In Memory of Karen Van Hollen
1966 - 2005
Karen Van Hollen will always be remembered as a skater who was truly dedicated to her sport, not only as a synchronized skater, but also as a skating mom. In the past she has volunteered her time to make costumes for the carnival, and she even went out on the ice to help her oldest son Kerry learn to skate.
Karen has been a member of the Port Stanley Ice Breakers for 6 years, but her love for synchronized skating started 10 years ago when she joined the Mamma's and the Poppa's competitive team.
When Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago, her commitment to the team never diminished. In fact she became the skater that everyone turned to for strength. Karen was never one to complain and she always had a joke or smile to offer to someone who was having a bad day. Even within the last year while her health was deteriorating she could be found at the arena every Sunday night cheering us on from the sidelines.
We were so fortunate that she was able to be with us when we reached our goal of skating at the National Championships in February. She was an example and inspiration to us all; we wouldn't have made it that far without her support. There will always be a place on the ice, and in our hearts for Karen. She will be truly missed.
There she sits
The Port Stanley Ice Breakers have participated in
Canadian Cancer Society's Relay For Life
June 10, 2005
in Karen's Memory
Standing at back: Glen Van Hollen
Kneeling: Vicki Goodlett,Goodlett
Top L to R: Erin Verbruggen, Lydia Vinet, Kerry Van Hollen, Daniel Van Hollen, Corrina Van Hollen, Victoria Quick, Lisa McKenzie, Brenda Taylor
Bottom L to R: Angela Payne, Sonja Lawrence, Kathryn McFadden, Melanie Banghart, Terri Benwell
In Karen's memory, her sister has donated this award for the Ice Breaker who is most like Karen in spirit and dedication
The recipient is chosen by the team members
Below is a list of the recipients to date:
2010/2011 Megan Hutton
2009/2010 Kathy Phillips
2008/2009 Jody Gleeson
2007/2008 Donna Van Rompaey
2006/2007 Donna Van Rompaey
2005/2006 Angela Smith
2004/2005 Karen Van Hollen
Congratulations to all recipients!!!!!!!