Call for Volunteer Board Treasurer – Rowing PEI

Call for Volunteer Board Treasurer – Rowing PEI

Rowing PEI is seeking a volunteer to sit on the Board of Directors and serve as Treasurer. 

Rowing PEI is the not-for-profit governing body for rowing in Prince Edward Island and one of Atlantic Canada’s most vibrant rowing clubs. Created in 2010, Rowing PEI has been working to grow the sport of rowing for Island adults and youth, supporting both recreational rowing and training for excellence at the regional and national levels. 

Rowing PEI offers flatwater rowing, which many are familiar with from the Olympics, as well as coastal rowing, a fast-growing sport that takes advantage of the windy, choppy waters of Charlottetown Harbour. When the winter temperatures push us off the water, we turn to indoor rowing, joining virtual rowing events with rowers from across Canada. 

The Treasurer will be joining Rowing PEI at an exciting time. With the Olympics on the horizon and our junior team currently training for the 2022 Canada Games, there is potential to significantly develop and grow the organization. 

The Treasurer is responsible for the following:

  • Performs financial planning and risk management for Rowing PEI;
  • Coordinates and accounts for membership dues and all fundraising activities;
  • Records all receipts and disbursements of Rowing PEI;
  • Submits an accurate financial statement to the President at the date established by the Board of Directors at year-end and any interim statements as required by the Board of Directors;
  • Cooperates with and informs the Board of Directors of major financial matters concerning Rowing PEI;
  • Arranges for financial statements to be available to the Board of Directors;
  • Prepares and administers yearly budgets and quarterly reviews for the Board of Directors;
  • Supports funding applications and reporting;
  • Supports and advises short-term and long-term financial planning; and
  • Attends regular board meetings (approximately 10/year), AGM and committee meetings, as appropriate. 

The Treasurer should bring financial management experience, ideally as an accountant or similar. An interest in sport and/or recreation would be ideal, but is not required. 

To be considered for nomination to the Rowing PEI Board of Directors, please submit a letter of interest and biography or resume to the Present of Rowing PEI, Sparrow McGowan at Any enquiries can be directed similarly. The position is currently vacant and will be open until filled. 

To learn more about Rowing PEI, please visit our website at or

Rowing PEI Annual General Meeting – Saturday March 6, 2021

Rowing PEI AGM Agenda 

Rowing PEI Annual General Meeting
Saturday March 6, 2021 from 10 a.m. to noon.
To be held virtually on Zoom

1. Call to order and roll call

2. Approval of the minutes of the 2019 Annual General Meeting

3. Review of business arising out of those minutes that will not be covered in reports

4. President’s report

5. Strategic Planning process

6. Review 2020 annual statements

7. Appointment of accountant

8. Amendments to by-laws, if any

9. Election of officers

10. Any other business

11. Adjournment

2019 Annual General Meeting – Rowing PEI

Saturday March 7, 2020

10:00 a.m. House of Sport Royalty Centre, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Minutes prepared by Nancy Russell

Present : Daphne Dumont, Nancy Russell, Brian Higgins, Sparrow McGowan, Alex Forbes, Ernie Morello, Sterling Schnatz, Jamie Moran, Alan Hilburg and Patricia Caporaso (on the phone)

1. Welcome from President Daphne Dumont

2. Confirmation of quorum – according to the bylaws, we need 10% of the membership of 60 members. Eight are present, meeting the quorum requirement.

3. Brief introductions

Jamie Moran – golf pro at Belvedere Golf Club, moved to PEI from Newfoundland. Daughter Kiera is one of our junior rowers.

Patricia Caporaso -has rowed since childhood in Argentina – involved in agribusiness – teaches at Georgetown University

Alan Hilburg – not a rower but has a row boat built by his son – runs a global consulting company specializing in communications, branding and corporate crisis management

4. Motion to approve minutes from 2017 AGM held March 17, 2018

Nancy moves that the minutes be approved as circulated, Brian Higgins seconds.


5. Business arising that will not be covered – there was none identified

6. Treasurer’s Report

6.1 Brian Higgins moves to adopt 2019 annual statements prepared by Todd Gaudin

Seconded by Sparrow McGowan.


Revenues were generally up, including addition of junior program, more performance funding connected to junior rowers.

