December Membership Update

Membership Communication Release - December 11th 2020.

As we enter the winter and soon to be holiday season CKBC wanted to take a moment to reach out with some updates. Our Board and Staff have been very busy since our October AGM and there are quite a few updates to communicate.

CKBC COVID-19 Continuity Strategy

CKBC’s Strategic plan expired in April 2020. Due to COVID-19 the Board of Directors chose to delay the development of a new plan until we knew more about impact of COVID-19. Immediately in April the organization began a COVID-19 strategy that focussed on organizational sustainability of the PSO and our Member Clubs. Now nine months later with lots of learnings, we have learned that our sport can operate in these unprecedented times. CKBC has chosen to put forth an interim strategy/focus to manage our business until we can develop a new strategic plan post pandemic. The intent of this plan is allow us to have a focus and strategy congruent with the times. 

This COVID-19 Continuity Strategy is based upon the Book The Energy Bus, by Jon Gordon and will allow us to lead our organization, sport, and recreational activities through the balance of the pandemic, and focus on the things that matter most. We chose this framework by Jon Gordon because its key message of positive energy. Something we must remember as we continue to manage our sport at this time.

As we are a government funded organization the focus/goals identified in this COVID-19 Continuity Strategy have been influenced by objectives of the Sport Sector, our Province, and CKBC’s Board/Staff as well as our expired strategic plan. We hope that all CKBC Members will work together to focus on these goals both personally and with your club.

Check out our Energy Bus COVID-19 Continuity Strategy

Office closure 

In November CKBC was notified that Fortius Sport & Health will be shutting down December 31, 2020, and the building will be sold. Canoe Kayak BC has taken the option to terminate our lease and will be shutting down our Burnaby office at this time. In order to remain nimble, and financially responsible during the COVID-19 crisis our staff will continue to work from home full time where they have been since the pandemic started. Our final move-out from the office space will take place in the New Year, and future plans on a new office are yet to be determined at this time. 

Office Operations

In order to transition to a virtual office CKBC’s has been working to upgrade many of our business practices. We have successfully transitioned to a cloud based accounting system, and in December we will be eliminating cheque signing and moving to an online wire payment system to expedite the payment process. We have also spent the month of November reviewing our Registration platform needs/requirements. Our staff have also researched alternative platforms and have now narrowed it down to two. More details on this to be coming in the near future. 

We realize change is not always easy, we recognize there could be some growing pains, but as we have acknowledged in our COVID-19 Continuity Strategy Based upon the Energy Bus, we are aiming to make jobs easier and the change is going to be met with positivity.

Staffing Changes:
We would like to welcome back Blake Dalton who has returned from parental leave. Blake is returning to his position, albeit with a new job title; Senior Manager High Performance/Technical Director. The change is to more accurately reflect what the position is actually doing which is oversee the support of High Performance Athlete/Team training, competition and more. 

We would like to thank Connor Fehr who acted as our Interim Provincial Coach in Blake’s absence. We are excited to let you all know we have been able to retain Connor and in November he accepted a new position half time position in Special Projects where he will work to develop new programs, competition planning and training camp planning.

Finally, we regret to inform our members in December Gill Fedechko our Sport Development Manager tendered her resignation with CKBC to accept a new position with ICBC. CKBC is sad to see Gill leave us, but wish her the best of luck in her new job. While we are losing Gill on a day-to-day basis, she aims to still be involved in other capacities within CKBC as a learning facilitator, coach, and more. We will be looking to replace this vital position of Sport Development Manager in the new year.

Former CKBC Executive Director Wins BC Sport Hall of Fame Inspired Service Award
As announced in our October AGM, a Special Congratulations is in order for Canoe Kayak BC’s former Executive Director, Mary-Jane Abbott who was recently recognized for her dedication and service to the sport of Canoe/Kayak in BC. MJ was 1 of 6 recipients of the Eric Whitehead Inspired Service Award which is given out by the BC Sports Hall of Fame each year, to honor those who have dedicated their inspired services to Sport in the province.

For more info on MJ’s recognition, please see our link on our website

Fee Structure

There have been numerous clubs reach out to us about next year’s fee structure. We realize this is likely more than ever an important component of your club’s planning cycle as we move into a new year. We anticipate this fee structure to be announced in mid-late January.

Program Alert

As you all know due to COVID-19 our launch of the Blue Ribbon program in January 2020 was unable to get off the ground. At this time we are going to continue to leave this program tabled and will not be implementing it this coming year. By doing this one significant issue is the outreach to clubs to help and assist with operations, governance, and more. Stay tuned in early January as we will be launching a program targeted specifically to assisting clubs build sustainable programming coming out of the pandemic. This program will be accessible to all clubs that are in good standing and will involve key members of CKBC’s community to help clubs with their specific needs with the sole aim of making volunteer jobs easier. 


CKBC Online Auction
As we close down our office we were able to uncover some hidden treasures. Notably clothing from past Team BC teams, and Canoe Kayak Canada items as well as, a few smaller equipment items. All proceeds from this auction will go back into supporting the High Performance program in the province. 

View the auction, and check out the items and bid. The Auction is now open and will close on December 27, 2020.

CKBC Community Platform
CKBC will also be introducing a new online community platform for anyone to join and be part of the best sport and recreation discipline in the world. This platform will provide a way for Athlete/Coaches, to Club Board Members, Officials, Volunteers/Parents, and represents all discipline groups that CKBC serves to share and communicate. There are topics as well as group chats you can join to connect with other members, clubs and CKBC’s office.

It provides the best practices of many of the technology tools we are all familiar with in email, facebook, twitter, blogs, and more. 

Access the CKBC Community from our website.

Provincial Team Announcement & Retiring Athletes 

On December 10, 2020, CKBC officially announced its Provincial Team and recognition for all retiring athletes. For more on this press release, please see our website.

COVID-19 Update:
As the Provincial Regulations continue to change throughout our Province on a regular basis, CKBC has been doing our best to keep up to the regular calls, meetings, and communications regarding COVID-19.

A few reminders for our clubs as of this moment:

  • Clubs are required to revert back to Stage 2 regulations for their training which would include: 
  • No Teamboat training (even within your ‘bubble’)
  • Group Numbers for training must not exceed 12 people (coach included) 
  • Maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask when not able to do so. 
  • Continue to practice proper hand washing and hygiene protocols. 
  • Stay home if feeling any COVID-19 related symptoms. 
  • Additionally, any Adult programs for members 19 years or older, must be closed down at this time until further notice from the Provincial Health Office. ** Note - Athletes who are 19+ and are Provincially Carded Athletes through CSI-P may continue to train in their regular training groups, as long as they are abiding by the above guidelines.

COVID-19 Funding Program

  • Finally a big congrats to Chilliwack Center for Excellence, False Creek, Kamloops, Prince George, Ridge, and Squamish for completion of all aspects of the COVID-19 Funding Grant. Each of these clubs has created new programming that falls in line with all the focus and goals of our COVID-19 Continuity Strategy as well as received $1000 in funding.


If you have any questions or concerns you can always reach out office through our contact us page.


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