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The BC Pickleball 2014 Outstanding Communications Award to Carol Bissell of Comox

THE BC 2014 OUTSTANDING COMMUNICATIONS AWARD

GOES TO

CAROL BISSELL OF COMOX

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     Carol started playing pickle ball in Campbell River following the second annual PB  senior games . Campbell River at the time did not even have a program and one of their Programmers helped us to run the tournament with a computer program all set up and scheduling of all the games was done in advance. Following the games Carol attended a ” play and learn clinic put on by BC Pickleball instructors, headed by C Lefaive and subsequently started to play. When arriving into Comox she saw a need for communications to keep players abreast of what was happening both indoor, outdoor and regionally in Victoria as well as Nanaimo , two major regional centres adjacent.

     Carol has also taught new players and has an interest in kids and and schools . Last summer she organized a large outdoor play date at their lovely four court facility in a deserted Lacrosse box , using Sportive portable sets. Many from different areas came and had fun in a social interactive venue. Executives from BC Pickleball, Pickle Ball Canada and the World Pickle Ball Federation attended. The power of reporting, in a leadership manner earns Carol this award. Last year it was Ms Dorita Gaspar for teaching PB 7 yrs in a row in her school, and the year before, to Lori Vance for humanitarian effort to a man who had had a heart attack.

     In view of the rapid growth of the Comox, Courtenay, and Cumberland area as well as Campbell River – the fishing destination place , we have to thank Carol for all her efforts. I have heard that Telegraph Cove also wishes to start pickle ball in its high end fishing homes. With Whistler now coming on board, Mission, 108 mile house , and Cambie Rec center in Richmond – pickle ball is expanding in all directions.

   Let’s hope next year, you will win the annual award for your volunteer efforts.So, let us know what you are doing.

  Chuck Lefaive

  ph – 604-536-9602

Thanks to those who helped teach the kids from La Ronde school

La Ronde School – Ocean Park

In South Surrey – 400 children from K – 7. October 7-11 – 2013

Our thanks from BCpickleball and the Canadian pickleball federation go to the following volunteers :

1.        Chuck Lefaive – Instructor

2.        Doug Wells  – North Delta – Instructor

3.        Gary Wilson – South Surrey

4.       Shelley Lang – South Surrey

5.       Rita Lefaive – South Surrey

6.       Margrit Elmiger – South surrey

7.       Elaine Kott – South Surrey

8.       Ruth Simpson – Newton – Instructor

9.       Marielle Venne – Surrey

10.     Ron Cook – Surrey

11.     John Friesen – Manitoba.

 

This puts our BC teaching effort at 1340 students for 2013. Our thanks also go to all the teachers who participated in the program and all the parents who attended to watch their children compete in the last day tournament .

THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR HELP IN 2013

THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR HELP IN

THE BC PICKLEBALL TEACHING PROGRAM FOR 2013

 

1-     STAR OF THE SEA  SCHOOL – 440 KIDS –   ANDY MEZEI   –   S SURREY

–    JIANG  WEI                “

–    DOUG WELLS      N Surrey

–     INGE SCHOLZ    S Surrey

–     AL FULLER                “

–     CHUCK LEFAIVE       “

2. –  BAYRIDGE ELEMENTARY  – 500 KIDS    –   GUNDUZ YEREBAZMAZ

– DOUG WELLS – N SURREY

– RUTH SIMPSON – NEWTON

– VALENTINA PAASONEN – BURNABY

–    PATRICK NILSEN S SURREY

–    CHUCK LEFAIVE – S SURREY

3-  JESSIE LEE SCHOOL – 330 KIDS               –  PATRICK NILSEN – S SURREY

–  ANITA EWERT –  WHITE ROCK

– GUNDUZ YEREBAZMAZ S SURREY

–  C LEFAIVE – S SURREY

4.  CHETWYND REC CENTER – 80 PLAYERS  –   MARCIE FOFONOFF – CHETWYND

+ ONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – MOBERLY – KEITH MAISEY                     “

