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AGM Results

December 9th, 2022

Hello Cheema family,

We had a great AGM last night. Record-high attendance! Thank you to all of those who were able to come out and contribute to this great Club. We are a large and growing community. We will not always agree on all things; that has been clear in recent weeks. But I believe we can agree on the most important thing: we all have the best interests of this Club and our kids at heart. I heard that loud and clear last night.

I want to share the outcome of last night's meeting. We had some great interest from community members willing to serve on the Board in leadership of this Club. Here is the slate of Directors as approved last night:

Executive 

  • Commodore – Nadine Lamontagne 
  • Vice-Commodore – Jeff Keizer
  • Treasurer – Connie Hetzler 
  • Secretary – Alana Patterson 
  • Past Commodore – Chris Brown

Board of Directors 

  • Paddling Programs – Marc Leger 
  • Facilities & Maintenance – Dan Kooyman (recused from policy development and voting)
  • Fundraising – Monique Gray 
  • Safety & Paddling Operations – Bill Casey 
  • Volunteer Recruitment & Deployment – Irene Mong 
  • Awards & Recognition – Denise MacKenzie 
  • Diversity, Inclusion & Safe Sport – Janie MacKinnon

I am very much looking forward to working with Marc, Bill and Irene as our new Board members, and I am ever grateful to our returning Board members for their continued work in support of this Club.

We take the responsibility of sitting on this Board seriously. We heard some new and interesting ideas and concerns last night that we will be considering in the weeks ahead. We look forward to ongoing conversation with you, the members of this Club, outside of our formal AGM process.

With much gratitude,

Nadine

 

Cheema 2022 Annual General Meeting Agenda

December 7th, 2022

Hello Cheema members.

 

We wanted to share some details in advance of this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). Here are the Agenda for the meeting and Minutes from last year’s AGM.

 

The AGM starts at 7pm on Thursday, December 8th, second floor of the new boathouse. We will be registering voters as they arrive; we'll be on-site to start registration at 6:30pm. Those who receive a ballot upon entry (or in some cases, more than one ballot) will be eligible to vote. ​We will have a list of voting members on-site. If you are not on the list you will not be eligible to vote, but you are still very welcome to attend the meeting. As a reminder, the following people are eligible to vote:

  • Current Board members
  • Anyone currently enrolled in (and fully paid for) a racing program
  • Anyone enrolled in (and fully paid for) a racing program between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022

It is one vote per racing member, or if the racing member is under 18 then one parent votes on their behalf -- details are in the by-laws. Racing program excludes the after-school and kiddie kayak programs.

 

Most of the voting will be done by show of hands. For the three contested positions on the Board of Directors (Commodore, Vice-Commodore and Diversity, Inclusion & Safe Sport), we’ll be doing a secret ballot. We will have prepared ballots which will be provided to each voting member at registration. We'll have a ballot box to collect the ballots. Votes will be counted by the Secretary, Treasurer and a scrutineer. Before the vote on the contested positions each candidate will have an opportunity to speak (3 minutes each). Once all six of the candidates have given their remarks, we'll open it up to questions and comments from members (1 question plus 1 follow-up per member).

 

​If you have any questions please contact Alana Patterson, Secretary, at alana.patterson@cheema.ca

 

We hope to see you tomorrow night!

 

 

Cheema Aquatic Club
1390 Cobequid Road
Waverley, NS

www.cheema.ca

registrar@cheema.ca

 

Buy A Tile and Support Cheema

November 28th, 2022

We're making GIVING to Cheema easy this year with our "Buy A Tile" campaign. Honour the memory of an alumna, pay tribute to your favourite Cheema paddler, honour a volunteer or have YOUR name added to the walls of Cheema forever. Tiles will be installed in the main foyer of the newly expanded facility.

We can add the inscription (see photos) or you can design it yourself. It's up to you! All the tiles will be installed early in 2023.

Each tile sponsorship is $100. Best part- your donation is tax deductible!

To purchase your tile(s) go to https://donations.helpforcharities.com/sns/index.php

Choose Cheema Aquatic Club-Frank Garner Boat House from the drop down menu.

What a great Christmas gift to give the person who has everything! Our goal is to sell 100 tiles by December 31st. Don't delay, be a part of Cheema history today!

 

**Notice of Annual General Meeting **

November 8th, 2022
Take notice that the Annual Meeting of the Members* of Cheema Aquatic Club will be held as follows:
DATE: Thursday, December 8, 2022
TIME: 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Cheema Aquatic Club, Upstairs in the new Boat House
 
The purpose of the meeting is to:
approve the minutes of the 2021 Annual General Meeting;
consider the annual report of directors for the year 2021-2022
receive the Financial report for the 2021-2022 fiscal year;
appoint the accounting firm for the 2022-2023 fiscal year;
elect directors.
 
*Who is a member?
 
