Derek Spragg

Derek Spragg was a long time and quiet member of SKABC. He left us after a long battle with cancer.

Derek had a unique character and typical British sense of humour. A bit of a non-traditionalist which showed in his several years as editor of the club’s newsletter. A completely left turn addition was his stories of “Definitely not Kayaking” as a takeoff on the CBC program “Definitely not the Opera”.

Derek was a long-time teacher and specialized in woodworking courses of which he enjoyed not only in the local school system but also helping the less fortunate.

He will be missed.

Submitted by Rob Leeson

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Help welcome newcomers to meetings

Looking for a way to help out at a club meeting? When you arrive, put on an "Ask Me" badge. They'll be at the membership table by the nametags.

The idea is for new people to know who to go to to chat about the club.

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Feedback form now on website

There is a new feedback form on the club website. Find it at the bottom of the home page and contact page when you're logged in. Your comments will be read by the directors and shared with discretion to others as appropriate.

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SKABC winter ball caps available

Update: these will be available for sale at the January meeting for $15 each.

The club got a great deal on some black winter-weight microfibre ball caps. They are adjustable with a metal buckle in back. Perfect for paddling or hiking on those cold, damp days ahead.

They are available for sale at upcoming club meetings for $15 each. Cash or cheque.

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Congratulations Silver Paddle and Orca Award Winners

Congratulations Nick Heath, Orca Award Winner, and Graham Lorimer, Bob Salo, Steve Best and Chantal Ethier for winning Silver Paddle Awards.

For the first time since 2007 SKABC awarded an Orca Award. The club instituted the Orca Award as a way to recognize people who have made significant contributions to the kayaking community as a whole. Nominations for the award this year were sought from all club members before the Annual General Meeting.

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

Silver Paddle Award award winners are selected by the club executive to recognize and say a huge thank you for a member's volunteer efforts over the years!

Silver Paddle Award Winners:

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.

A huge thank you to these recipients. We hope to continue the tradition of presenting Orca and Silver Paddle Awards in the future.

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