Ontario Volunteer Service Recognition

On Wednesday June 22 the Ontario Government held an event at the Ambassador Hotel to recognize volunteers from the Kingston area from many organizations. Amoung those recognized were seven volunteers from our league. They were Lindsey Hawkins (15 years), Ryan Wood (15 years), Sarah McDonnell (10 years), Sherrilynn Platt (5 years), Zoe McAuley, Amber Allport, Miles Brackenbury and Colin Bowman (all recognized as youth volunteers). In total, the province recognized volunteers at the event that have contributed 2275 YEARS of volunteer time to organizations in this area. Congratulations to all of the volunteers that were recognized, and a heartfelt THANK YOU to our seven volunteers, and to the MANY others that so selflessly give their time to make our league possible each year. Well done!!

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St. Lawrence College Announces Honourary Diploma Recipients

This week St. Lawrence College will be awarding three Honourary Diplomas at their convocation ceremonies. The SLC Press Release is below.

St. Lawrence College Confers Three Honorary Diplomas in Kingston
12:00 AM –
Each of our Honorary Diploma recipients share a common drive; while they all maintain busy working lives, they all are driven to also give back to their community. St. Lawrence College (SLC) is very proud to recognize these outstanding individuals who continue to inspire our students and graduates. SLC is pleased to announce its Honorary Diploma recipients in Kingston for 2016: Rolland Billings; Don Head; and Peng-Sang Cau.

Rolland Billings (presented at the June 16 ceremony, 6 pm)

Rolland Billings has had an impressive career at Novelis Kingston (formerly Alcan) in production which led to a position as Plant Manager, and then a global executive role in health and safety in the manufacturing setting. Outside of work, Rollie wanted to make a difference in the lives of those on the margins of our community through fundraising and sport. He became involved with the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, working in various positions, including roles within the Campaign Cabinet and as Board Chair. In June of 2013, Rollie was recognized by the United Way for 30 years of volunteer service. Rollie has been President of the Knights of Columbus Basketball League (now the ‘Pete’ Petersen Basketball League) at St. Pat’s School for more than 20 years, but has spent 35 years as a coach, referee, website administrator and unofficial photographer. The league provides an opportunity for more than 500 children from across the city every year to have a safe, affordable and fun place to play in a basketball league at a cost of only $10 per child.

Don Head (presented at the June 17 ceremony, 10 am) As a long-time Kingston resident, Don Head has been a supporter of St. Lawrence College for more than 30 years. His career in the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) has spanned close to four decades and, under his leadership as Commissioner, has developed several key partnerships between CSC and SLC. Don has received numerous commendations and awards throughout his career including the Governor General’s Corrections Exemplary Service Medal and Bar, the Public Service Award of Excellence for Diversity and Employment Equity, the Aboriginal HR Council’s CEO Leadership Award for Diversity and Inclusiveness, and the Federal Council of Visible Minorities Leadership Award for Diversity‎. Don is a proud supporter of the United Way and leads the organizational attainment of goals and its promotion within the Correctional Service of Canada and is clear in his support of the local campaign, even freeing up resources here to assist with the campaign. Another passion of Don’s is the Canadian Cancer Societies’ Daffodil Appeal.

Peng-Sang Cau (presented at the June 17 ceremony, 3 pm)

Peng-Sang Cau and her family arrived in Canada in 1980 as refugees from Cambodia. After graduating at the top of her class in high school, Peng went on to graduate from Queen’s University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She then held sales and marketing posts at Quantum Information Resources and Lever Pond prior to starting Transformix. Peng founded Transformix in 1995 with three engineers and has since guided its transition from a local provider of engineering services to an international supplier of advanced automation equipment. Peng serves as a director on Kingston General Hospital’s Board and has advised the Ontario Research Council as a member of the Research Matters Panel Advisory Board. Recently Peng was invited by the Schulich School of Business to be on the Advisory Council for the Centre for Global Enterprise. Mayor Patterson has invited Peng to be on the Workforce Development and Immigration Steering Committee. Peng is also a regular speaker at conferences across Canada. This past spring, Peng joined the Honourable John McCallum, Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and International Trade, for a conversation on immigration reform at Ryerson University.

Convocation ceremonies will be held in Kingston at the Rogers K-Rock Centre on Thursday, June 16 at 6 pm and on Friday, June 17 at 10 am and 3 pm. For complete ceremony details please see our website. For full stories on our Honorary Diploma recipients,

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Cats Basketball Camp

Here are the details for the Cats Basketball Camp run at Regi this August.


August 8-12, 2016

Hosted by Lesley Stevenson

For Grades 2-5 and 6-9 as of September 2016. All Skill levels are welcome.

Where: Regiopolis Notre Dame High School

Phone: 613 484-5443

email – stevenso@alcdsb.on.ca

Details: Grade 3-5 boys and girls – 9 am until noon; Grade 6-8 boys and girls 1 pm – 4 pm

Cost – $80 Cash or $85 cheques payable to Cats Basketball

Skill Focus: Ball Handling, One on One Moves, Lay-ups, Shooting, Getting Open, rebounding, Defence, Basketball Fitness, conditioning, fun and games. 

