2015 Community Spirit Activities

Major Sponsor Dragon Boat Rides: Three of our major corporate sponsors took the opportunity to have a dragon boat experience with their employees, families and friends. All participates had a fun time exploring the beauty and animal life of Port Moody Harbour. Rain or shine

Tri-City Girl Guides: This year we were able to take out 4 boats of girl guides giving them a different experience exploring the beauty, bird life and animal life of Port Moody Harbour in Dragon Boats. We live in an awesome part of the world

Kateslem Program from 3 Middle School’s” in our spring program

We teach children that are challenged the advantages of having goals and working as a team with an after school dragon boating program on Thursdays in the spring. This year we had 35 children, after 10 practises, transformed them into a precision paddlers. They entered them in a Youth Dragon Boating Regatta on Burnaby Lake, June 1st. They had 6 races, three - 3rd places, two- 2nd places, one- 1st place

The students had some great races and earned a first place finish overall in the middle school division. From the first practice in early April to early June, the transformation was nothing short of amazing. Moulding young, excited and unique students into a team is no easy task.

The team name Kateslem means "coming together" and the name fits with what happened this year. Thanks to our sponsors that enable our team members to do this. We will continue fostering young athletes next year and with your help, we will continue to be role models

That day on Burnaby Lake will be forever etched in their memory, and hopefully help the students develop positive attitudes, team spirit and a new focus in their lives.

Whytecliff School: [Letter from the teacher] Thank you SO much for today. The group really loved it and benefited from it. Such a great team experience and we will definitely be doing it again in the spring. Your team is so much fun and the leader in the coach boat was awesome at pushing us. Such a fun day!!” Kelly

Austrian Exchange Students; these students were in awe of their Dragon Boat Experience in Canada, the seals eating the salmon, the eagles, and the awesome beauty of Port Moody Harbour.

Riverside Secondary High School This is the 1st year that Riverside Secondary High School in Port Coquitlam has had a dragon boat team. It has been a great team building experience for us and we did very well participating in the Rio Tinto Dragon Boat Festival in June at False Creek. It is the second biggest Dragon Boat Festival in the world next to Hong Kong

A note from their coach: Many thanks to the Dogwood Nothin' Dragon, dragon boat team that supplied the paddles, PFD’s, Dragon Boat and Mentorship.

Community Events 2014

"Youth at Risk" Spring Program: We teach children the advantages of having goals and working as a team with an after school dragon boating program on Thursdays. This year we had 35 children, after 10 practices, transformed them into a precision paddlers and entered them in a Youth Dragon Boating Regatta on Burnaby Lake on June 1st. They had 6 races, four - 3rd places, one - 2nd place, one - first place finish.

The students were especially please when their teams placed first and second in the BC Student Championships. More important, the students improved both in hehaviour and paddling skills. We are very thankful for the support from the Tri-City area.

This day will be forever etched in the their memory, and hopefully help the students develop positive attitudes, team spirit and a new focus in their lives.

May 2014. Thank you from the Girl Guides

Thanks sooo much to you and your team mates for providing the girls with such a wonderful fun filled morning on the water. They really had a good time! All the best with your upcoming season.

The girls and leaders form 9th HC Guides, 1st HC Guides and 1st HC Pathfinders.

Community Events 2013

"Youth at Risk" spring program

 We teach children the advantages of having goals and working as a team with an after school dragon boating program on Thursdays. This year we entered them in a Youth Dragon Boating Regatta on Burnaby Lake on June 1st. They had 6 races, four - 3rd places, one - 5th place, and one - first place finish.

They WON FIRST PLACE in the last race with a time of 1:17 minutes. This day will be forever etched in their memory and maybe change their focus in life.

Golden Spike Days, July 1st

We filled our boat for every tour. We made a big "splash" at the event. Just one small example of what being in a dragon boat can mean to a participant. A lady from Iran, in traditional dress, with her husband and girls came to a team member after they had their tour and was at a loss for words re their experience. She basically said, "We have been in Canada for only six months and to be here and in your boat is truly overwhelming. We would never have had any such opportunity to meet people and be part of an activity like this at home." Her girls were smiling ear to ear as she thanked us.

Port Moody 100 years, Aug 17th

We put more than 130 people out on the water on Saturday the 17th. Our participation in the picnic was without a doubt the most popular and a great success. We had to turn people away in the end as the word started to spread that oiur ride out to see the seals "was the best ever". On one boat we had eight members of the same family, from granparents to grandchildren.

Once again our team shows itself as a selfless group, who do what they do, becuase they are team players and just have a great depth of energy and community pride.