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_imgDoctors in Missouri face tough times in a state where voters approved medical marijuana. They don’t want to prescribe it.For the Kansas City Star, Andy Marso wrote, “Missouri made medical marijuana legal, but most doctors don’t want any part of it.” (See copy on Medical Xpress).Here are the key take-home points from this report:Kansas City doctors “opposed every marijuana measure on the ballot.”Ethical doctors don’t want to give patients substances lacking standard dosages or purities.Without knowing what the raw plant does for a condition, it’s impossible to measure risks and benefits.Doctors are very much opposed to giving permission for smoking marijuana.In other states, medical marijuana cards often act like permission slips than prescriptions.Shady doctors willing to prescribe medical marijuana cards stand to make a lot of money.The new law puts ethical doctors in a difficult spot when patients want a card with their blessing.Ethical doctors hope that new state guidelines won’t order them to prescribe cards when asked.“Based upon the publicity, individuals will go to their physicians and ask for marijuana, which actually puts physicians in a little bit of a difficult spot because there’s a lack of data to indicate when is a potentially good time, if there is one, to be able to suggest the use of marijuana.”Marijuana research has been hampered because the federal government deems it a Schedule I controlled substance. But it has shown promise in treating pain and psychiatric or neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease, and some parts of the plant have already been incorporated into FDA-approved products for treating epilepsy and for nausea caused by chemotherapy.But Mammen said marijuana, like other drugs or even herbal supplements, can interact dangerously with other medications patients might be taking, and doctors also need to be concerned about side effects like vomiting or, for people with mental illness, psychotic episodes.Marso shows what can happen with so-called medical marijuana bills. Jeff Howell, a regulator in Missouri, doesn’t want to see in Missouri what has happened in California: “The important thing for me is that it doesn’t turn into Venice Beach (California), where you have storefronts that say ‘Come in and get your marijuana card.’” That is not responsible medicine.Marijuana is just a plant. So is lettuce. So is stinging nettle. So is poison ivy, castor bean, and hemlock. When Jesus declared all foods clean (Mark 7:19), He was not throwing responsibility out the window. When the Lord showed Peter a vision of clean and unclean animals, including reptiles, and said, “Rise, Peter, kill and eat” (Acts 10), He was not telling Peter to pick up a venomous adder and munch on it. We have to use our brains. The Lord’s point was the the strict, objective Levitical dietary laws for Jews no longer applied to the church. Peter could still eat Jewish food (St. Peter’s fish, for example) if he wanted to, but he was no longer obligated to restrict his diet to foods declared “clean” under the Law of Moses. Evidence and logic will reveal, through experimental science, which plants and animals are healthy and which are not.With this in mind, what about medical marijuana? If it is just a plant, why worry? Aren’t many drugs derived from plants? The reason: plants can be very healthy or very toxic, with a wide range in between. We as consumers of plants have different health challenges, and have different genes and different susceptibilities to side effects. It will take years of clinical trials with many participants to establish statistical significance for conditions that might benefit from medical marijuana. Importantly, those dosages have to be regulated so that pills containing the active ingredients are known in detail, and all side effects accounted for. That has not been the case up till now. In fact, there are concerns that commercially grown marijuana has much higher THC content than the natural plants (THCs are the molecules that cause the mental impairment). That’s why Missouri doctors don’t want to be forced to prescribe it. They don’t know what their patients will be getting.The medical marijuana steamroller would run over ethics if not controlled. Legalization activists are often motivated by their own desire to smoke it without regard for the societal consequences. They use “medical marijuana” as a cover for their own desires. Those desires often have little to do with medical progress, and more to do with personal pleasure at the cost of sound judgment. In fact, many of them want to push cannabis onto other citizens in the form of cannabis-laden snack foods, which unsuspecting consumers might not even know are tainted with THCs, in order to get more people hooked and thereby spread cannabis use throughout society. Shady companies are capitalizing on the marijuana legalization movement, hoping to get rich without regard for their victims, just like others do with alcohol, tobacco, and gambling. A healthy government needs responsible citizens to vote wisely. It should not promote activities that impair logical reasoning, put innocent citizens at risk of car accidents, create unhealthy habits, and potentially cause permanent brain damage in the youth. Freedom should be freedom for good, not license for evil.The day may come when the active ingredients in cannabis become better known, such that pills for certain conditions can be prescribed safely. Most likely, smoking marijuana will NOT be on the prescribed treatment list! But we say, more power to researchers conducting ethical clinical trials. We agree; marijuana is just a plant. It deserves to be studied. Treatments have already shown it can benefit epilepsy in certain cases where nothing else has worked. There may be undiscovered miracle cures for some untreatable diseases. And for patients dying in pain, Proverbs 31:1-9 indicates (by analogy with “strong drink”) that marijuana could be used in such cases. But just as the Bible condemns drunkenness, it condemns getting “high” on anything that robs a person of his judgment or ability to serve God and others. Speaking on our liberty in Christ, Paul said, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be dominated by anything.” (I Corinthians 6:12).  