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Don Pete Petersen Spirit Memorial Award

The family of Don “Pete” Petersen has asked that we post the following notice about the award that has been set up in his honour. Please note the deadline date for applications for the award.

Once again its time to continue Pete’s Lifetime legacy of giving back to the community. The family has established an award of $1000.00 annually to be given to a graduating student continuing post-secondary education who has a history with the “Pete” Petersen Basketball League, formally known as the Knights of Columbus Basketball League. The successful applicant must possess accomplishments in community volunteer work, school activities, academics, and have promising career aspirations who will make a difference in the lives of others as Pete did!
Application Process:
Annual applications will be accepted until the award value is exhausted.
All applications must be completed in full and submitted by the application deadline in order to be considered by the selection committee.
Applications can be picked up at any of the area high schools or at Walker-Payne Insurance 1335 Princess St, Kingston, Ontario ,Info also at Facebook ; Don Pete Petersen Spirit Award
Your application must be emailed / mailed or dropped off to Bridget Walker-Payne C/O Walker-Payne Insurance @ 1335 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario, K7M3E3, or email bridget@bridgetwalker-Payne.com By June 23rd, 2016.
Application Deadline: Thursday June 23rd , 2016 @ 5:00pmET
Recipient Notification By email or Mail or Phone June 29th,2016.

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Mary Jane Besselink Inducted Into the KDSHOF

Below is a link to the article in the Whig Standard today about the induction of Mary Jane Besselink into the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame. Congratulations Mary Jane!!


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Kingston Police and Kingston Youth Strategy Event MAY 6

On Friday May 6, 2016 the Kingston Police and the Kingston Youth Strategy, will be hosting the second annual Youth Week basketball game in Springer Market Square. In 2015 this event brought together officer and local youth to compete in basketball games in front of hundreds of spectators behind Kingston City Hall. The event will take place from 4PM to 6PM in Springer Market Square. Two basketball courts will be constructed to provide local youth and officers opportunity to interact in a fun and sporting environment. Kingston police members will also be on-hand with police vehicles, displays and giveaways for children and youth. Entry to the event is completely free. Please come down to the event to meet some local officers, learn about the Kingston Youth Strategy, and support your local youth.
Here is the contact information for the officer in charge of the event.

Constable Josh Conner #341
Youth Programs Officer / YCJA Coordinator
Kingston Police
613-549-4660 ex 6341 jconner@kpf.ca

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Basketball League Golf Tournament

As the weather begins to warm up and your thoughts turn to summer time activities, it is never too early to mark your calendars and book your spot in the “Pete” Petersen Memorial Golf Tournament. The date is Thursday July 7 and the location is the Colonnade Golf Course. Contact either Rick Hollywood at 613 539-6765, rhollywood29@gmail.com, or Roland Billings at 613 548-8790, roland.billings@sympatico.ca to book your foursome into this fund raiser for our basketball league. zThe cost is $95 per person and teams of four preferred. Your fee includes green fees, two carts per foursome, a full course steak or chicken dinner and a prize table. Other reminders will be coming in the weeks ahead. Don’t procrastinate! Reserve your spot now! If you have prizes you wish to donate, please contact Rick or Roland to let them know.

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National Volunteer Week

April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week in Canada, so we wanted to take a moment to say thanks to the more than 100 volunteers that made our basketball league possible last season. To the thousands that have volunteered with the league that Pete built over our 61 year history, your commitment and belief in what Don Petersen started is testament to what volunteers can do to make a difference. The statement made on the Volunteer Canada web site is “Volunteers are the roots of strong communities”. You are the roots of our organization too.
To see most of our volunteers from last season holding the Volunteers Grow Communities Award presented to the league last April by the United Way, go to our Facebook page. To ALL of our volunteers, and the more than 12.7 million volunteers across Canada, thank you for making our communities better places to live through your actions.

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Five Guys Dine To Donate Results

On March 1 we had our second “Dine to Donate ” night with the downtown Five Guys Burgers and Fries location, and I am happy to announce that we raised $133 at the event. In total this season, adding in the corporate and customer donations, we have raised $359 for the league from this partnership. Our thanks to the Five Guys Corporate team, the staff at the downtown location, and especially to all of our league families and friends that came out to support the league at these events. Our discussions with Five Guys continue, and we hope to continue these fund raising events again next season.

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United Way Night With The Kingston Frontenacs

We have been asked to let you know about the following event. If you are looking for a way to finish off March Break week, celebrate the Kingston Frontenacs last regular season game, get discounted tickets AND help the United Way of Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington here is a way that you can do all of that with one click of your mouse. Click on the link http://www.unitedwaykfla.ca/frontsgame, or paste it in your browser, and you will be directed to the web site where you can purchase a game ticket to see the Frontenacs play the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday March 19, and make a $5 per ticket contribution to the United Way. Tell your friends. See you there!!

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