The Meritas Awards take place annually and support the promotion of curling through the recognition of the exceptional achievements of volunteers, craftsmen and craftswomen, athletes and the various curling events that are part of the program. All nominations are sent to Curling Québec. Once the subscription period over, Curling Québec sends all the submissions to the corresponding regional association. They then determine the regional finalist in each category and forward the list to Curling Quebec who will determine the provincial winners. Winners are announced during the Annual General Meeting. The Meritas awards are individually presented throughout the following curling season. The date and location of the presentations are decided between the recipient and the board of directors.
- Application period : from March 12th to April 30th of the current season. Send your applications to Curling Québec (by email or by mail)
- Applications sent to Regional Associations by Curling Québec: from April 30th to May 7th of the current year.
- Selection period of the finalists of each category by the Regional Association: from May 1st to 31st. They also let Curling Québec know about their choices.
- Winners selection period by Curling Québec: June 1st to July 15th.
- Winners unveiled: during the Annual General Meeting in September
The principal objective is to pay tribute to those men and women who, in their individual ways and through their involvement and passion for the sport, have contributed to the promotion and advancement of curling in Quebec. Also, the goal is to foster the visibility of Quebec curling in an atmosphere where our sport is being feted and celebrated and to create ties between curling in Quebec, the business community and the general public.
With the exception of the Special Tribute and the Outstanding Achievement, the achievements and grounds justifying the nomination must be have been established between the May 1st and April 30 of each year.
Once the winners have been selected, a congratulatory letter will be sent to each award recipient. The list of recipients will be posted on the CQ website and in the annual report.
As per the requirements, all candidates (individual or curling club) must be affiliated members of Curling Quebec.
A maximum of two (2) winners will be selected per category.
Each regional association, curling club or individual may present nominees for any of the recognized categories. After the closing date, Curling Quebec may choose to propose or add nominations if there are not enough entries from the regions. It is the responsibility of the Regional Associations to prioritize nominations from their regions in each category.
Each submission must be accompanied by a duly completed nomination form. Nominations must be forwarded to Curling Quebec by the established due date.
- The submission deadline is May 31st of each year.
- Nominations for all categories except the “outstanding achievement” category will be accepted. One “outstanding achievement” award can be awarded each year. Exceptionnaly, there may be 2 awarded in one year.
- It is up to the Board of Directors to decide if the “outstanding achievement” award or the “special tribute” award will be awarded or not in a given year.
Click on this form (online or word version) to submit an application for one or several categories and fill it out online. Don’t forget to send any other pertinent documents by mail to Curling Québec.
Umpire of the Year:
A person recognized for their involvement, expertise, judgement and officiating abilities in curling during provincial, national and/or international competitions.
Coach of the Year – Curling Club:
Any Coach from Quebec involved with his or her curling club at the beginner level and offers clinics, coaches new participants/members or is involved with the club’s junior program. This individual is characterized by his or her availability as well as ability in teaching the basics of curling. It is imperative not to confuse this individual with a team Coach, whose primary task is the coaching of one or several teams.
Event of the Year:
The award for Event of the Year will be given to a hosting committee or curling club that staged an event or created a new one. The event in question must be recognized as having been a quality event and the hosting committee / club must demonstrate the positive effects the event had on the promotion of curling, whether that be locally, regionally or provincially.
Volunteer of the Year:
A person recognized for his or her exceptional contribution and support with regards to the promotion and development of curling in Quebec. This award is intended to highlight achievements accomplished within the year and not those of the individual’s overall career.
Coach of the Year:
A person recognized for their expertise in the training and development of athletes and teams and for his or her contribution to curling in Quebec. Nominees must be certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).
Junior Program of the Year:
The award for Junior Program of the Year will be given to a club offering a junior program that is characterised by its quality and originality. The number of participants, volunteers and partners involved with the junior program will be important factors that will be considered in determining a winner within this category.
Club of the Year:
Any curling club in Quebec that is recognized for the enthusiasm of its members, the originality of its programming and services as well as for the participation levels and performances of its membership at various activities and events. This award is intended to honor the most active club which offers the best experience to its members. Factors such as increased membership, initiative, promotion of the sport, etc. will be considered in the selection process.
