemplary leadership in sport and recreation making a contribution to promote opportunities for girls and women who serve as an outstanding role model.

The 2003 recipient of the Bobbie Steen Award of Excellence is Jacqueline Ferraby.

Jacqueline is a dynamic and caring leader who has proven to be an outstanding role model to young women in a number of different ways.  Her commitment and desire to excel has led her to many great accomplishments in the world of soccer, as well as in academics, and service to others.  In the past few years, Jacqueline’s efforts on and off the soccer field have been well recognized, as she has been a Canada West All-Star for three consecutive years, and a recent Royal Bank Academic All-Canadian.

“Jacqueline is known for bringing energy to the UBC soccer environment, and is a role model for newcomers to the team,” explains UBC soccer coach Richard Mosher who has coached Jacqueline for three years. He adds “it is Jacqui’s willingness to get involved in programs outside her main interest of soccer, that sets her apart from other young leaders.”  Jacqui has coordinated workshops and student volunteers for handicapped and underprivileged inner-city residents, and has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in setting up and participating in the ‘T-Birds in Schools,’ and ‘Bridge Thru Sport’ programs.  Her work with the First United Church Mission has touched many lives.

Congratulations to Jacqueline Ferraby, a very deserving recipient of the Bobbie Steen Award of Excellence!