The Silver Paddle Award is given by the club executive to express gratitude for a member's valuable contributions to SKABC over the years. In 2023 we are also asking for nominations for the Orca Award. This award is a way of saying thank-you to a person who has made significant contributions not only to SKABC but to the sea kayaking community as a whole.
Nomination guidelines: The club strives to recognize unique individuals each year -- someone who hasn't won before! The list of past recipients is below. Nominations are being accepted now - the deadline is October 15, 2023. Awards will be given at the November 6 Annual General Meeting.
Email Susan Jensen (see member list) to submit your nominations. Thanks!
History of The Silver Paddle and Orca Awards:
These Silver Paddle Award award winners were selected by the club executive to recognize and say a huge thank you for a member's volunteer efforts over the years!
Past Silver Paddle Award Winners:
2021: Philip Kubik
2019: Sue Johnson and Calvin Sam
2018: Graham Lorimer, Bob Salo, Steve Best, Chantal Ethier
2017: Roy Smyth, Inge Zegel, Bruce Pickwell, Randy Chatterjee
2015 Silver Paddle Recipients: Mick Allen, Shirley Brunke, Simone Avram
2014 Silver Paddle Recipients: Karin Hartner, Nick Heath, Rob Leeson
2013 Silver Paddle Recipients: Richard Jensen and Susan Jensen
2009 Silver Paddle Recipients: Bob Maher and Maureen Benzon
2008 Silver Paddle Recipients: Gayla Shulhan, George Prevost, Kallie Cunningham and Peter Kearney.
SKABC instituted the Orca Award as a way to recognize people who have made significant contributions to the kayaking community as a whole. Nominations for this award are sought from all club members before the Annual General Meeting. The challenge is choosing one person from a large group of people who have made a difference.
Past Orca Award Winners
2021 Orca Award: Steve Best
2018 Orca Award: Nick Heath
2007 Orca Award: Cindy Dopson
2006 Orca Award: Tony Clayton
2005 Orca Award: Rick Davies
2004 Orca Award: Ray Pilman
2003 Orca Award: Harald Riffel
A huge thank you to these recipients. We hope to continue the tradition of presenting Orca and Silver Paddle Awards in the future.