April 2020

April 15, 2020: Your April Update

Hey Cruisers Family!

We hope that you are all healthy and safe at home. To any of you or your family who are working in any of the essential services - first responders, medical, food and grocery, trucking, banking or any of the downstream roles that are putting their lives on the line for all of us each day we want to say a heartfelt THANK YOU. It has been a turbulent time in the world and we wanted to reach out to our community to check in, give you a short update and ask you to connect with us in the coming days via our social media platforms.

Annual General Meeting

One of the last Cruisers events that took place was the AGM on Wednesday March 11. The next day schools in the province announced that they were closing and Canadians were being called home. The most excitement that occurred at our AGM was an election and a live poll.

This year the only role to warrant election was Director of Athletes’ Relations. As a result of the election the Board welcomed Bret Wills and saw Michael Careri stepping down. We want to thank Michael for his efforts over the course of his multiple terms as Director of Athletes’ Relations and Director at Large.

Also new to the AGM this year was a live poll where all participants joined in to give us feedback. The Board took away feedback from the previous AGM about the Cruisers communication efforts and we put strategies in place to improve this for the 2019-2020 term. We wanted to check in to see how we were doing. The results were fantastic! All 33 participants joined in and gave us a lot of insightful intelligence which will help us going forward. There were some clear themes that came out from the poll however as we are in a holding pattern for our programs to start again, we thought we would see if we could gather more feedback. If you did not attend the AGM, please complete the following survey: www.surveymonkey.com/r/LZ5W9SN

Cruisers Wellness Initiative

In light of the recent changes for everyone related to Covid-19 our April Board meeting focused on how we can connect with our community. We are disappointed our programs came to an abrupt halt but we are going to launch some fun via our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). The following is a sneak peek at the lineup we have planned:

Mindfulness Monday
Team Cruisers Tuesday
Wellness Wednesday
Throwback Thursday
Fun Fact Friday
Social Saturday
Sunday Funday

We hope that you will look for us on your preferred platform and join in the fun.

Merchandise Order

A quick note to let everyone know that we are hoping to put in a merchandise order mid-May. Currently our supplier is closed but we hope to have our order ready once business opens. So please check that your apparel still fits otherwise go to the Cruisers online store www.cruisers-sports.com/shop.shtml to place your order. Note: the current Bauer jackets are being discontinued so, place your order in May vs. October as quantities are limited.

If you are a new member to Cruisers Sports, please contact your Sport Director regarding the apparel you require and they will be able to advise you.

Ontario Sledge Hockey Association (OSHA) -looking for a Secretary

OSHA in its role as Ontario’s Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) for para ice hockey, coordinates and organizes para ice hockey participation in the Ontario Parasport Winter Games (OPWG) and the Ontario Winter Games (OWG) and sanctions our Cruisers Cup. This year was an election year and all positions that were up for nomination were acclaimed with no votes required, except the Secretary role which received no nominations. Therefore, the new group will be looking to appoint someone to fill that position for 1 year. The role requires attendance at 3 meetings (April, September and January) and supply minutes for each meeting. This role is an active voting member. Anyone interested please contact Ken Hall and he will help make the introduction to OSHA Board.

Success Stories:

This year was our first run through of the First Shift program and although it came to an early close we want to take a moment to thank some of the Cruisers community that came out to help with the program. Special thanks to Nandini Sharma, Karl Ludwig, Tiffany Gaudette, Christina Picton, Anthony Culmone and Christian Christou for their on-ice support. Also a special thanks to some of our Cruisers Athletics group for their help with the equipment set up, in particular Austin Smeenk, Jessica Lewis and Isaiah Christophe, Nandini Sharma and Lisa Myers. Our Cruisers community made a lasting impression on the first round of participants of this fantastic program.

A messenger group of Cruisers Wheelchair Basketball team members have been playing virtual games and worked on challenges and shared videos over the last few weeks. This Saturday would have been their National Championships banquet, so the group is having a Zoom dinner/banquet event.

Cruisers Throwers held their first ZOOM video chat with 10 throwers participating. This will become a weekly event for the group. Other Cruisers groups are also starting to connect in various ways. Please email vicepresident@cruisers-sports.com so we can share your story and keep up the good news.

Stay Safe and healthy everyone and see we hope to see you connect in some fun via social media in the coming days.

April 1, 2020: External Survey for Athletes

We have been asked to share a survey -- Validation of the TOPS-2 Questionnaire in Youth Athletes with a Disability.

Below is a link to a study from the University of Windsor looking at the use of sport psych among disabled athletes. Athletes need to be 15+.


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