The Ken Thain Award for Meritorious Service is presented to an individual who has contributed much to curling in an organizational or administrative way. The list of recipients follows:
2003-04 Jim Young
2001-02 Liz Armstrong
2000-01 Marian Dupont
1998-99 Glen Sage*
1996-97 Bill Copping
1993-94 Earl Rigby
1992-93 Ken Murchison*
1991-92 John C. Smithson
1990-91 Allan B. Reed*
1989-90 Bernard Brunt*
1988-89 W. F. Burt
1987-88 Al Merrikin*
1986-87 Arthur Ward*
1983-84 Dr. Vic Prest*
1982-83 Ken Thain* *deceased
Who was Ken Thain?
Ken was a very fine curler in his own right, and curled competitively out of the Granite Curling Club. Following some health issues in 1977, he took on the role of Secretary Manager of the OVCA. He was very well respected and considered quite firm but fair. He served at a time when there was considerable acrimony among the parties to the now infamous Tripartite Agreement, i.e. the OVCA and the reluctant suitors--the Canadian Branch and the OCA.
Quiet and serious Ken was a very personable and well liked individual yet had no trouble standing up for the "right answer" on any and all issues. Quite organized, he conducted the Association business efficiently and effectively and wore the "Green Jacket" proudly. He was someone to whom you could always turn for an answer.
When he retired many people "in the system" felt there should be some sort of lasting recognition of his contribution to acknowledge his long, dedicated and meritorious service to the curling community.
He agreed reluctantly to the award and very graciously accepted the first one off the press.
From the Archives:
"History of the Ken Thain Award & Criteria for awarding the same.
An award was given by the Ottawa ValleyCurling Association in 1983 to Mr. Kenneth B. Thain in appreciation for his work over many years in an administrative capacity as schedule and draw chairman and as Secretary-Manager of the O.V.C.A.
On his retirement from the latter position it was decided to honor him further by naming the award "The Ken Thain Award for Meritorius Service".
The Award in the form of a plaque was suitably re-worded and a pin was designed to go along with the plaque which the recipient could wear with pride. The first recipient of this new award was Dr. V.K. Prest of City View Curling Club for his work with Junior and Little Rock curlers.
The Award should be given to a person who has contributed much to curling in an organizing or administrative way, either as a member of a curling club or association operating under the jurisdiction of the Ottawa Valley Curling Association.
The Award should honor only one person each curling season and should be presented at some official gathering of 'the Association'.
The pins, which remain the property of the O.V.C.A., are to be numbered and a record kept of the recipients."