Funding Assistance Programs

Hockey is a great opportunity for kids to be physically active and develop life-long friendships. We understand it can also be a costly sport to participate in and for some families a little assistance may be needed. For families in need of funding assistance, below are a few resources we encourage you to explore:


Shirley Pickering Memorial Fund

Shirley Pickering completed much in her lifetime and has left behind a legacy of community spirit and support. Shirley was never one to be in the spotlight, however, she impacted so many people, through her generosity, caring manner, love for her family & friends, healthy competitive spirit, spunk, hearty laughter, and loving hugs. Her giving heart completed all of who she was and what she represented.  

Shirley moved to Sylvan Lake in 1942 and resided in Sylvan Lake until her passing in 2015, making her the longest continuous citizen, spending 73 years in Sylvan Lake. She lived within a few blocks of the arena. 

Shirley had two sons, who she followed all over the province for minor hockey. Not only did she go to watch her boys, but also to watch their friends. She continued this, by watching her grandkids and was the proudest hockey mom and gramma.

The focus of the ShirleyPickering Memorial Fund is to support players within Sylvan Lake Minor Hockey Association, in the participation of physical activity as well as acknowledging stewardship in their communities, contributing to the legacy of Shirley and continue sharing the memory of her love for the game of hockey and the children playing it. 

Each year the SPMF may provide funding assistance to a select few SLMHA Members, for one of the following: 

  • Registration of a child to participate in Sylvan Lake Minor Hockey 
  • Purchase of Hockey Equipment  
  • Scholarship to a post secondary institution
  • Junior Hockey – assistance with expenses 


Who can apply?  

SLMHA Members – players either new to SLMHA, current or players about to attend post secondary schooling. Those requiring funding assistance will be given precedence. A parent/guardian, coach, assistant coach, director, friend or family member can apply on behalf of SLMHA player requiring funding assistance.  


How to apply for assistance: 

A Parent/Guardian of child wishing to play hockey, is a current SLMHA member or former member about to attend post secondary schooling, must apply in writing to the Shirley Pickering Memorial Foundation Committee via email: 


Requirements for submission: 

SLMHA Member must provide a letter describing how they believe the Shirley Pickering Memorial Foundation could be of assistance to their child in the participation of hockey with SLMHA and/or furthering their education.  


How candidates are selected: 

The Shirley Pickering Memorial Foundation Committee will review the applications to determine who will receive assistance in the current hockey season. Please note that each year, the number of recipients and amount of assistance allocated will vary year to year based on a number of factors determined by the Shirley Pickering Memorial Foundation Committee.  


Submission Deadline: Coincides with SLMHA Registration Deadline



The Shirley Pickering Memorial Foundation is a fantastic way for individuals and businesses to show their support and love of Minor Hockey in the Sylvan Lake Community. If you are interested in donating to the Shirley Pickering Memorial Foundation, please contact the Committee via email: