Five outstanding sport volunteers honoured in Dawson Creek

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first_imgCarey Summerfelt, manager of sponsorship and events for Sport BC, began the evening by remarking on how important volunteers are to making sport available to youth in communities across the country.“Sport makes up the largest sector of volunteers by far, with over 34,000 organizations and 5.3 million volunteers,” she said.Mayor Mike Bernier echoed that sentiment, saying Dawson Creek was very fortunate to have so many great volunteers who contribute o much to the community.- Advertisement -“We have great amenities in Dawson Creek, but those would absolutely nothing if we didn’t have great people volunteering their time to work with people in our community to make sure they are utilized, and to make sure there are opportunities for everybody in our community to play sports,” he said.Dawson Creek’s Community Sport Heroes are:Connie Patterson (figure skating): Patterson joined the Mile 0 Figure Skating Club in 1967 to take up position of advertising chair. She said she got involved because her son wanted to be a hockey player, but took figure skating to become more comfortable on the ice.Advertisement Christina Wards (multiple sports): From curling to baseball, bowling to hockey, there are not many local sports that Christina Wards has not been involved in. Wards credits the passion of her three children for driving her to get involved with so many sports.“It’s to make the sport better for them,” she said. “Plus, I like to organize things, and you better yourself when you get involved with the sports your kids are in.”Wards has curled for over 30 years, and has coached and organized junior curling all over the province for about the same period. She said curling is probably her favourite sport to be involved in because of the way the games are conducted. Advertisement The award recipients received a trophy and a $100 gift certificate for Firstar Sports. The trophies were presented by Brian Lieverse, community relations advisor for EnCana, which sponsors the Community Sport Hero Awards. “The thing that keeps me coming back is that the kids that I coach in junior curling turn out to be such nice, responsible adults. Curling is a gentleman’s sport, and it brings out responsible, sportsmanlike adults.”Wards has also coached and volunteered for various minor league baseball teams all across British Columbia and Alberta for over 30 years. She has coached junior soccer for the last five years, and youth bowling both locally and at the provincial level for 15 years. Two of her children are in minor hockey, and Wards has volunteered to help coach, keep score, organize tournaments and provide transportation for the players.Recently, she has been volunteering at the Bear Mountain Ski Hill, and for junior volleyball tournaments. Her daughter also got involved in figure skating at an early age, and she was older, competed at the national and international levels.“Figure skating has been very good to our family,” said Patterson. “For everything I put into figure skating, I got ten times more out of it.” Don Bourassa (curling): Don Bourassa has been on the executive of the Dawson Creek Curling Club at various times for more than 30 years. He has been instrumental in the junior curling program for the last 15 years, particularly with high school students. His teams have won five provincial and one national/international championship in the last decade.Bourassa has also coached hockey, and won a provincial hockey championship at the provincial level. He has coached basketball and volleyball as well.Advertisementcenter_img He is credited with not only inspiring his athletes to reach their full potential in their respective sports, but also to contribute to those sports as mentors and coaches for younger players.Bourassa said he has always looked at community involvement as a traditional community woodpile, where people get out only what the community puts back in.“I think we would all like to have that wood pile higher when we are done our involvement in our local sports,” he said. Andrew Kadziolka (skiing): Andrew Kadziolka is credited with helping to keep the Bear Mountain Ski Hill operational for the past 25 years. In fact, when the ski hill was in disarray in the 1980’s and was in danger of closing down, he invested some of his own money into the hill to keep it open.“I didn’t want to see the legacy of the people who started it (the ski hill) die,” said Kaziolka on why he has invested his time and money in the ski hill. “There were a lot of people that started this from scratch in the 1950’s, and I thought if they could do all of that work to keep it going, how much more work is it really to keep it going.”He has served on the board of directors for many years – including as president during a few difficult years – and today is an active board member and volunteer. He has volunteered on many occasions to operate the snow guns so the hill could open.Kadziolka said there are many technical issue involved with operating the ski hill, so he has always felt it was important to keep continuity on the board so that knowledge wasn’t lost, and that is why he continues to be involved.Currently, the board of directors is in the midst of a significant fundraising campaign to install a new tee-bar lift on the hill. He said he is confident they will reach that goal and that Bear Mountain Ski Hill will continue to operate for patrons to enjoy for many years to come. She is credited with reorganizing the club in the midst of a significant drop in membership as a result of the skating rink closing for two years. She would go on to serve in various functions for the club, and eventually as president. From there, she became a region area representative for clubs in the Northeast, then chair for the region, and later served as chair of Skate Canada for British Columbia and the Yukon.Patterson is credited with advancing skater development in Dawson Creek and the province by recruiting the best coaches and implementing a sponsorship package for clubs to cover the cost of travel and skater development.“That’s what I strived for, that you do not have to leave your hometown and go to a big city to be a national skater, you could actually learn in your hometown,” she said.She later served as an accountant and judge for Skate Canada before retiring last year after more than 40 years of service.Advertisement Ted Schilds (hockey): Ted Schilds has been involved with hockey as a player and a volunteer for over 50 years. He has been a player, coach, manager, team representative, tournament organizer, executive member, and most recently, as an organizer of an adult recreational hockey league in Dawson Creek. He has been involved with Dawson Creek Minor Hockey, both the Junior and Senior Canucks, Old Timers Hockey, and is currently the chair of the Northern Hockey League.Schilds said hockey has been a passion of his family’s since the 1930’s, and he feels a responsibility to make sure today’s local youth can still have those opportunities to play.“I get great satisfaction out of seeing the young people come up. Hockey is a great sport.”Schilds has also volunteered for the Senior Games in Dawson Creek, and was a key contributor to the development of the Memorial Arena Hall of Fame.As for why he continues to play hockey, he said he still gets the same rush being on the ice as he did 50 years ago.“It’s such a release to get out on the ice, I really still do get that part out of the game, and the camaraderie is always there, and I just enjoy that so much still.”last_img read more


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first_imgMoville Community College will play host to a unique and exciting community event when the award-winning  Sligo Global Kitchen travels to the town to provide an open buffet feast from 3pm to 5pm.Featuring delicacies from around the world, the lively programme of entertainment will provide music from Africa and Inishowen.Sligo Global Kitchen – which won a prestigious Irish Food Writers Guild award in 2018 for its communal monthly meals at The Model art gallery in Sligo town – is an initiative that brings together people who are living in Globe House direct provision centre to prepare and serve dishes from their own cultures and traditions to share with the whole community. Head Chef Mabel Chah expressed her delight at the partnership with Moville Community College, the Department of Justice, Fáilte Inishowen and Inishowen Together that has come together to “bring the feast to the neighbours” in Moville.“This will be a day of food, fun, laughter and connections,” said Mabel. “We are really excited to be presenting an adventurous and colourful menu from Guatemala, Syria and France; and from Western, Northern and Southern Africa. Everyone is welcome and it promises to be a great occasion.”Among those cooking on the day will be Carndonagh’s finest Syrian chefs, Feras and Asmaa. Mabel herself will be sharing typical Cameroonian cuisine – and joining local Inishowen musicians Ruth McCartney and Siobhan Sheils in a world music performance that promises to be a magical addition to the day.Musician and organiser on the day with Inishowen Together, Siobhan Shiels said: “I am overjoyed at the prospect of the event and sharing in some delicious food, while meeting with people from around the world all under one roof.” She added: “The preparations are well under way. Moville Community College has been amazing especially Colleen Cooney, the home economics teacher in the school. They have thought of everything – and it’s amazing to see the students stepping up as volunteers to help out with running the event. I’m really looking forward to performing songs from around the world with Mabel and Ruth McCartney, too.”Tracy Cullen of Fáilte Inishowen, and Independent candidate in the local council election in North Inishowen, spoke of her excitement about the event: “I’m so glad to be part of this celebration of food and community here in Moville – it will be all about breaking down barriers and learning from the Sligo direct provision residents how we can be good neighbours to the people who will be arriving to live in Caiseal Mara in the coming months.“I’m really looking forward to volunteering on the day – and to tasting new and delicious dishes. This will be a lovely event for families to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon.”Inishowen Together volunteer and Independent candidate for South Inishowen, Sinéad Stewart said: “This is a great initiative to be part of.“Inishowen is a welcoming place and we need to really build that spirit in the wake of last year’s unrepresentative acts of fear and violence. “Sunday will be an opportunity for people to come together and experience that we’re all just people – and that people living in direct provision have a lot to offer our society and community, including some absolutely amazing food and beautiful music on this occasion!”Donations are accepted at the event in Moville Community College tomorrow afternoon.Everyone is welcome to join the feast.Moville set to host award-winning Sligo Global Kitchen this weekend was last modified: April 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgVideo editors, check out these great websites that are a wealth of knowledge for all things post production. From great tutorials to quick tips, these sites will help you stay on top of your post production game!In a previous post, we rounded up the best filmmaking websites, but with all the great post production and video editing sites, that topic is surely deserving of it’s own hit list. In this roundup, we’ve picked the best video editing sites in 2013, great daily reads when you’re waiting on a render or have a few minutes to spare. Bookmark these!Know a video editing site that didn’t make the list? Share it in the comments below!Stay up to date with the post production industry, and pick up some new tips and skills in the process. In no particular order, the best post production and video editing sites:Little Frog in High DefShane Ross shares his experiences as a television editor in LA. An active post production voice on Twitter, Shane’s blog documents his “insider view” on the process of editing TV shows. He works mainly with Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro, but his insights on workflow are helpful for any editor. DigitalfilmsOliver Peters is a veteran film editor and colorist who shares his insights on post production. On his video editing site you’ll find a nice balance of tutorials, behind the scenes editing workflow and insightful thoughts on the industry.Philip HodgettsPhilip Hodgetts blogs about technology relating to post production and distribution. Philip is the mastermind behind many video editing plugins and software tools and he’s on the forefront of the future of post production. His blog is a fascinating read that covers topics both creative and technical. Creative ImpatienceBartlomiej Walczak writes about post production and color grading on his video editing blog, “Creative Impatience”. He focuses on the Adobe post production tools: Premiere Pro, After Effects, & SpeedGrade. He also offers useful free plugins (feathered crop, vignettes) for Premiere Pro & After Effects.  