Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club is a sprint racing club that has a variety of competitive programs. They have a number of club members who compete at a National level and many who participate for fun. Their goal is to build the support for their club and to introduce people to canoeing and kayaking whether that is recreationally or competitively.
Jamie and Shauna are two Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) students who are working at Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club over the summer. They are running the day camps where children from the area spend their days trying out the different boats, getting physical activity, and interacting with each other. At times there is up to 16 kids in a class so a lot of planning and creativity is needed in running one of these camps. The CSJ students are also kick-starting the club’s social media pages so that they can bring awareness to what the club has to offer.
Jamie is currently studying practical nursing and while this program does not directly translate into nursing she is finding the skills she is learning this summer will help her as a nurse. She is learning how to manage her time, be flexible, and to critical think. It is being reinforced to her that physical activity is extremely important to your health and wellness and for her seeing the kids enjoying the physical activity is inspiring.
Shauna is a Kinesiology student at the University of the Fraser Valley and sees the value in the CSJ program to help her gain experience that will impact her career. She has learned how to be flexible and tailor plans to fit the group’s needs. She has also learned the value of remaining positive when working with people and that patience goes a long way. Shauna expressed how working at the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club has allowed her to enhance her leadership skills so that she can be more self-reliant when she begins her career.
Thank you for the visit Shauna and Jamie! I am confident that the knowledge and skills you are learning here will positively impact your future careers.
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