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Seeking Expression of Interest for Director Positions, Ombudsmen and Division Coordinators

With our 2024-2025 SMHA Executive now in place, we are putting a call out for interest in our SMHA Board of Director positions. The Board oversees the day-to-day operations of the Association. It consists of the Executive plus the named Director positions listed below. The Director positions are one-year appointments, and are made or renewed every season. Selections are based on interviews and a vote among the SMHA Executive. It is in the spirit of the most recent By-Laws to post all Director positions, and welcome expressions of interest from both new and returning Board of Director candidates.  

Directors must be in good standing with SMHA, and must have one year of volunteer experience with either SMHA or another Minor Hockey association. Please see our updated bylaws (Article VII- 42 M-V ) for descriptions of each position.

Please email Melissa Berkvens at secretary@flyershockey.ca to express your interest in any of the positions listed below. Please include a short message confirming that you meet the requirements, and why you think you would be suitable for the role.

Submission Deadline: 11:50pm, Friday, July 5th, 2024.  We hope to hold interviews in the evening of July 7 (subject to change); however, a virtual option will be available.

  • Director of Policy 
  • Director of Finance (Preferably has a professional accounting certification)
  • Director of Registration
  • Director of Equipment
  • Director of Communication
  • Referee-in-Chief 
  • Central Minor Hockey League (CMHL) Delegate
  • Metro Minor Hockey League (MMHL) Delegate
  • Director of Tournaments
  • Safety Coordinator
  • Ice Scheduler (new position for the 2024-2025 season)

In addition, we are seeking Expressions of Interest for 2024-2025 Division Coordinators and an Ombudsmen (new role for the 2024-2025 season).

The Division Coordinators support communications between the Executive, Coaching/Bench staff, and SMHA Players/Families. The Division Coordinators report to their respective Vice President (VP Competitive, VP Recreation,  VP U9, or VP U7) and assist in all operational functions related to their division, fostering a positive hockey experience for all SMHA players and families.

The Ombudsmen will be appointed for a three year term by the Executive within thirty (30) days of an Annual General Meeting. The Ombudsman shall be an independent and objective party whose primary role shall be to receive disciplinary complaints from members of the association pertaining to other members, coaches, players, volunteers or members of the Board of Directors. The Ombudsman will be responsible for chairing the Disciplinary Committee, coordinating discipline meetings, issue suspensions and liaising with Hockey Nova Scotia on discipline matters.

As with the Board of Director positions, please email Melissa Berkvens at secretary@flyershockey.ca to express your interest. Please include a short message confirming that you meet the requirements, what level you are willing to help with and why you think you would be suitable for the role.

Submission Deadline: 11:50pm, Friday, July 5th, 2024

  • U5/U7 Division Coordinator
  • U9 Division Coordinator
  • U11 Recreation Division Coordinator
  • U11 Competitive Division Coordinator
  • U13 Recreation Division Coordinator
  • U13 Competitive Division Coordinator
  • U15 Recreation Division Coordinator
  • U15 Competitive Division Coordinator
  • U18 Recreation Division Coordinator
  • U18 Competitive Division Coordinator
  • Ombudsmen


Jun 20, 2024

AGM Vote Results

Thank you to everyone who came out to the AGM tonight, as well as to everyone who showed up to vote for our Nominees

We would like to congratulate the following people on being the successful candidates for terms in the following positions:

VP U9- Ryan Brewer (By acclamation)

VP Risk Management- Craig Foley (By acclamation)

VP Operations- Kim Gray

VP Competitive- Brad Aucoin

VP U7- Matt Brown

Secretary- Melissa Berkvens

Changes to the bylaws were also approved in the vote tonight.

Thank you to all candidates.  In the coming weeks we will be putting out a call for board positions and hope to see some of you get involved in one of these positions.

Jun 10, 2024

AGM Slides & Live Stream Link

2024 AGM Slide Deck

2024 AGM Live Stream


Both items - and all the rest of the AGM info -  are also linked on the AGM Page of our website

Thank You

Jun 9, 2024

Seeking Evaluators for Fall 2024 Competitive Tryouts

On behalf of the SMHA Board & Executive, the Competitive Tryouts committee is preparing a list of qualified Hockey Evaluators to potentially draw from for SMHA's Competitive Tryouts this fall.
More details and an updated Competitive Tryout Policy will be shared in the coming months.
Evaluators will be expected to attend a training session and will not participate in the evaluation of any Division for which they have a conflict of interest.
Exact dates are TBA. Typically this will be in mid-to-late September and/or early October 2024.
Evaluators will be compensated financially, with more details to follow.
If you're interested, please fill in the form with your name, contact information, a brief overview of your qualifications. Please Click Here to open the form in a new page, or you can fill it in below.
Thank you,
SMHA Competitive Tryout Committee


Jun 2, 2024

Bylaw Amendments: Creation of Ice Scheduler and Ombudsman

To our Members,
The above document is a proposed amendment to the SMH Bylaws. All changes are visible in redline as compared to the current SMH Bylaws. 
The most significant changes being proposed are the creation of new Ice Scheduler and Ombudsman positions. These changes are being proposed as a result of conversations we've had with various members throughout the year and a review of other associations' best practices.
This proposed amendment will be voted on at the Annual General Meeting on June 9th which will be a vote to "Accept" or "Reject" the amendment in its entirety.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to these proposed changes and the time you offer to Sackville Minor Hockey.
Jennifer Forster
VP Administration
May 20, 2024

Candidate Platforms for AGM

Please see the below links for platforms, we will continue to add as other candidates send in documents

  1. VP of Hockey Operations Nominees

    1. Kim Gray [Platform]

    2. Darren Harvieux [Platform]

    3. Rod Sturge [Platform]

  2. VP Competitive Nominees

    1. Brad Aucoin [Platform]

    2. Chris Fraser [Platform]

  3. VP U7 Nominees

    1. Mike Black [Platform]

    2. Matt Brown [Platform]

  4. Secretary Nominees

    1. Melissa Berkvens [Platform]

    2. Laura Buffett [Platform]
May 20, 2024