Spent $13k on equipment, including $8k on the Wintech trailer.

Spent $48k compared to $24k the year before. Depleted our reserves – spent $6k more than we took in.

Ended the year with $9k in the bank.

Should we be depreciating? Todd suggests we continue doing it as we have.

Equipment disposal – used oars.

Daphne thanked Brian for applying for grants and reporting on them.

6.2 Review of 2020-2021 draft budget

Core and performance funding are a 3 year cycle – we know what they will be for 2020 and 2021 seasons

HST rebate – exceed our goal already and there is potential for more

Membership fees are going up on April 1st to $350

First fee increase since 2016 – what we pay to RCA went up from $20 to $24 per person

Membership fees of $11,800 – that’s conservative

Coaching fees are new this year.

Projected revenues of $41.8k – similar to last year

Yacht club fees – we pay for a corporate membership and two slips

New rowing course installation at Brudenell and Charlottetown – budgeted $2.5k but it will go past that

Thanks to Ernie for applying for the federal job grant and handling for last 4 years

Plan is to find new sources of revenue

Brian motion: to approve the budget as put forward by the treasurer

Seconded by Ernie Morello


6.3 Motion that Todd Gaudin continue as accountant

Moved by Brian Higgins

Seconded by Alex Forbes


7. Program reports

a. Masters Competitive program – Sparrow – had 9 people participating in the morning sessions this past year in the mornings. Missed having a coach so looking forward to having a coach.

Competed at the Red Island Regatta.

This year – if the weather doesn’t permit rowing, we will do dryland training instead.

Alex is looking for a location for that training.

They are hiring a new manager at the CYC.

Would love to add more indoor rowing machines.

b. Junior Competitive program and Canada Games planning

Exciting to have a junior program again – beneficial to all of the club. We had 7 junior rowers and have added a few over the winter.  We are excited to have Chantelle Hanley as the 2021 CSG coach. We have never had a performance-certified coach and have always had to apply for an exemption. Nancy is manager. We had to submit CSG selection criteria to the PEI government Health Department, Sport Division. The goal is to compete at 3 regattas in 2020 and to continue to bring in new junior rowers, not just for the Canada Games but on an ongoing basis. We will also have a one week summer camp, as a pilot project in 2020.

c. Coastal program

Sparrow and Daphne attended RCA meetings where there is huge interest in coastal rowing. RCA wants to get more rowers into coastal rowing as it is seen as more accessible – want to attract surfers, beach-y athletes.

World Junior Olympics in 2021 – coastal will be an event.

RCA is holding various regattas across the country – Halifax/Kingston/ out west

Liteboats are being purchased and brought to Canada for World qualifying regattas and will be available after the competition for purchase. They are another manufacturer of coastal boats. (Our boats are made by another company in France called EuroDiffusion.) The dream is to have coastal boats someday manufactured in Canada.

Nancy is part of the Row Nova Scotia coastal committee, which is growing the sport in that province. They are planning a coastal regatta on Sunday July 5th in Lunenburg. Their goal is to invest in a trailer of coastal boats that can travel across the province to promote coastal rowing.

d. Red Island Regatta was a success and will return in 2020.

We have installed a 2,000 metre race course permanently on the Brudenell River in front of the resort. Hired a surveyor, so it was more expensive than projected.

Still need to sink the ropes to the anchor screws.

We will have sprints on Saturday morning, long coastal races Saturday PM. (4 kms) Beach sprints Sunday morning, 8 a.m. until noon.

Linda Lee will again be the Chief Umpire.

The start is closer to the Island.

Have to decide how to use the 2km course.

The only other 2k course is in Cape Breton and it’s not always in so this has huge potential.

Thanks to Alex and Brian and Stephen Murray for their hard work – the “ice team”!!

E. Indoor Rowing –  First ever Indoor Rowing Day in Canada was a huge success.

PEI had 50 participants who rowed more than 200 kilometres.

Want to “own” indoor rowing. Connected to our rowing community but also outreach.

e. Umpire development training

Report from Mary-Lynne Bruvels, our umpire coordinator, who was selected to be an umpire at the Canadian University Rowing Championships. This was a huge coup for PEI. Stephen has put his name in for the National Rowing Championships in September 2020.

