News and Announcements

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The 2020 Annual Report is now available for online viewing!

This year’s Annual General Meeting will be held via ZOOM online meetings because of the Corona-virus Covid-19.

Each Club President has been sent a link for their club’s official voting delegate. Please confirm the name of the official designated voting designate who will be attending to: office@bcsummerswimming.com.

All members are welcome to attend the meeting and you must register in advance in order to receive your login details:

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vfu6ppzMrH9JCKnBVed1HvW6bJH6XLg7z

We look forward to seeing you online there!

The document 2020_BCSSA_Annual_Report.pdf was attached to this post.

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In accordance with Bylaw 3.15.A – Meetings of the Members – notice is hereby given that the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the society will be held on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 7:30 pm via Zoom virtual meeting due to the novel Corona virus Covid-19 pandemic.

1. To receive the report of the Directors and approve the financial statements for the year ended March 31st, 2020;
2. To elect Directors for the positions which are due for election;
3. To vote on any motion that has been brought forward; and,
4. To discuss new business that is brought forward during the Annual General Meeting.

The Annual Report is not included with this Notice of AGM due to the cost of printing and shipping to members. A copy of the 2020 AGM report will be sent to all club presidents as well as posted on www.bcsummerswimming.com two weeks prior to the AGM.

By order of the Board
Dated July 6, 2020


Danny Schilds
President, BCSSA

http://bcsummerswimming.com/clubs/6594/documents/530605

The document Notice_of_2020_BCSSA_Annual_General_Meeting.pdf was attached to this post.

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As of July 1rst, our COVID Cup Program has concluded. We wanted to thank everyone who participated and those who help make this happen. The results of the weekly prize draw winners will be posting in the coming week. Thank you all for keeping the BCSSA spirit alive!

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The Province has made the process for amateur sport organizations to get back to play easier by protecting organizations from Covid-19 liabilities, provided they are complying with public health orders and provincial sport guidelines.

The Government of BC has created a ministerial order that protects amateur sport organizations, their employees and volunteers from liability.

“We want to make sure children and their families can get the benefits of physical activity and get back to playing the sports they love,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Many sports organizations are run by volunteers who need to make sure they are protected for risks related to COVID-19. This order will help cover that risk so people can safely get back to playing sports sooner in their communities.”

BCSSA Provincial Manager Penny Bartel said, “I am thrilled that the Government of British Columbia has worked so swiftly to make this ministerial order a reality. The order will make it easier for our clubs to get swimmers back into the water.”

As most insurance companies are not providing coverage for Covid-19 related damages, which limited our ability to provide sport programming during the pandemic.

The ministerial order protects amateur sport organizations and their representatives from damages resulting directly, or indirectly, from Covid-19 for amateur sports. For example, a sports organization or its representatives will not be liable for a participant in their sports program being exposed to Covid-19 as a result of participation. The liability protection would be in place as long as they follow applicable guidance, such as viaSport’s Return to Sport protocols (adapted within the BCSSA Return to Swimming and Aquatic Sports Workbook) and public health guidance on how to prevent the spread of the virus. This guidance includes encouraging proper hand-washing, regular disinfecting, limiting shared equipment, physical distancing measures and the use of wellness questionnaires and health self-assessment tools.

To view the ministerial order, visit: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/mo/mo/2020_m183

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Now that BC is well into Phase 2 of our Covid-19 Emergency Plan, municipalities are considering the feasibility of reopening both indoor and outdoor pools. If BCSSA clubs wish to be considered to train within these facilities again, you must put together a “Return to Swim” plan focused on your own club activities and individual facilities.

BCSSA has put together a Guidelines Workbook for clubs as they are developing their own plans and procedures for keeping your swimmers, coaches, and families safe.

The document is linked at the bottom of this post.

We are also hosting a workshop on Thursday June 11, 6:30 PM, for club reps that want to review this document with us, or to clarify anything about this process. We will do our best to answer questions or to guide you in the right direction.

Register in advance for this workshop:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqc--sqD4oGNOZnq1yunbxwMpKngr3vniN

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

BCSSA Return to Swimming & Aquatic Sports Guidelines & Workbook:
http://bcsummerswimming.com/clubs/6594/documents/529307