Zone Award of Merit


Annually the ASAA presents an award in recognition of outstanding service to the students of Alberta Schools in the promotion and operation of an athletic program.

Recognizing the contributions made by teacher coaches and administrators towards the lives of high school students through school athletics


In 2002, the first Zone Awards of Merit were presented to six recipients from five zones for outstanding contributions to their zone. Zone secretaries, in consultation with members of the zones, nominate deserving individuals for this award. A presentation is made to each recipient during the evening banquet held in conjunction with the Annual Planning Meeting in December each year.


Application Deadline: June 30th, Annually


  • Rationale for this nomination.
  • The nominee’s involvement:
    • at their school
    • at zone level (e.g. commissioner, executive, zone host)
    • at provincial level (optional)
  • Particular contributions of note and the significance of those contributions
  • Any other items you feel have relevance to this nomination


Applications will be adjudicated by the Zone Committees.

Past Winners

Calgary Independent


North East

North Central

North West


South Central



2020 None

Kai Kleinitz

Mike Kardas None Troy Sandboe Jon Vande Griend Curt Colfer None Rob Zittlau
2019 Bev Ness Leah Conforti Chris Manderson Rod Callioo Melanie Matheson Matthew Bekkering Michael Sera Dwayne Lalor Rick Mooney
2018 Nick Waterbury Deb Berze Brent Wasylik Kyle Becker Shelley Kirchner Darryl Smith Micheal Wiens Cody Magneson Tim Enger
2017 Cody Kelly Morgan Fraser Tom Groat Wade Hicks George Stewart Dave Wells Sandy Green Doug Gardiner Rob Hofstede
2016 Sabine Crandall Joseph Petrone Andrew Przybylski Cliff Rowein Duncan Fraser Scott Howes Sam Aiello Ken Kure Matt Burrows
2015 Brian Bridal Not Awarded Phil Meagher Mike McAndrews Dean Rook Janice Laing Tricia McCambly Kathy Lalor Kate Greabeiel
2014 Joel Chalifoux Romel Raffin Jim Salsbury Daniel Hein Brad Harrop Pat Pyne, Toby Boulet Not Awarded Andy Lyster Craig Harle
2013 Paul D’Angelo Paul D’Angelo Daryn Galatiuk Daniel Leis Perry Schofield Mike Myndio Melvyn Wade Stephen Lush Not Awarded


Viv Toffollo

Bill Bobenic

Viv Tofollo

Terry King

Kelle Hansen

Erin Martin

Karl Hiebert

Leslie Larson

Brent Anderson

Angela Cochrane

George Hoyt


Lance HumeniuK

Lance Humeniuk

Tom Parker

Kim Boehme Tim Schultz Not awarded Ross Blackmer Nathan Hodgson Larry Sorensen

Mark Rose

Hal Souster

2010 Dean Sawatzky Hank Smid Darcy Romanuik Darcy Younghans Ritch Braun Kent Drever Kevin Assenheimer

Brian Buchynski

Ron Kutney


Kevin Pelehos

Maurice Richard

Don Zimmer

Jackie Ristesund

Gord Ivey

Dallen Leavitt

Darryl Christensen

Bill Young

Dawn McKay

Not Awarded

2008 Myron Masterson Parrish Tung

Gary Thomson

Myron Buryn

Irene Friesz Ken Gabruck Not Awarded

Shawna Pearman

Hugh Nester

Not Awarded


Not Awarded

Gordon McNeill

Kent Lessard

Tom Landsman

Tim Schultz

John Seaman

Kyle Larson

Steve Latta

Not Awarded


Al Taylor

Not Awarded

Gayle Lamothe

Not Awarded

Craig Patton

Brian Utley

Lionel Leiske

Jim Lazaruk


Stu Holtan

Ian MacGillivray

John Takahashi

Larry Wagner

Ingeborg Pot

Duane Konynebelt

Allan Stober

Neil Johnston

Not Awarded


Terry Dolan

Alex Melnyk

Gary Frost

Not Awarded

Terry Hanna

Louise Bleier

Barb Young

Not Awarded


Alex Ulaszonek

Gerald Breneman

Orest Fitzowich

Not Awarded

David Gregory

Marg Derbyshire

Joyce Loucks

John Blades

Don Zabloski


Daun Daum

Daryl Venance

Lou Rondeau

Not Awarded

Not Awarded

Rick Haines

Not Awarded

Scott Sinclair

Norma Smith