NEWS and announcements

 

OCTOBER 2021

 

The first BC Summer Games Key Volunteer rally is about to happen and we are looking forward to meeting with the Provincial Advisors. Rowing, Triathalon and Canoe/Kayak will all be taking place at West Lake next summer; a great opportunity for spectators to see all 3 sports in one location.

 

In the meantime, the club is now actively recruiting a Treasurer/Book-Keeper to join our crew. Responsibilities include processing income & expenses, payroll, and preparing financial statements. The role requires a person who has good attention to detail, is organized, and understands basic financial information. Good communication skills are critical.

 

SEPTEMBER 2021

 

September is rolling in with amazing blue skies which makes me wonder why we stopped paddling, and then i touch the water and remember how cold it was getting by the end of August. Its all good if you are paddling right-side up, but falling into the water and then having to swim back to shore is not something you want to do this time of year.

 

On Sept 11 & 12th we held another Bottle Drive & Pickup Fundraiser and we are overwhelmed by the response - so many folks came out to donate their bottles or booked a pick-up timeslot with our volunteers. This community support is critical to help our volunteers deliver these affordable, fun programs for the kids in Prince George. 

 

As we wind down & lock up everything for winter, we are already planning ahead for next year - and the biggest event we are planning for now is the BC Summer Games which will take place in Prince George in July 2022. There are so many details to sort out, so many volunteers to recruit, and of course - train our team of 8 paddlers who will compete in the Games.

 

 

AUGUST 2021

 

August was more challenging for our paddlers as we had a few Thunderstorm systems that moved thru and - following the weather channel - we cancelled programs - only to see the weather ignore the weather channel. But we want to be safe rather than sorry. 

 

That being said - we held a bottle drive to fundraise for our new-2-us Safety Boat and had a large cargo trailer full of donated bottles.

 

We also celebrated the End of Season with paddle races such as Tug-oh-War, Water Polo, and 3 Blind Mice as well as celebratory snacks and best of all, prizes for the kids. Some of our prizes were donated by local businesses including Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, OverHang, and Hart Highlands Ski Hill

 

JULY 2021

 

We were blessed to have Oli from CKPG News and Sylvia from CKPG FunChaser come out to our club on Saturday and talk about our programs and the upcoming BC Summer Games Camp being held July 12-16th. Watch us on the news and read our story 

 

We don't have official Try-It days at this point - but if you are curious about our programs - let us know and we can setup a time to show you and your child what our programs are all about. You can also meet some of our staff and learn about our programs at the Caledonia Nordic Outdoor Market on July 11th at Otway

 

JUNE 2021

 

CKPG News came out to talk about the impact of COVID19 on our club and how we met the challenges. We are grateful for this support and to be able to share our story

 

MAY 2021 (Part 3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are excited to share that the Prince George Canoe and Kayak Club has been selected by @CTJumpstart to receive a grant from their Sport Relief Fund. The fund helps community sport organizations like ours continue to provide access to sport and play for Canadian kids. This grant will go a long way towards helping us to purchase canoes and paddles that are a critical part of our progamming.  #SportReliefFund

 

One of our critical goals for 2021 was to find more boats. Our club only owns sprint and river kayaks but we were able to borrow canoes whilst we were renting our beach access from Camp Hughes. The past two years we have been working around beach access schedules and COVID restrictions making it challenging to offer programming that includes canoe paddling; with all access to Camp Hughes blocked for programming again in 2021, our ability to use the canoes on an ongoing basis was tenuous and created a serious risk for our programs and the club. 

 

But the grant that we have received from the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Grant provides the club with the equipment we need to increase our programs, expand our reach, and provide more accessible and inclusive paddling opportunities.

 

If you are not familiar with our sprint boats - they are razor-thin, tippy boats capable of great speeds - but for first time paddlers - they are not the sort of boat that brings "enjoyment" to mind - especially when the waves pick up. On top of that, the boats we have are height and weight restricted. 

 

Now our river boats are a gem of a deal we received from Chilliwack Centre of Excellence Paddling Club, but they too sized on the small kid size and are designed for river paddling making steering on flatwater a challenge for our young and new paddlers.

