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Message to Canoe Kayak BC members regarding cross-border events


Dear members:

Recently our Board of Directors discussed the changes in US border policy.

The impacts of the new US Travel ban are being negatively felt by many Canadians from diverse backgrounds. Some, in particular, are experiencing heightened “profiling” with intrusion into their electronic devices and requests for passwords, are being held, fingerprinted, rejected and some are banned.

Canadian School Boards appear the first to publicly announce their policy changes. The Ontario School Board, citing “safety” and “equity”, has unilaterally cancelled cross-border school trips. This week the Superintendent of the Victoria School Board stated: “In our strategic plan we outline our values such as equity and social justice and the notion that if it affects one student in our community, it affects all of us.” (italics mine), when announcing their cross-border trips cancellation.

While Canadian school boards wrestle with these policy issues, it would be fair to say that these values represent the view of the CKBC Board.

Canoe Kayak BC sanctions member participation in Ted Houk, an annual sprint regatta in Seattle which many BC clubs have attended in the past. As we act to ensure equity for, and inclusivity of, our individual athletes, family members, coaches and officials, CKBC will not require attendance at the Ted Houk Regatta as a pre-requisite for building our Canada Summer Games team.

We recommend thoughtful examination is given the potential outcomes, and impacts, of cross-border trips on club members and yourself, in whatever capacity you serve in our organization. We encourage you to go to the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association website at bccla.org/2017/02/border-rights/ for further information on your rights and obligations.

Rhys del Valle
Canoe Kayak BC
On behalf of the Board of Directors


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Outcome of the bid to host the 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships


The 2021 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships have been awarded to Copenhagen following a meeting of the International Canoe Federation in Manchester, England. The Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada presented an extremely strong bid to host the event on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, NS. As in sport, the outcome of the competition does not always go your way.

The Bid Committee in Atlantic Canada did a phenomenal job and in particular Canoe Kayak Canada would like to acknowledge the hard work of Co-Chairs, Chris Keevill and LA Dempster; Director of Strategic Projects, Tracy White; and Flag Officer, Paul Dean. Canoe Kayak Canada’s Sprint Racing Council endorsed the Atlantic Division CanoeKayak Canada to pursue a bid following a thorough review process of three Canadian sites.

Canoe Kayak Canada remains committed to hosting international events and will continue to evaluate future hosting opportunities moving forward.

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Corey Stewart honoured with Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport


The 2016 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport were presented Tuesday evening to twelve outstanding Aboriginal youth athletes from British Columbia, including Pitt Meadows Paddling Club’s Corey Stewart.

The awards were presented by Gordon Hogg, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Sport, during a formal celebration held during the opening ceremonies of the Gathering Our Voices Youth Conference at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre in Kelowna, B.C.

The Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council (I·SPARC), in collaboration with the Government of British Columbia, created the Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport to highlight the incredible achievements of Aboriginal youth athletes in the province.


Corey Stewart with his Premier’s Award following the ceremony.

The second-annual awards honour Aboriginal athletes under 25 years of age who have achieved excellence in performance sport, are regarded for their leadership qualities, are committed to a higher education, and are recognized as community role models both on and off the field.

From the 47 regional recipients selected in 2016, a total of 12 recipients (six male and six female) were selected to receive the provincial award.

The 2016 Premier’s Awards for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport – Provincial Recipients

  • Mateya Haintz, age 16, Hammer Throw, Discus, Hwlitsum / Coast Salish
  • Joel Harrison, age 17, Soccer, Métis Nation BC
  • Mayben Crabbe, age 17, Wrestling, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations
  • Connor Weyell, age 22, Rugby, Métis Nation BC
  • Hayden Craig, age 20, Basketball, Softball, Métis Nation BC
  • Crosby Stewart, age 22, Rugby, Nisa’a, Gitxsan
  • Lyric Atchison, age 18, Rugby, Wrestling, Squamish Nation
  • Corey Stewart, age 24, Para Kayaking, Nisga’a Nation
  • Shalaya Valenzuela, age 17, Rugby, Tseshaht First Nation
  • Brandon Schellenberger, age 19, Rugby, Namgis First Nation
  • Lyndzie Caron, age 17, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Métis Nation BC
  • Harold Moore, age 18, Soccer, Haida Nation

Premier Christy Clark –
“These awards recognize Aboriginal youth on and off the field – youth who are excelling in education, participating in sport and embracing their culture. Congratulations to all recipients and I look forward to watching you develop in your careers in the upcoming years.”

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –
“It is important to recognize and celebrate the Aboriginal youth awarded tonight and all of the nominees. Sport has opened doors for these youth, connecting them to their communities, promoting healthy lifestyles and providing a source of fun. Congratulations to these athletes and I wish them many more successes in the future.”

Gordon Hogg, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Sport to the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –
“To the 12 recipients recognized for their outstanding achievement in sport, I offer my congratulations. These young people are role models for our communities, our province and our country. I am truly inspired by each of their stories and I am honoured to be involved in the celebration of their accomplishments.”

Rick Brant, Executive Director, I·SPARC –
“These awards give us the opportunity to honour the achievements of twelve extraordinary Aboriginal youth athletes. But their performance on the field of play isn’t the only reason for us to celebrate. The way they have given back to their communities, their commitment to education, and demonstrated leadership are an inspiration to us all.”

