In Loving Memory of
Michelle Vandale (Johnson/Day)
Dec. 9, 1967 – Nov. 11, 2009
As a member of the Fraser Valley Ringette Association, Michelle began her ringette career as a player at the age of 8 and continued to play throughout her teens and young adulthood. She later took a break from ringette to get married and start a family, after which, Michelle was reunited with the sport she loved when she resumed playing in the Open (18+) division. It wasn’t long after her daughter Alex began playing (also at the age of 8) that Michelle discovered a love of coaching.
Over the years, Michelle proved herself to be truly dedicated, not only to the sport but more importantly to the players that she coached and mentored. She faithfully devoted her time to preparing practice plans, attending games, practices, and tournaments and serving on the Fraser Valley Ringette executive. Both as a coach and as a player, she always provided enthusiasm and encouragement to each and every person on her team. Michelle led by example, striving to be the best that she could be, to work together as a team, and to display good sportsmanship during any situation.
Sadly, the ringette community lost a great role model on November 11th, 2009, when Michelle’s life was tragically cut short.
Always loving, always loved, and an inspiration to all, Michelle is always just
a thought away, she is loved and remembered every day.
“Let’s never take for granted these moments that we’ve shared, but always be reminded of how intensely we have learned to live, how completely we have learned to love.” ~ Peggy Wrightsman
Michelle (age: 9)
Michelle & Daughter Alex