SISKA's  June 2018 Newsletter. Upcoming events, reports and articles
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June 2018 SISKA Newsletter


Dear <<First Name>>,

This is a very full issue with all of our regular items as well as some important volunteer and other notices. May has been a busy month for us with many paddles and clinics. Thanks to all of the members who have helped us get organized for all these activities!

As a result of our raffle last month, we have been able to donate $210 to each of the four local RCMSAR units (Oak Bay, Victoria, Sooke and Sidney). thanks to all of you who participated. 
Thanks to those members who contributed photos and materials. After enjoying a SISKA event or paddle, please consider sending a short (100-150 words) summary article; for more information, contact one of us. If you would like to start a regular column, please let us know!

Michael Jackson (SISKA president) and Ben van Drimmelen (editor)
PS: You can find SISKA on Facebook at this link.

PPS: SISKA has a Meetup site for "impromptu" and other paddles organized by club members. For more details, go to To join this, you have to be a club member.

PPPS: You can find the SISKA newsletter archive here:

Table of Contents


Upcoming SISKA Events


June 2, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm,  

June 3, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (RELAXED)

June 10, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (RELAXED)

June 23, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (ENERGIZER)

July 6 - 8, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm,  (ENERGIZER)

July 8, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (RELAXED)

July 22, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm,  (ENERGIZER)

July 28, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm.   (RELAXED)

For more details, go to the SISKA website

Community Events of Interest

If you are aware of an event  that should be included in the next Newsletter, please email Alan Campbell at

Jul 7, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, 

Trip leader for July campout needed

Unfortunately, both Tony Copping and Mike Miles are unable to lead the campout planned for July 6th to 8th due to medical and work conflicts. If any member is willing to coordinate and lead the campout, please contact Mike Jackson.

SISKA "Welcome" person needed

Lynn Baier has been welcoming new members to the club for many years now and has recently taken on the role of safety coordinator. As a result, her plate is very full and it would be a great help if someone would be willing to take on this role. If you are interested please contact Lynn Baier. This role basically involves responding to the email address and sending some welcome information to new members.

Volunteer opportunities - MEC, Splash and BC games

There are three upcoming opportunities for our club members to get involved with helping out in the community: MEC Paddlefest, Victoria Symphony Splash and the BC Games

MEC Paddlefest

The MEC Paddlefest will take place on Saturday July 7th, and SISKA will have a booth/table at the event. For more information about the event, please visit If you are able to volunteer a few hours on the day to help staff our booth, that would be much appreciated. Please contact Gail Miller (

Victoria Symphony Splash

The Victoria Symphony is putting on its annual Symphony Splash event this summer on August 5th.The 29th annual Victoria Symphony Splash returns to the picturesque Inner Harbour this August! This free outdoor event attracts over 40,000 people and features a full day of fun activities concluding with a fantastic performance by the Victoria Symphony from a floating barge on the water - complete with fireworks display! They couldn’t make it happen without a dedicated team of 400 volunteers and they invite you to be a part of it! Volunteer positions include Audience Relations, helping in our Family Zone, Merchandise Sales, Donations Team, Behind-the-Scenes Production and more!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Sunday August 5th | Inner Harbour Victoria
Benefits of Volunteering at Victoria Symphony Splash
• Be part of one of the largest outdoor orchestral concerts in North America and one of Vancouver Island’s signature summer events!
• Give back to your community and be part of a fantastic team!
• Support the Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island’s largest arts organization
• Meet new and interesting people while you hear wonderful music in a spectacular setting
• Get a volunteer t-shirt and an invitation to the Volunteer after-party
• Receive a ticket voucher for a concert in the Victoria Symphony’s 2018/2019 season
Special Early Bird Prizes
• Sign up for shifts before June 16th and be entered to win 2 additional vouchers to the 2018/2019 Victoria Symphony Season!
If you’d like to join them, please fill out their volunteer application form at: For more information, please contact the 2018 Victoria Symphony Splash Volunteer Coordinator: Taryn Craig 250.412.1983 |

BC Games

The BC Games are happening in the Cowichan Valley this summer (July 19-22) and the organizers are looking for volunteers. Volunteers are the driving force and heart and soul of the BC Games. Each volunteer is committed to ensure that the community comes together in a celebration of pride and that participants have an unforgettable experience. From meal preparation, to transportation, to hospitality, and sport competitions, the enthusiasm and expertise of volunteers is what makes it all happen.

For more information:  Main BC Games Website -                                                                                                        - Volunteer Sign up here -

Safety notice - The Wet Exit

 - Lynn Baier
So, we’ve all done a wet exit, right? Now think about when the last time you did one.

It’s easy to put it off; who really wants to hurl them selves into the cold ocean? However, a successful self rescue or assisted rescue is an invaluable skill that really should be practiced to be of any value. Make yourself a promise to buddy up with a couple of paddlers and practice your wet exits and rescues.

Let’s be safe out there!