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Bronze Medallion/Cross
Community Awards
Holiday Hours
Hydro Rider Aquabike
Lunchtime Yoga
Pitch-In Week
Pre School Play Day
Road Trip in BC
Seniors Yoga
Stroller Fit
Spring One Stop
Teen Night
Water Safety Instructor
NEW - City Website!!!!

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It's not too late to get your nominations in for the 5th Annual Community Awards.
For more information see below!

The Community Services Department is excited to share with you upcoming activities, special events and courses that we will be offering throughout the month of April



On the left side of this newsletter, you will find helpful links including a link to the online Calendar of Events which has listings for Fort St. John and area.   


Bronze Star/Medallion/Cross

To register for any of these courses, please call the North Peace Leisure Pool at 250.787.8178 or register online at www.fortstjohn.ca/activenet 


Bronze Star

Bronze Star is a pre-Bronze Medallion program that provides excellent preparation for success in obtaining the Bronze Medallion award. In Bronze Star, participants develop problem-solving and decision-making skills as they relate to water rescue and first aid. Candidates develop Water SmartŪ confidence and the lifesaving skills needed to be their own personal lifeguard.


Prerequisites: 8 years old, recommended age 12 years & Ability to swim.

May 7, 9, 14 & 16

Times: 5-7:30pm

Location: North Peace Leisure Pool

Cost: $118.54


Bronze Medallion & Bronze Cross Combo Class
(see dates below Bronze Cross information)  


Bronze Medallion 

This course teaches an understanding of the lifesaving principles embodied in the four components of water rescue education - judgment, knowledge, skill and fitness. Rescuers learn self-rescue techniques, defense and release methods, and tows and carries in preparation for challenging rescues involving conscious and unconscious victims of various types, including spinal injuries and circulatory emergencies. Lifesavers develop stroke efficiency and endurance in a timed swim. Includes CPR-A certification. 


Pre-requisites:  Must be 13 years old OR have completed Bronze Star.


Bronze Cross 

This course is designed for lifesavers who want the challenge of more advanced training including an introduction to safety supervision in aquatic facilities. Candidates develop proficiency at performing patient assessments, managing aquatic spinal injuries, and preventing the loss of life in a variety of aquatic emergencies, while developing stroke endurance and fitness training skills. Bronze Cross includes the CPR-C certification and is one of the pre-requisite awards for all advanced Lifeguarding and Leadership training programs. Bronze Cross is also worth 2 Grade 11 High School Credits.

Pre-requisites:  Bronze Medallion 
Dates: April 9, 11, 13, 16, 18 & 20
Time:  Weekdays 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Saturdays from 9am - 6pm
Investment: $385.27

Community Awards

April 1 is the deadline to get your nominations in, to publicly recognize and honor individuals whose contributions have been of significant benefit to Fort St. John. 


On April 25 the City of Fort St. John will be hosting the 5th Annual Community Awards at the Lido Theatre.  


Tickets go on sale April 2 at City Hall, the Visitor Centre and Lido Theatre for $35.


2013 Community Awards Categories

  • Cultural Person of the Year
  • Recreation Person of the Year
  • Literacy Award - Individual or Corporate/Group
  • Humanitarian Award - Individual or Corporate/Group
  • Youth of the Year Award
  • Mayor's Citizen of the Year Award

For more information contact 250-787-5791 or  awards@fortstjohn.ca  



Holiday Hours

Please note the following special hours of operation at our facilities during the Easter long weekend: 


North Peace Arena

Friday, March 29 & Monday, April 1 - CLOSED


North Peace Leisure Pool 

 Friday, March 29:  1pm - 4pm Public Swim ONLY  

Saturday, March 30:  Regular Hours

Sunday, March 31:  1pm - 4pm Public Swim ONLY

Monday, April 1:  1pm - 4pm Public Swim ONLY  

Pomeroy Sport Centre 
       Friday, March 29 & Monday, April 1 - CLOSED 
       Please Note:  There is no longer any ice in 

Visitor Centre 
        Friday, March 29 - April 1 - CLOSED 


Hydro Rider Aquabike

The Hydro rider Aquabike is a unique aquatic indoor stationary bike that allows users to pedal while immersed in the water taking advantage of the many benefits of the aquatic environment. Thanks to this innovative exercise, all users can obtain great results in terms of weight loss, wellness, athletic training and rehabilitation.    

