Recognition

Over the years, MVC coaches and volunteers have been recognized both locally and provincially for their volunteer leadership. Amongst other citations, these include the Sports Hamilton Coach of the Year Award, Distinguished Volunteer Service Awards and OVA Volunteer Recognition Awards. In the past, MVC coaches and volunteers Jos Nederveen, Denis Levesque, Mike Fuchs, Meghan Schilthuis (Boyle) and Nancy Castura have been recognized at both these levels.
2016 - 2017 OVAtion Awards Banquet
Nancy Castura and Jos Nederveen were awarded the Paul and Shelley Brownstein Builder Award for their lifetime dedication to building the sport of volleyball in Hamilton at the OVAtion Awards Banquet. 

Larissa Byckalo was named the Ontario Volleyball Female Development Coach of the Year for her constant hard work to develop athletes into volleyball players both at MVC and Team Ontario.

Additionally, Christine Kalata (16U Black), Jenny Pellegrino (16U Maroon), and Larissa Byckalo (18U) received the 5-year Recognition Award for their contributions to the volleyball communitee.

The OVA hosted their annual OVAtion Awards Banquet to honour all of the coaches, volunteers, and athletes for their hard work all season. 

A huge Congratulations to all coaches, this is just a small testament to how amazing our volleyball community really is. Climb Higher!

Click here to read Dundas’ Nancy Castura and Jos Nederveen earn Ontario Volleyball Association honours from Hamilton Today
From left, Jenny Pellegrino (16U Maroon), Larissa Byckalo (18U), Nancy Castura and Jos Nederveen
2015 OVAtion Awards Banquet​​
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, the Ontario Volleyball Association rolled out the red carpet to honour volunteers at the 2015 OVAtion Awards Banquet. It was an evening of celebration and most importantly, deserved recognition for those who have helped to grow volleyball in Ontario.

Mountain Volleyball Club co-founder and long time coach, Jos Nederveen was recognized, along with John Nelson of the Waterloo Tigers, with the prestigious Anton Furlani Award. This prestigious award recognizes individuals who have a history of dedicated involvement in the sport, has contributed a minimum of 25 years of services to the OVA and has made significant strides promoting and building the sport of volleyball in Ontario.

As a Provincial level volunteer, Jos was the Athlete Development Chair of the Ontario Volleyball Association from 1994-2003 and guided the development and implementation of the Ontario Regional Summer Games program, the Provincial Team Training Centres program, the High Performance Centre for Elite identification and the Spikes introductory volleyball program He was the Vice President of Indoor Competitions from 2004-2012 and impacted on the growth in the number of clubs and on the sport across the province.  He also served as an OVA Director at Large from 2013-14.  Jos was also recognized on his 20 years of volunteerism at the provincial board level. Congratulations Jos!
Jos Nederveen - 2014 McMaster Alumni Hamilton Community Impact Award
Long standing OVA Executive member and club coach Jos Nederveen was recognized recently by the the McMaster Alumni Association at their annual awards luncheon with the 2014 McMaster Alumni Hamilton Community Impact Award.  The prestigious award recognizes individuals who have made a positive impact on the Hamilton community while reflecting the values of McMaster – integrity, quality and teamwork.

Jos Nederveen, B.P.E., is a member of the McMaster Class of 1978, holds a Master’s Degree in Sport and Stress Psychology, and a legendary volleyball coach in the Hamilton community.  Certified as an NCCP Level 3 Coach, Jos is a biology and exercise science teacher in the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board and a volleyball coach who has won 20 city championships in a coaching career that spans nearly four decades.

One of Jos’s signature accomplishments is the founding and leading of the Catholic Coaching Program offered through the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board to help bring together technical coaching training – the program offers national coaching certification – and values-based training related to fostering a sports culture built on respect, integrity, fellowship and self-esteem. In just three years, the program has trained more than 200 teacher coaches and volunteer coaches. Jos also founded both the developmental St. Mary Volleyball Program (MVP) and the Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC).

While Jos would certainly measure his coaching and teaching legacies in the success of the student-athletes who have participated in his programs and on his teams, his impressive list of awards provides an indication of the respect his peers have for his impact. Jos was named Hamilton’s Coach of the Year for 2013 and the winner of both the Dr. Ray Johnson Coach of the Year Award and a Distinguished Volunteer Service Award at the City of Hamilton’s 27th Annual Sport Volunteer Appreciation Banquet. He received the Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence, the Coaches’ Association of Ontario'sDevelopmental Coach of the Year, the 3M Coaching Award, the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association’s Peter Beach Award and the Syl Apps Special Achievement Award for Volleyball – notably, an award named for an iconic McMaster alumnus.  

