May 2016
The official e-newsletter of Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut
Support the Fort

The Ice Palace FSC has donated $1000 to the Red Cross to help support relief efforts for the evacuees of Fort McMurray, AB. They are challenging all other clubs across Alberta to donate, big or small, every dollar counts! 

For information on how to donate to the Red Cross click here
Volunteer Opportunities

The Section is currently looking for volunteers to fill various roles on committees. 

Click here to view a complete list of all volunteer opportunities available within the Section. 
Membership Survey

We want to hear from all registrants of Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut. Please provide your feedback through our Membership Survey. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will be open until May 16, 2016. 

Click here to complete the survey. 
Skate Canada Ice Summit

Make your vote count at the Skate Canada Ice Summit! The Summit is being held in Newfoundland, May 25-28, 2016. Go to the Skate Canada website for complete details about the Summit.

Participate in the Skate Canada Annual General Meeting online. Coaches can also register to be a delegate for the National AGM. To register as a delegate, click here
Coaches Corner

Non-Canadian Citizens: Eligibility to Compete
This information is for Pre-Novice to Senior Level athletes intending to compete at the 2017 Skate Canada: Alberta-NWT/Nunavut Sectional Championships, who are not Canadian Citizens.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the Coach and Skater to ensure that they are eligible to compete.

For complete details click here.

Questions regarding skaters eligibility may be directed to Lisa Bonderove, Program Development Coordinator (

Analyze Technical and Tactical Performance Coach Course (Formerly Level 3)
Skate Canada has aligned the new NCCP National Coach program with LTAD core principles and philosophies at the high performance level. Coaches who are interested in furthering their NCCP status as a National Coach are being offered an opportunity to attend the sport-specific training of this new program. Please note that the ATTP two-day course will replace the current NCCP Level 3 general subjects and technical discipline courses. Here's an opportunity to begin your journey as a National Coach in preparation for the 2016-2017 registration year.
The learning activities in this training will allow coaches to:
  • Analyze technical and tactical performance by observing and defining key factors that influence competitive performance
  • Analyze technical and tactical performance by applying the principles of motion to detect and correct key performance factors
  • Identify strategies to monitor and evaluate technical and tactical performance
  • Implement and assess the effectiveness of correction
Course Information
Learning Facilitator: Greg Folk
Recommended For: ISPC/Level 2 Trained Coaches or Higher
Date: Saturday, June 25 - Sunday, June 26, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Delta South Calgary Hotel
Fee: $250 (includes a light 10:00 a.m. coffee break)
Registration: click here

While the ATTP training will be in a multi-disciplined environment, please note that to certify as a National Coach you will be required to work with novice- to senior-level athletes in at least one of four skating disciplines.
2016 Coaches and Officials Summit

Attended by approximately 50 coaches and 20 officials, this Summit, focusing on Program Components and Grades of Execution, was an amazing opportunity for our Coaches and Officials to come together in an atmosphere of free dialogue and education.  Marco Buttarelli, ISU Judge and International Referee came all the way from Italy to share his knowledge of Program Components.  Shae Zukiwsky, International Choreographer, Level 3 Coach, and ISU Dance Technical Specialist traveled from Toronto to be with us, and inspired everyone by making his presentations relevant on the ice. 

Day one had the participants transitioning from classroom to rink, and the presenters wove together the material covering skating skills, performance, edge quality, transitions, choreography, and interpretation.  Day two brought everyone back for an interesting and timely presentation by Dr. Amber Mosewich on the importance of mindfulness, and then continued with more from Marco and Shae.  This was an action-packed weekend of learning and inspiration.

Our presenters were excellent speakers, knowledgeable, and engaging.  Marco and Shae, brought a sense of humor and a deep level of passion to the sessions, which was very much appreciated by the coaches and officials in the audience.  Perspectives from both groups were well represented, and it was a wonderful opportunity for networking and mutual appreciation.  

Feedback from the Summit has been nothing short of fantastic, and we all look forward to next time!

A big thank you to Jodi Abbott, Officials Coordinating Committee Chair for her work on bringing these amazing presenters to Alberta!

CanSkate University

The 2016 CanSkate University was a huge success. Thank you to all those who attended and collaborated to make for a great learning experience. Also, thank you to the Derrick SC CanSkaters who came out to participate in the CanSkate Live Session. 

Special Olympics

2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games
Special Olympics Alberta will be represented by two athletes, Benjamin Maeseele and JorDen Tyson, as well as one coach, Barb Prystai, at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games taking place in Austria from March 14 to 25, 2017. 

For more information on the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games click here

Club House

Thank you to everyone that attended the 2016 Section ACGM and Awards Banquet. It was a successful day filled with two presenting workshops, Annual General Meeting and later in the evening our membership were recognized and celebrated at the Annual Awards Banquet.
To view the 2015-2016 Annual Report and the 2016 Awards Banquet program click here

Duso's March Awards
Each month Duso's is proud to support the Female and Male Skater of the Month and the Helping Hand Award.

Duso's Female Skater of the Month
Congratulations to the Female Skater of the Month, from the Bonnyville SC, Brooklyn Haygarth. Brooklyn is a positive girl in every situation. She encourages all skaters in the club to do their best and is always complimenting everyone around her. Working hard at her own skating, she also is a Program Assistant that her club is lucky to have. Brooklyn's passion for skating is evident to everyone who interacts with her. 

Duso's Male Skater of the Month

Congratulations to the Male Skater of the Month, from the Tofield SC, Rosario Vinod. Rosario is new to skating this year. His family recently moved to Canada from India and he had never seen ice before joining CanSkate. In the beginning, he fell quite a bit but it did not take him long to catch on and become an excellent skater. He tries hard at every class and always has a smile on his face. 

Duso's Helping Hand of the Month
Congratulations to the Helping Hand of the Month, from the Marwayne SC, Kim Stieb. Kim has been the club treasurer for the past 10 years. She is very knowledgeable and willing to help with anything that is needed. She has often dedicated extra hours over and above what is expected to ensure things run smoothly. 

Submit your nomination for upcoming Duso's Awards by the 15th of every month. Nomination forms can be found here

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2016 NCCP Course Dates

May 18 - 22, 2016
Calgary, AB (Glencoe Club)
Click here to register.

NCCP ATTP (Formerly Level 3)
June 25 - 26, 2016
Calgary, AB (Delta South Calgary)
Click here to register.

July 8 -10, 2016
Airdrie, AB (Genesis Place)
Click here to register. 

For more information on the course and pre-requisites click here
  Coach Wanted Ads 
Gateway SC is currently looking for a NCCP CanSkate Coach. For more information click here.

Ice Palace FSC is currently looking for a NCCP Level 3 Certified Coach. For more information click here


Thorncliffe Greenview SC is currently looking for a coach who is Primary STARSkate Trained (minimum). For more information click here


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


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