We’re at the beginning of another orienteering season that, once again, will look and feel very different from what we’re used to. What’s different from last year is that we have vaccines against this COVID-19 virus and a plan to get everyone vaccinated by September, maybe sooner, so we could be looking at a series of Fall orienteering events that get us back together in the parks and forests.
The AOA completed a three-year strategic planning cycle at the end of 2020 where we focussed on creating outreach programs in new communities outside of Edmonton and Calgary. For our current three-year plan, we will be focussing on maintaining and developing the outreach programs we established in Airdrie, Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House and Grande Prairie with the hope that we can create a new orienteering club in Red Deer. Full details of the new strategic plan are available for everyone to read on the AOA’s website.
The AOA AGM will be held on Wednesday 14 April starting at 6.30 pm. Official notice will be sent to all members on or before March 25 with a link to register and receive a Zoom invitation to join the meeting. This will be my last AGM as president, having reached the maximum term limit of four years. Kim Kasperski from EOOC has agreed to be nominated to take over from me as president. Kim will come back to the AOA board having already served as president around 10 years ago so will be able to get up and running very quickly.
I hope to see you in the forest soon.
Both the AOA and Clubs start the new season with an AGM. AOA will elect their new Board on April 14, 2021. Some new faces are standing for office and some old pros are returning to take up the torch.
The following members were elected to the FWOC Board:
President - Tim McLaren
Treasurer - Marion Owen
Secretary - Lourdes Gutierrez-Kellam
VP Jr Dev - Charlotte MacNaughton
VP Mapping - Don Bayly
VP Technical - Marsha Fehr
VP Technology - Vital Mialeshka
The proposed slate for the 2021/22 AOA Board is:
President: Kim Kasperski
Past-President - David Campden
Treasurer - Wayne Best
Secretary - Clarence Kort
VP Mapping - vacant
VP Technical - Marsha Fehr
If you are interested in the VP Mapping position, please contact David Campden.
EOOC Board of Directors
Judy Cornish - President
Karen Brownlee - Secretary
Al Nilson - Treasurer
Bobbi Menard – Junior Program
Peter Mackenzie – Junior Program and Past President
Marilyn Edmunds - Membership
Geraint Edmunds - Mapping
Greg Yarkie - Scheduling
Robert Gilchrist – Member at Large
Stefan Duret – Member at Large
Don Riddle - Member at Large
O Season Starters
The Board of Directors are busy making plans for the orienteering season! With luck, COVID restrictions will be reduced and we can orienteer again even if the format looks slightly different. Stay on top of the news by checking your club's website frequently. Edmonton Club (EOOC):
Check out the spring Outreach Programs and grab some spots. Registration open and space is limited. We are also hosting Try It events on April 10, 2021. Airdrie and Red Deer.
SOGO programs in Calgary. Cochrane and Bragg Creek are filling up fast and the KRW programs in Edmonton will open registration soon.
Did you know?
in Red Deer
Red Deer has two permanent courses still being maintained according to Don Wales. Kin Canyon and Heritage Ranch maps are still in ok shape, and discussions started about the permanent courses and remapping these areas with the city.
Check them out next time you are on a road trip and going by Red Deer!
Also, we received a grant from the City of Red Deer to support our community program development. If you know anyone who wants to engage more with orienteering ask them to contact us. Our goal is to establish a club in RD.
Professional Development Opportunities
Leaders, Board members:
Government of Alberta - Community Development Unit
Roles and Responsibilities of a Non-Profit Board of Directors
Legal Responsibilities of a Non-Profit
Non-Profit Organizational Purpose and Planning
Financial Responsibilities of a Non-Profit
Risk Management for Non-Profits
Non-Profit Committees and How to Run Effective Meetings
Orienteering Community Coach Workshop: April 11, 2021 Calgary
High Five free online program
A new virtual on-demand training for sport coaches across Canada
Learn more about how to keep the game fun for your players while having a quality sport experience and earn professional development points towards your National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Pre-register to get exclusive access to HIGH FIVE Sport
Be Fit For Life free online course:
Mindful Movement: This course teaches leaders how to deliver techniques from the Be Fit for Life Network Yoga Techniques & Zen Me resources.
AOA is following the Provincial Health authorities' measures and Orienteering Canada developed guidelines to provide a safe environment for our sports participants. The focus and expectations must be shifted away from competitive events to the opportunity to be outside, doing a sport we enjoy, respecting our collective responsibilities to health and safety, and being extra-appreciative to the officials who are creating opportunities to orienteer. Visit these webpages which contain the updated recommendations: For organizers: Return to Sport
For participants: Safety in Orienteering
These guidelines and forms will be implemented by the organizers. Make sure to follow your activity specific instructions if you attend any activity.
Orienteering in the News
We had a great promotional event with Sport Calgary featuring Orienteering. Over 60 people were signed up to learn more about our sport.
Big thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this event: Charlotte MacNaughton, Jan-Erik Naes, Bogi Gyorfi, Clarence Kort, Jean MacNaughton, Andrew McLaren, Soma Csonka, Emma Sherwood.
Here is the link to the Sport Calgary website where you can find great resources if you want to watch it or send it to someone who wants to learn more about our sport.