Debbie Bland from our Etobicoke Dolphins organization has been selected as one of the 3 finalists for the Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award.
We nominated Debbie Bland as she has made and continues to make a tremendous contribution to female hockey in Etobicoke, Ontario over the last 25 years. As Co-founder/Builder of the Etobicoke Dolphins Girls Hockey League, dedicated Coach, Referee in Chief and Mentor, Debbie has directly led and assisted hundreds of girls and young women over the years to develop their confidence to not only excel in hockey, but feel included in sport and develop a lasting passion for the game and their community! Debbie’s perseverance and continuous contributions to female hockey are endless. With Debbie it is about teaching the girls about life lessons and how to face life’s challenges head on. For the players that have come through the Dolphins under Debbie’s guidance, have grown and developed into strong young females. Debbie Bland epitomizes the definition of a hockey leader and community hero who unselfishly has given and continues to give so much to help young girls succeed in hockey and in everyday life in our community.
For those that have been following #teamabbey, Debbie Bland is Abbey Tran’s Nana. Abbey passed away on May 1st. Abbey loved her Nana and we would love to be able to honour Abbey’s memory by making sure her Nana wins this award.
You can help us to do that by voting for Debbie. On Friday, May 25th fans can visit https://www.nhl.com/fans/willie-oree-community-hero-award and cast their vote for Debbie Bland through to June 1st at 1 pm ET. Vote as often as possible.
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Let’s make this happen.