We offer classes every day and are based on a first come, first serve.  This is a drop-in program. Cost is $5.50 per class.  


Please check our website www.fortstjohn.ca/pool for full schedule.



Lunchtime Yoga
Get ready for a new and fun experience that you won't want to miss!  The North Peace Leisure Pool offers adult yoga classes on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning April 8.  Please remember to bring your own yoga mat, water bottle and hand block (if you wish).
Please note that you will need to register for this 5 week program.

Cost: $80.50
Time:  12:10pm - 12:50pm 

Dates:  May 22 - June 19

Location: North Peace Leisure Pool

Visit  www.fortstjohn.ca/activenet or contact 250.787.8178.

Pitch-In Week 

The City of Fort St. John is coordinating Pitch-In Week, April 29 - May 3, 2013 as part of the spring clean-up and beautification efforts of the Communities in Bloom program.

During this week, hundreds of community minded volunteers come together in celebration and pride to pick up the wintertime garbage and debris found around our schools, city parks and open spaces.

As part of Pitch-In Week, Pitch-In Day is held each year to encourage community participation in maintaining a tidy City. The City of Fort St. John will be coordinating participating groups to Pitch-In all on the same day, Thursday, May 2.

Groups or individuals who are interested in participating in Pitch In Day may register by April 19 by contacting the Community Development Coordinator at:




Pre School Play Day

Come and join us at our Pre School Play Day at the North Peace Leisure Pool. Every second Thursday of each month, parents and children are invited to come down and take part in fun activities and games geared towards children 5 & under. This is a great opportunity to introduce your children to the world of water while having some fun and meeting new people. Regular pool admission applies.  


Date: April 11, 2013

Theme: Jungle to Jungle  

Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm



Road Trip in BC this summer!
Planning your trip should be almost as much fun as actually taking it! So take a few moments and start thinking about your British Columbia vacation. Plan to take a road trip in BC this summer.

Whether you are looking to plan a relaxing circle trip to the numerous hot springs in the Kootenay area (did you know there are 13 hot springs in just this area?) or take a spontaneous camping trip in the Cariboo Chilcotin region, we have the information for you.


Explore the Thompson Okanagan's fine wine and orchards, while enjoying the warm weather and picturesque landscapes.

Or perhaps an adventurous holiday hiking or biking the backcountry? We have backcountry map books for the adventurous explorers that want to discover what northern BC has to offer.


How about a fishing or hunting trip either in the Fort St. John area or elsewhere in the province? Stop by the City of Fort St. John Visitor Centre for outdoor travel information as well as the latest information on regulations, in fact, why not purchase your licenses and tags while you are here?


And of course, if you are heading north on the Alaska Highway, we have all you need to know - from road reports and weather conditions to maps and gas stations along the way.


We invite you to stop by for a cup of free coffee and chat with our friendly, knowledgeable Visitor Counselors. We will help you plan that perfect road trip for you and give you free travel brochures.  


Come visit us at the City of Fort St. John Visitor Centre at 9523 100 Street - we would love to help you explore our Beautiful Natural British Columbia!


Seniors Yoga
Seniors Yoga Fitness is designed specifically for seniors.  The instructor will incorporate a range of skill levels and poses to challenge each participant and attend to their limitations.  Get ready for a new and fun experience that you won't want to miss!  Please remember to bring your own yoga mat, water bottle and hand block (if you wish).

