Calling all Trip Leaders — and those interested — to workshop Feb. 17

The Trip leader Planning Meeting and Workshop is Sunday Feb. 17. The invitation is extended to folks who may be interested in leading a club trip this year. For first timers, there is an opportunity to get support or team up to co-lead with an experienced member.

The meeting is a collaboration between Training and Trips and features a presentation by Mike Gilbert, former president of Paddle Canada.

The details are:
Time: Tentatively 9am - 4pm (lunch will be provided)
Date: February 17th 2019

More details and registration are in the event listing. (log in to view on the calendar). If you have any questions, email

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Club History — read all about it

There's a new page on Club History on this site. Read about the founding of the organization, then called VOTKA, through the moments and memorable milestones that brought us to where we are today. There are links to new write-ups by influential former members Heather Harbord, Dan Lewis, Mercia Sixta and Shelley Lear.

Special thanks to long-time club members Rick Davies, Harald Riffel, Simone Avram and Tony Clayton for contributing to this project.

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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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