The University of Manitoba continued its tradition of presenting annual Bisons Leadership and Community Development Awards, despite the ongoing global pandemic and the cancellation of the 2020 U-Sports season.
Of the two recipients, Bisons women’s hockey star Brielle Dacquay-Neveux was the female beneficiary. The fourth-year defender stayed involved within the University of Manitoba’s Athletic Council (UMAC), while serving the community in roles with Siloam Mission, a Christmas hamper program and participating in Bisons Against Bullying.
“During her time with the Bisons, Brielle has become a trusted and helpful leader on the Bisons women’s hockey team and her leadership has made an impact on the UMAC community outreach programs like Bisons Book Buddies and Bisons Against Bullying, and with the CAN U Holiday Hamper program,” said Bison Sports associate director Curt Warkentin, Bison Sports associate director. “Brielle is a great example of what a Bisons student-athlete can be. She has made both her team and the community at large a better place through her efforts.”
Not one known for leading the charge offensively, the 21-year-old blueliner has been a solid force within the Canada West Conference for the past three seasons of play. Putting up three points and 16 penalty minutes, Dacquay-Neveux joined the University of Manitoba in 2017-18 following her time with the AAA Winnipeg Avros.
“She is an integral part of the women’s hockey program and earned her teammates’ respect through everyday effort in practices and through her leadership in helping guide younger players in the dressing room,” read the Bisons media release.
Dacquay-Neveux was joined by fifth-year member of the men’s basketball team James Wagner as the male recipient.