There’s still time to register for Curl BC AGM

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May 17, 2013, (ISN) – The Curl BC AGM is scheduled for Sunday, June 9, 2013, from 1:15pm to 4pm. You’ve saved the date. Now register to be there!

You can attend in-person (Best Western Plus Coquitlam Inn, 319 North Road, Coquitlam) or over the phone and we ask that you register online beforehand. Visit to register.

Those attending in person can take advantage of the lunch offered beforehand, starting at 12:30pm.

We will be sending out material for your review, including the agenda, the Curl BC Annual Report, the Curl BC Financial Report, and proposed bylaw changes, before the AGM.

Questions? Prefer to register by talking to someone in person?

Please contact Curl BC Administrative Assistant Rita Mikk at 604-333-3618 or 1-800-667-2875.

Curl BC announces winners of the 2012-13 Curl BC Annual Awards

Posted: 16 May 2013 03:47 PM PDT

The winners of the Curl BC Annual Awards for the 2012-13 season can now be revealed.

Among the winners are Team Brown, from Kamloops Curling Club, who won gold at the M& M Meat Shops 2013 Canadian Junior Curling Championships in February. The team went on to represent Canada at the World Junior Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia. The team has been awarded the Team of the Year award. Skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher, lead Sydney Fraser and coaches Ken Brown and Brian Fisher all live in Kamloops.

Langley Curling Club was awarded the Curling Centre of the Year award for the wonderful service it provides to the curling community – to both recreational and competitive curlers. The club was home to a number of BC champions this past season, including both the men’s and women’s senior champions, the women’s master champions and junior curlers from the winning 2013 Tim Hortons BC Junior Men’s Curling Championship team and the winning 2013 BC Mixed Doubles Championship team.

The full list of winners is:

Team Brown – Team of the Year (see above)

Team Karen Lepine (Langley Curling Club) – Master Curler Team of the Year. Three members of this team from Langley Curling Club were BC Senior Champions as well as Masters Champions and travelled to both PEI and Thunder Bay to compete at the national level. The team is made up of Karen Lepine (Surrey), Lorraine Jeffries (Port Alberni), Carol Martel (Vernon) and Agnes Sigurdson (Langley).

Katie Witt – Anita Cochrane Coach of the Year Award. Katie (who lives in Coquitlam and coaches at Royal City Curling Club, New Westminster) is an extraordinary advocate for curling. The Level 3 Certified coach teaches all ages, abilities and personalities and wins them over to being the best and wanting to learn more. She has been a wonderful asset to her club. She is very generous with her time, both on and off the ice in teaching new curlers and has brought in many new curlers to the game. In 2012-13 she was a coach at women’s provincials, junior provincials and masters provincials.

Patti Caldwell (New Westminster) – The Wally M’Lot Official of the Year Award. Patti is a respected umpire and has volunteered countless hours at Curl BC events. She is liked by junior curlers because she does a great job of explaining the rules, educates the players, comforts young players and tells them to hold their heads high when things are not going as well as they hoped. She is respectful to the kids and kind-hearted.

Megan & Sarah Daniels (Delta Thistle Curling Club) – Female Junior Athlete of the Year. These two sisters have been jointly awarded the Female Junior Athlete of the Year award for their great record in 2012-13. Sarah, 13, skipped the juvenile team to a gold medal at the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Curling Championship and the Optimist International U18 Curling Championships. Megan was third on the team. Both girls competed at the Junior level as well, achieving bronze medals. Sarah also teamed up with her father Ernie Daniels to take part in the inaugural Canadian Mixed Doubles Trials, held in Leduc, Alberta.

Corey Chester (Victoria Curling Centre) and Kyle Habkirk (Coquitlam Curling Centre) – Male Junior Athlete of the Year. Corey Chester was a member of the team who won gold at the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships. He travelled to Fort McMurray for nationals. Kyle Habkirk won bronze at the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships, gold at the 2013 BC High School Curling Championships and gold at the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Curling Championships.

Karen Lepine – Female Adult Athlete of the Year. Karen Lepine won gold at the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Senior Curling Championships and the 2013 BC Master Curling Championships. Despite breaking her arm at the senior national event in Summerside, PEI, Karen continued to curl for the rest of the season, also travelling to Thunder Bay, Ontario, for the national masters championships.

Andrew Bilesky – Male Adult Athlete of the Year. Andrew Bilesky (New Westminster) skipped his team to a gold medal at the 2013 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship in Parksville. The young team were able to beat much more experienced curlers to take the medal. Andrew and his team also came second behind Team Kevin Martin at the West Coast Curling Classic in the fall of 2012.

Alison Duddy – Athlete With a Disability Award. Alison (Quesnel) was the lead on the wheelchair curling team that took gold at the BC Wheelchair Curling Championship in Nanaimo in January 2013. The team (Team Cormack) travelled to nationals where they took the silver medal. Despite only starting wheelchair curling four years ago, this is Alison’s second silver medal at the national level. She now has the distinction of being selected an all-star lead at the national level.

Key West Ford (New Westminster) – Friendship Award. Key West Ford has been a real friend to curling with their support of the Pacific International Cup at the Richmond Curling Club. The company has been providing cars and vans for the event for a number of years. The event attracts participants from clubs as far away as Australia and the vans are a big help to the travelling teams. If the organizers had to pay for the vehicles, it would cost them thousands of dollars.

ThyssenKrupp Elevators Ltd – Sponsor of the Year. ThyssenKrupp Elevators Ltd sponsored the 2013 BC Wheelchair Curling Championship, providing considerable funding for the event in Nanaimo. It was a very successful event, attracting spectators and dignitaries from the mid-Island community.

Langley Curling Club – Curling Centre of the Year. (see above)

Ernie Daniels (Delta Thistle Curling Club) – Volunteer of the Year. Ernie’s official role with the Delta Thistle Curling Club is that of vice-president, but he is much more. He is their webmaster, drawmaster, statistician, and coach extraordinaire. Described as a “computer wiz”, he helps with all aspects of technical support for the club. He also volunteered to do the updates when the club hosted the Coastal Playdowns, blogging about each shot for people who were tuning in online. Ernie has also initiated a pro-shop for the curling club, looking after inventory and following sales trends.

Donna Butler (Cranbrook Curling Club) – Janette Robbins Award (Builder). Donna is highly respected as an official and volunteer in whatever capacity is necessary. No job is too big or too small. She cleans, helps with the ice, helps children at the schools in the area become interested and more familiar with the game, among other things.

Vernon Ronmark (Creston Curling Centre) – Pat Kennedy Award (Long Service Volunteer). Vernon was selected to win this award because of his tremendous personal commitment and contribution to the sport of curling in BC over many years.

Kelli May (Nelson Curling Centre) – Elsie McKenzie Award (Youth & Junior Curling Program Volunteer). Kelli has coached the juniors at Nelson Curling Centre for over a decade, and continues to do so even after her own kids have grown up and moved on. Nelson’s junior program is currently in a period of transition and rebuilding, and Kelli’s commitment to making that rebuilding successful is a tremendous boost to the community.

All the winners will be presented with plaques at the Business of Curling Symposium Banquet on Saturday, June 8, 2013.

The Curl BC Annual Awards are given out every year to deserving athletes, curling centres, businesses and volunteers across the province. Nominations are accepted up to April 30 of every year and the winners are selected by a committee.