A Racing Member** who is at least 18 years old; one parent or guardian of a Racing Member who is younger than 18 years old, but if there is more than one parent or guardian of the Racing Member and they cannot agree on which parent of guardian will vote, then no parent or guardian shall vote in respect of that Racing Member;
A Board Member who is not a Racing Member or the parent or guardian of a Racing Member who is younger than 18 years old.
** To be a Racing Member, a person must:
a. be registered in a program offered by the Club that has been designated by the Board of Directors as a program for the development or training of competitive paddlers; and
b. pay all fees for the program.
 
Join our Board of Directors!
 
We need you! Be part of a dynamic group of volunteers "Building Canadian Youth" through the exciting sport of paddling. Serving on the Board of Directors of Cheema Aquatic Club enables you to be at the forefront of club growth and development through strategic work in an array of vital volunteer positions. There is bound to be a volunteer opportunity that fits your interests and meets Cheema's needs.
 
Complete the nomination form (can be downloaded from the Cheema web page at www.cheema.ca) before 7:00 pm on November 24th and return it to the attention of alana.patterson@cheema.ca. We're looking forward to welcoming you to the Cheema Board of Directors team.
 
If you have questions about serving on the Board or the position that might work for you, please do not hesitate to contact Nadine Lamontagne at nadine.lamontagne@cheema.ca
 
Please note: Positions and committees where the current volunteer is re-offering are noted on the nomination form. This does not preclude you from putting your name forward for any position or committee chair. It is simply meant to easily identify where our volunteer gaps and needs lie.

 

Schedule of Events for Community Fest '22

July 19th, 2022

Cheema Fest '22

July 12th, 2022

$100,000 Matching Gift to Support Cheema Expansion Capital Campaign

June 21st, 2022

Order your Cheema Singlet

March 10th, 2022

We will be placing an order for Cheema Singlets at the end of March.  Please put your order in here.

Singlets are required for U10 and up to race in regattas.  Kiddie Kayak are more than welcome to order as well.

We are offering men's and women's, sizing charts below.  From past experience, the women's singlets work for youth sizes.

Cost of the singlet is $44, due when order is placed online.

We are Hiring for the Summer!

February 1st, 2022

Please see the attached files for jobs that we are hiring for.

Summer Registration

January 23rd, 2022
We are excited to say that summer registration will be opening on February 1st at 7am.  This year we will only be offering full summer programs.  Programs will start on July 4th and end on August 26th.  Programs run from 9am to 4pm, with 15 - 30 minutes before and after for early/late drop-off and pickup.  These times will be finalized closer to the summer due to Covid.
 
If you are interested in a spot, please don't wait too long after February 1st to register as some groups were filled up on the first day.  Programs available this year are:
 
Kiddie Kayak - Participants must be 5 as of January 1st - Cost $1510
 
U10 Boys - Boys who were 8 as of January 1st - Cost $1195
U10 Girls - Girls who were 8 as of January 1st - Cost $1195
 
U12 Boys - Boys who were born in 2010 & 2011 - Cost $1195
U12 Girls - Girls who were born in 2010 & 2011 - Cost $1195
 
U14/U15 - Participants who were born in 2007, 2008 & 2009 - Cost $1195
 
We have moved to a new registration system.  In preparation for registering, I would suggest that you go onto the registration site and create a user name.  This new site is not as updatable as Sportical was, so please be sure to register in the correct program.  When using the site, the athlete is the 'Person' and the parent is the 'Guardian'.  The link is:  https://ckcmember.ca/org/Cheema
 
If you have any questions regarding the summer program, please contact our registrar.

Summer Registration

January 7th, 2022

Summer registration will open on February 1st.  Please check back next week for more details.

Join our Board of Directors

November 3rd, 2021
We need you! Be part of a dynamic group of volunteers "Building Canadian Youth" through the exciting sport of paddling.  Serving on the Board of Directors of Cheema Aquatic Club enables you to be at the forefront of club growth and development through strategic work in an array of vital volunteer positions. There is bound to be one or more volunteer opportunity that fits your interests and meets Cheema's needs.
 
Complete the nomination form today and return it to the attention of Ed.Wark@cheema.ca. We're looking forward to welcoming you to the Cheema Board of Directors team.
 
If you have questions about serving on the Board or the position that might work for you, please do not hesitate to contact Nadine Lamontagne at nadine.lamontagne@cheema.ca
 
Please note: Positions and committees where the current volunteer is re-offering are noted on the nomination form. This does not preclude you from putting your name forward for any position or committee chair. It is simply meant to easily identify where our volunteer gaps and needs lie.
 

**Notice of Annual General Meeting **

November 3rd, 2021

Take notice that the Anuual Meeting of the Members of  Cheema Aquatic Club will be held as follows:

DATE: Thursday, December 2, 2021
TIME: 7:30 pm
LOCATION: Cheema Aquatic Club, Upstairs in the Club House
The purpose of the meeting is to:
  1. approve the minutes of the 2020 Annual General Meeting;
  2. consider the annual report of directors for the year 2020-2021
  3. receive the Financial report for 2020-2021 fiscal year;
  4. appoint the accounting firm for the 2021-2022 fiscal year;
  5. elect directors.

