Nigel Easton has retired from his position of manager at Langley Curling Club after 17 years of service
A curling club manager and former Curl BC board member has been thanked for his dedication to the sport.
Nigel Easton has retired from his position of manager at Langley Curling Club after 17 years of service.
On April 9, more than 300 people attended a party to wish Nigel a happy retirement.
Nigel was also presented with an Honourary Membership at the Langley centre and a trip to Hawaii.
Randall Kovacs, the club’s past president, said the club’s recent success was because of Nigel’s hard work.
He said: “He was an awesome manager. He did a lot of really amazing things for the club, not just in terms of increasing membership, but also in terms of bringing everyone together.”
Randall added: “His biggest passion was his work with the juniors. Over the years he made sure that ice time was set aside for the juniors and that they were welcome in the club. And that’s starting to pay dividends now, with Team Tardi and others doing so well.”
Nigel still plans to be involved with the club, but won’t be putting in the long hours that he used to put in.
“It has not been a difficult job, but it’s been a lot of hours.
“We have a very good membership and it has been nice to work with them, but the hours have been unsociable.”
But the long hours have paid off.
When Nigel joined Langley Curling Club in 1999, the club had 500 members. It now boasts 800 members.
The finances of the club have also been a success. Nigel said that is one of his proudest achievements. “We have gone from being in the red to having money in the bank and a new set of rocks,” he said.
In addition to managing Langley Curling Club, Nigel also volunteered for Curl BC, helping the organization transition from its various regional associations to one amalgamated organization.
Nigel was Curl BC’s Treasurer from 2004 to 2007, and was then Vice President from 2007 to 2010.