Builder – Ringette
Carolyn Mountjoy is a lifelong resident of Whitby and a graduate of Anderson Collegiate and the University of Western Ontario. She was raised in a family that loved sports, and credits that influence for the enthusiasm she retains today, particularly for the sport of ringette.
Carolyn’s coaching career began in 1991 when her daughter registered to play with Whitby Ringette. Since then, she has gained extensive ringette coaching experience by attending numerous clinics as well as working with other coaches in her chosen sport; she is currently recognized as a Certified Competition Introduction coach by Ringette Canada.
The year 2019 marked Carolyn’s 25th anniversary as a member of various coaching staffs, on teams ranging from the U8 age group to the university and adult levels. As part of these staffs, her memorable team achievements include:
- U10 Ontario Central Region Ringette Championships silver medal (1995)
- Ontario Winter Games bronze medal with the Central Region AAA team (2000)
- U19AA Ringette Ontario Provincial Championships silver medal (2000)
- U19A Ringette Ontario Provincial Championships silver medal (2003)
- Ontario Winter Games gold medal with the Central Region AAA team (2006)
- U14AA Ringette Ontario Provincial Championships gold medal (2008)
- U14AA Eastern Canadian Championships gold medal (2008)
- U16AA Ringette Ontario Provincial Championships gold medal (2010)
- U16AA Canadian Ringette Championships bronze medal (2010)
- U19 exhibition games in Sweden and a tournament in Finland (Dec 2015-Jan 2016)
On a personal level, Carolyn has received the Central Region Ringette Volunteer of the Year Award (2010) and the Ringette Ontario Community Builder Award (2010). She represented Whitby Ringette as a torch bearer for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as the torch travelled through Whitby, and was inducted into the Ringette Ontario Hall of Fame as a Provincial Builder (2011). Her contributions to ringette were also recognized with the Whitby Ringette Spirit of Ringette Award at the association’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in January 2019.
In addition to her coaching commitments, Carolyn has dedicated extensive time and effort to multiple administrative positions and responsibilities with several ringette organizations:
- Whitby Ringette
- Whitby Women’s Ringette
- Central Region Ringette
- Ringette Ontario Board of Directors
- Ringette Canada
She has also acted as a Ringette Ontario Coaching Clinic Learning Facilitator and a coaching mentor with the Changing the Game Mentorship Program through the Coaches Association of Ontario.
Athlete – Lacrosse
Born in Scarborough and a current resident of Oshawa, Shawn Williams developed a love for the sport of lacrosse at a young age, following in the footsteps of his father, Greg, who had previously played with the Brooklin Redmen; along with his fondness for the game, Shawn’s remarkable talent on arena floors and playing fields led to one of the most illustrious careers in the history of the sport.
Shawn enjoyed considerable success in both indoor lacrosse and field lacrosse, with perhaps his most significant achievements recorded over his 19 seasons with the Brooklin Redmen of Major Series Lacrosse (MSL). During this time, he won the league scoring championship six times (1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2012) and he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player on three occasions (2005, 2007, 2011). Shawn is Brooklin’s all-time leading scorer, (currently second all-time in Canadian lacrosse) having recorded an astounding 2,121 points over a total of 474 regular season and playoff games; this includes a league record of 21 points in a single game, set in the 1999 season.
Shawn’s MSL career included two Mann Cup titles, with Brooklin in 2000 and a second with Brampton in 2009 after being acquired from Brooklin in a trade deadline deal. In the 2009 series, Shawn led all scorers with 29 points in seven games and was named Mann Cup MVP.
While his scoring prowess produced substantial recognition for both Shawn and his Brooklin teams, he also enjoyed parallel success on various other stages; this includes 17 seasons in the National Lacrosse League (NLL), in which he recorded 1,152 total points in 257 regular season games (4.5 points per game) plus another 78 points in 24 career playoff games. He played in six NLL All-Star games (2002, 2005-2009) and won league championships in 1999 (Toronto) and 2007 (Rochester).
Shawn has represented Canada in several international lacrosse competitions, winning two indoor championships (2003, 2007) and one field title (2006) as well as silver medals at the 2002 and 2010 field championships. He was also a member of the Toronto Nationals Major League Lacrosse field championship team in 2009, and a four-time Canadian University Field Lacrosse champion (Baggataway Cup) with Brock University.
As a high school teacher in Durham Region since 2005, Shawn has coached several local teams to championships in lacrosse, football, and basketball. His coaching success extends to the Brock University Men’s Field Lacrosse Team (two national championships), the Whitby Minor Lacrosse Association (10 total provincial championships in box and field lacrosse with son Dyson’s teams), the Oshawa Minor Lacrosse Association (two provincial box and field lacrosse championships with son Tucker’s teams), and a Minto Cup national title in 2007 as the offensive coach with the Six Nations Junior A team.
Shawn is currently the head coach with the Whitby Warriors Junior A Lacrosse team and an assistant coach with the Colorado Mammoth of the NLL.
Athlete - Hockey
Jay enjoyed his entire minor hockey experience playing in his hometown of Whitby, Ontario. After his graduation from the Whitby Minor Hockey Association (WMHA), he played one season for the Oshawa Legionnaires of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), winning the BJ Monroe Trophy as the league’s Top Pro Prospect and the Jack Ferguson award, commonly known as the “Fergie”, as the player selected first overall in the 1998 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection.
Jay was selected first overall in that draft by the Brampton Battalion, giving him the added distinction of being the first-ever pick in the history of the franchise. Harrison played his entire 4-year OHL career with the Battalion, and was selected to represent Canada at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships on two occasions. He was a medalist in each tournament, earning a bronze medal in 2001 and silver in 2002.
Harrison was selected in the third round of the 2001 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, 82nd overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he made his NHL debut in 2006 against the Montreal Canadiens. In 2007, Jay signed a 1-year contract with EV Zug of the National League A in Switzerland. Honing his skills and gaining valuable experience overseas, Jay returned to North America in early 2008 to rejoin the Maple Leafs for the remainder of that season.
In the summer of 2008, Jay signed with the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL where he established himself as an everyday defenseman over six-plus seasons. The pinnacle of his career came in 2013, when he represented Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championships in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2014, Jay was traded to the Winnipeg Jets where he played the final two years of his professional career. He played in 372 games over the course of his NHL career, registering 23 goals, 52 assists, and 360 penalty minutes.