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SLNC nominated “Best XC Ski Resort in North America” by USA Today

Sovereign Lake Nordic Club has been nominated in the latest “10Best” Readers’ Choice travel award contest! Their expert panel selected Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre as a contender for Best Cross-Country Ski Resort in North America, which has just launched. Their contest, which is being promoted by USA TODAY, gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-cross-country-ski-resort/. A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest.Image result for 10best.com

Voting ends Monday, November 20th, 2017 at 11:59am EST and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Friday, November 24th, 2017 at 12:00pm EST, then later on USA TODAY.

Prior competitions have been hotly contested, and we look forward to seeing how we can rock the vote in our own community!

Please tell all of your friends, family and other members to Vote Sovereign today…tomorrow…and the next day, right through November 20th.

Official Level 1 Course: October 28th

Hello Members!

Well, it is time to start thinking of the ‘white stuff’ and the wonderful venue we have up at Sovereign Lake!

With ambitions of hosting more events like Masters Championships and National Championships, which bring money back to our club, we need to strengthen and develop our Officials capabilities.  Please see below as to how to go about doing so.

 

Let me know if you are interested in this course (or the level 2 course) and I will get back to you with more information. 

A LEVEL 1 OFFICIAL’S COURSE IS BEING ORGANIZED HERE IN VERNON OCTOBER 28.

WE NEED MEMBERS AND PARENTS TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP AND LEARN ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO HOST A RACE.

THIS IS AN INFORMATIVE ONE-DAY COURSE THAT BRIEFLY COVERS THE DIFFERENT TASKS AND POSITIONS NEEDED TO HOST A RACE. 

SLNC WILL COVER THE REGISTRATION COST FOR ANY SOVEREIGN LAKE MEMBER WHO VOLUNTEERS AT RACES.

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CCC OFFICIALS CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Level 1
An eight hour course that provides an overview of what a cross country ski competition is all about.  The focus is on the duties of minor officials for both ‘Olympic’ style (interval start, mass start, pursuit start, individual sprint, team sprint and relay) and ‘Loppet’ style (mass participation) competitions.

8 hrs / course. The course fee is $80.00 for CCBC members, $160 for non-members. (If you are a member of a Club, they will usually pay your fee if you volunteer at races.)

 

Level 2

A level 2 course is being held in Whistler the weekend of November 18-19.  In addition to the registration fee, SLNC will help defray costs to go there.  Please let me know if you are interested…

 

PLEASE CONSIDER TAKING THE NEXT STEP AND REGISTER WITH RAE JENSEN AT:  [email protected] 

I hope to hear from you soon. 

Rae Jensen

SLNC Official’s Course co-ordinator

October 18th: SLNC AGM

Join us at the 2017 Sovereign Lake Nordic Club AGM

Location: Schubert Centre

  • 6:00-7:00pm  Mingle and Membership Registration and Pass Pick Up
  • 7:00-7:30pm Stussi Sport Winter Fashion Show
  • 7:30-8:30pm SLNC Formal AGM Meeting

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Dear SLNC Members:

We (the 2017 Elections Committee) are pleased to announce that eight SNLC members put their names forward for the Board this year!  The strong response is testament to the vitality, enthusiasm and volunteerism of the members of our club.  Huge thanks to everyone who stepped up!

Since we had eight Director positions available, no election is required this year.  The eight nominees will become members of the Board by acclamation, effective as of the AGM on October 18th, 2017:

Sharon Clarke (returning)

Sandra Ecclestone (returning)

Sylvia Herchen (new)

Mark Nichiporuk (new)

Guy Morazain (new)

Pat Pearce (returning)

Greg Sadesky (new)

Bruce Sandilands (new, past SLNC Board member)

You can meet many of them at the AGM on October 18th

The eight nominees will join Brent Ree and Brian Wills, who are starting the second year of their two-year terms.  We will have a full Board of 10 Directors, including a mix of new and experienced Board members.

Congratulations and thank you to all Board members,

 

The SLNC 2017 Elections Committee

Hugh Hamilton, Randy Savoie, Kim Taylor

RESULTS of the Call for nominations – SLNC Board of Directors

Dear SLNC Members:

We (the 2017 Elections Committee) are pleased to announce that eight SNLC members put their names forward for the Board this year!  The strong response is testament to the vitality, enthusiasm and volunteerism of the members of our club.  Huge thanks to everyone who stepped up!

