Respect My Game
The Respect My Game Task Force was comprised of:
• Scott Williston of Chatham, ON (Project Manager) is an accomplished Softball Canada Level 4 Umpire with over thirty (30) years of experience as a player, coach and umpire. Scott is an active Softball Ontario volunteer and is the acting SP Zone 1 Umpire-in-Chief. Mr. Williston adds 26 years of experience in Health Care/Materials Management to his extensive resume and specializes in Project Management.
• Richard Coleman of Orleans, ON is a retired Chemical Engineer who, for the last ten (10) years, has been responsible for forming and training the first Emergency Response Team for the National Research Council. Involved in Scouts Canada and Softball Ontario’s Umpire Program, Richard has learned how to address difficult people. Richard was the Softball Ontario FP Zone 10 and SP Zone 8 Umpire-in-Chief from 2001 to 2007, and has remained the local Umpire-in-Chief for the Orleans Amateur Fastball Association. This year he joined the Zone 10 staff as the DUIC and is responsible for the JD Program. Richard is well respected in the umpiring community across the province and is well known for his administrative skills.
• Doug Cundall of Barrie, ON is a retired Vice-Principal and has been officiating since 1966. Doug has served as the Chairman of the Softball Ontario Umpires’ Committee and as Softball Ontario’s Slo-Pitch Provincial Umpire-in-Chief. Doug spends a great deal of his spare time writing educational materials and manuals for Softball Canada’s Officials’ Development Committee. Doug was appointed to the Respect My Game Task Force by Softball Canada.
• Terry Hrynyk of Oshawa, ON has been involved in the game of softball in many different capacities, including player, coach, league executive, and now as an umpire. In Terry’s professional life he is an elementary school teacher and has vast knowledge in writing curriculum. Terry brings the perspective of many faces of the game to the table.
• Rob Phillips of Hagersville, ON is a Level 4 FP and SP umpire for Softball Ontario and has recently retired from our great game; however, he wishes to be involved in some capacity. Rob has been asked by the Erie Men’s Fastball League to assist in dealing with and developing a discipline policy that will address player - umpire relations. Rob has been involved with Softball Ontario as a Zone Umpire-in-Chief, SP Provincial Deputy Umpire-in-Chief and the Chairman of Softball Ontario Umpires’ Program. Professionally, Rob is a chartered accountant and General Manager for Heaslip Ford. Rob’s administrative skills have proven that he can complete any task thrown his way.
• Scott Searle of Orleans, ON is a high school teacher in Ottawa who is heavily involved with the Anti-Bullying Program at his current place of employment. Scott is a Level 3 FP and Level 2 SP umpire who was formally a local Umpire-in-Chief and is a fully certified Level 3 Coach in the National Coaching Certification Program. As a young official Scott was the target of abuse from fans, coaches and players. He was fortunate to have had excellent mentors, who helped to keep him in our great game. He is very passionate about making a difference and feels that he can achieve this goal by being a member of the Respect My Game Task Force.
• Stephanie Sutton of Hamilton, ON is Softball Ontario’s Program Coordinator for Athlete and Coaches Programs. Steph lives and breathes softball. Steph’s spare time consists of actively playing fast pitch, coaching softball, acting as the Secretary for the Flamborough Ladies’ Fastball League Executive and volunteering for Softball Ontario’s Community Fun Team. She also instructs Softball Ontario Minor Development clinics. Steph’s passion for softball and fair play, and her education in Sport, Recreation and Leisure Services, assist her in effectively providing staff support to the Respect My Game Task Force.
• Mark Trepanier of Ottawa, ON is an IT Telecom Specialist for the National Research Council of Canada and he directs, manages and coordinates telecommunications for employees across Canada. He is heavily involved in sports, specifically hockey, as the manager of a men’s hockey team and a VP / secretary-treasurer of a men's hockey league. In softball, Mark sits on the Executive Board of the EOUA. Recently he was the Transportation Manager for the 2009 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Ottawa. His experience and background make him an asset to our program.