We here at CADS Nova Scotia have been preparing for our 2017/18 season by participating in local and national meetings. We continue to organize with our core group who meet a few times each year, sometimes by conference call. This newsletter is intended to help CADS NS members prepare for this skiing/snowboarding season and to let you know what has been happening in the off season.
Membership Registration Process:
STEP 1: ONLINE REGISTRATION /MEMBERSHIP for Participants, Athletes, Instructors and Volunteers
It is time for returning and new members to obtain a yearly CADS membership. CADS National has updated their website at http://adaptivesnowsports.ca/
Please use this web site to register with CADS.
When you enter the CADS national site to register, please click the “Membership” (top left) and that will take you to a map of Canada. Click “NS” for Nova Scotia (bottom right) and that will take you to the registration page for NS.
With the new Goaline Registration System, those who are skiers and snowboarders participating in non-competitive programs are “Students”. Also, with the new registration system everyone is “New”, please select “No” when asked if you have been a member before.
If you do not have a credit card, please ask (firstname.lastname@example.org ) for a paper form, mail it in with your cheque and you will be registered online.
STEP 2: PROGRAM REQUEST FORM (DEADLINE January 15th)
Once again CADS NS will be able to offer some program time at both Martock, Wentworth and Ben Eoin based on the number of volunteer instructors available.
IF you are interested in participating at a specific ski hill for one of the CADS program days either as a participant, instructor or volunteer thePROGRAM REQUEST FORM (attached to this email) must be filled out.
The program request form is not the same form you fill in online to purchase your CADS National membership–your CADS national membership must be purchased first, and then you can complete the PROGRAM REQUEST FORM and e-mail it to the CADS provincial office email@example.com to ensure that CADS NS has the proper information to allow the CADS Ski Hill Program Coordinators to match participants to volunteers and instructors .
INSURANCE and CADS EQUIPMENT
No one is covered by any CADS insurance (nor is CADS equipment covered) until you are a CADS member. You will not be able to participate in any programs or use the equipment unless you are a CADS member
CADS NS has been trying to improve program scheduling by having ski hill coordinators assign times, equipment and instructors for CADS members at each ski hill. You must first contact the coordinator at the hill you would like to ski at, so the coordinator can schedule times, equipment and instructors. You can not be guaranteed equipment or instructor time if you arrive at a hill and have not contacted the hill coordinator. CADS NS has limited equipment and limited instructors. By the way, CADS NS is actively seeking individuals who would like to become CADS instructors, if you would like to become an instructor, or know anyone who would be interested, please have them contact the undersigned.
Ben Eoin Coordinator: John Ling – firstname.lastname@example.org
Martock Coordinator: Darcy and Kristy – CADSMartock@gmail.com
Wentworth Coordinator: Ed McQuillan – CADSWentworth@gmail.com
Please be patient and considerate when corresponding with the ski hill program coordinators, this is an unpaid volunteer position and their time is as valuable as yours. If you would like to volunteer for a hill coordinator position, please contact the Ed McQuillanmcq@bellaliant.net.
CADS Instructors & Courses:
This is the last season for the old to new CADS level transition. CADS NS is asking all the current instructors and volunteers if they want to be updated. This is very important especially to people who are tethering with old level 1. They will lose the right to tether after this season if they do not upgrade.
Course scheduling will depend on the need/demands and course conductor schedule.
Course Information will be posted on the CADS Martock https://www.facebook.com/CADSatMartock?fref=ts and the CADS Wentworthhttps://www.facebook.com/CADS-Wentworth-Nova-Scotia-192551840851351/info/?tab=page_info Facebook sites. Please periodically check these Facebook pages for updated CADS NS information this winter season.
Opportunities to Support CADS NS:
During the last few years CADS NS has been fortunate enough to have significant donations and partial donations to support the CADS NS program. These include a new building for CADS equipment storage at Martock and Wentworth as well as a new bi-sit ski for CADS Wentworth, (supported by the Truro Rotary Club)
Of the $40.00 membership fee, only $10.00 goes towards the provincial organization. This represents annual revenue of approximately $1000.00. Presently CADS NS needs
- parts for repairing outriggers and sit skis
- New sit skis–each sit ski costs between $5,000-$6,000
- Support to keep our learning facilitators upgraded and get new instructors trained
There is a huge opportunity for individuals and businesses to support the CADS NS program –we just need the right vehicle to spread the word Everyone notices, points at and watches sit skis on the hills, what a great way to advertise your company logo, where everyone is looking!
Let it Snow…well on the slopes at least!
Ed McQuillan: President CADS NS; Prov Rep CADS National Board of Directors