 

The canoes we purchase will be suitable for all kids and even their parents; they will be suitable for both the new / novice paddler and the experience day-tripper. The boats will be stable, safe, and less likely to get kids wet - unless they want to be wet. These canoe will allow more kids to join our club and get out and enjoy this amazing sport. 

MAY 2021 (Part 2)

 

One of our critical goals for 2021 was to find a new home for our club and we are excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with BC Parks that will allow us to run our programs from beside the Group Site at the West Lake Provincial Park. Our storage container will be placed by the West Lake Maintenance Buildings and we will launch our boats from a newly carved out section of beach.

 

Receiving this support from BC Parks is what makes it possible for this not-for-profit, mostly volunteer run organizatiion to keep offering these amazing programs for kids.

MAY 2021

 

We have hired our 2 summer students are part of the Canada Summer Job Grant program.

 

We are happy to have selected one of our "ex" paddlers for the role of Program Assistant. Cindy has paddled with the club since 2019 and easily took to the boats and learnt the skills required to handle even the most tippy boat in big waves on West Lake. Although she wasnt able to compete in the BC Summer Games in Maple Ridge (due to COVID19), we are excited that she has joined our club and can help teach other young paddlers to love this sport and perhaps attend the BC Summer Games instead as a Coach.

 

We also welcome Alexander to our club as an Assistant Coach and his previous experience coaching, his enthusiasm for the outdoors, and his developing knowledge of Kinesiology will make him a valuable member of our staff.

 

APRIL 2021

 

We received excited news! Our application for the Canada Summer Jobs Grant was approved - we now have funding to pay for a Coach and a Program Assistant. The Coach will assist the Head Coach in teaching the kids how to paddle and provide a safe and inclusive experience for them in our club. The Program Assistant will assist the Coaches in setting up for the programs, making sure all our supplies and equipment is ready for the paddlers, and being an active participant in the games and the paddle sessions. 

 

The club is primarily run by volunteers who log over 40 hours a week to ensure our programs can run affordably. This Canada Summer Jobs Grant will allow the volunteers to focus more on program development and club administration so that we can engage more kids and families in Prince George, BC. 

 

Spring 2021

 

COVID19 is like a giant log jam just in front of a waterfall - you can only see one danger at a time - you might not  even realize how many dangers are ahead, but you have to take each one in turn and problem solve on the fly because the current is pushing your forward and there isnt much choice. So we had to set some goals for the club - and some of those goals are just to keep our heads above water.

 

Club Goals for 2021 / 2022

  • Find a permanent Home for our Club at West Lake (In 2020 we lost access to the beach at Camp Hughes and have no home for our boats / equipment or shelter to run our programs from)
  • Purchase a 20' Shipping Container - to add more space for more boats
  • Repair our Boat Trailer - purchased in 2020 - the wooden box for paddles & lifejackets is "melting"
  • Purchase Sprint Canoe(s) - these are used in the BC Summer Games by Train to Train paddlers
  • Purchase Recreational Canoe(s) - these are used by all programs including the BC Summer Games by Learn to Train paddlers
  • Purchase a Safety Boat / Motor - a faster boat to keep up with our paddlers
  • Purchase Nelo Kids Sprint Kayak - these are sized for much younger paddlers and would allow us to use them easily in our Pool Try-It programs

 

SPOnsors and funding

 

SEPTEMBER 2021

 

September is rolling in with amazing blue skies which makes me wonder why we stopped paddling, and then i touch the water and remember how cold it was getting by the end of August. Its all good if you are paddling right-side up, but falling into the water and then having to swim back to shore is not something you want to do this time of year.

 

On Sept 11 & 12th we held another Bottle Drive & Pickup Fundraiser and we are overwhelmed by the response - so many folks came out to donate their bottles or booked a pick-up timeslot with our volunteers. This community support is critical to help our volunteers deliver these affordable, fun programs for the kids in Prince George. 

 

As we wind down & lock up everything for winter, we are already planning ahead for next year - and the biggest event we are planning for now is the BC Summer Games which will take place in Prince George in July 2022. There are so many details to sort out, so many volunteers to recruit, and of course - train our team of 8 paddlers who will compete in the Games.