Jill Wiebe has gone above and beyond for years as the Grand Plains Minor Hockey Association continues to grow every year. She's been volunteering for a dozen years since her oldest child started playing when he was four.
Jill has spent the past 10 years as manager for Grand Plains teams and she's also served as manager for the Parkland women's Rangers. On top of that, Jill has been a board member for five years and she also helped with the process of getting new jerseys for Grand Plains Minor.
And Wiebe has also been heavily involved with the Grandview Lakers baseball team for more than 10 years so whether it's on the ball diamond or in the rink, Wiebe has done it all as a volunteer.
"I love volunteering, I'm super passionate about it," said Wiebe. "It's honestly always on my mind, I love doing what I do."
Wiebe says her greatest memories from over the years are just seeing everyone hit the ice. She's also loved watching the growth over the past few years, including what was set to be a record-setting season this year, but it was ended quickly because of the coronavirus pandemic.
A U18 team was introduced this season and they played four games and half boards were purchased to be used at the GACC and in Gilbert Plains at the U7 and U9 level and those are just two things that were set to make this year one for the books.
As we now look forward to the 2021-22 season, Jill says she can't wait to be rink and of course, on the baseball diamond this summer. And ahead of that, Jill has been recognized by Hockey Manitoba. It's National Volunteer Week and as a result, Hockey Manitoba is recognizing those who make a difference in their community and it's safe to say that Jill has made a huge one.
"I'm extremely humbled and flattered. It's also not just me, we work as a board together," ended Wiebe. "There are so many great people that make a big difference, I love working with everyone I do."