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Steveston Village

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The Place to be This Fall

Now that summer is a sun-filled memory it is time to turn our attention to one of the loveliest times of the year, autumn, and all of the fabulous fun-filled events Steveston Village offers.

The Steveston Merchants Association (SMA) is a key player in organizing many of the community’s eagerly anticipated celebrations. The SMA’s signature events (Steveston Scarecrow Crawl, Trick-or-Treat in Steveston Village, Girls’ Night Out and Christmas in Steveston Village) are designed to get local residents out strolling the streets and exploring local businesses.

blue canoe scarecrowSteveston Scarecrow Crawl

Now in its sixth year, the Steveston Scarecrow Crawl has become one of the community’s well-loved attractions. During the month of October cleverly themed scarecrows lurk in doorways and peek out of store windows. These delightful handcrafted guardians often reflect the personality of the shop to which they belong.

Many of them are not garden variety scarecrows – in fact, you never know quite what you will spot – whether it is a giant slug, a couture ‘crow, nautical or fairy tale characters (we are after all “Storybrooke”). Bring your camera, pose with your new friends, and step inside the businesses to visit the talented merchants responsible for creating these mascots.

Halloween Costume ContestSteveston Insider Costume Contest

Back by popular demand! Steveston Insider is excited to once again sponsor a Halloween Costume Contest. Photos will be taken by Sandra Steier at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery between 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31. All photos will be posted on Steveston Insider’s website and the lucky winners will be notified. Get creative and good luck! At 3:00 p.m. head out to trick-or-treat at participating businesses.

Trick-or-Treat in Steveston VillageSteveston_Insider_Halloween
Trick-or-Treat in Steveston Village is always a seasonal highlight for little pirates, mermaids, princesses and dragons. It is a real “treat” to see imaginatively costumed children in the daylight hours receiving a Halloween goody from participating merchants. Taking place on Saturday, October 31 between 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., this is the perfect warm up act for the big night! Maps of participating businesses will be available and treats will be handed out while supplies last.

Halloween_Cannery_Steveston_Palla_MediaHalloween at the Cannery
Halloween is a busy time in Steveston Village. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery invites you to solve the Case of the Cannery Curse! Meet their ghostly victim, and other ghoulish characters, on a self-guided mystery tour of the historic cannery. Drop in on October 23, 24, 25 and 31 any time between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., for this family-fun event. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance. Contact the Cannery for tickets and further information (604-664-9009).

Cannery Farmers’ Market
Gulf of Georgia Cannery, Steveston BCBack for its second year, The Cannery Farmers’ Market 2015-16 season starts on Sunday, October 4. Stock up on local produce and crafts on the following Sundays: October 4 and 18, November 1, 15, 29, December 6 and 20, January 17 and 31, February 7 and 21, March 6 and 20, April 3 and 17. Steveston Insider is proud to play a role as a Cannery Farmers’ Market sponsor.

Steveston Girls Night OutGirls’ Night Out
Girls’ Night Out takes place on Thursday November 26. This SMA event has become legendary and “girls” come in droves to be part of this special night out on the town. Women of all ages take to the streets of Steveston to power shop at SMA businesses, which offer exciting specials and incentives. This is the perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping. SMA restaurants will be offering pre and post shopping drinks and dining.

Follow “Steveston Girls Night Out” Facebook page to ensure you are in the loop; learn when tickets go on sale for the after party – tickets sell out almost instantly!

Festival of Trees_Steveston_Palla_MediaFestival of Trees
During the month of December enjoy a walk through an indoor forest of decorated Christmas trees when the Steveston Merchants Association partners with the Gulf of Georgia Cannery for the Festival of Trees. Steveston businesses personalize their trees with festive flair.

Steveston Village Christmas Horse CarriageChristmas in Steveston Village
To cap off the year, Christmas in Steveston Village puts holiday shoppers in the Christmas spirit. New this year, this special event has been split over two days, Sunday November 29 and December 6.

Car_Cruise_Steveston_Palla_MediaOn November 29 enjoy the charm of riding aboard an old-fashioned horse drawn carriage with festive music playing as the majestic team of horses clip clop along and loop the village. Visit local shops and do some Christmas shopping – it’s never too early to start. You will find unique gifts and as an added fringe benefit, you will feel good about having shopped locally and directly supported the community.

The 2nd annual Christmas Classic Car Show will parade through the village on December 6 at 12:15 p.m. then be on display until 3:00 p.m.

Santa_Steveston_Palla_MediaEvery year crowds of adoring fans line Fisherman’s Wharf for a glimpse of Santa as he arrives on December 6 on board a Vancouver Whale Watch boat with his entourage of elves. Free Santa hats are handed out (courtesy of the Steveston Merchants Association) while supplies last. It is a sight to see the village filled with red hats!

Follow Santa to the Cannery and take a photo of your child sitting on Santa’s lap.Then admire the Festival of Trees and shop at The Cannery Farmers’ Market. There may even be a little extra Christmas magic – stay tuned for details!