-TERRY GRENDUS                 “

– GRANT SPELSBERG          “

– TYRIA PLAMONDON         “

– STERLING BRUKE              “

– C LEFAIVE                   S SURREY

THIS LARGE EFFORT BY SO MANY VOLUNTEERS SPEAKS HIGHLY FOR THE

DEDICATION OF OUR PLAYERS AND THEIR WILLINGNESS TO GIVE BACK TO THE NEXT

GENERATION COMING FORWARD . ALTHOUGH SLOW , PROGRESS IS BEING MADE.

THANKS TO ALL.

Thank You to the Maple Green Dozen on Saturday Oct. 13 2013

THANK YOU TO THE MAPLE GREEN  DOZEN  ON SAT  OCT 13 2013,

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Who came out in the rain to play and learn and compete in Pickleball in the wonderful park set aside by Parks and Recreation , Surrey with a lock box with free paddles and balls ( forever ) donated by our seniors from South Surrey, a sign that says “ This is a Tennis Pickleball Facility” with courts marked 1-8 on three levels and a practice board for the bottom two courts .

Keys for this facility may be signed out from South Surrey Rec , White Rock Parks and Rec, , and Guilford Rec Center. Please bring your friends and play.


 

 

 

ATTENDEES WERE:

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GORD STEUER – KEATS ISLAND

DOUG  JOYCE – SURREY

KELLEY DINNEY – SURREY                                                                      

CHUCK LEFAIVE – SURREY

EUGENE LEEE – SURREY

JENNY LEE – SURREY

SU JUNG LEE – SURREY

ILISHA  AULAKH – SURREY

KANWAL PRAAT AULAKH                                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Service award to Ms. Dorita Gaspar, Star of the Sea School

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            FLASH – APRIL 19  – 2013 

THE  BC PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION AWARDS THE FIRST


OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD TO A BC SCHOOL AND P/E TEACHER IN THE  ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SYSTEM.

 

This award reads “ for service in teaching Pickleball for seven continuous years at Star of the Sea School,” – awarded to Ms Dorita Gaspar P/E head and to the school as well. The 440 students shouted out the Pickleball start  “ 002  are you ready?”  For all the teachers , students and  parents in attendance – over 500 people .  The grade 5’s wrote a song and the Music Department helped which will now be the “ official “ Pickleball song.” Here it is :

 

THE PICKLEBALL SONG
 
I DON’T KNOW BUT I’VE BEEN TOLD.
FOR PICKLE BALL YOU’RE NOT TOO OLD !
MS GASPAR IS THE PICKLE BALL QUEEN
A BETTER SHOT YOU’VE NEVER SEEN
P.I.C.K.L.E.
IT’S A SPORT,  NOTHING YOU EAT.
PADDLES, BALLS AND KITCHEN LINE.
PARTNERISM,  COUPLES,  SOLOS FINE
SERVE IT!  SMACK IT!  GROUND STROKES TOO
HERES SOME SHOTS TO NAME A FEW
THANK YOU TO OUR SENIORS
HOPE YOU’LL BE BACK FOR YEARS AND YEARS
P.I.C.K.L.E.
PICKLEBALL JUST CAN’T BE BEAT !

 

PLEASE  SHOW YOUR FRIENDS.

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Thanks to Lori Vance

Our thanks go to Lori Vance, player at South Surrey, who, during the holidays had the foresight – lacking an appropriate posted protocol – to have perhaps saved a life in our Rec center.
Details : a man, in his sixties came to play, during the first game, complained of  not feeling well and at the end of the game that he was intending on going home. He was asked by Lori to sit down, then to go upstairs, which entailed going up two flights of stairs.
The gentleman in question was about to climb the stairs when Lori , who accompanied him, said “ let”s take the elevator.”

