Born and raised in Wallaceburg, it was easily decided to make this community my home. While living in Wallaceburg, I completed both my Computer Programmer diploma from Lambton College and Bachelor in Management and Organizational Studies at the University of Western Ontario. I have had to opportunity to work in the Information Technology field for various organizations and currently employed as Chief Information Officer. I also contribute to various boards and committees as a way of giving back to the community that has provided me with much to be proud of.
On CKXS 99.1 FM‘s Morning Show today, Harry Courtis, also known as the “Curling Guy,” joined Tanner and Robyn to discuss the upcoming “All Ontario Farmers Bonspiel” at the Sydenham Community Curling Club.
The Sydenham Community Curling Club celebrated a significant milestone as it honored the graduates of its popular “Learn to Curl” program. This year’s cohort, consisting of 18 enthusiastic individuals, completed their journey into the world of curling with a special ceremony.
The graduates, Connie, Ellen, Eric, Janice, Jeremy, Joe, Kasidy, Kevin, Lauren, Liz, Mandy, Monique, Nathan, Paul, Tracy, and Wendy, were applauded for their dedication and progress over the weeks. Each of them, coming from diverse backgrounds, shared a common goal: to learn and enjoy the sport of curling.
In a heartwarming tradition upheld by the Friday Night Late Draw Social League, the graduates were honored with a ceremonial broom salute. Club members raised their curling brooms, forming an archway on the ice. The graduates then walked through this arch, symbolizing their transition from novices to confident curlers.
This moment was not just a recognition of their newly acquired skills but also a celebration of the friendships and bonds formed during the program. The “Learn to Curl” initiative, known for its welcoming and inclusive environment, successfully brought together these individuals, fostering a sense of community and team spirit.
Following the ceremony, the club hosted a social event where graduates and members mingled, sharing their experiences and plans for future curling endeavors. The atmosphere was filled with laughter and camaraderie, highlighting the club’s vibrant community spirit.
The Sydenham Community Curling Club’s commitment to promoting curling and building a strong community was evident in this celebration. The success of this year’s “Learn to Curl” program, marked by the graduation of Connie, Ellen, Eric, Janice, Jeremy, Joe, Kasidy, Kevin, Lauren, Liz, Mandy, Monique, Nathan, Paul, Tracy, and Wendy, stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of curling and the club’s role in nurturing the sport.
The Christmas Jitney brought a playful twist to the traditional game of curling. Teams, donned in their festive Christmas attire, added a splash of color to the ice with their T-shirts, pajamas, sweaters, and hats. The unique addition of dice-rolling at the end of each end transformed the scoring into an exciting game of chance. The blend of skilled shots and the unpredictability of the dice created an atmosphere of suspense and laughter.
Candy Cane Game: Squat, Hook, and Collect
The Candy Cane Game was a true test of agility and holiday spirit. Participants had a string with a candy cane tied around their waist, and their challenge was to squat and use the candy cane as a hook to collect other candy canes into a bucket. This game was not only fun but also a surprising workout, especially for the legs. The sight of players squatting and strategizing to hook the candy canes offered both amusement and admiration.
Socialization: Mingling and Making Memories
The clubhouse served as a hub for relaxation and socialization. The warmth and joy of the participants filled the space with a festive vibe. Curlers and guests mingled, sharing stories and laughter, truly embodying the holiday spirit. This pre-holiday gathering was a perfect opportunity for community members to unwind and connect, strengthening bonds over shared experiences on and off the ice.
Team Photos: A Snapshot of Joy
As the event concluded, each team gathered for a group photo, capturing the essence of the evening. These photos showcased the vibrant Christmas attire and the cheerful spirits of the participants. The diversity of the teams, from their outfits to their smiles, highlighted the fun and friendship that the Jitney fostered.
In summary, the Christmas Jitney was an event that celebrated more than just curling. It was a delightful blend of quirky games, festive attire, and the warmth of community spirit, making it a memorable evening for all who participated.