Shannon Stephenson, who teaches at Outlook High School (OHS), has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to sport, school and community with West Central Athletics’ Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association (SHSAA) Service Award.
OHS staff members including principal Collette Evans, vice-principal Kim Sobkowicz, school secretary Sheila Halseth and her colleagues Rosemarie Tam and Cindy Tulp, provided the following to her nomination for the award:
“Shannon is well known in the school and community as someone who goes above and beyond for every person she meets. She is always the first person to volunteer and she always ensures everyone is included. Shannon pours her heart and soul into everything she does. So many people are so lucky to have her in their lives.”
Shannon served as SHSAA Women’s representative from 2017 to 2019 and continues to serve as athletic director and West Central Association executive member, a post she has held since 2014. She is also the SHSAA provincial executive member and regional conveyor for curling.
Shannon is perhaps best known for her many years of dedication to coaching cross country. According to Lance Morrison, the President of the West Central High School Athletic Association: “She (Shannon) ran miles and miles with students in conditions fair and foul.” Shannon hosted district and provincial cross country meets and she coached OHS teams that won silver in 2006 and 2008 and won the provincial championship in 2013 and 2014.
Besides cross country, at various times, Shannon has also coached junior and senior volleyball, track and field, junior basketball, junior curling and helped with other school sports as well. Even when she has no official role, Shannon can be counted on to be in the stands, showing her support and cheering on the student athletes!
Along with putting so much of herself into student athletics, Shannon also finds time to support sports and other activities in her community. She is a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, she supports minor softball and hockey and has organized numerous games, practices and tournaments and managed the Diefenbaker Thunder girls hockey team.
Amazingly, even with all that, Shannon still finds time to offer horseback riding lessons and provide equine assisted therapy for people with autism.
“Sun West is proud to have teachers like Shannon who give so much to our students, schools and communities,” stated Randy Emmerson, Sun West Director of Education, “and it is great to see Shannon recognized for all her wonderful work and dedication.”