Cost: $61.91 per person (5 weeks)
Time: Tuesday's & Thursday's  10:30am - 11:30am
May 21 - June 20 


Location: North Peace Leisure Pool

Stroller Fit

Stroller Fit is a social exercise class that parents can participate in with their young children. There will be a variety of different classes throughout the session, such as exercise stations, relays, intervals, and more. It demonstrates how to use your stroller to keep yourself active, perform basic exercises targeting different areas of your body. Instructors will give healthy eating tips, give you tips for stroller fitness at home and how to get your whole family involved. Get a group of your friends together, or come to meet new people.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursday, April 16 - May 23
Time: 10:00am-11:00am 
Cost:  $55.00 plus taxes, price includes pool admission. 
Location: Classes will alternate between the Pomeroy Sport Centre and the North Peace Leisure Pool.

Classes on April 25, May 2 & May 9 will be held at the North Peace Leisure Pool. The rest will be at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.

Spring Community One Stop    

The City of Fort St. John would like to invite you to the Community One Stop Registration on April 6. Residents of Fort St. John and surrounding areas have come to rely on the Community One Stop Registration event, held annually in the spring and fall, as their primary program registration method.


Come to the Totem Mall on April 6 from 10am to 2pm and sign-up the whole family for your spring activities! There's something for everyone from literacy to dance, sports, health and wellness, art, martial arts, music and more.  Our community has so much for you to do - join in and be involved! 


Community groups -don't miss out on this tremendous opportunity to entice new participants and welcome back previous participants to your organization.  Register for a table and showcase everything your organization has to offer. You can download a registration form from our website or pick one up at either City Hall or the North Peace Leisure Pool. Forms must be complete and fees paid by April 2.   


For more information, please contact Paola Banks, Recreation Programmer at 250.794.3262 or pbanks@fortstjohn.ca. 


Teen Night   

Round up your friends and head to the North Peace Leisure Pool for some TEEN ONLY fun from 7:00pm-10:00pm! The pool will close the doors to the general public and host a themed activity night. You can join in the games and activities, or lounge with friends in the hot spots. There will be lots of pizza, pop and prizes to go around! This event is for teens aged 12 - 16 only.  


Cost is $6.00. 
The following evening swim events; Hydro Rider, Lap swim & Public swim will be cancelled on March 28 due to Teen Night 7-10pm.  


Date: April 18    

Time: 7-10pm

Theme: Hollywood
Location: North Peace Leisure Pool



Water Safety Instructor

Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course develops instructional ability by focusing on how to effectively plan and teach the Red Cross Swim continuum: Red Cross Swim Preschool, Red Cross Swim Kids and AquaAdults programs. The course focuses on how to effectively apply the information learned in the Assistant Water Safety Instructor course to the Red Cross Swim programs. Other topics include instructional emergency response skills and stroke development, drills, and corrective strategies. Candidates apply their teaching skills and knowledge during twelve (12) hours of practical teaching. Upon successful completion, candidates are certified as Water Safety Instructors. To remain valid, WSI must be recertified every two years.


Date: April 30, May 2,4,& 5 

Time: April 30, May 2 (5-10pm), May 4 and May 5 (9am-6pm)

Location: North Peace Leisure Pool

Cost: $383.03 + HST


The City of Fort St. John is very excited to announce the launch of our new website on April 12!


What's new?

  • New updated layout and menu structure
  • Current information promoted in the newsfeeds on the home page
  • New City Hall Calendar
  • Intuitive "How Do I?" menu
  • Apply for jobs online
  • Mobile format launching this summer


What's improved?

  • Easy navigation though the search bar and quick links
  • Community Calendar
  • Online services & payments

We heard your suggestions on how to improve your online experience when you visit www.fortstjohn.ca and invite you to explore our new site.  


Don't forget to enter to WIN an iPad - contest begins April 12 and closes April 30, 2013. For more contest details, visit our new website on April 12!


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