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Brooke Alvinston Skating Club Invites You to Join Us in Celebration of 50 Years of Skating

Let us entertain you with our Ice Show, ‘REFLECTIONS’ showcasing 50 years of memories!

  • Saturday, March 7, 2015
  • Shows are 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • Refreshments, Munchies and Social Hour in auditorium
  • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2014 Ontario Skaters' Promotional Contest Winners

Thanks to all for your participation! The draw was made at the Skate Ontario STARSkate Championships held in Wellington, ON March 15-16, 2014.

Ticket #
1st Prize 2014 Ford Mustang Don Timbers 135607 Lefroy SC (COS)
2nd Prize 55" Plasma TV, DVD & Entertainment Package Brenda Jones 079320 St Catharines SC (WOS)
3rd Prize $3500 Travel Certificate, Executive Travel TBA    
4th Prize 5 prizes of a $2000 Computer System Lise Jalbert 051637 Timmins Porcupine SC (NOS)
    Shannon Scott 174335 Hamilton SC (WOS)
    Woodstock SC 010306 Woodstock SC (WOS)
    June Cummings 140480 Howick SC (COS)
    Chris McLeod 050255 Sturgeon Falls SC (NOS)
5th Prize 5 prizes of an Apple iPad Air, 16 GB with Wi-Fi Irene Rak 114741 Orangeville SC (COS)
    Alex Bosley 071949 Ilderton SC (WOS)
    Jessica Del Franco 316508 Flamboro SC (WOS)
    Lois Fowler 006919 London SC (WOS)
    Ken Pafahl 143577 Tara SC (COS)

Winner of the Ford Mustang

Steve Scherrer presents the 2014 Ford Mustang to Don Timbers

Celebrating 60 Years of Skating in Ridgetown!

The Ridgetown Skating Club will be holding their annual ice show on February 15, 2015, 2:00-4:00pm. This year marks our 60th year of providing quality skating programs to the youth and adults in our community and surrounding area. For further information you may contact 519-674-0068. We are looking forward to celebrating this milestone!

In Memory of Clare MacDonald by Steve Scherrer, WO Section Chair

Dear Skating Family and Friends Clare MacDonald

It is with profound emotion that I inform our skating family of the passing of Mr. Clare MacDonald. Clare fought a courageous battle with cancer with the loving support of Donna, Scott, Nancy, Diane and families.

Clare has been an extraordinary volunteer and our Section treasurer for many, many years and exemplified the selflessness of his volunteer contributions. His comments of “it’s for the kids, our athletes” will be his contribution for others who follow his footsteps. In 2009, Clare was recognized for his unwavering support in skating as the recipient of the Skate Canada Volunteer Award of Excellence.

Clare’s steadfast loyalty, humour, gentle kindness and friendship to all is his legacy: the truest sense of a gentleman.

Steve Scherrer, Chair, Skate Canada Western Ontario
December 13, 2013

Langton & Area FSC In the Spotlight

With thanks to Chris Abbott, Tillsonburg News. October 2013 - CBC's new Mini Battle of the Blades for kids should be win-win for both the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Sunday night reality TV Show and small-town figure skating clubs. Congratulations to the Langton & Area FSC and Langton Minor Hockey. For stories and photos follow the links below. (updated Oct 31, 2013)

2012-2013 Skate Canada - Western Ontario Awards

The following awards were presented at the 2013 WO AGM. Our congratulations to our skaters and our thanks to our many special volunteers! Enjoy the photos, with special thanks to our sponsor, D'Asti Photography!

A Special Tribute to Pat Woods, Director of Volunteer Recruitment, World Figure Skating Championships in London

Message from Steve Scherrer, WO Chair Regarding Third Party Online Web-Based Registrations Email Blast

June 12, 2012. Good Afternoon Western Ontario Clubs and Regions. Over the past week, your club or club contact may have received an email advertising/ promoting/ soliciting an online registration system and web-content program. It appears to have an endorsement of Skate Ontario or similar invitation to participate in the top right corner of the page file sent.

Please be advised, that Skate Canada - Western Ontario and Skate Canada (national office) do not endorse or support this mass email blast that went out to the Ontario skating community. The only online registration system endorsed by the Section is the one offered and supported by the Skate Canada National office and the national office Information Technology (IT) Department. The Skate Canada online system program provides a secure and protected environment for both your Club's and membership's data/information.

Please be educated and aware before entering into or taking on services by a 3rd party service provider managing your membership database and conducting e-Commerce for your Club. Having your membership information and data beyond the safe guards established by Skate Canada should present concerns on how that information can and may be used, solicited or sold to other outside organizations.

I trust this information may be of assistance to your club.

Steve Scherrer
Skate Canada - Western Ontario
Section Chair

William Lindsay Attending International Olympic Academy Program in Greece

Congratulations to William, skater, judge, technical specialist and university student, who attended the International Olympic Academy's 52nd International Session for Young Participants from June 16-31, 2012 in Greece. Two hundred students between 20-35 years old, from 100 countries across the globe, will be immersed in lectures on sports, democracy, human rights, and the Olympic movement, presented by respected professors and experts from around the world. Students tweeted, facebooked and blogged about the lectures and their experiences.

Photo with thanks to the Chatham Daily News


Western Ontario Section Hall of Fame Inductions

The inaugural Western Ontario Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at the Skate Canada - Western Ontario Annual General Meeting. We would like to express our most heartfelt gratitude to all the individuals who have contributed to our successes over the years!

WOS MEMBERS ONLY Site on Skate Canada Website

Announcing a new information resource for our members! The Western Ontario Members' site will now make the following information available to our members. [Login here...]

Documentation available online:

  1. Western Ontario Section List of Judges & Evaluators - for Club Test Chairs. Note that this list is updated during the season.
  2. Skate Canada - Western Ontario Club Manual
  3. Skate Canada - Western Ontario Competition Chair Manual
  4. Section Parent Manual
  5. More...

We hope this provides our Skating Clubs with additional resources to meet their information needs.

To visit the new Western Ontario Members' site:

WO Proudly Endorses the True Sport Movement

True Sport is a growing Canadian movement that recognizes and promotes the life skills and values derived from community sport.

Skate Canada - Western Ontario has become a member and proudly supports the True Sport Movement which is endorsed by the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Ministers responsible for sport.
True Sport portal

Skate Canada has adopted this and has encouraged its Sections/Clubs/schools to as well. For more information on True Sport and to become a supporter of the True Sport movement follow the link below.

We're Scrapbooking!!

WO maintains a scrapbook on our skaters, both to allow for potential publicity, and for historical purposes. So that we can ensure that all areas of our section are represented we would like to ask everyone out there to help us by sending along copies of your local newspaper articles on the accomplishments of our athletes. Please send to the Section office and make sure that the newspaper and date is identified. Fax: 519.686.0593, or mail to: Skate Canada - Western Ontario, 237 Consortium Court, London, Ontario, N6E 2S8. Thanks to all for your help!



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