Cara Brown Scholarship
The 5-Count Ringette Goalie Award provides up to two awards in the amount of $250 each and are presented annually to registered players who are actively playing as a goalkeeper and the money is to be used for a unique opportunity that will benefit them as a goalie, their team, and/or ringette in general. The awards have been made possible through the support of Keely Brown, Heather Konkin and the program they co-own, 5-Count Ringette Goalie Instruction.
Heather and I are really excited to be offering this award specifically for ringette goalies. We have enjoyed our years of playing goal and instructing ringette goalies so much, and it is important to us (and 5-Count) to take time to give back to the ringette community that has supported both of us over the years. – Keely Brown
BIO – Keely Brown, co-owner of 5-Count
Keely Brown, an outstanding ringette goalie, started playing the game while growing up in Ontario. She moved to Alberta in 2003, where she joined the Edmonton WAM! of the National Ringette League. Keely competed in 19 Canadian Ringette Championships and won nine gold and eight silver medals. From 2000 to 2012, she was the Goaltender for Team Canada, becoming the longest serving goalkeeper in Ringette Canada’s National Team history. Keely goaltended Canada to gold in 2002 and silver in 2000, 2004, 2007, and 2010. She was the MVP of the final game three times and ‘Top Goalie of Tournament’ in 2002 and 2007.
Keely’s skill, finesse, patience, athletic ability, and grit set the standard for those involved in ringette. She was a formidable opponent and an amazing teammate. In 2012, Keely embraced the role of Assistant Coach with Team Canada U19, moving onto Team Canada in 2013.
On and off the ice, Keely helped to improve ringette for all who played the game. She founded and co-owns ‘5-Count Ringette Goalie Instruction’ which employs more than 30 ringette goalie instructors across Canada. Further, she has written two ringette goalie instruction books.
Not ending there, Keely designed an improved ringette goaltender’s glove called the “Keely”. This key piece of a ringette goaltenders’ equipment was designed in collaboration with NAMI and was the first innovation for ringette goalies since the sport was introduced in 1963. The new design was suited more ringette than previous styles, as the goalie needs to make the save, then pick up and toss the ring with an eye for accuracy and distance.
Keely’s talents were not limited to ringette as she also competed in ice hockey and in-line hockey. She played eight years with the Edmonton Chimos in the Western Women’s Hockey League, was the WWHL Championship MVP in 2005 and also named Top Goalie in 2005 and 2008/09. Keely was in net for Team Canada’s Inline Hockey Team from 2002 to 2011 and goaltended the team to nine World Championship medals; three gold, five silver, and one bronze. In 2012, Keely started as the Assistant Coach for the Canadian Inline Hockey Team, a role which she held for several years. She has since added two more gold medals and two silver medals to her World Championship resume.
In her day-to-day life, Keely’s passion for sport remained. She became the first in-house lawyer for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers in 2006; now named the Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) and includes the Edmonton Oilers, AHL’s Bakersfield Condors, WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings, and operates Rogers Place in Edmonton.
Keely was inducted into the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame as an athlete in 2014 and she was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame as an athlete in 2018.
BIO – Heather Konkin, co-owner of 5-Count
Co-owner of 5-Count Ringette Goalie Instruction, Heather is currently the head coach for Team Alberta U21. She has coached the U19AA St. Albert Mission to a silver medal at the 2017 Alberta Provincial Championship and a 4thplace finish at the Canadian Ringette Championships. Heather also coached Zone 5 to a Gold medal at the 2016 Alberta Winter Games. Highlights of Heather’s accomplishments include:
Application for a 5-Count Ringette Goalie Award can be made by ringette goalies who have been a goalkeeper for the past three years. Ringette Canada will not release award funds until proof that the athlete has been a goalkeeper for the past three years has been provided.
Agnes Jacks Scholarship
A member of the Order of Canada, Agnes Jacks was the widow of Sam Jacks, who invented the sport of ringette in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario. While the sport lost Mr. Jacks’ guiding hand through his untimely passing in 1975, the ringette community continued to benefit greatly from Agnes’s dedicated and enthusiastic promotion of the sport both within Canada and around the world.
Over the years, Agnes proved herself to be truly dedicated, not only to the sport but also to the people in ringette. She faithfully attended numerous ringette tournaments and championship events and never failed to provide just the right word of enthusiasm or congratulations to players, coaches, officials and spectators. The ringette community appropriately laid claim to Agnes as its very own goodwill ambassador.
In 1998, Agnes Jacks proudly lent her name to a scholarship awards program designed to recognize ringette players, coaches and officials who demonstrate strong academic performance and commitment to the sport of ringette. The scholarships are awarded annually on June 1st.
