(Photo L to R: Sarah MacLeod, President - Whistler Adaptive Sports; Brian Rode, BC Adaptive Snowsports/Whistler Adaptive Sports; Jason Campbell, BC Adaptive Snowsports; Wayne Leslie, BC Adaptive Snowsports; Norman Mastalir, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Wendy Hargreaves, Fairmont Chateau Whistler; Chelsey Walker, Whistler Adaptive Sports; Susan Hughes, BC Adaptive Snowsports)
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From my point of view: A Happy Place by Landon McGauley
At BC Adaptive Snowsports, we strive to make the mountains more accessible to our members. One of the ways in which we have been able to do so this year is through a record number of BCAS Travel Grants. The cost of traveling to and participating in adaptive snow sports related activities can be quite prohibitive for some and we are happy to be able to assist 18 members and their families by providing them with BCAS Travel Grants to the 2017 CADS Festival in Sun Peaks.
One of the recognized barriers to participation in snowsports is the cost of specialized, adaptive equipment. To reduce this barrier BC Adaptive Snowsports created the Adult Adaptive Equipment Grant Program. Available to adults (19 years of age and older) with cognitive and/or physical disabilities, the program’s goal is to increase the number participants who can affordably access skiing and snowboarding by providing financial assistance to help with the cost of purchasing adaptive equipment.
The Northern Sport Accessibility Initiative (NSAI) is a pilot project through the Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development and viaSport to examine barriers around and increase opportunities available to people with disabilities (visible, invisible, sensory, cognitive and physical) in Northern B.C. around physical activity, recreation and sport. Four main areas of focus are guiding this three-year pilot -Awareness, Participation, Capacity and Sustainability.
BC Adaptive Snowsports recognizes the high cost of participating in Adaptive Snowsports and traveling to events. We are pleased to offer six $500 Building Our Best Travel Grants. This grant is available to any BCAS member who fulfills the following requirements:
BCAS, CADS Alberta and Rocky Mountain Adaptive are excited to partner to host two All Mountain Camps this season starting with Panorama February 2-5, 2017.
Dennet is a single mother of two, including Daniel, a twelve-year-old boy diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Dennet heard about adaptive skiing after looking for an activity to channel Daniel’s energy and help him deal with his frustrating challenges interacting socially with other kids.
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December 5, 2016
BC Adaptive Snowsports hosted it’s 5th annual instructor training Summit at Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre from December 2-4. The popular event attracted more than 40 local club volunteers from around BC who attend sessions with BCAS staff and other experts to improve their skills and ability to deliver best-in-class adaptive ski & snowboard lessons for children and adults with disabilities.
Thank you to all the attendees, auction donors, volunteers, and sponsors who supported our 3rd Annual Black Diamond Gala. It was an AMAZING success and we raised $120,000 toward increasing our equipment grants and volunteer instructor training. Pictures from the event are available on Flickr here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskHKSS1n
Did you know that 30% of our Membership identifies as being on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
The BC Adaptive Snoiwsports Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 17th at the BCAS offices. The meeting is open to all currently registered, BCAS members in good standing. For complete details including registration information and Annual General Meeting Book, visit the Helpful Documents page.
ASSP PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks is seeking a dynamic and flexible individual to support the day-to-day operations of the organization. The Program Coordinator would initially be hired on a one-year contract. The position would be regular part-time with the number of hours per week varying throughout the year and increasing during the ski season. Must be available to work on weekends. Primary duties to include registration, scheduling, database management and fundraising.
The Canadian Paralympic Committee released the following today:
viaSport British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization in its fourth year of operations. Guided by the vision of creating “an active, healthy British Columbia where sport inspires a field of possibilities for all”, viaSport is looking for leaders who share our belief that sport is a powerful agent of change for ourselves, our families and our communities.
Be a part of a unique project created to enhance the quality of life of northern B.C. residents living with a disability by expanding their opportunities to experience recreation, physical activity and sport.
Canucks Autism Network is partnering with Pacific Sport to offer a training workshop in Abbotsford on Saturday June 11 from 9:30-3pm. The workshop will provide an overview of autism spectrum disorders and cover multiple strategies for supporting individuals with autism within sport and recreation settings.