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Code of Conduct


Understanding Responsibilities, Encouraging Appropriate Behaviors and Ensuring Safety of Self and Others

This Code of Conduct reflects the agreed standards of behavior for members of the Fraser Valley Paddling Club in any forum, mailing list, web site, public meeting, private correspondence or other social or on-line media within the context of the activities of the Fraser Valley Paddling Club.

The club and club members agree to act according to the standards written down in this Code of Conduct and will defend these standards for the benefit of the club and the larger community.

Be considerate

You are working and paddling with others as part of a team and club so be considerate of how your actions affect your team members and the club as a whole.

Be respectful

In order for the Fraser Valley Paddling Club community to stay healthy its members must feel comfortable and accepted. Treating one another with respect is absolutely necessary for this.

This means being fair, considerate and honest in all dealings with others. It means treating all persons with respect, dignity and proper regard for their rights and obligations. It means respecting the privacy of other persons. It means acting at all times in a fair and sporting manner and in such a way as to ensure good relations within and between crew(s) and other organizations. It means respecting the property owned by the Fraser Valley Paddling Club and agreeing to abide by any guidelines that govern the use of club equipment.

We do not tolerate personal attacks, racism, sexism or any other form of discrimination. Respecting other people, their contributions and, assuming, well-meaning motivation will make community members feel comfortable and safe.

We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into personal attacks. It's important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a respectful one.

Be collaborative

Our community is made strong by mutual respect, collaboration and responsible behavior. This means encouraging teamwork, cooperation and understanding amongst members of the club in all aspects of the club’s activities.

Conflict Resolution

Disagreements, both personal and technical, happen all the time. Our community is no exception to the rule. Think deeply before turning a disagreement into a public dispute or a public display of disrespect.

Team members may speak to their captain or coach regarding code of conduct concerns. If the matter cannot be dealt with appropriately within the team, it must be brought to the attention of the Fraser Valley Paddling Club President for action at the next executive meeting.

All parties in a dispute have the right to make verbal and/or written presentations to the Board of Directors.

The Fraser Valley Paddling Club Board of Directors have the authority to issue a verbal warning, a written warning, period of suspension or a written letter of dismissal as determined by agreement of a quorum at an executive meeting if it is found that this Code of Conduct is not being followed by an individual or team.

I agree to abide by the Code of Conduct policies of the Fraser Valley Paddling Club while engaged in the activities of the club, and also agree to comply with all safety guidelines and procedures presented during all activities.

Club History

In the winter of 2001, a small group gathered at Younie’s restaurant in Chilliwack to talk about forming a dragon boat team. Inspired by Lisa Moran and Cheryl McKenna, who were already familiar with the sport, this small group went on to form the nucleus of the first Fraser Valley Dragon Boat team. New recruits were told that it was only a “two minute race”.

Lacking boats and paddles, the group practiced in the local United Church hall. Brooms and chairs substituted for paddles and boats. When the paddling season got under way in June, the Water Warriors entered the Alcan regatta in Vancouver, the first for the team. The thrill of the race was enough for everyone, and all but three team members left the event without realizing that they had actually won bronze in their division’s final. This was the beginning of the Fraser Valley Dragon Boat club.

By the end of the first year the core group was hooked. A recruitment meeting in February 2002 drew a large crowd and four more teams were formed. The Dragonfliers, Spirit Abreast, Trojan Warriors and Jolly Miller Strokers joined the Water Warriors for the 2002 season.

A dragon boat was rented and brought to Harrison Lake where Jim Killer of Killer’s Cove Marina offered dock space and a small floating club house. A registered society was formed and, in the following year, two boats were purchased. The local Chilliwack Lions Club donated $3,000 to purchase club life jackets and paddles for one boat while club member Manfred Preuss developed an adopt-a-paddle campaign where local businesses could help with the purchase of additional paddles.

The two boats gave the club the flexibility that was needed to expand and accommodate the practice schedules for the teams.

From those initial years, teams have come and gone. By 2008, there were four teams associated with the now officially named Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club. The Thunder Strokers, one of the founding teams, The Pirates, Crusaders and Mavericks formed the 2008 version of the club. 2009 saw the formation of the Club's first junior team - the Draconas. Kids from Hope, Agassiz and Rosedale/Chilliwack area came together to have fun and learn about Dragon Boating. They raced in three events showing very good results.

In 2005, the club introduced a new race format, the community challenge. Fraser Valley companies were invited to form teams and, with four practices under their paddles, compete with the other company teams. The event proved to be highly successful, as a fundraiser for the club, and as way for recruiting new paddlers.

With the success of the community challenge under their belts, the club decided to set their sights on another event on a slightly larger scale. Showcasing the stunning views of Harrison Hot Springs and Harrison Lake the club organized the first Harrison Dragon Boat Festival in 2004. Teams from around BC came out to race on our waters and enjoy what Harrison had to offer. Through a few different name changes and some growing pains the Harrison Dragon Boat Regatta is now considered the premier one day dragon boat event of the summer. High praise from such humble beginnings.

2007/08 saw a changing of the guard for the club. An all new executive was handed the baton and got to work on tackling some pressing matters. For the next 8 years they would continue to grow the sport, add much needed equipment and find a permanent location for the clubhouse. A Junior Program was introduced, the community challenge continued to grow as did the Harrison Regatta. An outrigger canoe was purchased which would see the start of a new outrigger program. The OC Program has expended to include numerous 1, 2 and 6 paddler boats. An annual outrigger regatta, the Echo Island challenge, was introduced in 2015 with great response from the paddling community. The Outrigger Nationals were held in Harrison in 2017.

2017/18 also saw another large executive transition. The baton was once again handed over to new members with fresh ideas and more challenges ahead. A name change was put in place to better reflect the programs being offered. We are now the Fraser Valley Paddling Club..

Club Programs

The club offers both a dragon boat and an outrigger program at this time for its members. These programs are offered to both our adult and junior paddlers. The club is currently looking to form a masters program as well which would cater the senior population. To check out these programs and to get more information on our club please check out their website. www.fvdbc.com