Skate Canada members honoured at 2020 Skate Canada Virtual Awards Celebration

OTTAWA, ON: Thursday evening, Skate Canada honoured 16 award winners during the 2020 Skate Canada Virtual Awards Celebration. Unfortunately, the 2020 Ice Summit was cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but the show must go on!

The first edition of the Skate Canada Virtual Awards Celebration was streamed live on Skate Canada’s YouTube channel and was hosted by Skate Canada Digital Host and former national team member, Elladj Baldé. He was joined by the 2020 Canadian National Champions – Roman Sadovsky (men), Emily Bausback (women), Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro (pairs), Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier (ice dance), and Dana Malowany (synchronized skating, Les Suprêmes team captain).

The Skate Canada Awards program honours dedicated members of the skating community who have donated their time to help contribute to improving the quality of skating in Canada.

The 2019-2020 recipients were:

Skate Canada Officials Award of Excellence
Janice Hunter

Skate Canada Club Coach Award of Excellence
Julie McNeill

Skate Canada Competitive Coach Award of Excellence
Carol Lane, Jon Lane, Juris Razgulajevs

Skate Canada Event Volunteer Award of Excellence
Donna Kormos

Elizabeth Swan Memoria Award
Frances McLellan

Billie Mitchell Award
Darlene Joseph

Skate Canada also presents a volunteer award to one member of each of the Skate Canada sections. The following exceptional volunteers were awarded the 2019-2020 Skate Canada Section Volunteer Award of Excellence:

British Columbia/Yukon Section
Brian Pound

Alberta/NWT/Nunavut Section
Donna Moses

Saskatchewan Section
Brett Hines

Manitoba Section
Brenda Sokoloski

Ontario Section
Cheryl Goldie

Quebec Section
Jocelyn Proulx

New Brunswick Section
Kim Tucker

Nova Scotia Section
Rozanne Raine

Prince Edward Island Section
Pam Trainor

Newfoundland and Labrador Section
Shelley Ann O’Brien

Skate Canada congratulates all award winners, nominees and countless invaluable volunteers! The Virtual Awards Celebration is available to watch on Skate Canada’s YouTube Channel.

2020 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Canada Cancelled

With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Skate Canada has cancelled the 2020 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Canada. The event was scheduled to take place from August 26-29, 2020 in Richmond, British Columbia.

Skate Canada has closely monitored the provincial and federal health authorities position on the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators. Due to the provincial quarantine guidelines for all travellers and social distancing requirements in effect at this time, Skate Canada regretfully made the decision to cancel the event.

Skate Canada, in partnership with the local organizing committee, Skate Canada BC/YK, looked forward to hosting the Junior Grand Prix event in Richmond. We thank you all for your efforts and commitment as we prepared to deliver a memorable event.

Return To Skating

Dear Members and Registrants,

In these uncertain times for our organization, our communities and our world, we want to assure our Skate Canada family that we are all in this together.

This is an unprecedented time for all of us and there is no playbook to refer to. We need to follow the lead of our government officials and health care authorities and do our part to overcome this pandemic together.

We know our community is eager to get back on the ice and resume skating activities. Several provincial governments have released frameworks for reopening services and lifting restrictions on physical/social distancing. As a result, effective immediately, we have lifted the suspension of Skate Canada activities, with limitations.

For skating to resume the below restriction must be adhered to:

  • Skate Canada sections, clubs and skating schools can resume only if permitted by the jurisdiction they are located in. This means that all members and registrants must follow the precautions outlined by their provincial and municipal governments and their local venue operators.

As the COVID-19 response varies from location to location, there is no standard approach that applies to all clubs and schools. However, Skate Canada has developed Return to Skating Guidelines. The guidelines follow recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure all participants feel safe while participating in skating activities.

Since each province’s reopening plan differs, it is the responsibility of the section, club, skating school and coach to abide by the various requirements outlined by their governments. The timeline for reopening will vary depending on your jurisdiction, so not all clubs and skating schools will be able to resume collectively.

It is imperative that all clubs, skating schools and coaches reach out to their Section to inquire about provincial regulations and how skating is affected in your area.  Skate Canada and all Sections are working together to find the way forward and will regroup regularly to ensure inquiries are addressed.

As information is released and further best practices for facilitating skating are developed, we will continue to update the community. As a reminder, due to the fluidity of COVID-19, Skate Canada has created a dedicated webpage as a primary resource for our members and registrants.

Thank you for taking the necessary precautions and doing what you can to limit the spread of COVID-19. By working together and going the extra mile, as an organization and as neighbours, we can make a difference.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] or 1-888-747-2372.

Skate Canada presents the 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony

Each year, Skate Canada hosts its annual Achievement Awards Gala and Banquet, which is part of the annual Ice Summit. Unfortunately, the 2020 Ice Summit was cancelled due to COVID-19, but the show must go on!

Skate Canada is thrilled to announce the first edition of the 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony! The awards show will celebrate the achievements of our volunteers, coaches, choreographers, officials, sections, clubs and skating schools. The evening will be live on Skate Canada’s YouTube Channel on Thursday, May 28 at 8 p.m. EST.

What’s an award ceremony without a few friendly and familiar faces? To host this exciting evening, who better than Skate Canada’s digital host and former national team skater, Elladj Baldé. He’ll be joined by Canada’s national champions Emily Bausback, Roman Sadovsky, Kirsten Moore-Towers, Michael Marinaro, Piper Gilles, Paul Poirier and Les Suprêmes team captain Dana Malawany.

Our national champions from all the skating disciplines will be assisting Baldé in presenting the awards to honour our recipients and celebrate our community as we come together during challenging times.

Don’t miss a special evening as we celebrate those who have truly made a difference to Skate Canada this past season. You can join us by watching the show on YouTube and follow along as we live Tweet the event on Skate Canada’s Twitter account. Follow along by using #SCAwards2020!