Also recognized was Brenda Flaherty (1990), Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Hamilton Health Sciences.
OVA Executive Director Jo-Anne Ljubicic and OVA President Linda Melnick congratulate Jos on his 20 year voluntary contributions to the OVA Board
OVA Manager of Indoor Programs, Carrie Campbell and OVA Past President Kristine Drakich present Jos Nederveen with the Anton Furlani Award
28th Annual Sports Hamilton Volunteer Appreciation Awards
Nancy Castura - Executive Member, Volunteer, Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC)
In September, MVC media volunteer Nancy Castura was recognized at the 28th Annual Sports Hamilton Volunteer Appreciation Awards Dinner with a Distinguished Volunteer Service Award.

A native of Hamilton, Nancy began her sport administrative career as the Program Coordinator at the Ontario Volleyball Association and then a sport body Executive Director. A secondary school teacher, she volunteers extensively in the administration, promotion and development of volleyball programs at the high school, club and recreational level.  
 
For the past twelve years, Nancy has been promoting volleyball in Hamilton first volunteering as a media and public relations coordinator with the Mountain Athletic Club (MAC) and most recently (seven years) as a club executive member and media contact for the Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC).

Her outstanding efforts in the promotion of volleyball has included promoting the success of club teams, their individual coaches and players as well as volunteering to photograph the MVP House League, MVP VolleyTotz and MVP Summer Camp developmental programs. Nancy collaborates with club volunteers as the tournament host of multiple annual MVC tournaments as well as the liaison for club competitions with the Ontario Volleyball Association.
2013 OVAtion Awards - Volunteer Recognition Awards
Peter Stratford - Coach, Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC)
Peter is a Health and Physical Education teacher in the Halton region. For the past 3 years, he has coached the Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC) 13U and 14U team. Previous to this, he coached the Waterdown Raiders 14-17U teams for 4 years competing in the Provincials, Eastern Canadians and finishing with a silver medal at the National Championships. He is a coordinator of the Elementary School Provincial Volleyball Cup.  Peter is also the Course Director For Elementary Athletics at the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre and has been the leadership coach at the MVC developmental MVP Summer Camps and an MVP House League coach. His commitment and talent was recognized when he was honoured at the 2012 Ontario Sport Awards with the Syl Apps Volunteer Award for his outstanding work with intramurals and developing a strong base for student involvement in physical activity and sport by CIRA ( Canadian Intramural Recreation Association).

Kristin Kawamoto - Coach, Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC)
Kristin is a Health and Physical Education teacher in Hamilton. She played varsity volleyball at Trent University and Queen’s University before becoming an assistant coach for the Women’s Varsity team at McMaster University. During her 6 years at McMaster, she also coached at the Mountain Athletic Club (MAC) for two years as both an assistant and head coach for the 14U team and for the past 2 years with Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC) as the assistant coach for MVC 13U and now 14U team. Kristin has been an outstanding developmental coach with MVC in the winter session MVP developmental House League program, the MVP Summer camps and the VolleyTotz program.

Martha Salvatore - Executive member volunteer, Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC)
Martha started volunteering in the 90‘s when her daughter Chiara played with the Waterdown Raiders.  At the time, she volunteered to help with club membership and as a treasurer.  Martha was recruited again in 2008 when her daughter started coaching club volleyball and has been an integral executive member volunteer in two Hamilton clubs, as the treasurer, registrar and club contact for the Mountain Athletic Club (MAC) and currently with the Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC).  She has shared hours of her time and expertise with the MVC executive and club volunteers making the day to day fiscal administration of the club that much smoother.

Michael P. Hall - Coach, Photographer, Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC)
Joining Mountain Volleyball Club (MVC) 5 years ago, Mike has assisted with teams in the age divisions of 15U up to 17U.  He has also coached volleyball championship contending teams at the local secondary school level with teams of both genders and has recruited athletes to volleyball that have graduated to post secondary play.  Mike has also been the video assistant for the Mens and Women's Varsity Volleyball teams at McMaster University filming game tapes and creating promotional slide shows.  He is a creative and talented photographer whose work has been published by the OUA and CIS.
Coaching Distinctions at a Higher Level
Steve Felker
Has been an assistant coach at McMaster University with the women's team, having won two OUA titles.

Denis Levesque
He spent 8 years as an Assistant for the McMaster University Women’s Volleyball team, and as a three time Region 3 Head Coach.

Dave Lightfoot
Has been an assistant coach at McMaster University for three years, one year with the men's team , and two years with the women's team. Prior to that, he was a co-coach at Mohawk with the womens’ team for five years, and was named Co-Coach of the year.

Jenny Pellegrino
Has helped coach at the Ontario Summer Games with Region 3, and was a Co-Coach at the Canusa Games in 2016.

Larissa Byckalo-Puhach
Has helped coach Team Ontario teams in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and was awarded Coach of the Year for the Halton Public School Board in 2015.