There is also an online training session available to anyone who is interested.

f. Coach development and participation

Jordanne Buote is a candidate for the Canada Summer Games Women in Coaching Apprenticeship program.

Sparrow McGowan, Cassidy Doucette, Corinne Giasson-Jean and Nancy Russell are trained as Learn to Row coaches and have done RCA Coach Weekend One.

RCA Every Coach Certified will require criminal record checks and online training for all coaches.

g. Learn to Row program

We will now start in May at Synergy. Have created L2 training to follow Learn to Row.

Goal is to create “community” to support goal of retention

Have a “fun” excursion as their final row.

h. Registration date – Saturday April 25, 2020 10:00 a.m. to noon at House of Sport. This will be more of an “open house” as most people register online. We will do free lessons on the indoor rowing machine.

9. Other Reports

a. National RCA issues – Sparrow and Daphne reporting on national conference in Ottawa

Need concussion policy and pre-season education.

Will be posted on our website.

b. Infrastructure committee – has been established

Made repairs to dolly for coastal quad

Creating new metal racks for flatwater boats

We have a second outboard engine- 6 hp

Discussed a second safety boat

CYC spent $250k dredging – marina wants to lease more spaces

There are some murmurings of moving Rowing PEI to C dock – offering us 60 linear feet of launching space. We are on a CADC water lot –  the federal government owns the water – in this case, CADC owns the land where we are.

We will send a letter to the board of the Charlottetown Yacht Club outlining the positive benefits of our relationship and potentially meet with the board.

c. Planning session with Karolyn Godfrey – very successful – hope to generate more volunteers this season

d. Shannon MacAulay – Invited to a Rowing Canada training camp in February 2020, may compete internationally. Shannon is a well known athlete and a Kid Sport ambassador supports our goal of raising the profile of rowing on P.E.I. She is being encouraged to compete in coastal rowing.

e. Rowing the World – tour group July 20-24 2020 in Charlottetown and Brudenell . This is the third tour organized by the private company, operated by Ruth Marr. Last year, there were 7 participants from the US and Denmark. We have a capacity of 12 seats. Rowing PEI leases the boats to RTW and we are also paid a guide fee per day.  Last year, we made about $700. It’s also a good promotion for Rowing PEI.

f. Charlottetown harbour safety committee – continuing in 2020. The goal is to have a speed limit/no wake zone in the harbour. The committee has been working with Transport Canada. Have been told to have an education campaign first, with signage and posters in 2020.

G. Future partnerships to explore – Sparrow and Corinne went to a women in sport event, talked to people in rugby. They are based at Queen Elizabeth Park. Could we work together to build a clubhouse.  They also helped us moving boats. Keen to do things with us. We’ve started to pay them for moving our boats.

H. Summer student application – Brian has put in the application. We have a junior rower, Sohrab Saegh, who is graduating from Grade 12 and would be an excellent candidate.

10. Nomination report –

Slate: New president Sparrow McGowan, past president Daphne Dumont, secretary Nancy Russell, treasurer Brian Higgins, Alex Forbes member at large.

Members at large – Jamie Moran, Alan Hilburg.

Daphne asked three times if there are any further nominations. There were none.

Moved by Daphne – slate is accepted as presented.

Alan will be on PEI from April 1-10, then second week of June until November 1st.

Thanks to Daphne who has been part of Rowing PEI since incorporation in 2011.

Has offered to help as needed in the years ahead. Daphne has been a wonderful ambassador for rowing.

11. Any other business – First meeting of the board will be Thursday April 2nd, details to follow. Nancy will prepare a contact list for the new board.

12. Thanks and adjournment

Daphne adjourned

Minutes prepared by Nancy Russell

Bylaw amendments 2021

PROPOSED BY: Board of Directors

That the by-laws of Rowing Prince Edward Island be amended as follow:

Section 3:

The head office of the club will be at 40 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown, Queens County, Province of Prince Edward Island, C1E 1E6.

Section 6 (b):

All officers shall serve terms of one year and may not serve more than three consecutive terms (2011), except for the Treasurer and Secretary, who may serve five consecutive terms (added 2015 and 2021).

