Melanie Dominix named minor hockey's top volunteer

Bryan Tait
Published on May 17, 2016

Melanie Dominix, left, was named volunteer of the year at the Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association banquet on May 6. Presenting the award is association president Cecil Parsons.

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Volunteers like Melanie Dominix are an important part of the Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association.

Dominix received the association's Volunteer of the Year award at the year-end banquet on May 6.

"I don't think any association when it comes to sports would fly without volunteers and parents," she said. "We all come together and it works."

Dominix has been volunteering with minor hockey for 10 years.

"It's just in my nature," she said.

She got her start when her daughter Samantha began playing hockey and has continued on as her daughter Tori began playing.

Dominix said she spends a lot of time at the Bruce II Sports Centre getting her daughters to practices and games.

"If I'm there I might as well be useful," she said.

Dominix said she was honoured to receive the award, but said it's unfortunate there's only one given out.

"There's so many more people," she said. "There's a lot of parents that help throughout the year."

Dominix said she doesn't volunteer to receive recognition.

"I do it because I want to do it," she said, and added she prefers to do behind-the-scenes work.

A bonus of her time volunteering is the friendships that have developed. She said it's similar to the friendships that spring up among players as they move through each division.

"I'm sure we'll all still meet up and be friends," she said of the people she's met and worked with over the years. "A lot of my memories are going to be related to hockey."

Dominix said she'll volunteer for at least four more years as Tori continues playing through the bantam and midget divisions.

"Once the girls are done I'm sure I'd still to stick around to do something," she said. "Once it's all said and done, I'm going to be wondering what to do with my time."