*Who is a member?

A Racing Member** who is at least 18 years old; one parent or guardian of a Racing Member who is younger than 18 years old, but if there is more than one parent or guardian of the Racing Member and they cannot agree on which parent of guardian will vote, then no parent or guardian shall vote in respect of that Racing Member;
A Board Member who is not a Racing Member or the parent or guardian of a Racing Member who is younger than 18 years old.
**** To be a Racing Member, a person must:**
a. be registered in a program offered by the Club that has been designated by the Board of Directors as a program for the development or training of competitive paddlers; and
b. pay all fees for the program.
 

 

Olympic Trials in Burnaby, BC

March 10th, 2021
“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” —Mia Hamm, gold-medal soccer player

It's time to light the match Sloan MacKenzie, Craig Spence and Michelle Russell. 
Watch our Cheema athletes leave it all on the water starting on Thursday, March 11. Access live streaming and draw information at https://canoekayak.ca/event/2021-olympic-and-paralympic-sprint-team-trials/

Canoe ‘22 – General Manager Job Posting

March 5th, 2021

In August 2022, Dartmouth, NS will host the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships (“Canoe ’22” or the “Championships”).  Approximately 1500 athletes from over 80 countries are expected to participate in the Championships.  This builds off of Dartmouth successfully hosting the Sprint World Championships in 2009 and 1997, as well as the Junior World Championships in 1989.   

The Board of Directors for Canoe ’22 (the “Board”) is responsible for ensuring a successful Championships that delivers an exceptional experience for the athletes, volunteers and community stakeholders.  The Board is currently looking to hire a General Manager who would oversee all aspects of the event, including leading a team of employees as well as community volunteers.   

A overview of the employment opportunity is attached to this email, including the key roles, responsibilities and ideal qualifications of the General Manager. 

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position. Please note that only those applicants being evaluated for, or selected to participate in the interview process will be contacted. 

Apply in confidence by sending a cover letter and resume to steve@canoe22.ca by March 17, 2021.

We are hiring for the Summer!

February 24th, 2021

We are hiring for our summer program.  Please send resume's to alana.kerrivan@cheema.ca.  Have these submitted by April 1st to be considered for these positions.  Looking forward to another great summer at Cheema!

50/50 Raffle Fundraiser

February 8th, 2021

Have you ever given any real thought to the power of single raffle ticket purchase? Seems insignificant right? Did you know that something so simple in your life has the power to fuel dreams and light a competitive spark for so many young people? 

Picture the young paddler finally able to stay upright in a kayak after tipping 100 times, the child with autism who crosses the finish line in their first 200m race ever or the athlete who has the Olympic rings in their sight. The simple act of purchasing a 50/50 ticket no longer seems so inconsequential anymore. 

Purchase your tickets today and support programming and equipment purchases that allow Cheema Aquatic Club to help Nova Scotian youth set goals and succeed on and off the water. What an investment you're making. #wearecheema #blackandgoldforever 

https://rafflebox.ca/raffle/cac/

Summer Registration

January 18th, 2021
Thinking about summer yet? It's that time of year already! Our online registration for our summer programs will open on February 1st at 7am.
 
We are only offering full summer programs again this year, from July 5th to August 27th.
 
Mark this date in your calendar so your kids don't miss out on another amazing summer at Cheema.
 

 

Join Our Dynamic Board Of Directors!

November 27th, 2020
Does making a difference and impact for youth and your community make you tick? Well, have we got the opportunity for you! The time has never been better to join Cheema's Board of Directors. We are posed for some awesome growth and development in the next couple of years and you know you want to be a part of it. I am attaching Board of Directors nomination forms. It's a simple process. Fill out the documents, ask two members to move and second your nomination and then send the form off to the Secretary of the Board of Directors - ed.wark@cheema.ca. In addition to the five Executive Committee Members, we are seeking to elect eight additional board members as Directors-at-Large. Your current Executive are committed to serve another year in their positions. COVID-19 took their plans for Cheema in an unexpected direction and many goals for the 2019-2020 fiscal year were pushed to the wayside. Let's just say we feel like there's unfinished business for us in our roles. However, we must submit nomination forms and put forth our names for election just like new, potential Board members. The membership will ultimately determine who they wish to have serve them for the next twelve months. I am available anytime to talk about the board, the committees we are looking to put in place and our plans for the future. Trust me, there are great things in our immediate future. Be part of the magic! Please do not hesitate to contact me at nadine.lamontagne@cheema.ca or by telephone at 902-240-1336 to get more information. I'm excited to chat. Thanks for considering! Nadine

Notice of Annual General Meeting by Electronic Means

November 26th, 2020
Cheema's annual meeting is an important annual exercise in accountability and transparency for our organization. Your participation is important. Emails have been sent to registered members with a link to RSVP so that we know if we will have a quorum for the meeting. Many thanks in advance.