OKOTOKS, AB (June 1, 2021) – Longtime Okotoks Oilers staff member and current Business Manager Dawn LeMaistre will be departing her current role to join the Okotoks & District Chamber of Commerce, it was announced today.
Over fourteen years, LeMaistre has contributed to nearly every aspect of the team’s operations, from its office administration, to billeting, ticketing, camps, and volunteers, in addition to delivering major events like the 2019 CJHL Prospects Game.
“Dawn was the glue that kept us all together; our board, our staff, our fans, and the wider community,” said Oilers Chairman of the Board Wayne Lauinger. “From her new position with the Chamber she will further enhance our connection to the community, and vice versa. We wish her every success in her new position; our loss is the Chamber’s gain.”
“I have been very fortunate to work with Dawn,” said Oilers general manager and head coach Tyler Deis. “From the moment I joined the organization, she has been an extremely supportive colleague. She is definitely one of the faces of the Oilers to all fans, players, and staff, and she will be greatly missed.”
“Closing out an era and moving on from my role with the Oilers has been a bit of challenge for me and hard to wrap my mind around,” LeMaistre added. “After spending over 14 seasons with the team, I am not saying goodbye but simply taking a step back from my role in the day-to-day operations as I welcome this new opportunity.
“The Okotoks Oilers organization has watched my family grow up in this community and supported me along the way, and for this I could not be more thankful.”
LeMaistre’s tenure with the Oilers makes her one of the longest-serving off-ice employees of a team in the AJHL. She also represented the team to the Chamber, serving on its Board and helping to build relationships with major community stakeholder groups including the Town of Okotoks and its Minor Hockey Association.
“Traditionally, at this time of year, we are sharing the Oilers’ philosophy of ‘Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler,’ to our departing and graduating players,” she noted. “But right now this sentiment could not be more true for me. The Oilers will always be dear to my heart, and I look forward to continuing to play a small role in their journey, even if it is from a bit of a distance.”
The Oilers are currently in preparation for the 2021-22 season, with further details to be announced in the coming weeks.
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