Team of the Year:
A women’s, men’s or mixed competitive team that significantly distinguished itself during provincial, national and/or international competitions.
Ice Technician of the Year:
Any Ice Technician in Quebec involved in the making and maintenance of the ice in a curling club. This Ice Technician is recognized for his availability and desire to provide his fellow members with the best ice conditions possible.
Any person or organization, should it judge it appropriate, is invited to submit a Special Tribute proposal to Curling Quebec. This proposal is to mark an exceptional performance, or an exceptional contribution to the world of curling achieved by a Quebecer, whether as a volunteer, curler, builder, sponsor, journalist, etc. Curling Quebec reserves the right to add proposals, should it feel this to be appropriate. Only one Tribute will be awarded each year. This award takes an individual’s overall career into account. The choice of the Special Tribute winner is made by the Board of Directors of Curling Quebec.
Occasionally awarded by Curling Quebec’s Executive Committee and/or through the recommendation of the Selection Committee, this award is designed to highlight the outstanding achievement of an individual(s) that does not necessarily factor into any other existing category.
François-Béliveau Journalism Award:
The award given annually to a journalist who contributed to the promotion of curling and all that surrounds that sport.
2018-2019 Meritas Winners:
Ice Technician of the Year
Denis Laperle – Club Sports Belvédère
Junior Program of the Year
Saturday November 23rd, 2019, during a curling day full of young curlers at the Pointe Claire curling club, Pamela Nugent, director of Curling Québec, had the pleasure to present the Junior program of the year Meritas Award to the team responsable of that junior program.
picture : Steve Janidlo, Neil Gargul, Lisa Houle, Wendy Byrd and Pamela Nugent
Event of the Year
21st edition of Kurling for Kids – Stanley Fong
Team of the Year
Équipe Gabrielle Lavoie – club de curling Victoria – entraîneur Daniel Charette
Competition coach of the Year
Club coach of the Year
Serge Lévesque – club de curling Baie-Comeau
Umpire of the Year
Thursday December 12th, 2019, M. Robert Rajotte, from the Laurier curling club in Victoriaville, received during an happy hour the Umpire of the year Meritas Award. The award was presented by Mr. Carl Lamontagne, president of the club and by Mr. Serge Bourassa, director or Curling Québec. Congratulations and many thanks for your implication.
picture: Carl Lamontagne, Robert Rajotte and Serge Bourassa
Volunteer of the Year
The Volunteer of the Year Meritas Award was given to M. Maxime Mailloux at the Rouyn-Noranda curling club December 20th, 2019 by M. André Bellavance, President of Curling Québec. Congratulations and many thanks to M. Mailloux who is much implacted in the local and regional success of tht sport of curling.
Left from right on thepicture : Mr. Adam Rocheleau (board member of the ACNOQ), Mr. Maxime Mailloux, Mr. André Bellavance (president of the Curling Québec’s board) and Mr. Marc Bibeau (president of the Rouny-Noranda curling club).
Club of the Year
During the opening season dinner last Saturday October 5th, the president of the club Mr. Richard Gervais received from Curling Québec’s general manager M. Marc-André Robitaille, the Meritas Club of the year Award. Congratulations for this prize well deserved.
picture : left – president Richard Gervais; right – general manager Marc-André Robitaille
Friday October 4th, 2019 at the Magog curling club during the opening cocktail, Ms Céline Gauthier received the Ourstanding Achievement Meritas Award.
picture: Ms Suzanne Cournoyer, president of the club, Ms Céline Gauthier and Ms Jacinthe Loiselle, the ambassador of the club.
Friday November 15, 2019, during the Buckingham’s curling club Mixted tournament, M. Richard Faguy received a Meritas Award Special Tribute for his great implication in curling. It was Mr. André Bellavance (left on the picture), Curling Québec’s president of the board, who gave the plaque to M. Faguy (right on the picture)
François-Béliveau Journalism Award
Marc-André Couillard – club de curling Lacolle