About the Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council
I·SPARC is a consortium of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, the First Nations Health Authority, and Métis Nation BC. As the stewards of BC’s Aboriginal Sport, Recreation and Physical Activity Strategy, I·SPARC works with First Nations, Métis Chartered Communities, Friendship Centres, schools and other sport and physical activity stakeholders to deliver community-based programs designed to promote active lifestyles and support the desire for transformative change in the health and well-being of Indigenous communities, families and individuals across B.C. For more information, please visit: www.isparc.ca.

Picture caption: (Standing, from left to right) Dr. Evan Adams, Chief Medical Officer FNHA, Rick Brant, Executive Director, I·SPARC, Christopher Sheppard, President, National Association of Friendship Centres, Bill Guerin, Regional Director, INAC, Annette Morgan, President, BCAAFC, Scott Fraser, MLA, Port Alberni, Clara Morin Dal Col, President, MNBC, Gordon Hogg, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Sport, Melanie Mark, MLA Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Joan Phillip
(Seated, left to right – Recipients) (back) Harold Moore, Lyndzie Caron, Janet Atchison (for Lyric Atchison), Crosby Stewart, Brandon Schellenberger, Shalaya Valenzuela, (front) Mayben Crabbe, Hayden Craig, Connor Weyell, Kevin Harrison (for Joel Harrison), Mateya Haintz, Corey Stewart

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CKC Whitewater Domestic Development Committee initiated


Canoe Kayak Canada has struck a new volunteer committee focused on growing the whitewater discipline at the grassroots and development level.

“This committee is a great step for the whitewater discipline and will go a long way in strengthening our domestic development programs and building a vibrant participation base,” said James Cartwright, Canoe Kayak Canada’s Whitewater Manager. “Having strong development programs is key to getting more participants into the sport and setting athletes up to succeed in all levels of competition.”

The nine-person Whitewater Domestic Development Committee will provide technical direction and oversight on programming and the whitewater national championships. The committee representatives were elected by the Whitewater Council following a call for candidates that attracted many qualified volunteers coming forward. The committee will meet on a monthly basis by conference call.

Role Name
Chair Mark Taylor
Club Representative Tyler Lawlor
Coach/Instructor Representative Claudia Van Wijk
Provincial/Territorial Representative Trevor Braun
Officials Representative Duncan Daniels
Freestyle Representative Trevor L’Heureux
Canoe Polo Representative Catherine O’Brien
Slalom Representative Anthony Colin
Wildwater Representative Warren Hastings

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Laura Said honoured with provincial award

Laura-Said-Award.pngCongratulations to Laura Said on winning Canoe Kayak BC’s Presidents’ Award at the Sport BC awards on March 8.

The annual Presidents’ Awards, presented by Sports with Balls, now in it’s 23rd year are presented to volunteers form Sport BC member and partner organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy and commitment contribute to the development of their sport or organization in the province of British Columbia.

Said, who was named CKBC’s Volunteer of the Year in the November, was honoured for her work with the sprint officiating program. A well respected official, she also takes on leadership and administrative roles while mentoring new officials. And Said also delivers training courses to ensure our athletes compete in the spirit of fair play.

The 2017 Presidents’ Award winners represent 25 communities and 44 different Sport BC member and partner organizations.

See complete list of winners

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Host cities announced for BC Summer Games and BC Winter Games

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Maple Ridge and Prince George have been announced as host cities for the 2020 and 2022 BC  Summer Games. These games bring together athletes, coaches, officials, spectators and visitors, and result in significant economic benefits to the regions over the four days of competition.

Also announced were Fort St John and Greater Vernon as the hosts of the 2020 and 2022 BC Winter Games.

Local MLAs joined community leaders, volunteers and athletes in the host cities for the announcements this morning, generating momentum as communities kick off planning for the largest multi-sport competition in the province.

The upcoming games will be held in:

• Fort St John – 2020 BC Winter Games, Feb. 20-23, 2020
• Maple Ridge – 2020 BC Summer Games, July 23-26, 2020
• Greater Vernon – 2022 BC Winter Games, Feb. 24-27, 2022
• Prince George – 2022 BC Summer Games, July 21-24, 2022

The BC Games contribute to the development of sport and community through infrastructure improvements, volunteer engagement and a major event-hosting experience that leaves a lasting legacy for host communities.

The games are an important part of the progression of B.C.’s emerging high-performance athletes. For some athletes, the games may be the highest competition they participate in, while others move on to the Canada Games or join national teams and go on to participate at international competitions, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The B.C. government contributes over $2 million annually to the BC Games Society to support the BC Summer and BC Winter Games – part of over $40 million invested annually to encourage British Columbians to be physically active and to support a “performance pathway” for athletes, coaches and support personnel.

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CKBC is hiring two CanoeKids/Learn to Paddle instructors


Here’s a great way to spend your summer – see BC, teach kids to paddle and make money!

CKBC is hiring two CanoeKids/Learn to Paddle Instructors to lead CanoeKids Day Camps and Learn to Paddle programs in various communities across the province with the following objectives:

  • Introduce and promote water safety in an organized environment of FUN while challenging skill development and learning for all;
  • Treat all participants with equal opportunity and respect;
  • Promote team building and fair play;
  • Encourage continued involvement in group canoe/kayak activities.

Applications are due April 1, 2017 and employment runs May 1 – September 1.

Interested?  See the job posting on the CKBC website.