News and Announcements

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BC Summer Swimming has chosen the 2021 recipients for their annual scholarships. There were a record number of excellent and worthy applicants this year, making the decisions challenging for the Awards & Recognition Committee.

Ian Allen Scholarship: Maya Kennedy, Vancouver Vikings Swim Club

Presented annually since 2013 to current and/or past BCSSA member who is planning to, or are presently attending a post-secondary institution, in recognition of their commitment and dedication to BCSSA and the wider community.

Maya Kennedy has been a member of the Vancouver Vikings Swim Club since 2015, participating as an athlete for 6 years and a coach for 3. Maya says that she “loved connecting with teammates and cheering on my friends from the stands during meets…” Maya has been able to maintain near perfect academic standings, a full volunteer schedule with multiple volunteer executive positions in community based non-profit organizations, and supporting her mother through stroke recovery at home. Through the challenges, Maya has developed a deep passion for helping others and unwavering optimism. We wish Maya every success in September as she pursues her dream of being a doctor at the University of Pennsylvania (Life Sciences and Management Program).

TAS Coach Scholarship: Katherine Toy, White Rock Amateur Swimming Association (WRASA)

Presented annually in partnership with Team Aquatic Supplies, this scholarship recognizes an experienced BCSSA registered coach with minimum NCCP FUNdamentals Certification who is returning to full-time post-secondary education, having successfully completed at least 1 year of study.

Katherine Toy has been a member of the White Rock Amateur Swimming Association (WRASA) club since 2006 and during this time has received 62 provincial medals, and broken 3 provincial records. Katherine volunteered as a Senior Leader from 2014-2016 and then became a summer coach in 2017, continuing with winter coaching from 2015 onwards. Katherine also contributes as a coach with Special Olympics both in BC and Ontario, traveling to the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi in 2018. She attributes her passion for training and competing to previous coaches and she strives to “foster the same joy and enthusiasm in the swimmers I coach by centering my coaching philosophy around the FUNdamentals.” We wish Katherine every success as she returns to Hamilton and McMaster University in the Health Sciences program with the ultimate goal of being a doctor.

Regional Prizes

Each of the 8 BCSSA Regions annually awards 1 bursary of $1,000 each to graduating grade 12 BCSSA athletes who have extensive involvement in their community as well as their BCSSA club & region. They must be attending a post-secondary institution in the upcoming academic year.

p(.* Cariboo:* Joel Harris, Dawson Creek Seals
Fraser South: Devon Matson, Boundary Bay Bluebacks
Fraser Valley: Brittany Paget, Abbotsford Whalers
Kootenays: Madeline Holitzki, Nelson Neptunes
Okanagan: Anya Raymond, Kelowna Ogopogos
Simon Fraser: Max Hamanishi, Coquitlam Sharks
Vancouver & Districts: Kristopher Kirkwood, North Vancouver Cruisers Aquatic Club
Vancouver Island: Cameron Laturnus, Nanaimo White Rapids Swim Club

The document Scholarship_2021_Fnl.pdf was attached to this post.

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The Annual Report is now ready to view online.

Follow the link to view the report online here: https://issuu.com/bcsummerswimming/docs/2020_bcssa_annual_report-final

A full pdf copy of the document will be uploaded to the site as soon as possible.

Financial statements are being finalized and will be available for viewing as soon as possible.

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As of June 10, 2021, the BCSSA Board of Directors have approved an updated Harassment Policy & Code of Conduct in order to address some gaps in application that were present in the previous Policy and Procedures.

The new policy has clarified the procedures and consequences of those that are found to have broken the Code of Conduct.

Also updated is the Complaints Form, used to address issues of harassment or abuse that may be present in our sports clubs from time to time. The new Complaints Form provides a consistent method of reporting problems to BCSSA in order that they can be reviewed and addressed in a timely manner.

The updated Harassment Policy and Code of Conducts can be found under “Documents/Constitution, By-Laws, Policy” at the bottom of the main BCSSA homepage.

The Complaints Form, in fillable pdf format, is also attached at the bottom of this announcement.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact the BCSSA office at office@bcsummerswimming.com.

The document Complaints_Form-fillable__06-10-2021_.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 Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm via Zoom virtual meeting. The purpose of the meeting is as follows:

To receive the report of the Directors and approve the financial statements for the year ended March 31st, 2021;
To elect Directors for the positions which are due for election;
To vote on any motion that has been brought forward; and,
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 2021 AGM report will be sent to all club presidents as well as posted on www.bcsummerswimming.com two weeks prior to the AGM.

This meeting will be via the BCSSA Zoom account.
Each member club is entitled to have one voting member attend.
Register in advance for this meeting and you will receive a confirmation email containing your unique login information about joining the meeting.
Register in advance for this meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkcumsrj0oG9BwJw0U7oZ_JRV5_v-5x13V

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

Please note: A separate online platform will be used for voting by all official voting delegates (https://electionrunner.com/)

The document 2021_BCSSA_Annual_General_Meeting.docx__2_.pdf was attached to this post.

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The BCSSA Provincial Board of Directors would like to confirm that there will NOT be an in-person Provincial Championship Meet to conclude our 2021 summer season.

While recent changes in the PHO orders have made it possible to hold multi-club meets in an outdoor setting, there remains a vast inequity between many clubs and regions in access to pool time for practice, and space to run meets.

We will continue to support and encourage virtual meets throughout the province, and some BCSSA regions with the required facilities & resources available are planning on running a typical season Regional meet to wind up their 2021 competitive summer season. These are intended as ‘celebration’ meets, as a reward for a summer of hard work, and a return to the pools.

We look forward to the 2022 Provincial Championship Meet hosted in the city of Kamloops next year, August 15-21, 2022.

If you have further questions, concerns, or comments, please contact the BC Summer Swimming Association Provincial Manager Penny Bartel at penny@bcsummerswimming.com and we will respond as soon as possible.

The document 07222021-Provincials_2021_Announcement.pdf was attached to this post.