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Courville, Juanita

Juanita Courville
Sport: Softball/Builder
Year Inducted: 2016

Born Juanita Himmelman, she began playing softball in 1978.

By 1981, Juanita took on the dual role of playing and organizing the Commercial Softball League which included creating schedules, meeting with new team reps and oversight on rule changes.

In 1985, her efforts were recognized in local media as Juanita was identified as being responsible for the growth of women’s softball in Cornwall and area.

She teamed with legendary Si Miller to keep the profile of women’s softball in the public eye and tenacity kept the leagues operating and thriving year after year.

Juanita branched out to also organize tournaments and began umpiring in 1994 and is recognized by Softball Ontario in this capacity until 2011.

Her death in 2013 left a lasting legacy as the Ladies’ Commercial Softball League was renamed the Juanita Courville Softball League.