In February of 2009, we lost a great friend and Director of the Mississauga Terriers, John Vella, after a short but courageous bout with cancer. John started with the Terriers in 1983 when his son, John Jr., began playing AA hockey, and volunteered with our organization for 25 years.
John became a member of the Executive of the Terriers as the equipment manager. He also assisted with bingo, the Terry Terrier Tournament and many other tasks for which he freely volunteered his time.
So, when I think of John Vella I not only think about an incredibly nice gentleman, but I think about how “giving” he was, and how you could always count on John to be there, to smile and help. I am proud to call him my friend. Our world was a better place when he was here with us.
Thank you John.
In John’s memory we have created the John Vella Mississauga Terrier Volunteer of the Year Award, which will go to one person, who like John, volunteers their time to help out the Terriers.
Recipients of the award to date are:
|2017 – 2018
|2016 – 2017
|2015 – 2016
|2014 – 2015
|2013 – 2014
|2012 – 2013
|2011 – 2012
|2010 – 2011
|2009 – 2010
|2008 – 2009
The Mississauga Terriers Hockey Club and a private donor created the Joe Schembri Scholarship Fund. The intent of the Scholarship is to honour the outstanding contribution of Joe Schembri to the Mississauga Terriers and minor hockey.
Joe was one of the founding members of the organization. From the first meeting in 1977 he dedicated his life to creating a climate where young hockey players would have a chance to learn about the game of hockey, and in the process, develop into well-rounded citizens.
Under his direction, Terrier coaches and players have held aloft hundreds of championship trophies. Joe has celebrated all of those victories, but he has also delighted in the smaller, often un-recognized triumphs. The smile of a young player who has finally been selected to join the Terriers or a boy’s hands reaching into the air as his first goal is celebrated or the tears of a mom who is in awe of her son’s accomplishments. These are the victories that Joe looked to first.
Joe Schembri was a hockey volunteer, dedicated to the kids and their game. This scholarship is designed to continue that tradition by celebrating the success of our players.
The Scholarship is open to students from area high schools that currently play hockey with the Mississauga Terriers Midget or Under 21 teams and who will continue their post-secondary studies at college or university.
The recipient of this scholarship will understand Joe’s dedication to the Mississauga Terriers Hockey Club and will be committed to carrying on the Terrier’s tradition of “Doing It For The Kids”.
This award will be presented to one player from each team at the Terrier Banquet in April.
- Selection is by players only!
- The award recipient should exemplify the qualities of :
- Hard work
- Respect for the game
- This player is one who:
- Shows up to all practices
- Works hard at all the drills
- Is trusted by his teammates and coaches to represent his team well on and off the ice
The player will receive an MVP Sportsmanship Trophy and will also have their name etched on the Reg Schembri MVP Trophy in the Terrier Trophy Case at Erin Mills Twin Arena.