Joanne Stanga – Season 2
Joanne Stanga is one of the important women who helped to build Canadian Women’s Field Lacrosse.
She was the Head Coach and Assistant Coach of Senior and U19 National Teams for a 10 year period going back to 1993. She coached the Ontario Senior and Junior Teams beginning in 1990 through 2005, and coached locally in Orillia as well.
Joanne shared her knowledge of the game as a Master Course Conductor up to 2016.
As a player she competed for Canada, Ontario and as a Rep Player from 1978-2010.
Along with Coaching and Playing Joanne served at all levels as a builder of the game through her Administrative acumen. This stretched through all levels – locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.
She worked on developing the high school league and Summer Games as well.
All this work brought her many accolades. She received Orillia’s Piper Bain Award and was named a Life Member there, collected the OLA Mr. Lacrosse Award, the CLA Lester B. Pearson Award, the IWFLA Recognition Award, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
To top things off, Orillia created the Joanne T. Stanga Award to honour her contributions.