That the following addition be made to the by-laws of Rowing Prince Edward Island:

Appendix “A”, 6 (g): In between Annual Meetings, the Board of Directors may appoint an individual or individuals to vacant member-at-large and/or officer positions on the Board of Directors up to the maximum allowable number of board members. The term of any such interim appointment shall run until the next Annual Meeting, and shall count as a one-year term if the interim appointment is longer than six months.

Meet Rowing PEI summer student Sohrab Saegh!

Rowing PEI is very fortunate to have had another successful application to the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2020, our 5th year in a row!

In July, Sohrab Saegh began working for us as our summer student and you have, no doubt, seen him around the docks and in the safety boat!

Sohrab, or Rob, began rowing in 2019 and is a member of the Canada Games training team, preparing for the 2021 Games in the Niagara region next August.


Sohrab graduated from the international baccalaureate program at Colonel Gray high school in 2020 and will be studying philosophy at UPEI in September, with the goal of law school in a few years.  We are hoping he will head to McGill which has a great rowing program!!

Until then, Sohrab will be busy this summer, learning rigging, boat and oar maintenance and other valuable skills, under the guidance of head coach Chantelle Hanley. He will also be training as a Learn to Row coach, and has been an important member of our LTR team in July and August. He also drives the safety boat a lot, for which we are very thankful!

And, of course, other duties as required!  Including inflating giant buoys!!

Rowing PEI would like to acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada in allowing us to hire Sohrab this summer.


August Update for Members

August Member Update

Hi Rowing PEI Members!

We hope you have been enjoying the start of the 2020 Rowing season! We’ve now been on the water for just over six weeks and we have even more time ahead of us.

With the opening of the Atlantic bubble, we were thrilled to have our performance coach, Chantelle Hanley join us from New Brunswick. Chantelle supported us through our winter training and it’s even better to have her here in person. If you’re following our Instagram or Facebook accounts, you will often see the juniors out with her in the early morning hours.

As of July 20, we were able to start our Learn to Row program. We saw unprecedented interest in rowing this year and have welcomed 24 new rowers to the club, which has made for a very busy schedule on the water. Luckily, the weather has been in our favour almost every day, allowing everyone to work towards their L2.

Thank you to everyone for adapting so well to this year’s new COVID restrictions. The attention to washing and sanitizing the equipment has been fantastic. We are very lucky to currently have no known active cases on the Island, but as Dr. Morrison has said “We are not out of the woods and we cannot afford to let our guard down.” Please continue to wash your hands, maintain six feet distance from others and wear your masks when that’s not possible – and always on the dock.

Please also continue to follow the self-assessment checklist and stay home should you develop any symptoms.

For the month of August, we are making some small changes to the schedule. We will no longer have rowing Mondays or Wednesdays after 6pm. Those days are race nights for the Yacht Club and it has proven too busy near the marina to operate safely. In order to open up a few more time slots, we will divide Tuesday and Thursday evening into two rows: 5:30-7:00pm and 7:00-8:30pm. Please ensure you allow time to return to the docks and wash your equipment before the next row starts.

Keep an eye on Signup Genius! We will add additional rows where possible. Let us know if there is a time you would like to row that is not currently available and we will do our best to accommodate where possible.

As I’m sure many of you already predicted, we have officially cancelled the Red Island Regatta for 2020. Events are currently not sanctioned by Rowing Canada and so we will not be able to go forward with this year’s event. We look forward to welcoming you and rowers from across the Atlantic to the 2021 Red Island Regatta!

If you have suggestions for how we can do anything better, please let us know. And, we’re always looking for extra support, so if you have time to volunteer, please reach out!

Your Rowing PEI board – Sparrow McGowan, Nancy Russell, Brian Higgins, Alex Forbes, Daphne Dumont, Jamie Moran and Alan Hilburg

Summer job posting – deadline to apply June 10, 2020

Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs 2020 program, Rowing PEI is looking to hire a Rowing Program Coordinator.

Here are the details.

Position:  Rowing Program Coordinator

Conditions of employment:

8 week contract, 35 hours per week (varied hours/weeks)

Salary $ 13.00/hr

Start date June 15, 2020

Location of employment: Charlottetown Yacht Club (CYC) on the Charlottetown waterfront and Brudenell Resort

Job summary

Rowing Prince Edward Island  is the non-profit provincial governing body for the sport of rowing in Prince Edward Island.