Since we had eight Director positions available, no election is required this year.  The eight nominees will become members of the Board by acclamation, effective as of the AGM on October 18th, 2017:

  • Sharon Clarke (returning)
  • Sandra Ecclestone (returning)
  • Sylvia Herchen (new)
  • Mark Nichiporuk (new)
  • Guy Morazain (new)
  • Pat Pearce (returning)
  • Greg Sadesky (new)
  • Bruce Sandilands (new, past SLNC Board member)

Profiles of this year’s nominees can be seen here under Candidate Slate 2017, and you can meet many of them at the AGM on October 18th.

The eight nominees will join Brent Ree and Brian Wills, who are starting the second year of their two-year terms.  We will have a full Board of 10 Directors, including a mix of new and experienced Board members.

Congratulations and thank you to all Board members.

The SLNC 2017 Elections Committee

Hugh Hamilton, Randy Savoie, Kim Taylor

 

Membership Has Its Privileges

With winter just around the corner and the ski swap behind us we are focussing on membership registrations and our best ever Early Bird Prize Package yet!
 
Register prior October 31st for a chance to win a Twin Fish Trek ATB Inflatable paddle board, paddle and carry bag worth over $1700 from Kalavida Surf Shop, our newest club sponsor! 
 
Want to improve you upper body strength and balance in the off-season? Stand up paddling is hard to beat for an off season activity. In order to be entered into the draw you must be a CLUB MEMBER. If you are purchasing an SLNC or Dual Area pass from us at Sovereign you are automatically entered to win. If you are an upgrade pass holder from SilverStar you must go to our online registration page and purchase your $30 membership.
 
Inline images 1If this isn’t enough, Cross Country BC has introduced a CLUB MEMBERSHIP CONTEST as an incentive for BC clubs to garner the most membership registrations prior December 1st.
 
Whichever club is able to secure the most memberships by this date is entered into a draw for one of 6 prize packages valued at up to $4000 which can be used for a membership raffle or year end grand prize. One of the prizes is a set of 10 skis, boots and poles for our Youth Programs.
 
We have already surpassed last years early season registrations so lets keep that momentum going.
 
Membership does have its privileges so stay tuned for more great prize contests, member discount announcements and events, exclusive to our membership as the winter unfolds.
 
Did you know that Sovereign officially became the LARGEST CLUB IN THE COUNTRY this past winter! This is a huge step forward for our club and it would not be possible without all of you, our great community of skiers.
  
Largest Club in the Country: 1652 members (Lets break 1700 this year!)
 
Largest Daily Groomed Network of Ski Trails: 105km
 
We have a lot to be proud of so join today!
 
 

Call for Nominations: Sovereign Lake Board of Directors

We are looking for enthusiastic people who want to help Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre continue to offer the finest Nordic skiing anywhere (in our humble opinion).   The main requirement to be a Board member is a commitment to Sovereign Lake, an ability to spend 8-12 hours per month on Board activities including a once-per month Board meeting, and the willingness to commit to a 2-year term on the Board.

In alignment with the club’s bylaws, nominations close at midnight on October 8 and nominations cannot be submitted from the floor at the AGM.  You must submit your application in advance.

To put your name forward, please complete a brief bio (items to include are listed below) and email it to the SLNC Election Committee members.  Bios will be posted on the SLNC web site at least 5 days prior to the AGM.

Complete details concerning the nomination process, information about the Board and the election process are found below.  If you have any questions or need further information on the elections process, please contact any one of us at the emails below.

Your 2017 SLNC Election Committee

SUMMARY INFORMATION:  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nomination Deadline:  Midnight on Sunday, October 8.  Important note:  Nominations cannot be submitted from the floor at the AGM.

Election date:  Election to be conducted at the Annual General Meeting, Wednesday October 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm, at the Schubert Centre.

Who Can be Nominated:  Current SLNC Annual Members.

Duties, Responsibilities, and Time Commitment: http://www.sovereignlake.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Duties-and-Responsibilities-of-the-Board-of-Directors-1.pdf

Required Nomination Bio Information: 

  1. Why are you interested in running for the Board?
  2. What would make you a valuable member of the Board?
  3. Is there anything else you would like to share with the SLNC membership in considering you for a Board position?
  4. A photo in jpeg format.

