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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Green Paddle Down – film by Thom Kline

Green Paddle Down, a film by Thom Kline with Brian Pegg. "In April 2018 , five guys paddled down the Green River in Utah looking for the ancient ones…"

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Photos from Harrison River Trip on Oct. 27

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Join the SKABC Executive

Are you looking for a great opportunity to give something back to SKABC, the best kayak club on the water? Then look no further. At the Annual General Meeting in November, some of our current Executive will be hanging up their sprayskirts making room for new volunteers to bring their enthusiasm and skills to help run the club.

Joining the Executive is a great way to meet more people in the club and gain a better sense of what goes on behind the scenes. You'll increase your appreciation for the dedication and talent among SKABC members that makes this such a vibrant club -- and your contribution will be appreciated in return.

All of the positions on the Executive are up for reelection each year. Specifically, here are descriptions of the roles where we're actively looking for volunteers right now:

** Programs Coordinator(s): Sets content and books presenters for monthly club meetings. Sets budget for meeting and presenter costs. Can be a shared position.

** Trips Officer(s): Schedules trips for the club and identifies qualified trip leaders. Ensures trips are posted on the website. Facilitates meetings of trip leaders. Reviews club trip policies and reports issues as needed. Can be a shared position.

** Conservation Officer: Promotes SKABC's conservation goals. Flows information from outside groups to members via our website, newsletter, and club meetings. Organizes participation in shoreline cleanups. Represents SKABC to the Outdoor Recreation Council.

** Assistant Communications: Helps coordinate avenues of communication to members via email, social media and website. Creates content for news updates and social media.

All of these roles are collaborative -- volunteers on the Executive mentor and support each other during busy times.

Also, there are many other specific jobs and activities that do not require joining the executive. Examples include helping with events, outreach activities, moderating our forums, and improving our social media presence. Veteran club members are needed in mentoring roles that require experience such as presenting at club meetings, organizing workshops and demos, documenting club history, leading trips, and instructing courses.

If you are thinking about taking on an executive role or volunteering for a specific activity, please contact any executive member or email to learn more.

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Video – Sea to Sky Marine Trail in Howe Sound

Steve Best completed the narration of his Howe Sound video and BC Marine Trails has posted it in its YouTube Channel. All the club's work as on the Sea To Sky Marine Trail in Howe Sound is coming to life!

More information about SKABC's Howe Sound Stewardship Initiative is here.

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