In This Issue
Be A Tourist Month
Community Awards Winners
Community Tree Rebate
Family Night at the Pool
Head Guard Course
Holiday Hours
Hydro Rider Aquabike
Lunchtime Yoga
NLS Pre / Recert
WSI Recert

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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 May


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.   


Be A Tourist In Your Own Town Month is Coming!
VC LogoThis year's "Be a Tourist in Your Own Town Month" kicks off with the "Energetic Amazing Race" as well as with a BBQ at the Visitor Centre the evening of May 31. All proceeds from the BBQ will be going to the SPCA.


The purpose of this annual month-long event is to showcase our community; encourage residents to experience their own "backyard" through visiting area attractions, businesses and events that they may not have known about or hadn't been to in awhile; and to promote all the services that the Visitor Centre has to offer to not only visitors but residents as well!


Some events throughout the month include:
- Energetic Amazing Race

- Plan Your BC Vacation

- Shopping Passport

- World Fair


*Registration information will follow later*


Community Awards 2013 - Winners!

The Fort St. John Community Awards were held at the Lido Theatre on April 25 . The Gala event was a huge success. More than 30 individuals, organizations or groups were nominated for 6 awards. This year, the City of Fort St. John recognized 6 individuals for their outstanding achievements in the community.  


2013 Community Awards Winners

Cultural Person of the Year- Russell Eggleston

Literacy Award- Jean McFadden

Recreation Person of the Year- Connie Richter

Humanitarian Award- North Peace SPCA

Youth of the Year- Cheyenne Radcliffe

Mayor's Citizen of the Year- Adam Horst


Throughout the evening guests were treated to performances by Twin Peaks.  Presentations were provided by Councillor and author Trevor Bolin, Naomi Shore and Lindsay Pratt of Twin Peaks, and Red Bull Crashed Ice participant Adam Horst.

Thank you again to our partner sponsors, the North Peace Credit Union and Urban Systems who helped make this event a success. Congratulations to all those who were nominated and recognized at the 5 annual Community Awards.


Community Tree Rebate Program

The City of Fort St. John is in the process of revamping the annual event known as Arbour Day. Stay tuned for a new initiative coming very soon called the "CommunityTree Rebate" program. This program will provide a rebate to City property owners who purchase a tree for their property. The purpose of the Community Tree Planting Rebate program is to encourage homeowners to beautify their yard and community. Other recognized benefits of urban tree planting include: increased property value, removal of air pollutants and increased energy savings from shade provided from the tree. 


By changing the structure of Arbour Day from a subsidized tree distribution program into a rebate program, the City hopes that an increased number of homeowners will be able to benefit from the initiative.   


For more information on the Community Tree Planting Rebate program, contact us at City Hall at 250-787-5791.


Family Night 

Are you and your family looking for some new fun activities? Look no more! The North Peace Leisure Pool is hosting family events! We have lots of fun activities planned and cool prizes to give away! This is a great opportunity to bring the whole family and enjoy family oriented activities. Regular admission applies.  


Date: May 13

Theme: Sand and Sun

Time:  6:00pm - 8:00pm
Head Guard Course    

The Lifesaving Society Head Lifeguard course is designed as entry level training for lifeguards that are or will be responsible for the front line supervision of deck staff. As a result of the Head Lifeguard course, participants will develop an understanding of:


* The roles and responsibilities of a Head Lifeguard

* Staff supervision, deck management and effective communication

* Staff training and development and implementation of Emergency Procedures

* Managing risk, facility safety and implementation of safety systems

* Planning and organization

* Record keeping and documentation


The Head Lifeguard certification requires full attendance, participation and an understanding of the skills and knowledge required by a Head Lifeguard. PREREQUISITES: Current NLS Pool, Option, 2 years lifeguarding experience, Current LSI



DATES & TIMES: May 18 & 25

May 18 from 10:00am - 7:00pm at the NPLP

May 25 from 10:00am - 7:00pm at the BRC


Holiday Hours

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


North Peace Arena

Monday, May 20: CLOSED


North Peace Leisure Pool 

 Monday, May 20: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Public Swim ONLY  


Pomeroy Sport Centre 
       Monday, May 20: CLOSED

Visitor Centre 
        Monday, May 20: 9:00am-6:00pm
 Starting Saturday, May 18, the Visitor Centre will be switching to their summer hours!
Monday - Friday   8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM





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 $7.00 per class.  


Please check our website www.fortstjohn.ca/north-peace-leisure-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 May 22.  Please remember to bring your own yoga mat, water bottle and hand block (if you wish).
Please note: You will need to register for this 5 week program.
Dates: May 22 - June 19
Time: 12:10pm - 12:50pm
Location: North Peace Leisure Pool
Cost: $72.45

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

NLS Pre / Recert 

The Precert acts as an opportunity for review and allows the candidates to become familiar with the evaluation standards. The Recert acts as the actual evaluation segment. Please note that candidates will be required to write a standardized written exam at the recert. To remain current you must re-certify every two years.


Date:  May 11

Time:  9:00am - 6:00pm

Location: North Peace Leisure Pool

Investment:$124.78 + taxes


WSI Recert  

Pre-requisites: Must be certified as an Water Safety Instructor. Candidates will need to bring their WSI card as well as bathing suit, towel, whistle, and notetaking material (notebook/pen).


Date: May 12

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Investment: $107.32 + taxes

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