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Jul. 24, 2020


UPDATED JULY 29th

BC Hockey Presentation: Stu and Kate- July 28th

 

 

Letter to Membership-July 28th:

 

Dear Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Families, 

 

Thank you to those who attended the last minute Town Hall last night.  The support from our members and their families has been instrumental to date.

For those that were not able to attend, we recorded the meeting.  You can watch it HERE!

We are keeping a close eye on what's happening around the province.  Last night Prince George Council made the decision to re-open their Kin Centre Arena and Prince George Aquatic Centre, despite a substantial deficit predicted for the next two years.  Recreational lobbyists campaigned with petitions and letters, similar to what SCMHA and SCSC are currently doing and achieved their goal!  To read the full story CLICK HERE!

 

There is still time to write letters for those interested in supporting this campaign.

 

Send your letters to your elected area official and be sure to cc: admin@scminorhockey.com so we have a copy.

Municipal Representatives

Municipal Areas

Contact:

Darnelda Siegers (Vice Chair) 
Alton Toth

District of Sechelt

Darnelda.Siegers@scrd.caalton.toth@scrd.ca

David Croal

Town of Gibsons

david.croal@scrd.ca

Warren Paull

Sechelt Indian Government District

warren.paull@scrd.ca

Area Representatives

Electoral Areas

 

Leonard Lee

A - Egmont/Pender Harbour

Leonard.Lee@scrd.ca 

Lori Pratt (Chair)

B - Halfmoon Bay

Lori.Pratt@scrd.ca 

Andreas Tize

D - Roberts Creek

Andreas.Tize@scrd.ca 

Donna McMahon

E - Elphinstone

Donna.McMahon@scrd.ca 

Mark Hiltz

F - West Howe Sound

Mark.Hiltz@scrd.ca 

Inspiration for your Letter:

  • Use examples of why hockey is great for your child's mental health 
  • Speak to why you believe we need to get kids back on the ice 
  • Remind our elected officials that we pay for these facilities in our taxes
  • Remember to include your family’s story

CLICK HERE for a form letter created for inspiration!

 

Social Media:

Let's continue to share factual information and personal interests on social media!  As Melissa mentioned, certain Council members keep a close eye on these community hubs and it is important for us to be heard.  Just remember- KEEP IT TRUTHFUL AND KEEP IT RESPECTFUL.

Post a picture or video of your athlete.  Have them express what Hockey means to them and why it's important for them to get back on the ice. 

 

Petition: 

Keep sharing the petition!  Here is the link: https://www.change.org/sunshinecoastrecreationfacilities

 

We have two more days to sway the vote in favour of opening our facilities NOW!  Let's not let this slip away!

 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of our Board members with questions you may have.

 

 

Board of Directors

Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association

admin@scminorhockey.com

 

 

Letter to Membership-July 25th:

 

Dear Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association Families,

 

Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to write a letter to their elected official.  Our association inbox has been flooded with support. 

 

There is still time to write letters for those interested in supporting this campaign.

 

Send your letters to your elected area official and be sure to cc: admin@scminorhockey.com so we have a copy.

Municipal Representatives

Municipal Areas

Contact:

Darnelda Siegers (Vice Chair) 
Alton Toth

District of Sechelt

Darnelda.Siegers@scrd.caalton.toth@scrd.ca

David Croal

Town of Gibsons

david.croal@scrd.ca

Warren Paull

Sechelt Indian Government District

warren.paull@scrd.ca

Area Representatives

Electoral Areas

 

Leonard Lee

A - Egmont/Pender Harbour

Leonard.Lee@scrd.ca 

Lori Pratt (Chair)

B - Halfmoon Bay

Lori.Pratt@scrd.ca 

Andreas Tize

D - Roberts Creek

Andreas.Tize@scrd.ca 

Donna McMahon

E - Elphinstone

Donna.McMahon@scrd.ca 

Mark Hiltz

F - West Howe Sound

Mark.Hiltz@scrd.ca 

Inspiration for your Letter:

  • Use examples of why hockey is great for your child's mental health 
  • Speak to why you believe we need to get kids back on the ice 
  • Remind our elected officials that we pay for these facilities in our taxes
  • Remember to include your family’s story

 

***If you need help with this letter please reach out to us or check out the sample letter created HERE for your convenience.

***If you are able to help people put their thoughts on paper, please contact us and we will connect you with someone that needs help!

 

Keep sharing the petition!  Here is the link: https://www.change.org/sunshinecoastrecreationfacilities

 

Social media is a great place to share and find information.  Thank you to everyone who is posting and sharing information on their FaceBook pages and local Sunshine Coast Groups.  Engagement on some of these groups can be frustrating at times but let’s remember to keep our comments kind and respectful, not everyone is going to agree with the decision to re-open our facilities during this time, or ever for that matter, but if we stay level headed and stick to the facts our battle will be better fought. 

