Syl Apps was a Canadian pole-vault champion, a proud member of the 1936 Canadian Olympic team, and a star centre and captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 1947, Apps was appointed as Ontario’s Athletic Commissioner and later sat in the Ontario Legislature. He was a life-long campaigner for Ontario’s young people and for healthy living.
The Syl Apps Volunteer Achievement Award recognizes volunteers, nominated by Provincial Sport Organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the establishment and/or ongoing development of groups, clubs, facilities, projects and/or special programs in the Province of Ontario.
Muriel was nominated by NOCA through the Ontario Curling Council. Below is her nomination:
Muriel has been on the Board of Directors of the Northern Ontario Curling Association since its inception in 2007. Muriel served as Vice President for three years, President for two years, and now sits as a Past President. Muriel was previously involved with the Northwestern Ontario Ladies Curling Association and spearheaded the creation of their Harassment Policy. She has also served the Chair of her curling club many times over the years. NOCA is currently undergoing an organizational review and Muriel is the Chair of the Policy Review committee. It is a tedious job but she has tackled it with attention to detail and the resulting policies are clear and concise.
Muriel is also an active curler participating as an athlete, an official, and a volunteer. Her club hosts events for NOCA annually and she is always involved to ensure that the event runs smoothly and the athletes and observers all have an excellent experience. Muriel recently earned her qualification as a Level 2 Official and is pursuing her Level 3. She has also competed at the provincial and national levels, most recently at the Canadian Masters in 2009.