Mailing Address:
Shuswap Dragon Boat Society
P.O. Box 1195
Salmon Arm, B.C.
V1E 4P3

Email: friendsabreast@gmail.com

Shuswap Dragon Boating Society - Friends Abreast

2020 was a year the world will remember and how it changed our lives, communities and activities. Friends Abreast dragon boat team was no exception. At the beginning of March there was still optimism that we would have a season and competitive festivals. BUT by the beginning of April it became apparent that these activities would NOT happen. It was a disappointment to our team and to the dragon boat community.

As a team we had to find alternative ways to gather wearing masks, and social distancing. And that we did. With determination we organized events the best we could. We started with a social gathering at Marine Park in June. Some of us even brought our kayaks to launch at the wharf after the gathering. With Johnston Meier Insurance Agencies generous support we were able to sport our new team banner at that gathering and others later in the year.

Melanie, one our team members, went through chemo that spring/summer. Many team members attended so we could surprise Melanie with a paddle arch as she came out of the hospital on her last treatment. In a group photo we sported our new team t-shirts that Hindbo Construction generously supported.

We managed to have an outside gathering in August with guest speaker, Carolyn Parks Mintz. She is an author, free lance journalist and public speaker. Being a breast cancer survivor, it was fitting for her to speak to our team.

Major charities had to find ways to hold virtual events. The Terry Fox Foundation proceeded to find ways local communities could participate. Friends Abreast met at McGuire Lake with a great turnout. We raised close to $1000.00.

In September, Friends Abreast also recognized a local high school graduate with a bursary to be used towards her post secondary studies.

Our last event of 2020 ended in October with our annual Pink Carnation drive for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Our carnation committee put together 400 carnations and distributed them to public schools, SASCU offices and the ladies league at the curling rink. Each one was tagged with an information card to book a mammogram appointment.

Since the fall of 2020 we have been unable to have anymore gatherings due to Covid 19. But members of the team still have kept in touch by phone/email. Our physical presence has been halted but our team spirit is still ALIVE. May 2021 bring a positive outlook for our dragon boat community and to the world. May we not take normalcy for granted as we never know when a world wide pandemic will strike again.

 

Membership Information

We welcome new paddlers – survivors and supporters alike. No experience necessary – we will teach you to paddle.

If you are interested in joining the Shuswap Dragon Boat Society, either as a Paddling Team Member or Friend of the Boat, please complete our membership application and waiver form and review our safety guidelines.