Failing to recognize recreation as a fundamental service and a key component in maintaining community health can lead to decisions with devastating repercussions to Sunshine Coast residents. The positive effect of activity on physical, mental and social health are well documented and we need to recognize them in society as critical to our well being.

 

 

We have 5 more days to change their minds!  Let’s do this as a team- Go Blues!

 

 

Board of Directors

Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association  

admin@scminorhockey.com

 

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION TO RE-OPEN OUR SUNSHINE COAST RECREATION FACILITIES!

 

THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF SPORTS FOR OUR YOUTH AND FOR OUR COMMUNITY

“Sport organizations will play a key role in bringing people back together and in helping us heal from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture and responsible for Sport. “We know the importance of safely reopening our ice rinks, courts and fields so athletes, families, coaches and volunteers can return to sport."

 

LETTER TO MEMBERSHIP JULY 23RD:

Dear Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Families,

 

On Thursday, July 23rd SCRD Directors put the following motion on the table:

That the Community Recreation Facilities be restarted as follows:

  1. Gibsons and Area Community Centre be re-opened, at Service Level Two, September through December 2020;
  2. The opening of the Sechelt Aquatic Centre be revisited at September 2020 Community Planning and Development Committee Meeting.
  3. Sunshine Coast Arena be available for dry floor use only (Service Level two) September through December;
  4. Gibsons and District Aquatic Facility remain closed (Service Level Zero) through to the end of 2020;

The motion will be officially voted in at the July 30th Board Meeting.

They postponed making this decision final at the July 23rd board meeting because they want to hear from you!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE MEETING UNFOLD- (Arena Discussion starts about a hour into the recording) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0_SF0sOIUk&feature=youtu.be

 

What does this mean for Minor Hockey:

This means that we have ONE WEEK to voice our concerns regarding the reopening of Sunshine Coast recreation facilities.

We have big plans for August and it would be a shame to cancel the phenomenal development already organized. 

At this time, we ask you to help advocate for our youth by signing the following petition, put together by our local Ice Organizations.  Please share the link with your extended families and friends on the Sunshine Coast, your neighbours, and your colleagues. 

https://www.change.org/sunshinecoastrecreationfacilities

 

The SCRD needs to know that recreation is important in our communities, now more than ever. 

In our year-end survey we asked if hockey was important to you and your family and the answer was an overwhelming YES. If this is important to you, we need you to act now

We need to make sure all the voices are heard and that a wide variety of age demographics communicate the need for recreation to their elected official.

If you want your child to be back on the ice, we need your help. 

 

Good way to help (Scoring a goal in a 10-3 game)

  • Sign the petition and share it on social media

Link to petition:  https://www.change.org/sunshinecoastrecreationfacilities

 

Better way to help (killing a penalty in a tie game) - Sign a form letter and send it in  

 

Best way to help - (scoring the winning goal in overtime)

  • Let the SCRD Directors know why hockey is important to you and your family. Make it personal.
  • We understand this is not an easy task to ask of you, especially during the summer.

 

Inspiration for your Letter:

  • Use examples of why hockey is great for your child's mental health 
  • Speak to why you believe we need to get kids back on the ice 
  • Remind our elected officials that we pay for these facilities in our taxes
  • Remember to include your family’s story

 

***If you need help with this letter please reach out to us or check out the sample letter created HERE for your convenience.

***If you are able to help people put their thoughts on paper, please contact us and we will connect you with someone that needs help!

 

If you want to be go the extra mile! (Scoring the winning goal in overtime to win a gold medal)…

 

**Have your athlete create a sign, hold it up, take a photo and post it on your social media and put a face to the name of those athletes affected by these decisions ** Be sure to tag us @sunshinecoastminorhockey

 

Please take the time to do this important job, we need it done ASAP.

 

Send your letters to your elected area official and be sure to cc: admin@scminorhockey.com so we have a copy.

Municipal Representatives

Municipal Areas

Contact:

Darnelda Siegers (Vice Chair) 
Alton Toth

District of Sechelt

Darnelda.Siegers@scrd.caalton.toth@scrd.ca

David Croal

Town of Gibsons

david.croal@scrd.ca

Warren Paull

Sechelt Indian Government District

warren.paull@scrd.ca

Area Representatives

Electoral Areas

 

Leonard Lee

A - Egmont/Pender Harbour

Leonard.Lee@scrd.ca 

Lori Pratt (Chair)

B - Halfmoon Bay

Lori.Pratt@scrd.ca 

Andreas Tize

D - Roberts Creek

Andreas.Tize@scrd.ca 

Donna McMahon

E - Elphinstone

Donna.McMahon@scrd.ca 

Mark Hiltz

F - West Howe Sound

Mark.Hiltz@scrd.ca 

 

Thank you for your continued support throughout these unprecedented times.

Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Board of Directors

admin@scminorhockey.com

 

 

Information Backing the Re-Opening of Recreation Facilities:

 

 

Letter to Send to SCMHA Families July 17th:

 

Dear Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Families,

  

On July 9th, executive members from our organization along with the Sunshine Coast Skating Club, presented to the SCRD Board of Directors on the importance of the re-opening of the Gibsons Ice Arena on August 4th. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRESENTATION). The presentation was well received by directors but our youth organizations lacked the commitment we hoped would arise from our delegation.  We were left feeling apprehensive that the financial impact from the pandemic would not be in our favour, despite the collection of 2020 property taxes, inclusive of SCRD Recreation taxes of $112.34 per household, similar to taxes collected in 2019. 

The SCMHA Board of Directors have been working overtime, during what is normally our “off season”, to build Health and Safety Protocols, attend weekly PCAHA and BC Hockey update meetings and ensure that we are exhausting all possible means in order to return to the sport of hockey in the safest possible way. 

President Frizzell received the following email from Sean Raphael, Vice President of BC Hockey Programs after sharing our SCMHA Return to Hockey Protocol, a plan that will be shared with the membership early next month:

Very impressed with the work you and your association have put into your return to hockey document. We really like the collaborative planning you have outlined promoting community, active for life messaging and positive promotion of hockey. We believe that Sunshine Coast also deals with some unique local challenges that smaller associations may benefit from hearing directly from yourself about."

On July 14th, the Coast Reporter featured an editorial “Skaters asked to wait as they seek August return to ice”.  SCMHA and the SCSC felt it was imperative to address a follow up letter to the SCRD Directors and Staff to reiterate the importance of re-opening our ice facilities.  CLICK HERE to read the letter. 

On Thursday, July 23rd SCRD Staff will present the facility re-opening plan to the SCRD Board of Directors.  We were delighted to see the following SCRD Staff recommendation in the Agenda package:

“Gibsons and Area Community Centre (GACC): Based on a recent survey of User Group staff have concluded that ice usage and Facility use at GACC will remain consistent with last year’s use. Current ice booking requests for August total $19,616. Variable costs for this period are $35,046, resulting in a gap of $15,430. Current allocation policy is that ice is only provided when variable costs are covered. It is the Board’s discretion to provide ice, or not. Staff acknowledge that spring ice opportunities were lost due to COVID-19 and youth ice groups are keen to return to sport. For the purpose of preparing estimates, ice installation has been assumed. August 4 was used as a schedule milestone during pre-pandemic planning. Operationally, if Board direction is provided on July 23, ice installation would commence July 24 and ice should be ready on or very close to August 4 - within that week, certainly; outside weather, plant operations and other restart requirements in the building may impact exact date. Based on the revenue and expense estimates, staff recommend re-opening GACC at Service Level Two.”

Ice will not be confirmed until the Board moves the motion to receive the staff’s recommendation and then votes in majority favour. 

 

What can you do?  

Write, write, write! SCRD Directors and staff need to know what you are feeling. Letters and communications from the users and public are the most important tools we have as citizens to have our voices heard. These are our elected officials, elected by us and working for us to provide municipal recreation.? ?

 

A few tips for your letter should you choose to write one: 

The quickest way to get your letter into the hands of the correct person is via email and sent to the right email address they become a matter of public record. We have included the emails below.

Keep it short but to the point, and personal to you and how this is affecting you and your family. IE. With no ice on the Sunshine Coast, your child is missing out on valuable development, both physically and mentally, at a crucial time in their life. Be sure to be clear about the issue, no ice on the Sunshine Coast means a greater travel footprint throughout the province during a time when we are being asked to stay home.  By asking families to travel for ice, we are creating barriers between the haves and have nots- financial and time barriers.  

Keep it respectful, just as we tell our players, we must keep a cool head and present ourselves in a calm manner that will still get the point across.

 

Where do I send my letter?

 

SCRD Staff: info@scrd.ca

SCRD Recreation: recinfo@scrd.ca

SCRD Board: board@scrd.ca

The Coast Reporter: http://www.coastreporter.net/opinion/send-us-a-letter

 

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate through these difficult times.

 

Sincerely,

The Sunshine Coast Minor Hockey Association Board of Directors

admin@scminorhockey.com

 

 

 

 

 

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