Summer 2017 Newsletter

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Happy summer, kayak guides!

IMG_2085The grays have migrated north, the blackberries are out, and the resident orcas are in the Strait!  Kayak season is still in full swing.
In this newsletter: 
  2. Facebook -- time for a shift
  3. Fall Exchange -- Strathcona Park Lodge, whitewater paddling!
  4. Ongoing Training Opportunities -- Exams, Exchange, AGM
  5. New Folks on Board 
All the best, 
Daye Cooper, Executive Director, Level Three Guide


    • www.skgabc.comMobile-friendly and up to date
    • Individual member login and account
    • Upload & view all your own certs, logs, and print your certification
    • Manage your public guide profile (if you want one)
    • Post employment status and browse job ads
    An email will be sent out soon from our web developer with specific instructions for your personal guide profile.  We are thrilled to finally introduce this project to membership after years of hard work by our Board and staff!

    Facebook Group -- time for a shift!

    circle-mcneilThe Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C. Facebook group is a great way to communicate with other members, share articles, sell paddling gear, hear about pro-deals, plan carpooling for events and quickly hear current SKGABC news.  As of September 10, the group and its posts will be open to current SKGABC members only.
    1. We'll remove non-members from the group.  Let us know ( or FB message) if your Facebook name is different than your real one.  We'll keep you on, we just need to know who you are!
    2. Renew your membership if you want to stay on board!

    Fall Exchange -- Strathcona Park Lodge: October 20-22

    Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 7.40.10 AMThis spectacular location offers us the opportunity to be coached in WHITEWATER boats by some amazing local expert whitewater guides on the Campbell or Gold Rivers.  Build your skills through a whole new kind of paddling!  Also take part in a First Nations "Blanket Exercise", Celestial Navigation, and Saturday night Sea Shanty competition and dance.

    Limited spots available.  Registration opens September 5

    Ongoing Training opportunities 2017

    Each of the following events will extend your Ongoing Training / professional development credits by 1-3 years.
    SKGABC Fall Exchange, Strathcona Park Lodge -- October 20-22
    3 years OGT
    SKGABC AGM, Vancouver Island University -- November 5 
    1 year OGT

    Level 2 and Level 3 SKGABC Exams -- various dates
    3 years OGT
    1.5 years OGT.  Let us know if you can attend this great event, volunteers are needed! 


    New Folks on Board

    • The SKGABC is excited to announce our new Assistant to the Executive Director, Hollie Galloway!  Enormous thanks to Kimberly Gmyz for all her previous devoted work for the Alliance.
    • Kate Hives stepped down from the role of Vice President and is appointed by the Board as President until the next AGM.
    • Sheila Porteous stepped down from the role of President and is appointed by the Board as Vice President until the next AGM.
    • Allie Carroll has stepped in to the role of pro-deal coordinator.  New pro-deals and gear to come!  Woohoo!

    Read all SKGABC bios here.  Interested in getting involved?  We'll be looking for new Board members at the fall AGM.

    The Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C. operates in the traditional territories of the Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, Oweekeno, Nuxalk, Heiltsuk, Haisla, Tsimshian, Haida, Nisga’a, and Tlingit First Nations.