The Lord Selkirk Royals was where Dale’s volleyball career began, and where he also won two provincial championships. He went on to play on provincial teams, was a member of the 1985 and 1987 Canada Games Teams, claiming silver and bronze medals, and was a member of the Canadian Jr. National Team that competed at the 1991 Pan American Games.
Dale’s volleyball and academic aspirations took him to the University of Manitoba where he completed his B.Sc. (Dean Honor Role) in 1989 and went on to complete his medical degree in 1993, receiving the Family Medicine Award. After receiving his medical degree, Dale completed a specialty program of internal medicine in June 1997 and had begun a sub-specialty in infectious diseases.
During his five years of university, Dale managed to balance his academics with his volleyball and played for the Bison’s, winning a national championship in 1991. During this time, Dale was a five time All-Canadian and was named the CIAU (CIS) Player of the Year in 1990.
Volleyball was very important part of Dale’s life and he made many lifelong friendships with both players and coaches. He continued to be an active member of the volleyball community as vice-president of Volleyball Manitoba.
Dale passed away on September 15, 1998, after a year long battle with cancer.
Family, friends and colleagues of Dale, have come together to form a scholarship named in his honor. Annually two male and two female high school volleyball players are awarded $1000 scholarships. Award applications are sent out annually to all high schools across Manitoba.
- Academic Excellence (minimum 65% average in his/her marks)
- Volleyball ability and leadership
- Extra curricular activities
- Currently attending High School (S4) and pursuing post-secondary studies after graduation
- Special consideration may be given to athletes who meet any of the following additional criteria; 1) reside in a rural Manitoba community 2) have completed on a Volleyball Manitoba Provincial Team Program or 3) who will be participating on a varsity volleyball program at a Canadian University or College.
- Scholarships of $1000 each will be given out annually to two male and two female applicants