Pat Keating is a long- time member of Grandview and has always been active on the Ladies Executive; first as the Tuesday Ladies Day coordinator and then as Ladies Club Captain for several years. During this time, she saw a chance to make a difference as a supporter for the worthy cause of Breast Cancer and so began the: ‘Grandview Golf for The Cure’ tournament.
Pat has always been an advocate of women’s golf and is one of the key persons to promote golfing for fun and camaraderie.  She enjoys involving everyone and encourages women to compete in the true spirit of the game, whether it is a field day, an inter club tournament or the Senior Ladies Provincials. She works her best by using her charm and connections to raise money for Canadian Breast Cancer. Starting in 2006 with her first tournament she raised $2860. That was just going to be the spring board! Each successive year became a challenge to do more, not just on the day of the tournament (baked good sales, raffles, etc.) but throughout the year there were fund raising activities. She runs bingos, has a yard sale that the Grandview players bring their treasures for her to sell, crib tournaments, and a weekly barbecue stand …all this is done to raise funds and increase the annual donation from the Grandview Golf for The Cure! The tournament is a tremendous success that everyone anticipates each year, but Pat works tirelessly the year round. Because of her determination people are drawn to help and find it hard to say no to any request for assistance. It is not about her but always for the cause. From 2006-2016 the Cancer Foundation has received the phenomenal amount of $125,000.00 from the Grandview Golf tournament.  This is thanks to Pat and all her devoted supporters! Gillian Zinck from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is usually on hand at this tournament each year and laughs as she opens Pat’s envelopes and sees loonies, toonies and hundreds of five-dollar bills. Pat laughs too and says, ‘one dollar at a time’!
Pat Keating is a kind, thoughtful person who uses her time to help others. She does not do it for attention but only to help those in need. She supports each golf event, each golfer and truly enjoys the best of golf. She has found a way to channel this fun and love of people to help a wonderful cause and to have fun while doing it.
About the NSGA Volunteer of the Year
Each year over 100 volunteers support the Nova Scotia Golf Association (NSGA) and member clubs across the province. The NSGA has created a program that recognizes the contributions made by the volunteers. The NSGA Provincial Volunteer of the Year awards are one way that we recognize those that have gone above and beyond to contribute to the growth and promotion of golf in Nova Scotia. NSGA Provincial Volunteer of the Year Award has been designed to recognize and honour a NSGA and Club Volunteers who has demonstrated outstanding performance and contributions to support the game.