Dr. Robert and Norma Ferguson Award for Outstanding Service
When the University of Regina was awarded the honour of hosting the 2018 USports Women's Basketball Championship, it became apparent that coordinating volunteer activities and event logistics would require extraordinary leadership. To use the basketball vernacular, it was a “slam dunk” when Amy Moroz BEd’98 and Andrea Ward BEd’00, MEd’10 were named co-chairs of the prestigious event that the University has hosted three times since 2009. Just as they had done two decades earlier when they led the Cougars women’s basketball team to the cusp of a national championship, the duo, proved they were formidable all-stars.
The Dr. Robert and Norma Ferguson Award for Outstanding Service is presented to a graduate (or graduates) to recognize outstanding volunteer leadership and service to the University’s Alumni Association. Both Amy and Andrea graduated with Education degrees and now work in Regina schools as teachers and coaches – ensuring the next generation of basketball players is as skilled as those of the past.
In cooperation with the University and USports, the pair oversaw an outstanding committee that consisted of alumni and committee members from past years’ championships. Amy and Andrea’s inclusive and collaborative leadership style ensured that all committee members were empowered and brought their best to the table.
The pair’s vision was to provide all participating teams and fans with an extraordinary experience during their time in Regina. Alumni activities were plentiful during the weekend, drawing graduates from across western Canada, as well as from the U.S. Although the Cougars fell short in their bid to win the national championship, alumni and the packed Kinesiology Centre gym, enjoyed cheering them on to a bronze medal win.
In every aspect, the tournament was a success and brought a lot of positive exposure to the University of Regina because of Amy and Andrea’s leadership.
As former University of Regina Athletics director, Dick White commented, “Their approach of engaging former members of the Cougars Women's Basketball program to provide the leadership foundation for committees and operation of the tournament was unique and undoubtedly will have a long-term impact for those women and their connection to our University. The event was memorable for all who participated whether as an athlete or fan and this was due in no small part to the vision and leadership of Amy and Andrea."