That may have saved his life.
After calling his wife and 911 he was taken to hospital with tightness in the chest and left arm pain. clotbusters were administered and within 60 minutes it was determined that he was indeed having a heart attack, was given clotbusters and was sent to Royal Columbia hospital where stents were inserted within 60 minutes.
We would like to give Lori the BC Pickleball Association humanitarian award for quick thinking and also staying with the chap and helping him along the way. Peter and his wife are thankful and very appreciative of all that Lori has done for him.
The Humanitarian award will be presented at our Annual General Meeting to be held in February.

Chuck

Behind every good man there are GOOD WOMEN!

Behind every good man there are
several good Women.

THE  WOMEN OF PICKLEBALL IN CANADA – A SHORT HISTORICAL PERPECTIVE.  

In the beginning, there was Skoujke Lehmann who started the Okanagan program in BC and went on, who paired up with Pat Caine from Surprise, Arizona to become the best female player in Canada, the USA and perhaps the world.  She presently resides in Bowser, BC and spends part of the year in AZ.  Of late, she has been very helpful in teaching in the Upper Vancouver Island area and no doubt is partly responsible for the rapid growth in that area.  She is the “first lady of BCpickleball”.

Second came Bev Butt from Regina, Saskatchewan , who with Gail Stakiw have  carved out a niche in that province . She has also been very active in Arizona over the years on the Tourney circuit and on the American Board as well as a founding member of Pickleball Canada.  Of late she is working on the Senior Games in her province and  she remains the “first lady” of Canadian pickleball.

Third is a special lady who has unequalled claims. She is Luba Jehovic , former coach  of the Russian Badminton team who , six years ago took on a dual teaching role of both  badminton and pickleball in one of the largest private tennis clubs in Canada ,  Holleyburn Tennis Club as well as South Surrey Rec, where she has trained some 3000  new players the gentle art of pickleball.  Of late, she has branched out to the new Center  in Cloverdale and the Newton Rec center.  She and her son Denis (University student) deserve the title of “Outstanding Teacher in Canada.”

Fourth is Louise Lemieux , wife of Marcel Lemieux , President of Pickleball Quebec. She has played for many years and is a fierce competitor even when faced with health concerns.  She is a tournament player as well as always at her husbands side when he  teaches in the fastest growing segment of pickleball in Canada – namely Quebec.  They are nearing one thousand players in the past two years.Louise has been there all the  way from the beginning in her province.  She is a wonderful promoter.  I had the pleasure to work with her here in BC on several occasions teaching children in elementary schools.

Fifth is Grace Johner , who is a tireless promoter, always in the background helping  her husband with the many details of tournaments, orders to fill,  stocking, inventorying,  letters to write, and generally supporting the PB effort. She always promotes the  position that any center is better off with pickleball because it gives them another  income stream and she is of course right.  She deserves the title of “best supporter”.

Sixth is Rita Lefaive who for several of the past six years , nursed in the local hospital, But in the past four years has been at and in the South Surrey Rec center on a regular basis and  fields many issues that come up, questions regarding what is happening , interpersonal  concerns and monitoring rules in our center. She is always supporting and nurturing to  the group which is large. She deserves the “Florence Nightingale Award” of Pickleball.

Seventh is Brownie Carleton – our teaching senior who at 6:00 am some four years  ago came to learn how to play , who started Cloverdale Pickleball and Walnut Grove  and taught at both places even when her husband was ill.  To her goes the “Over – the –  top Award” of pickleball.

Other ladies of more recent vintage who have been outstanding in growing their  programs are : Linda Dane Edmonton,  Dee PitcherNanaimo Windsor- Saint Rose,   Karen RenfrewSechelt, Irene KalninsRichmond,  Shirley EdwardsPt Moody and  Sue Guest in Victoria.

No doubt there are many more – if you know of some , let me know. Yours in Sport and health, Chuck Lefaive Founding Director – www.bcpickleball.com   PH– 604-536-9602 Founding director www.bcpickleball.com  PH– 604-536-9602