Number of Board openings in this election:  Seven (7)

Length of Board Term:  2 years.

Returning Board Members:  Brent Ree, Brian Wills, and Michelle Wolfe.

Election process:  If more than 7 nominations are received, there will be an election by ballot at the AGM that is conducted by the Elections Committee.  Candidates will present themselves briefly during the AGM.  If a candidate cannot be present, his/her bio will be read aloud by one of the Elections Committee members.  If less than 7 nominations are received, the Board will be appointed by acclamation, however, you will still be required to give a short presentation.  More information can be found regarding the election process in the SLNC By-Laws Section 4.7 http://www.sovereignlake.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/SLNC-Bylaws-Jan-2017.pdf

Additional Information on Club Governance:

Go the “Club” section of the SLNC web site:  http://www.sovereignlake.com/club/ and look for the “Club Governance” section at the top right of the page.  You can link to information about the current Board, procedures, terms of reference, strategic plan, and other related topics.

SLNC Welcomes Eric de Nys as new Programs Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 20, 2017

With a focus on delivering a full roster of programming from Bunny Rabbits and Biathlon to Ski Academy and Masters,  Eric brings new collaborative vision to the delivery of Programming at Sovereign Lake Nordic Club.

Eric hails from the city of Prince George where he raced as a junior at Caledonia Ski Club, racing at the World Junior Championships in 1994, and becoming a medallist at both the Canada Winter Games and Canadian National Championships. Following the path of coaching once his race career ended, Eric has spent his entire adult working life immersed in Nordic sports – first as a successful athlete followed subsequently by diving into coaching and athlete development at Foothills Nordic Club based in Calgary, AB. Driven to continue on the coaching path, he enrolled in the National Coaching Institute in Calgary. Two subsequent coaching jobs with Alberta development teams led Eric to an 8 year term with Cross Country Canada as the Senior Women’s World Cup Head Coach and Assistant Head Coach on the Men’s World Cup team. As Head Coach, he lead athletes at numerous World U23 and Junior Championships, World Cups, and 2 Olympic Games. Following the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Eric was released from Cross Country Canada following funding cutbacks.

Biathlon Canada, based in Canmore, hired Eric soon after his CCC tenure as the new High Performance Technical Director to lead the Senior World Cup Team to success at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games.  It was here that Eric held a supervisory role in the administration, long term strategizing, and planning of Biathlon World Cup Team. The world of high performance coaching at the National level is a challenging one. With Biathlon Canada also facing funding cutbacks the position was terminated effective May of 2017.

Eric offers long term vision, and a unified approach with exceptional technical, administrative, and leadership skills. As the new Programs Director, the position caters to the requirements of Programs by providing full time year round training opportunities and assists the club in the creation of short and long term targets to grow all facets of Club Programs to create a true “full service” model.  Eric will be moving his family to Vernon and will commence work with the club and athletes on September 5th. Please join us in welcoming Eric and his family to the Okanagan!

Job Posting: SLNC Club Coach

Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is seeking a highly motivated and skilled coach available for full time seasonal employment effective September 5th, 2017. This position offers an annually renewable contract with fair compensation package. The Club Coach position is not reliant on grant funds, offering stable and secure employment. Compensation is based on experience, abilities, certifications and track record of coaching athletes at a National Level.

Sovereign Lake Nordic Club offers the largest daily groomed network of ski trails in Canada (with partner SilverStar), is among the largest clubs in the province (with over 1650 members) and sits at a high elevation providing exceptional skiing conditions for 8 months a year. This past season, club members skied from October 14th through to June 4th on 100% natural snow. SLNC has an exceptional track record of hosting world class racing events including the 2011 World Masters Championships, the 2005 World Cup and annual NorAm.

Vernon, BC is a small city providing exceptional amenities with endless outdoor recreation opportunities taking place on three lakes, over 200km of hiking and biking trails, endless paved country roads and world class cross country and downhill skiing.

Resumes will be accepted until Sunday, August 13th. Please provide 3 industry references and 2 personal references. The Club Coach Job Description is attached. For more information please contact Troy Hudson (SLNC General Manager) at (250) 558-8916 cell, or by email at [email protected]

Club Coach Job Description

We look forward to receiving your application.

Kindly,

Troy Hudson
SLNC: General Manager
(250) 558-8916 cell
[email protected]
www.sovereignlake.com