Paul said in II Corinthians 3:17, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,” but in II Timothy 1:7 he tempered that truth with a counterbalance, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”As always, the Bible contains the principles we need to sort through human controversies with godly wisdom.(Visited 429 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgVineyards in the Durbanville Wine Valleyin the Western Cape, with Table Mountainin the distance. South Africa’s wineexports rose 32% in volume and 42% invalue from 2007, to 45.2-million casesvalued at $780-million (R6.1-billion).(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is one of five wine-producing countries to join forces to form the New World Wine Alliance. The alliance plans to challenge European Union (EU) rivals under this banner. Europe is currently the world’s largest wine producer and exporter.So-called New World wines are produced outside the traditional European wine-cultivation areas in countries such as South Africa, Argentina, Chile, the US, New Zealand, Mexico, and Australia, which is the current market leader in the UK.The new alliance includes South Africa, New Zealand, California, Chile and Argentina – all of which will use their partnership as a marketing tool to further penetrate the global wine market and see off competition from European countries.This does not negate the fact that the five countries are still competitors in the market, but an alliance spokesperson said that all members will ultimately gain by sharing experience and best practice.“We have already benefited from each other enormously by exchanging viticultural and cellar research as well as innovations in packaging, marketing and logistics,” said the spokesperson.Official launchThe group will be officially launched at the next Prowein international wine and spirits trade fair, taking place over three days in Düsseldorf, Germany, in March 2010. In a world first, they will also exhibit their wines there as a joint force.The annual wine showcase, one of the most important trade shows on the wine calendar, attracted around 3 000 exhibitors in 2009, along with about 35 000 delegates and visitors from some 50 countries. Press coverage was extensive, making Prowein the ideal platform to launch the new wine alliance.Not only will the partners be exhibiting at the same pavilion, but together they will hold talks, seminars, presentations and workshops with relevant experts in the field.The pavilion’s theme, Down to Earth, suggests the main issues to be covered: sustainable wine production, management of scarce natural resources, management of climate change, cool-climate viticulture, organic wines, as well as market-related topics such as branding, building consumption sales, and icon wines, or wines of exceptional quality.Eastern focusAustralia has not joined the alliance because it has shifted its focus to the East. China is the world’s biggest single wine market in terms of population, as it is for beer, and the demand there for wine is growing. It is also the world’s sixth-largest wine producer.A 2008 report issued by China Wines Information predicts that wine imports into China will top US$870-million (R6.8-billion) by 2017 – a five-fold increase from the 2007 figure of $184-million (R1.4-billion).Challenging the EUMeanwhile, the New World Alliance will stand together as a unit to rattle EU winemakers. In 2006 the EU proposed a shake-up of its wine sector, prompted by growing competition from the New World, dwindling wine consumption in the region, and a fear that imports would eventually outstrip exports.New regulations were adopted by the EU Council of Ministers in April 2008, and are set to revamp the way the EU wine market is managed. The main focus areas are the reduction of the large quantity of unsold wine, which a few years ago was the equivalent of an entire year’s production, and the productive reallocation of funds to boost the competitiveness of European wines.For instance, the EU plans to stop paying producers for surplus cheap table wine and will instead divert this large slice of the EU wine budget into producing and marketing quality wines.Steady growthThe five partners of the alliance have all seen recent growth in exports despite the world-wide recession, and will continue to focus their efforts on the promotion of the New World as a source of top-quality wines and oenological innovation.In the period 2007 to 2008 all alliance members reported healthy export figures. South Africa’s exports rose 32% in volume and 42% in value from 2007, to 45.2-million cases valued at $780-million (R6.1-billion).Elsewhere in the southern hemisphere, Argentina’s 23.8-million cases exported were an increase of 14% in volume and 28% in value from 2007, and Chile’s exports rose 10% in value but decreased 3% in volume. Nonetheless, the 65.4-million cases were worth $1.4-billion (R11-billion).New Zealand saw 10.9-million cases leaving the country, an increase of 19%. The Antipodean country is famed particularly for its Sauvignon Blanc, and in June 2009 the country’s Nobilo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc became the top seller of its kind in the US.Exports from the US, of which 90% came from California, totalled 55-million cases worth $1-billion (R7.8-billion), an increase of 8% in volume and 6% in value.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesWine on the wild side Wine exports break new recordsSA wine a US presidential hit Useful linksWines of South AfricaWines of ChileWines of ArgentinaNew Zealand wineCalifornia Wine InstituteEuropean UnionNew-World WinemakerProweinlast_img read more