Sadly, the ringette community lost its goodwill ambassador on April 1, 2005, when Agnes passed away in her hometown of North Bay, Ontario. The Agnes Jacks Scholarship Awards program will continue to pay tribute to her memory and future recipients will be forever inspired by her dedication and love of ringette.
The Agnes Jacks Scholarship Awards program provides a number of scholarships of $1,000 each towards post-secondary education for ringette players, coaches and/or officials who demonstrate a strong commitment to the sport of ringette. Recipients receive a scholarship award certificate recognizing their achievements. Ringette Canada’s Board of Directors determines the number of scholarships offered each year.
Application for an Agnes Jacks Scholarship Award may be made by:
ringette players registered with one of Ringette Canada’s provincial/territorial member associations,
NCCP-certified ringette coaches, and
active on-ice ringette-certified officials.
Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a recognized post-secondary education institution for the next academic year. Applicants must meet the admission standards of the educational institution specified, which must be a university, college or other educational institution located in Canada providing courses at a post-secondary school level. Applicants must have actively participated in ringette as player, coach or on-ice official for at least five of the last seven years and must be registered in the current playing season. Successful applicants will be those who have demonstrated sustained commitment to the sport of ringette through playing, coaching, officiating and other volunteer activities.
Ringette Canada will not release scholarship funds until proof of registration as a full-time student at a Canadian university for the next academic year has been provided. Scholarship funds must be applied to the academic year for which the scholarship was awarded. Ringette Canada is unable to grant requests to defer scholarships from one academic year to the next.
Cara Brown Scholarship
The Cara Brown Scholarship provides two (2) annual scholarships of $1,000 each towards post-secondary education for competitive ringette players at the AA level (or at the highest level offered in the applicant’s community) who are entering a Canadian university on a full-time basis for the first time and have demonstrated academic excellence combined with a strong commitment to the sport of ringette. Funding for the Cara Brown Ringette Scholarship is provided by Brown Economic Consulting Inc., which supports many community events and courses through sponsorship and donations.
This scholarship is intended to ease the financial hardship that students encounter when trying to balance their commitments as athletes and as students. If it means that you continue to play ringette, while at school, then I will have accomplished my mission.
While I would not trade my university education for anything, I am comforted at having no regrets in perhaps trading off very few points on my GPA to go to the national championships (which invariably collided with final exams). I knew it then and persisted.
You can always upgrade that GPA or resume university studies after your athlete days are over. You can’t always perform at the elite level with the grace under pressure your youth will grant you – so seize both now! – Cara Brown
BIO – Cara Lane Brown, M.A. (Economics and Law)
What can a ringette player aspire to after winning gold at the Canadian Ringette Championships? To follow Cara Brown’s example, she can go on to participate in a total of seventeen national championships from 1980 to 1998 (winning gold in 1980, 1990, 1992-97), to be named to the all-star team on ten occasions, to experience three World Ringette Championships (winning gold twice), and to play in the 1998 International Summit Series against Finland. This is what Cara has done in her spare time. Cara’s drive, commitment to excellence and success is not limited to an outstanding twenty-seven-year AA ringette career in Ontario and Alberta. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in economics at the age of twenty-one and spent more than seven years as a senior economic consultant and expert witness. Then, in 1991 Cara established her own economic consulting firm, Brown Economic Consulting Inc. (BEC). Headquartered in Calgary with offices in Atlantic Canada and British Columbia, BEC Inc. is a forensic economic consulting firm specializing in the calculation of economic damages in civil litigation cases arising from personal injury, wrongful death, sexual assault, wrongful confinement or wrongful imprisonment. Her firm quantified $10 million in damages for the Milgaard family, after David Milgaard was exonerated following wrongful incarceration.
Cara authored a first-of-its kind economics loose-leaf book in 2000 entitled Damages: Estimating Pecuniary Loss, published by Canada Law Book. This serves as a practical guide in civil litigation cases for both new and experienced lawyers and is based on her more than 120 court appearances as an expert witness. Cara initiated, designed and taught Women, Work and the Economy, an undergraduate course at the University of Calgary (1996-99), as well as being a sessional instructor and guest lecturer at the University for other undergraduate economics and law courses. She has published more than twenty articles. She is listed in the 2000 edition of Who’s Who of Canadian Sport, and was selected for the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame in 2002 in the ‘Athlete’ category. Cara was profiled in the Royal Bank’s “Champions” newsletter (“Breakthroughs and Resources for Women Entrepreneurs”) in their fall/winter 2004 Issue 2 Volume 7.
Cara has also been blessed in her personal life, sharing the past 27 years with her lovely longtime partner, Maureen; and enjoying many special friendships within the ringette community and through her work experiences.
Application for a Cara Brown Ringette Scholarship may be made by ringette players who:
Ringette Canada will not release scholarship funds until proof of registration as a full-time student at a Canadian university for the next academic year, and confirmation of a B average (as defined by the applicant’s institution) is provided.