For the Love of Family - Diane Gushulak

This past weekend marks the 15th anniversary of Sandra Schmirler's death, and Feb. 15th has officially become Sandra Schmirler Day in Saskatchewan, and here at the VCC.

The Foundation was set up in Sandra's name in 2001 and they have donated over $2.8 million to 35 hospitals from coast to coast for the purchase of life-saving equipment for their newborn intensive care units. In 2015, they expect to shatter the $3 million target with the help of generous donors like you. If you donate, please mention that your home club is the VCC. Call 1-866-210-6011, or donate on-line at www.sandraschmirler.org

Recently, a VCC club member and competitive curler in her own right Diane Gushalak shared the story of her own child Emma, who was born prematurely. The funds that the Schmirler Foundation raise support the equipment used to save Emma's life. Below is Diane, Brian, and Emma telling their story - have some tissues ready.

The VCC is also be holding a silent auction for two 4th row event tickets to the Brier, valued at $1000. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Schmirler Foundation. Bid here: http://vancurl.com/brier-silent-auction

Coach Beginner Curling Groups at the VCC

If you're like many athletes or casual sports enthusiasts, you know that coaching not only enriches the grass-roots development of a sport, it also improves your own game. On Feb. 7th and 8th, CurlBC in partnership with the Vancouver Curling Club is hosting a Club Coach Workshop here at the VCC.

The CurlBC Club Coach workshop (Link to Registration) is the most effective way to learn how to coach the sport of curling to beginners and at the club level. You will graduate the coarse as a certified club coach under CurlBC. The workshop teaches coaches how to provide safety demonstrations and help their students learn about the fundamentals of delivery, sweeping, and strategy.

Plus, once you're certified, the Vancouver Curling Club offers paid and volunteer assignments to coaches for our rental groups, novice, high school and junior leagues, open houses, and many more coaching opportunities. This will give you the ability to keep your coaching skills sharpened, while also taking home some extra income.

Sign up for the CurlBC Club Coach workshop today!

Ann de la Hey Appointed as General Manager

VCC members,

On behalf of the Board of Directors it is our pleasure to appoint Ann de La Hey as the General Manager of the Vancouver Curling Club. Ann joined us in August of 2014 [as the Interim General Manager] leading us through a time of immense change. She has done a superb job of bringing together a strong team, leading the organization, and working strategically with our Board to build a strong, viable, and sustainable club.

Learn to Curl at the VCC

Join our 8-Week Learn to Curl sessions and learn about curling in a small group with a dedicated coach!

Starting January 29th (Thursdays) OR Feb 21st (Saturdays) we will be running an 8-week introductory program for beginners looking to learn about all aspects of the curling game.

Participants will be placed in a small group of eight curlers and paired with an experienced coach for a series of eight weeks. Start out learning the basics of throwing rocks and curling rules, progressing to sweeping, team communication and game strategy! The eight weeks will comprise of on-ice instruction (60%), off-ice strategy talk (10%), and mini game time (30%).
Program Cost: $165 + GST - Cost includes broom, gripper and slider rental

Register here: http://www.vancurl.com/vcc-learn-curl-2015

Two schedule options:

8-Week Learn to Curl Program Runs on Thursdays from 4:30pm - 6:30pm OR Saturdays from 12pm - 2pm. *Please note - The schedule does not run every consecutive week, there are a off-weeks. Click here for a downloadable PDF schedule.

Dates:
Thursdays: Jan. 29 - Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 - Mar. 12, 19 - Apr. 2

Saturdays: Feb. 21, 28 - Mar. 14, 21, 28 - Apr. 4, 11, 18

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