September 2015
Athlete Development

Congratulations to Section athletes on their International Assignments!

Keegan Messing

Senior Men

Ondrej Nepala Trophy
October 1 - 3
Bratislava, Slovakia

Skate Canada International
October 29 - November 1
Lethbridge, AB

Kaetlyn Osmond

Senior Women

Nebelhorn Trophy
September 24 - 26
Oberstdorf, Germany

Skate Canada International
October 29 - November 1
Lethbridge, AB

NHK Trophy
November 27 - 29
Nagano, Japan

Bryn Hoffman/Bryce Chudak

Junior Pair

Junior Grand Prix #3
September 2 - 6
Colorado Springs, USA

Junior Grand Prix #5
September 23 - 27
Torun, Poland

Information for Clubs and Skating Schools on the new Registration Module
[Update from Skate Canada September 11, 2015]


We at Skate Canada appreciate your patience while we continue to refine the registration process. Since the live launch of the new registration module, it has been discovered that there are a number of items that require further development. As we work towards solutions, we would like to inform you that it is not necessary to contact the Skate Canada Member Services Department to report any of the known items that appear in the list below:
  • Clubs cannot access profiles of any registrants that were enrolled with a different club in the 2014-2015 registration year
  • Clubs cannot access profiles of any registrants that were first-time registrants of their clubs in the 2014-2015 registration year
  • In a case where a person is serving as a board member at two different clubs, the second club cannot register this board member if he/she was already registered by the first club
  • Clubs cannot add coaches to their board of director's listings
  • Test certification information is not available on the new site
  • The username and password reset function is not operational
  • Orders that have already been paid by a club are showing as pending with an amount owing
  • Birth dates of returning registrants are incorrect by one day
  • There is no ability to register synchronized skating teams

Please watch your e-mail inbox for notifications as to when these items will be fully functional. In the meantime, as we are receiving a higher than normal volume of inquiries, telephone call will not be answered and will instead be sent to voicemail for a response in the order in where they were received.


Please note that the registration module has changed significantly this year; therefore, step-by-step instructions have been provided and are available on the Info Centre. A review of the instructions should answer any questions that you may have. We are also aware that the time required to complete individual registration can be longer this year than in previous years. We appreciate your patience as we look to improve the upload time.


Note that the username and password that you previously used to log into Members Only will not work for this new site. You would have received an e-mail containing your invitation code that you will redeem to access the new site. Your invitation code consists of your 10-digit Skate Canada number followed by your last name in lowercase letters with no spaces or special characters inserted. Once you have redeemed your invitation code, you will  be able to create your username and password for the new Skate Canada Membership Site.


As we work through improvements to the new site, please rest assured that as long as your club or skating school* has collected payment and contact information from anyone who is participating in any Skate Canada programs, these individuals are considered to be registered with Skate Canada and are fully covered by insurance. This is to allow our valuable volunteers the time to submit all registrations to Skate Canada in a reasonable timeframe.


*Where a skating school is permitted to register skaters, officials and on-ice volunteers

2015-2016 Inclusive Skating Project

Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut is pleased to support Inclusive Skating opportunities through a grant application process for the 2015-2016 season:
  • Section clubs (and partners such as Alberta Sport & Recreation Association for the Blind) may be eligible to apply for a grant. Funds must be used for planned Inclusive Skating (IS) programming within the 2015-2016 season
  • Funds must be used for one or more of the following areas:
    • Coaching support (e.g. IS coach training opportunities, IS coaching fees, Program Assistant training, Program Assistant Recognition, etc.)
    • Club support (e.g. IS program ice fees, IS Skate Canada membership fees, club IS program fees, etc.)
    • Event support (e.g. CanSkate Element Events costs for IS athletes, competition-related expenses for IS athletes competing or participating in an event)
    • Adaptive equipment support (e.g. any individual specialized equipment including skates, helmets, frames, braces, or specialized equipment for club IS programming use)
    • Clubs that receive funding must provide year-end reporting in the form of photos, storytelling and receipts.
    • $10,000.00 available funds to be divided amongst approved requests throughout the season. Any funds left-over from the first application deadline would be carried over and available for January 2016

Deadline for first round of funding will be October 1, 2015 .
Questions may be directed to Lisa Bonderove at the Section Office:
Looking for a new group activity for your CanSkate classes this season?
Check out the Sid Shuffle
It can be adapted on-ice to incorporate a variety of movements that challenge skaters in a fun way.  The group activity is an essential component of a CanSkate class which should follow lesson time and use the full ice surface.
Plan your activity and teach it to your Program Assistants at a PA training session or have the PAs help you create the group activity!
Tammy Greidanus
CanSkate Resource Team Member
Officials Edge

2015-2016 Registration
Prior to officiating at a competition or evaluating at a test day, remember that you must be registered as an official with Skate Canada. To become registered, you may contact your local Skate Canada club and request that they register you as an official. If you require any assistance in contacting a club, please email Lisa Bonderove at

The Section is pleased to congratulate the following Officials that have received promotions:

Jodi Abbott
Referee in Ice Dance
Megan Ure
Section Singles Technical Controller
Jinelle St. Cyr
Section Synchronized Skating Technical Specialist
Christopher Mostert
Juvenile Singles Judge 
Phase 1 Singles Technical Specialist
David Shoults
Phase 1 Singles Technical Specialist
Club Information

Update Your Club Information
The Section office requests that each club and skating school submit updated contact information to the Section office each year in September and throughout the year as updates may occur. 

