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November 2014 CADS Newsletter


Panorama Mountain Resort is set to host the 2015 IPC Para World Championships March 2-10 and are in need of volunteers to help fufill many roles from February 22-March 11. 

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As part of ongoing succession planning, BC Adaptive Snowsports is accepting applications from enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to serve on our volunteer Board of Directors. The board is responsible for providing oversight as well as strategic vision to set the long-term direction of the organization. Along with general board responsibilities, directors participate in committees with responsibilities including Finance & Audit, Nomination/Governance and Human Resources.

Vancouver Adaptive Snowsports is searching for a coach for it's Blue Streaks racing team. The goal of the team is to inspire and develop athletes with disabilities living in the Vancouver area by providing training and competition opportunities. For a complete job description and application details: CLICK HERE

(Pictured from left: Kay Fulford, BCAS President; Michelle Stilwell, MLA Parksville-Qualicum; Andy Price, BCAS Director of Fund Development; Coralee Oakes, Minister - Community, Sport & Cultural Dev; Wayne Leslie, BCAS Executive Director.

BC Adaptive Snowsports’ Black Diamond Gala raises $78,587 to benefit people with disabilities.

In 2014, BC Adaptive Snowsports  trained 248 new CADS (Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing) Instructors. Over 700 volunteers delivered 3000+ hours of lessons for people with disabilities over the course of the 2013-2014 winter season, but this barely meets the demand.

For immediate release

July 7, 2014

The other side of the medal: BC Para-alpine athletes hang up their sit-skis to focus on their post athletic careers; Ben Thompson and Caleb Brousseau are retiring after successful Para-alpine careers.

For immediate release

June 18, 2014

BC Adaptive Snowsports set to host The Black Diamond Gala at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver; Lauren Woolstencroft, Vancouver 2010’s “Golden Girl”, confirmed as Honorary Chair.

We are seeking a Assistant Provincial Coach for the upcoming 2014-2015 Season.

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Application Deadline: July 30th.

Vancouver based FIS Coach John Newton joins BC Adaptive Snowsports as their new Provincial Head Coach

Join us on September 26, 2014 for an exciting night celebrating the heroes of Sochi 2014, our athletes of all levels throughout BC and the community leaders and volunteers who are vital to our success. All proceeds will support adaptive skiing and snowboarding programs in BC.

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BC Adaptive Snowsports has two exciting professional ski coach opportunities now open for application. We are looking for a Provincial Head Coach and a Provincial Assidstant Coach to lead our High Performance Program. This includes working with the highly successful Building Our Best race series and the BC Para-Alpine Ski Team.

p>BC Adaptive Snowsports is both happy and sad to announce that Phil Chew is officially retiring from his position as BC Para-Alpine Ski Team Head Coach. His last day will be May 31st. Phil has been both a tremendous volunteer and employee throughout his many years with BC Adaptive Snowsports and has been an integral part of our organization. His contributions will always be valued and remembered. His hard work, commitment and dedication are worthy of admiration. READ FULL STORY

My name is Troy Morrison. I'm a T12 paraplegic who had the privilege to attend the 2014 CADS Festival with the help of a BC Adaptive Snowsports Travel Subsidy and the CADS participant bursary. This was my first year on a mono ski but thanks to the help of Adaptive Sports at Sun Peaks and their many volunteers, it’s not going to be my last.

<p>When we launched our photo contest on Valentine’s Day, we had no idea the amount of<em> love</em> it would generate. We could have never guessed that this contest would have brought over 120 entries, generated over 13K visits to the site or that two pictures would almost “break the bank” generating close to 5.5K votes each (with a limit of 1 vote per day!) Both families received a lot of support and the race was so close;&nbsp;each picture taking the lead at one point or another.

The 2014 Paralympics in Sochi are underway and we have everything you need, all in one place. For complete information about your favorite Para-Alpine events, athletes including those from BC and even television broadcast schedules, look no further than the USEFUL LINKS page of our website.

BC Adaptive Snowsports announced today the hiring of Andy Price as Director of Fund Development. Most recently serving as Manager, Major Gifts & Planned Giving at Tapestry Foundation for Health Care, Price brings more than ten years of experience in fund development for non-profit and charitable organizations to his new position. Price has also worked with the Vancouver Whitecaps Foundation, ViaSport and the University of British Columbia. VIEW FULL ANNOUNCEMENT

<p>The Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team was in Whistler this week for the 2014 Canadian National Championship, some coming straight from Paralympic medal winning runs in Sochi. Members of BC’s Para-Alpine Ski Team (BCPAST) were also in attendance to challenge for their own spot on the podium. BCAS' Jeff Thompson (left) took Bronze in the NorAm GS event with Kurt Oatway from Saskatchewan earning Silver and fellow BC native Josh Dueck taking Gold.

Canadian para-alpine athletes competing in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games left Russia with eight medals - half of Canada's overall medal haul and many of those in the hands of BC athletes. Five of the 14-person team won medals including two gold. Sit-shier Josh Dueck (Kimberley, BC) - Canada's flag bearer for the closing ceremony - won gold in the Super Combined and silver in Downhill. READ MORE


A dedicated career of volunteer service in the development of adaptive snowsports was honoured on March 5th as Ken Ross of Vancouver received BC Adaptive Snowsports’ Sport BC President's Award at the annual ceremony. VIEW PRESS RELEASE