Monica Edits (Sh*tting Sparkles)The name of this video editing blog comes from a common joke about editors making crappy video look good. The blog is a first-person account of a pro video editor, Monica Daniel. She shares her stories from the edit suite, everything from project breakdowns to picking an ergonomic mouse for editing.A Nonlinear Editor’s BlogMichael is a German video and sound editor who shares his tips on video/audio post production. The blog is a mix of helpful articles, product reviews and tutorials, with a good bit of focus on working with audio in your video editing projects.SpliceVineEric Wise covers different video editing and post production subjects each month and often features expert guest writers. 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Jonny dishes up his own insight into editing and working with clients, and shares videos and interviews from leaders in the industry. He often compares the differences in video editing applications, like his popular series on switching to AVID Media Composer.Alexis Van Hurkman  (update: now writing for Pro Video Coalition)Alexis Van Hurkman is a well known colorist who wrote the Apple Color and DaVinci Resolve manuals, as well as several other books. On his own site he shares his knowledge of color grading, and he recently started another blog at Pro Video Coalition.  EditblogScott Simmons has been an active online authority on post production and video editing for several years now. He writes a frequently updated blog on ProVideo Coalition called The Edit Blog, where he shares his thoughts on the industry, as well as product reviews and video editing tips/tricks.Be sure to follow him on Twitter as well.Art of the GuillotineArt of the Guillotine (AotG) is an aggregate of the best post producution articles. On the site, film professor and post production pro Gordon Burkell reposts useful video editing and production related posts from around the web. The site is a hit list of relevant info for industry pros.Bonus SitesHere are 3 popular sites you may already know and are certainly worth checking out:ProLost is the blog of Stu Maschwitz ( Creative Director for Red Giant’s Magic Bullet). He writes about editing, color correction, and digital cinema.Digital Rebellion have a blog and “weekend read” that cover editing, industry news and their workflow apps.Tao of Color Offer a free weekly newsletter on color grading. 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first_imgNational Conference president and MP Farooq Abdullah on Thursday described Kashmir as “a political problem” and pitched for meaningful India-Pakistan dialogue on the issue.“There should be a meaningful, result-oriented dialogue between India and Pakistan. The stakeholders in Afghanistan are nearing a solution notwithstanding the violence that the country is fraught with. Both India and Pakistan should open the channels of dialogue with the people of State living on either side of the Line of Control. It should be followed by a dialogue between India and Pakistan,” said Dr. Abdullah, while speaking on the occasion of 19th death anniversary of his mother in Srinagar.He called for an all encompassing dialogue. “It will enable both the countries reach a solution, which is acceptable to people living in the different regions of the erstwhile State. I believe we have had enough, if both India and Pakistan have to grow then it is indispensable for them to find solutions to the issues hammering their relation. Any solution, if it has to be a viable one, should offer a win-win situation for the two countries as well as the people living across the erstwhile state,” he said.On internal politics of the country, Dr. Abdullah said the country he was living in “is poles apart from what it used to be, and what it was desired to be by the founding fathers of the Constitution of India.”“Today, we have a political dispensation at the helm of affairs at the Centre that is inclined to rob the country of its secular character. The fascist and communal forces are hell bent to change the secular visage of the country. Nonetheless India belongs to all its citizens, the country belongs to all. The country men have to keep it in their mind that the idea of progress is deficient if any community feels left out. India cannot grow if the growth of its minorities is stunted,” he said.The MP from Srinagar said the catch-words of ‘Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas’ didn’t see any implementation. “We see how our people are being intimidated on the national highway. Every now and then we see the Governor administration come up with reckless diktats of all sorts. I don’t see any of the actions of the Central government reflect their sincerity for the materialisation of the slogan,” said Dr. Abdullah.last_img read more


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first_img“The league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach or trainer does not stand for the anthem. (Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule),” the memo says.The memo builds on discussions held by the NBA’s Board of Governors this week, and follows up on one Silver and players association executive director Michele Roberts sent to players recently.It recommends that teams organize internal discussions to hear the players’ perspectives, if they haven’t already, and to start or expand programs within their communities.“The players have embraced their roles in those efforts and we are proud of the work they do in our communities,” Tatum wrote.The memo was first reported by ESPN.com.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight St. Benilde records first win in final game in PVLcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Golden State Warriors line up during the national anthem prior to Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The NBA is recommending teams address fans or show videos expressing themes of unity before their first home games, while reminding them of the rule that players must stand for the national anthem.A memo was sent to teams Friday, a day after Commissioner Adam Silver said he expected players would stand for the anthem .ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  In the memo, obtained by The Associated Press, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum suggested teams use their opening games “to demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion and serve as a unifying force in the community.”He recommended an address by a player or coach to fans before the anthem, or a video featuring players or community leaders speaking about important issues and showing photos from past community events.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe league’s preseason schedule begins Saturday with two games, including the NBA champion Golden State Warriors hosting Denver.Tatum said the league supports and encourages players to express their views on matters that are important to them, while reminding of the rule that players, coaches and trainers stand respectfully for the anthem.last_img read more