National Coaching Week, September 19 – 27, 2015


National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach.

Different places are celebrating this week with free courses for coaches, like the PacificSport Vancouver Island (with courses in several locations like Duncan and Nanaimo) or PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence in Victoria) .

For a complete list of events sponsored by ViaSport, click here.



SOBC Cowichan Valley congratulates Kara Summer on her success

Kara Summer became the first Cowichan Valley athlete to compete at the Special Olympics World Games, and won a pair of silver medals and a fifth-place ribbon in tenpin bowling in Los Angeles earlier this month.


On the past Special Olympics Summer Games in Los Angeles, Kara Summer, a ten-pin bowling athlete, was not only the first representative of SOBC Cowichan Valley going to World Games, but she also was a very successful one bringing several medals home.

We are extremely proud of her success and wish her many more in the future.

Read the full story at the Cowichan Valley Citizen’s article:

Summer picks up medals, famous fans

Thomas Stanko Obituary

Source:  Cowichan Valley Citizen – June 10, 2015

STANKO, Thomas Walter (Tom)

August 11, 1934 – May 29, 2015

Tom died at Cowichan District Hospital after a lengthy bout with throat cancer. He leaves his wife, Marina; daughters, Dawn Clemens (Dennis), Natalie Gabinet (John Busby), Terri Stanko (Don McGillivray); sons Jon Woodland (Tracey), Kim Jacobsen; sister Mary Karliner; brother Edward Stanko (Anita); plus 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Tom taught at Mount Prevost School from 1964 to 1974 and became the Work Experience Coordinator from 1974 until he retired in 1989. He was a life member of the Duncan Kinsmen Club. After retirement he volunteered for many organizations in the Cowichan Valley. He will be sadly missed.

A gathering to celebrate Tom’s life will be held at the Duncan Communinity Lodge on Moose Road on Sunday, June 28, 2:00 PM. Donations in Tom’s memory may be made to the Clements Centre Society or to a charity of your choice.

Safe Seniors ‘U’ Project

This project is designed to provide opportunities for seniors to learn how to be safer in their homes, on our streets, and in our community which in turn decreases the likelihood of them becoming a victim.

Cowichan Community Policing will be hosting 6 weeks of Senior (55+) Safety sessions starting Wednesday May 6th from 10 am – 12 pm at the Church of Nazerene (3036 Sherman Rd in Duncan). Sessions are open to seniors throughout the Cowichan Valley, they are FREE, and you can register for one or all six! There is an incentive for attendance at all 6 sessions.

The topics are:

  • Week 1: Home & Personal Safety
  • Week 2: Internet and Cyber Crime
  • Week 3: Road Safety (vehicle, pedestrians and scooters)
  • Week 4: Frauds and Scams
  • Week 5: Protecting Seniors (abuse prevention, community resources)
  • Week 6: Financial Safety (investments and counterfeits)

This project allows participants to not only learn for themselves, but to also create the opportunity for them to give back to their community. As part of the project we are hoping to recruit seniors from each session, who would be interested in volunteering to be mentors in the future sessions. Those mentors will receive additional training and all the resource materials for their topic of choice with and expectation to be available for 2-3 presentations per year (approx 10 hours). This is a perfect way to join us as a volunteer while helping to keep our seniors safe.

To register for the safety series or to become a mentor call the Duncan Community Policy Office at 250-701-9145 or send an email to:

New SOBC Region 6 Facebook Page

Jean Tetarenko (Regional Coordinator – Region 6) just announced the lounge of a new Facebook page for the Region:

Darren Inouye, Regional Coordinator from Region 5 is a technical whiz and at the last Leadership Meeting he presented each Regional Coordinator with a “gift” in the form of a Facebook Page customized for their region.

The purpose of the page will be to share regional stories, photos, events and build awareness of the scope of our entire region. With 10 locals there is a lot to share and celebrate.”

The new page name is “SOBC Region 6” and can be accessed at the address:

So be sure to “like” the page and spread the word with your friends and family.

New SOBC – Region Six – Regional Coordinator Announcement

As you are all aware, SOBC has been actively looking for a Regional Coordinator to replace Jo Osborne since she stepped down in May. We have gone out to all of the Locals and have looked at not only executive members but long time coaches to fill this position.

I am very pleased to announce that our search is over and Jean Tetarenko has agreed to take on the role of Regional Coordinator for Region Six! Most of you have been working with Jean in her role as Chef de Mission for the Region 6 team to provincial games and may have worked with her on Team BC or in any of the other volunteer positions she has held with SOBC – Victoria.

I must say that as I have worked with Jean on the lead up to the Provincial Games, she has proven to be a tireless worker, very detail oriented and she has worked hard to represent the “island” point of view with regards to Games. We are excited to have her as a member of the Leadership Council and look forward to working with her.

At the upcoming Regional meeting, Michelle will call for a vote of confidence for Jean. Should you have any questions prior to that, Jean, Michelle or myself would be more than happy to take them.

We look forward to Jean carrying on the strong traditional of leadership from this region!

Lois McNary
Vice President, Sport
Special Olympics British Columbia

Cowichan Valley athlete attending Swim Camp Performance Program

Special Olympics BC hosted a Performance program which highlights athletes to give them extra training, etc to, to help with their athletic skills

On Friday, January 9th to Sunday, January 11th, it will host a Swim camp in Vancouver.

Our athlete, Clara Kodweiss was noticed from her performance at the BC Games in 2014 and will attend this session.

We are very proud of her!!!