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June Mosiondz honoured as 2019 Swan Valley District Recreation Commission Volunteer of the Year

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Volunteers typically enrich the community with their selflessness, time and energy. However, one local volunteer has not only done that countless times, but has also bettered the lives of those she works with and was recognized for these efforts with the Swan Valley District Recreation Commission’s annual Volunteer of the Year award earlier this month.
June Mosiondz has given many years and countless hours to helping introduce and foster a love of sports to many athletes who face physical and mental challanges within the Valley.
In 2009, Mosiondz started the SVRSS Tigers Bowling team – which she continues to coach – created the Cobras Adult Bowling team and started the Special Olympics Committee in the same year.
In 2012, she added floor hockey to her coaching repertoire with the formation of the Tiger Fire Special Olympics team and track and field with Blazing Athletics – a mixture of high school and adults team. This same year she was recognized for Female Coach of the Year Award with Sport Manitoba and coached Team Manitoba in 5-pin bowling at the National Special Olympics Games in Vancouver, B.C..
Many trips to Winnipeg for coaches training later and she was coaching at the 2017 Special Olympics Manitoba Summer Games and has continued to coach athletes in the summer and winter games every second year since.
In 2018, Mosiondz coached the 5-pin bowling at the National Games in Charlottetown, P.E.I. and again at the 2019 Winter Games in Winnipeg.
At the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary, Mosiondz received a medal for her integral involvement in Special Olympics and received the Vince Leah Memorial Award at the Coaching Manitoba Impact Awards in Winnipeg in April 2019 in the fundamentals category.
Already in 2020, Mosiondz has agreed to be an assistant coach to Team Manitoba’s bowling team competing in Nationals in Thunder Bay, Ont..
Her accomplishments and accolades are nothing short of amazing with countless fundraising efforts spear headed or helped with for the majority of Special Olympics events.
Mosiondz has also trained athletes to get them ready for provincials and national Special Olympics events in athletics, swimming, dry-land and bowling.
“It was a total surprise,” said Mosiondz, about receiving the award. “I’m so in awe. It’s nice to be recognized but I don’t do it for that. I do it because I love the athletes and I love seeing them succeed and grow as people.”
While Mosiondz’ list of accomplishments are enough to make most tired just looking at them, she emphasizes that she still has a long way to go.
“I’d say I’m mid-stride in what I’ll do,” she said. “I think I have another good 10-15 years left in me for this.”
While Swan Valley events are winding down for the coach to many, Mosiondz is looking forward to attending Nationals as a bowling coach to others before gearing up for local sports coming next season.
“Floor hockey is winding down right now,” she said. “We’ll have a Parkland tournament for bowling in April with track and field starting mid-April. Bocce starts in May too.”
In the meantime Mosiondz is all smiles looking at the recognition she’s received.
“Thank you to whoever nominated me,” she said. “I greatly appreciate the recognition and I’m greatly honoured.”

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Jakki Lumax
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