Richmond Ravens Female Hockey Association

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

by Barbara Coates ~

The skates are size 2, the gloves XXX-small, but if her pants were any bigger she could probably go hang-gliding on Grouse. Alix Cameron, all of 3 years old, is ready to try her hand at ice hockey. Girls ice hockey. When asked what she thinks it will be like, “fun!” is the instant reply.

Alix dropped by the Richmond Ice Centre on September 13th to take part in the Richmond Ravens Female Hockey Association’s “Bring A Friend to Hockey” event. She was invited by her good friend, and long-time babysitter, Madison Perkins. This is Madison’s final year in minor hockey, capping a nine-year career that started when she was eight. “I got into girls’ hockey because I had friends who were playing,” says Madison. “I love this sport. At first I was afraid of falling on my butt, but I learned how to skate immediately. And it’s been non-stop fun.”

Women have been playing ice hockey since the late 1800s, a fact that surprises most people. Lady Isobel Stanley, daughter of the Governor General who donated the illustrious Cup, is featured playing on a pond at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in one of the earliest photographs of women enjoying the game. The pages of history are filled with the names of the pioneers of the female game such as The Vancouver Amazons, Victoria Kewpies and Seattle Vamps (dubbed by the media of the day as the “Seattle Sweeties”). Various women’s hockey associations had been formed and tournaments held across Canada in the early 20th century, but it wasn’t until 1990 that the IIHF sanctioned a Women’s World Hockey Championships and a further 8 years before the women’s game became an Olympic event. Since that time, the sport has exploded. Hockey Canada stats reveal a jump from just over 11,000 registered female players in the 1990-1991 season, to close to 86,000 for 2009-2010.

Patti Martin, President of the Richmond Ravens, has seen this growth reflected in their Association too. “When I first came on board five years ago, we had 170 members. This season we are looking at approximately 240. I think a good part of this is due entirely to the fact that we have made it a top priority to focus on development. And it’s working – we’ve had enormous success.”

This is a key point. Tony Lindsay is the Director of Hockey Development on the Ravens Board of Directors. He is passionate about helping the girls grow in the game. “Up until quite recently, people thought girls’ hockey was ‘just for fun’ and if you really wanted to develop competitive skills you had to play with the boys,” he recalls. “But we believe that with the appropriate challenges, you can develop the girls just as well as the boys.”

Developing the girls’ game is something that the entire province should be thinking about. Player representation from BC at the national level has been sorely lacking for years, compared with Ontario and the Prairie provinces. And there are multiple opportunities waiting for top calibre players: women’s hockey programs run in most major colleges and universities in North America (and at Cambridge and Oxford in the UK), scholarships are available, and many stars of the sport have gone on to coaching or broadcasting jobs such as former women’s national team Captain and 2-time Olympic gold medalist Cassie Campbell, who provides colour commentary for CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada.

“The girls association was formed in 1994 and up until last year we were known as the Richmond Girls Ice Hockey Association,” says President Martin. “With our tremendous growth we have been able to substantially increase the development of our players. In the past we have sent some of our teams to provincials but our goal moving forward is to see all of our teams get to this level”.

Attracting top quality coaches like AJ Sander, a minor hockey coach with 30 years of volunteer service who has taken the girls Midget rep team to the Provincials every year since joining the Ravens, is something the development-based Ravens association wants to do.  Melanie Jue and Stephanie Burlton are two new additions to the coaching staff this year and both young women boast stellar histories of hockey achievements.

Ms. Jue attended Cornell University where she held the distinction of being a multi-sport NCAA Division 1 athlete. She led the varsity hockey team to their first Ivy League and ECAC titles, NCAA top ten and national runner up honours. She is a second team All-American with over 20 years of playing experience, including 10 as a nationally certified coach, specializing in skill development. Ms. Burlton was a NCAA Division 1 starter for both the ice hockey and field lacrosse women’s teams at Union College in NY State. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist she has trained athletes in a variety of sports, including wheelchair basketball, rugby and tennis. She has also has experience working at the professional level with the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Vancouver Whitecaps.

 But there is more to being involved with hockey than preparing to tryout for the National team. “My wife and I played varsity level sports in college,” says Alix’s dad David. “But that’s not our entire focus for our kids. We just feel that participation in sports, any sport, is incredibly important for their overall development as people.” Tony Lindsay is quick to concur on this point. “While the opportunity to compete at the provincial, national and international levels is important, the girls acquire far more valuable life skills such as Leadership, Discipline and Commitment by being involved with this game.”

But right now, all that little Alix really cares about is having someone lace up her skates. When asked after the practice if she would consider playing again, she had this to say, “as long as I’m not hungry!”

 Barbara Coates is an Associate Director on the Board of the Richmond Ravens and serves as the volunteer Communications Director. She is an independent consultant with over 28 years experience in broadcasting and communications, and works with corporate, government and non-profit clients, developing communications strategies to “help them tell their stories”.