The Community Services Department is excited to share with you upcoming activities, special events and courses that will be offered throughout May 2015

Community Award Winners


Cultural Award


Nominees: Heather Hannaford, Pan African Caribbean Association

Winner: Sue Popesku


Recreation Award


Nominees: Dan Bonin, Karen Cranston, Neil Evans, Laura Farquhar, Pat Ferris, Michael Friesen, Barb McCracken, April Spurn, De-Ann & Richard Stickel, Elks Speed Skating Club

Winner: Wim Kok


Literacy Award


Nominees: Amy Cosens, Sherri Williams

Winner: David Rattray


Humanitarian Award


Nominees: Bruce Kosugi, Adam Richards, Lindsey Soderholm, Dr. Willie Watt & Dr. Richard Moody, Fort St. John Association for Community Living, Fort St. John Hospital Auxiliary, Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT), Peace Valley Environment Association (Paddle for the Peace), Women's Resource Society

Winner: Jeanette & Blair Johnston


Youth Award


Nominees: Taniesha Fisher, Victoria Platzer

Winner: Taylor DeVos


Mayor's Citizen of the Year


Nominees: Ken Lane

Winner: Eliza Stanford

Get Active at the Pomeroy Sport Center


Victoria Day Hours


The Pomeroy Sport Center will be CLOSED on Monday, May 18.


Spring Kickoff BMX Jam


Date: Sunday, May 10
Time: 1:30-5:30pm

Location: FSJ Skate Park

The city will be partnering up with Kalvin Sexsmith and other bikers representing Rider's Union (a bike shop based out of Dawson Creek) to host a BMX jam at the Fort St. John Skate Park. There will be music, demos, prize giveaways, and a chance to learn some tricks from some very experienced riders. There is no age limit or cost to attend, so come check out these skilled BMXers. 


Little LaXers


Date: May 21-June 25 (Wednesday afternoons only 4:00-5:00pm)
Location: Pomeroy Sport Centre
Cost: $40/6 weeks

Do you have a little one who may be interested in trying a new sport? "Little LaXers" is a program that introduces children ages 6-8 to the sport of box lacrosse. Over the course of six weeks, participants will learn skills including: cradling, passing, shooting, and checking from a level 2 certified coach. This is a non-competitive program that provides kids with the opportunity to try a sport before formally registering. Registration opens Monday, April 20th and can be done at the Pomeroy Sport Centre or North Peace Leisure Pool. All skill levels are welcome, full lacrosse gear is required.


Energetic Amazing Race


Date: Friday, May 22
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Think you know Fort St. John? Put your skills to the test at the Energetic Amazing Race! Enter a team in the adult or family division and race to finish in the top three to win a prize pack. The event will kick off with a barbeque/pre-race party (with all proceeds going to the SPCA), then racers will have a 2.5 hour window to rip around the city and complete their tasks. Whether you're a group of friends, family or corporate team - all are welcome to partake. Registration is free but there are only 40 spots available to sign up today! Visit or call the Fort St. John Visitors Centre at 250-793-3033 for more information.

Make a Splash at the Pool
Victoria Day Pool Hours


The pool will be open for public swim only on Monday, May 18 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.
30 Day Aquafit Challenge

Our 30 day Aquafit challenge starts Friday, May 1 & runs to Sunday, May 31. Log every aqua fitness class (Hydro Rider, Shallow and Deep Aquafit) you attend during our challenge and you will be automatically entered into weekly draw for a chance to win prizes! Classes are held during the regular Aquafit & Hydro Rider times and we will be adding a Sunday class that will only be around for the challenge! Regular Admission applies to all of the classes. For more information, or to sign up, please stop by the front desk.


7 Benefits of Aquafit!

  1. Great for all age groups - Teens, adults & seniors are welcome!
  2. Made-to-measure fitness - Regardless of your fitness level, you can get a great workout in the water.
  3. Non-competitive class - Many people find that they can be more focused on the movements when they aren't worrying about keeping up with everyone else.
  4. Variety of classes - Classes are in the shallow water or in the deep water or on the hydro riders. Try all of our different classes!
  5. Amazing cross training - Thanks to the buoyancy of water, you'll be strengthening your muscles and improving your cardiovascular fitness. It is fantastic for people recovering from injuries because it allows you to strengthen your muscles without stressing vulnerable joints.
  6. Stay balanced - Aquafit helps you balance out muscle groups that may have become uneven through repetitive actions. Working out in water provides equal resistance through your full range of motion.
  7. A true full-body workout - It's not just your heart and muscles that stand to benefit from an Aquafit class. Working out in water is also fantastic for your internal organs and lymphatic system.
Tween & Teen Night
This is an evening just for Tweens and Teens on May 7. Tweens ages 8 - 11 swim from 7:30pm - 8:45pm and Teens age 12 - 18 swim 8:45pm - 10:00pm.
Cost: $2


Home Alone Course
This program is designed to provide children 9 to 11 years of age with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time. It will help them understand how to prevent problems, handle real-life situations, and keep them safe and constructively occupied. The program focuses on group discussions, problem solving, role-playing, and instructor-led demonstrations. The Student Reference Book is designed to allow the program participants to actively participate in class assignments. It provides a review of the program material, as well as additional information that will be of value to the students.
Upon the completion of this program, each child will to able to:
  • Establish a daily routine
  • Manage their time more efficiently
  • Identify what responsibilities they have while being home alone
  • Demonstrate what to do in case of an emergency and how and when to call 911
  • Understand the basics of first aid procedures
Date: May 23 OR June 6
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Cost: $39.05 + tax
National Lifeguard Course

Take your lifesaving training to the next level! If you are planning to be a professional lifeguard or looking for more comprehensive first aid and lifesaving training, the NLS award builds on the fundamental skills, knowledge, and values taught in all of the lifesaving awards.  The focus is to develop the practical skills and knowledge required by lifeguards.  The NLS lifeguard's primary role is in the prevention of emergency situations and where necessary, the timely and effective resolution of emergencies. NLS prepares candidates to be professional facilitators of safe enjoyable aquatics.



  1. 16 years of age by the last day of the course
  2. Bronze Cross (does not need to be current) by the first day of the course
  3. Current Standard First Aid certification (16 hour course)


IMPORTANT: Admittance to this course will be denied if prerequisites are not met. Please arrive to class 30 minutes early with your original (no photocopies) certification documentation and government issued ID.

Dates & Times: Begins May 24
Cost: $360.58 + Tax


Tuesday Toonie Tea Seniors Swim

Seniors 65+ are invited to come out and have a swim, or just relax in the hot spots, on Tuesday, May 26from 10:30am - 12:00pm. The cost is only $2 and tea will be provided!