March 2021


March 18, 2021: Adaptive Sports Research Study


Hey Cruisers Family:


Clemson University: Adaptive Sports Research Study


Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all doing well!

Clemson University's Adaptive Sport Research Lab reached out to me about a research study they are working on and requested that I share it with my Canadian network. The aim of the study is to identify and measure why participating in adaptive sports is a life changing experience. I have included the research invitation below.

This study could have a great benefit for guiding current and future adaptive sport programming by identifying the aspects of a program that make for meaningful engagement and experiences.

If you are comfortable in passing this along to your athletes, please forward this email. If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Jasmine Townsend (her contact information is below).

Thank you,
Erik Robeznieks



Do you feel like adaptive sports have changed your life? We often hear that from our participants, and it makes our day!! We love what we do and how it impacts your lives, and we are always working to ensure that our programs are the best experiences they can be. In line with that, we are working with the Clemson University Adaptive Sport lab to understand to what degree it has impacted your lives, and what program characteristics are associated with those impacts. We feel that this is important research and will help us, and all adaptive sport organizations, to provide the best experiences for you. Your involvement would consist of just completing a short survey (~20 minutes), and there are no incentives for doing it, or consequences for not doing it. You only need to be 16 or older, and have participated in adaptive sports at some point in your life.

If you have any questions, you can reach out to Dr. Jasmine Townsend, the lead researcher at Clemson who is doing this study. jntowns@clemson.edu 864-656-2198 We hope that you’ll consider this and help contribute to the growing knowledge surrounding adaptive sports.

You can click on the link below, or copy and paste it into your search engine:

https://clemson.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0dk23MtXw1Dtnvv


March 15, 2021: Welcoming words from the new President


Hello Cruisers Family!


You will be excited to learn that we have a full and robust Board of Directors. My name is Kelly Calovini and I have accepted the role of President on the Board. I am a Brampton resident and came to know Cruisers through my daughter's participation in Para Athletics and Wheelchair Basketball. For the past five years I have enjoyed helping out at various events and I am now pleased to take a seat on the board.

I, along with our dedicated, returning directors; Jenn Knight, Stephanie Visentin (who is now our Vice President), Liza Sneyd, Lisa Myers, Ken Hall, Skotty, Bret Wills, and Joe Dobson would like to introduce our new directors. Please join us in welcoming Zoe Hahn (Director of Wheelchair Basketball), Chantal Richard (Director at Large), Nicolle Guillen (Director of Fundraising), and Shawn Courchesne (Director of Multisport, Boccia; as well, Shawn runs the Schools Program). Each were acclaimed at our recent AGM and their talents and passion for Cruisers will be put to good use in the coming year.

At this time it is also important to recognize and thank our outgoing Board members for all of their time and commitment to the Cruisers organization, especially through this past year, where they have strived and succeeded in keeping us connected. Without their presence and efforts our club would not be what it is today. So a heartfelt thank you to Tiffany Gaudette, Alisson Hanson, Celine de Regt, Paul Christou, and Kathy Ludwig!

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Board, and as always, feel free to reach out to us with your thoughts and ideas. As a member driven organization, it is your engagement that will continue to move us forward.


Kelly Calovini,
President


March 4, 2021: Next Week's Elections


Hey Cruisers Family!


2021-2022 Cruisers' Board Elections:

At the AGM next Wednesday, March 10th, there will be an election for the position of Vice-President (1 year term). The nominees and their bio follows below. All other positions have been acclaimed, and will be announced at the AGM.

Thank you to all who we apart of the nomination process. If you have not yet registered to vote at the AGM, please do so before Monday evening. 

www.cruisers-sports.com/agm

 

The nominees for Vice President are:

Josh Watson & Stephanie Visentin


Josh Watson:

My name is Joshua Watson and I have been nominated for the role of Vice President of our club. Here is a little bit about me that you may not already know:

  • I have been a member of Cruisers Sports since at least 2005.
  • I have competed as a member of the para ice hockey and athletics programs.
  • I have been a member of Cruisers Sports Board of Directors as your Athletes Rep in the past. As the athlete’s rep I made an effort to visit and learn about each program offered by the Cruisers at that time.
  • I have worked in various roles within corporate Canada from 1999 – 2015 consistently where I often had to work with people of differing opinions to gain a consensus and move toward a common goal. I have experience with committees, sub committees and working groups through those roles.
  • I have been self employed since 2015 and know how budgets, marketing, sales and social media work.
  • I am a former Easter Seals Society and We Care ambassador and still have a good relationship with them.

I am running because I feel that it is important for athletes to take an interest in the way their club is managed. The more athlete voices are heard, the better the club will be for our athletes.


Stephanie Visentin:

My name is Stephanie Visentin and I am running for the position of Vice President. Our family has been involved for a number of years with the club. Both of my children play Para ice hockey for the club. My husband Mike is the head coach of the Junior team. I am also the manager of that team.

I was first elected to the Board in 2018 in the position of Secretary. In 2019 I ran for and was successful in being voted into the position of Director of Fundraising, where I fostered relationships with JumpStart, the CPC, the City of Mississauga, the City of Brampton and others. I have written many grants which the club has benefitted from, with others still outstanding. If elected to the position, I will continue to work with the new Director of Fundraising, teaching them the art of writing grants, as well as helping them explore new revenue streams for the club. I will also continue with my connections to some of our current sponsors that regularly donate to the Gala, the Golf Tournament as well as the Cruiser Cup.

I believe that I can bring a lot to the position, and am excited at the opportunities it will bring me.

Thank you for considering my nomination.

Sincerely,
Stephanie Visentin



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