The contact information collected is then detailed in the Section Club Directory which can be requested by Club Presidents and Test Chairs to assist with communication between clubs, especially in regards to the organization of test days. 

If you have any questions regarding any of the information requested by the survey, please email Kelly Havixbeck

Click here to fill out the survey!

Test Day Information
As of October 1, 2015 the cost per test will be increased to $12. This fee increase is for all tests tried in Skate Canada Clubs and Skating Schools. 

Challenge Test Fee Information
As of October 1, 2015 the Challenge Test fee will be increased to $60. This fee increase is for all tests tried in Skate Canada Clubs and Skating Schools.

Section News and Updates
REMINDER to all Clubs, please have all new members join the Section email list for News and Updates at
2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games
The 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games will be held in Corner Brook, NFLD from March 1 to 5, 2016. Based on the results from the 2015 provincial winter games, four figure skating athletes have been selected to represent our province at these games. 

Kristina Hansen
Airdrie, AB: "Without Special Olympics, I would not have all these friends."

Benjamin Maseele
Calgary, AB: "I have the support of my family and friends to become a good figure skater."
JorDen Tyson
Calgary, AB: "I'm looking forward to skating well, meeting other people, staying focused and trying to qualify for World Games."
Kennedy Zaytsoff
Strathmore, AB: "Special Olympics has made me more friends, advanced my skating and the ability to travel the world."
2015 Synchro Development Camp
Last weekend in Leduc, AB, synchro skaters, coaches and officials from across the Section had the opportunity to interact with Lee Chandler, 2015 World Champion, Mindy Gerlat, ISU Technical Specialist and JaeLyn Robinson and Erin Brennan, the off-ice specialists. Thank you to everyone who participated and good luck to everyone this season!

Share your photos and stories from the weekend using social media! Mention @skatecanada_abnwtnun or @SkateAB_NWT_NUN
Duso's August Female
Skater of the Month

The August 2015 Duso's Skater of the Month, is a competitive skater with the Royal Glenora Club.  She is also working towards completing all her STARSkate tests.  She is extremely dedicated and hardworking.  She has also volunteered her time as a Program Assistant. Elene is always very positive and respectful.  She was also in charge of the summer school`s fun theme days!
Duso's August
    Helping Hand of the Month

Congratulations to Joanne Schoff of the Bashaw Figure Skating Club!
The August 2015 Duso's Helping Hand of the Month, has been a board member for several years and this past year was also a director and fundraising coordinator. In addition to these important roles, Joanne brings new ideas for fundraising. Joanne's other talent is her commitment and creativity in costumes for the carnivals and the beautiful Christmas Skating Gala last season.

Submit your nomination for upcoming Duso's Helping Hand of the Month awards by the 15th of every month! Nomination forms can be found here.

Show Duso's how much we appreciate their support by liking their Facebook page!

Section Logo 
Events Calendar
Quote of the Month

Photo Credit:
 Quick Links

2015 - 2016 Committees   


 Board of Directors 

Region Representatives  

Coaching Representatives 

Test Days 


2016 Sectionals Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunities 

Sectionals are coming to Calgary and being hosted by Goldstar Skating Academy and Calgary Winter Club, November 5-8, 2015. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email: the Local Organizing Committee Chairs, Bobbie Kelly and Gitti Heske. 

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the Sectional Championships, please contact Marc Stromme at the Section office. 
Skate Canada International
Volunteer Opportunities
The 2015 Skate Canada International is coming to the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta, from October 30 - November 1, 2015 and Skate Canada is looking for volunteers to assist in catering, logistics, security, transportation, and many others areas.
The volunteer application form is Skate Canada website. The deadline to submit an application is September 30, 2015Be sure to get your application submitted today!
For more information, please send all inquiries to
We look forward to seeing you in Lethbridge!
Skate Canada Challenge Volunteer Opportunities
The 2016 Skate Canada Challenge is coming to Terwillegar Recreation Centre in Edmonton, December 2-6, 2015. Skate Canada is looking for volunteers to assist in various different areas. Click here to fill out the volunteer application form. 
Coaches Corner 

Click here for details and to register for the 2015 coaching courses. 

Coach Wanted Ads

Please check the Skate Canada Info Centre for technical updates and information for the 2015/2016 season.

  Coach Wanted Ads

Use the Coach Wanted Ad Submission Form to submit your ad. The submission deadline is the 1st of each month. Cost per ad is $25 per edition. Email ads to


To see more Coach Wanted Ads

click here.


For information on FREE coach workshops click here

Supporters header 




Special Olympics Alberta   





True Sport  

Join Our Mailing List
Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut provides leadership in conjunction with Skate Canada as an association dedicated to the principles of enabling all to participate in skating throughout their lifetime for fun, fitness, and/or achievement.