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Canoe Kayak BC t-shirt design contest for our BC Summer Games uniform 

T-shirtIt’s time for a new design for our BC Summer Games uniforms. So we’re holding a contest to find the best canoe kayak design for our zone t-shirts for the 2018 BC Summer Games (and beyond)!

Here’s how you can be the winning artist:

  • Submit your design for a chance to win the CKBC t-shirt design contest and have your design used on the 2018 BC Summer Games t-shirts.
  • The CKBC team will select its favourite designs for the contest finals and voting by the public.
  • The four final designs will be posted on the CKBC’s Facebook and Instagram pages for the public to vote on which design will be on BC Summer Games t-shirts.
  • For all exclusions, restrictions, submission guidelines and further details about the contest, please see the Official Rules & Regulations.

Finalists and winner:

All finalists will be selected by the CKBC staff based on specific criteria and the final winner will be selected through a public online vote on CKBC’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Key Dates:

  • Submission of t-shirt designs: May 23, 2018 – June 6, 2018 at noon PST
  • Judging of all t-shirt designs: June 7 – 8
  • Voting on four finalist designs: June 9 – June 20 at noon PST

Download information

T-Shirt Design Contest Guidelines

T-Shirt Design Official Rules and Regulations


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Welcome to the 2018-19 CKBC Board of Directors


CKBC is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Board of Directors. These directors were selected at the recent CKBC AGM, as committee representatives and by our provincial team athletes to elect the Athlete Representative.

CKBC 2018-19 Board of Directors

President Rob Fletcher
Past President Rhys del Valle
Facilities & Water Access Director Sara Hopkins
Finance Director Vacant
Athlete Representative Matthew Koehler
Participation Director Steve Juranovics
Development Director Francis Vaillancourt
Marathon Chair Scott Decker
Whitewater Chair Vacant
Sprint Chair Darren Koehler
Member at Large To be elected in 2019

Congratulations to everyone! And thank-you to our past board members for your hard work on behalf of CKBC.

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CKBC is hiring two CanoeKids/Learn to Paddle instructors


Here’s a great way to spend your summer – see B.C., 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 accepted until the positions are filled and employment runs May 14 – September 1.

Interested?  See the job posting on the CKBC website.


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Donation request: Canoe Kayak BC scholarships and silent auction


Since 2008, Canoe Kayak BC has awarded $9,000 in scholarships to 18 student-athletes. These recipients are remarkable young adults with outstanding accomplishments, both in and out of the classroom. This year’s scholarships will be presented at the CKBC Awards and Scholarship Banquet on May 5 at the Whonnock Lake Centre in Maple Ridge.

Canoe kayak is recognized as a late developing sport and our athletes have serious decisions to make when they move from high school to post-secondary education. For some, these decisions may be based on the financial commitment required to both study and remain competitive in our sport.

Can you help these student-athletes?  There are two ways you can make a difference in their lives:

  1. Make a donation to our scholarship fund. Cash donations to the Canoe Kayak BC Scholarship Fund are put to work at once as 100 percent of all donations go directly to our student-athletes.
  2. Donate item(s) to our silent auction. The silent auction is our primary fundraiser for the CKBC scholarship fund and your donation can be something as simple as a gift certificate or products you would like to share with our members.

Over 100 athletes, coaches, officials, family and friends are expected to attend the banquet on May 5. Participating businesses and donors will be prominently featured in our event program including contact details. All donors will be featured on CKBC’s social media and website as well as in media releases.

Financial contributions to the scholarship fund may be made using the attached form or online. A donation form for silent auction is also attached. Thank you for your consideration of our request to help out these young student-athletes.

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CKBC club webinar series begins March 12


CKBC is excited to announce our club webinar series begins on Monday, March 12.

March Webinar – Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. online via Go To Meeting

The first webinar focuses on club membership renewal and completing the membership process. These are timely topics as the membership season here.

If you have specific membership questions, please send them to MJ (mj@canoekayakbc.ca) to ensure we cover them during the webinar.

Register on-line now and you will receive log in details on Monday, March 12.

April Webinar – Monday, April 9, 7 p.m. online via Go To Meeting

The April webinar focuses on social media.

Please send your questions and areas of interest regarding social media to me (sandra@canoekayakbc.ca) to ensure the webinar meets your needs.

Register on-line now and you will receive log in details on Monday, April 9.

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Provincial Marathon Canoe Clinic Scheduled


Canoe Kayak BC and Thompson Rivers Interior Paddling Society are hosting a provincial marathon canoe clinic May 12 to 13 in Kamloops. The clinic is open to everyone ages 12 and up.

The clinic will focus on bringing paddlers, literally, up to speed and on all facets of being a proficient, long distance paddling athlete in various watercraft. Clinic topics include coaching, individual/team preparation, nutrition, yoga (tba), tactics and strategies.

Several veteran paddlers, coaches and other professionals will work together to make a quality experience for everyone.

Paddling will take place on the beautiful North and South Thompson Rivers and the dryland portion under local cover.

Need a boat? Extra watercraft are available by letting the organizers know your needs.

Cost and registration:

  • CKBC Marathon Members – $65 (U19 $50)
  • Non CKBC Marathon Members – $95 (U19 $80)

And if you register by the May 1 early bird deadline, you’ll save $10.

Register online at: http://canoekayakbc.sportical.com/events/3662

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CKBC hires Gillian Fedechko as Sport Development Coordinator


Canoe Kayak BC is pleased to announce the hiring of Gillian Fedechko as the Sport Development Coordinator. Among her responsibilities are Aboriginal Long-Term Athlete Development; BC Games; BC School Dragon Boat Championships; CanoeKids on the Road; and Community Coach Education.


Gillian Fedechko paddling for Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club

Gillian paddled with the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club from 1999 to 2010. Her competitive highlights include three silver medals at the 2005 Canada Games 2005; gold and silver medals at the 2006 Pan-Am Championships and multiple Canadian Championships medals from 2003 to 2010.

Following her successful competitive career, she coached at the Ridge Canoe & Kayak Club in Maple Ridge. She also coached at the 2010 and 2014 BC Games, 2009 Canada Summer Games and 2011 Western Canada Games.

“I am passionate about lifelong fitness and helping people get active,” says Gillian. “It is rewarding to help them find activities they enjoy and can do at any stage of life.”

Young paddlers in B.C. have previously benefited from Gillian’s knowledge. She has taught CanoeKids courses for our summer staff and worked in several communities and settings for this course.

Beyond her paddling experience, Gillian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education from the University of the Fraser Valley. Since graduating in 2011, she has worked at Golden Ears Physiotherapy where she helped WorkSafe BC and ICBC clients.

When she’s not working Gillian enjoys playing slo-pitch softball in the spring/summer, ultimate frisbee, and working out at the gym. She also enjoys cooking and baking at home and trying new recipes.

Gillian begins with CKBC on Monday, January 8 and can be reached at gill@canoekayakbc.ca or 604-465-5268