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first_imgThe site also offers special “In Company” features which let you network among your work colleagues differently than how you network with persons outside the company. With your “In Company” connections, you may choose to reveal a relationship with a high profile contact that you would not share to others outside the company…or the other way around. Also, “In Company” users with Silver or Gold memberships can make unlimited introductions and information requests. Another unique feature is WhoDoYouKnowAt’s Contact Data Integrity Management option (CDIM). This allows you to control who has access to your current contact information. To set this up, you fill out both your current and formerly valid, but now outdated, contact information. When your data is matched with others’ contact lists, you’re automatically notified. If they still retain your old contact information, you can then choose to grant them access to your new information or ignore the notice without them ever knowing.Too Complex?These features are only scratching the surface of what WhoDoYouKnowAt has to offer. The site has been thoroughly thought through, with seemingly every scenario or use case accounted for. There are options like Prospect Lists for connecting with contacts at targeted companies, Alerts, Relationship Rankings, and a Productivity Center for managing your connections. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web According to Lee Blaylock, founder and CEO of new business networking site WhoDoYouKnowAt, many business executives are reluctant to share their contact information publicly. For this reason, a number of professionals are hesitant to network through sites like LinkedIn where you have to connect with your colleagues and then make those connections available to anyone wanting to use your connections for an introduction. WhoDoYouKnowAt flips this concept of business networking on its head, letting you control the level of access to your contacts based on who’s asking. To do so, WhoDoYouKnowAt offers a unique “Levels of Trust” system which allows your online relationships to more accurately reflect those in the real world. With each connection, you can set their “Level of Trust” to reflect your real life relationship. For example, when sharing a contact’s information with some folks, you can choose to remain anonymous. With your more trusted relationships, however, you can choose to share all your network information. For those close connections who you want to invite into your trusted network, you can invite them to “pair” with you, meaning you’ll mutually exchange all your contact information. Unlike with LinkedIn, you don’t “pair” (aka “friend” or “connect”) with all your contacts – just the designated trusted ones. sarah perez In fact, if anything, WhoDoYouKnowAt might be overly complex for a niche product that aims to address only the needs of heavy-duty business networkers who find LinkedIn uncomfortably open. (Just look at that chart! Click to maximize). We suppose that, for those folks, WhoDoYouKnowAt could be the perfect solution given all its levels of privacy and trust. However, for the everyday business professional, LinkedIn or even Outlook will probably still suffice…or these days, even Facebook may work. center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


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first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts Tags:#cloud computing#gaming#Google#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… sarah perez 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout The announcement of the Chrome Web App Store was one of the more exciting reveals from this spring’s Google I/O Developer Conference, where the company explained how the Web App Store would function as a tool that makes application discovery easier for end users while making it easier for developers to list and sell their apps.  Google Bets on Web AppsGoogle is betting that the future of computing is the Web, not native applications. Analysts have been predicting this transition as well, citing cloud computing’s soon-to-be disruptive force in the mobile industry, specifically – a segment of the market which would also include tablet computing. Mobile Web apps have the potential to reach more users, including those whose only access to the Web is via a basic “feature phone” with an integrated browser, for example. That alone should make Web apps appealing to developers looking to reach the broadest user base.For now though, native applications are still extremely popular among end users because of the way they can be specifically customized to take advantage of a particular device’s features and functionality. But with the upcoming developments in orientation support, Chrome OS will be able to run apps and games that take advantage of some features that formerly only native applications had access to. That said, there are still several other hurdles for Web apps to overcome before they’re on par with their native application counterparts, including the need for improvements in speed and performance, access to all of device’s sensors and hardware components, the ability to send push notifications and more. However, a Web browser which knows which way is up is a good first step. When Google’s new Web-based operating system Chrome OS launches later this year, it may be ready to serve not only as a simple netbook and tablet OS, but also as an interface for playing casual games like those currently found on Apple’s iPhone and iPad. On Apple mobile gadgets like the iPhone and iPod Touch, a combination of hardware-based motion sensors allow the device to know how you’re holding it – up, down, sideways, etc. – and changes the orientation accordingly.  And in the iPhone 4, a new gyroscope allows for additional motion-sensing capabilities, too, like the ability to track orientation, velocity and rotation. But Web browsers, like IE, Chrome, Safari and Firefox, haven’t traditionally been able to detect which way is up. That may soon change for Google Chrome, the browser that forms the core of the upcoming operating system of the same name – it’s getting orientation capabilities that will tell apps running in the browser which way the device is being held.  Chrome Will Know Up from Down According to a report from CNET, the orientation support now being added to Chrome would be “particularly useful” for mobile gaming. “For example, tilting a device can turn it into a steering wheel or a tabletop on which a marble rolls,” writes CNET’s Stephen Shankland describing the upcoming capabilities.Already, developers are hard at work building applications for the Chrome operating system and its accompanying Chrome Web Store, which will function as Google’s version of the “App Store” for Web-based applications. In test builds of the browser’s open source bits, developers are running everything from simple card games to arcade-like casual games, including popular iTunes titles like “Plants vs. Zombies” and console favorite “Lego Star Wars.”last_img read more