The successful applicant will assist in:

-providing rowing instruction and training times for members of Rowing PEI

-promoting the sport of rowing to the public

-assisting with the additional cleaning and sanitizing protocol as described in the club’s “return to rowing” plan, as submitted to the Chief Public Health Office and Sport PEI

Daily duties would include maintaining equipment, assisting with launching of boats, ensuring all safety policies of the club are being followed by all participants, operating the safety boat, and providing Learn to Row Coaching. 

Administrative duties will include maintaining logs of all boats on the water, when launched and when returned, and noting any damage or maintenance required by the rowing shells as well as the safety boat. 

Other duties would include the installation and removal of marker buoys to establish training and racing courses on the water.

-Assisting with the organization and delivery of our national sanctioned rowing regatta to be held August 22 and 23, 2020 *pending permission from Chief Public Health Office

Job requirements

The position will require the following qualifications, or willingness to obtain them as part of the summer employment:

-a valid pleasure craft operator’s licence;

-first aid training certificate;

-boat safety training; *will be provided

-LTR coach training or rowing experience;

-valid driver’s licence

The applicant must be between 15 and 30 years of age.

The applicant must be a Canadian citizen.

Other Skills:  Experience in client services and/or coaching a team

Bilingual an asset

Applicants must be able to swim

*The successful candidate will also need to obtain a Criminal Record Check. Rowing PEI will pay for the online application fee.

Application: Please send a letter and a resume to

Deadline to apply: June 10, 2020




Rowing PEI clothing order this week!

2019 Rowing PEI clothing order this week!

We will be placing an order for Rowing PEI clothing this week, with a deadline of Friday July 5, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

 Here are the 2019 selections and prices:

We are offering a wide variety of items and colours for you to choose from. The pricing provided in the details below includes the Rowing PEI  logo on the front and back.

We are encouraging club members to purchase at least one shirt in Extreme Yellow, to help make everyone more visible on the harbour:   $20.90+hst   small-xl  $23.90+hst  s-xl  $23.90+hst  s-xl  $32.90  s-xl  $15.90+hst  s-xl

Members will pay East Coast Cresting directly. ECC is located behind Source for Sports on University Avenue and they are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Phone: (902) 566-3337

Moisture Wicking Caps – $30 *this is a separate order NOT through East Coast Cresting.  We will be putting logos on here, either Rowing PEI or Red Island Regatta.

Email Nancy at if you would like to be on the waiting list.


We are hiring a Rowing Program Coordinator!

Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs 2019 program, Rowing PEI is looking to hire a Rowing Program Coordinator.

Here are the details.

Position:  Rowing Program Coordinator

Conditions of employment:

7 week contract, 35 hours per week (varied hours/weeks)
Salary $ 12.25/hr
Start date July 2, 2019

Location of employment: Charlottetown Yacht Club (CYC) on the Charlottetown waterfront and Brudenell Resort

Job summary

Rowing PEI is the non-profit provincial governing body for the sport of rowing in Prince Edward Island.

The successful applicant will be assisting in:

-the organization and delivery of our national sanctioned rowing regatta to be held August 24, 2019

-the promotion of the sport to the public and tourists.

Daily duties would include maintaining equipment, assisting with launching of boats, ensuring all safety policies of the club are being followed by all participants, operating the safety boat, and providing Learn to Row Coaching. Administrative duties will include maintaining logs of all boats on the water, when launched and when returned, and noting any damage or maintenance required by the rowing shells as well as the safety boat. Other duties would include the installation and removal of marker buoys to establish training and racing courses on the water.

Job requirements

The position will require:
-a valid pleasure craft operator’s license;
-first aid training;
-water rescue training;
-LTR coach;
-valid driver’s license

The applicant must be a student returning to school on a full time basis during the next academic year.
The applicant must be a secondary, post secondary, vocational or technical student.
The applicant must be between 15 and 30 years of age.
The applicant must be a Canadian citizen.

Other Skills:  Experience in client services and/or coaching a team

Bilingual an asset

Applicants must be able to swim

Application: Please send a letter and a resume to 

Deadline to apply: June 19, 2019




The Annual General Meeting of Rowing P.E.I. will take place on Saturday March 30, 2019.

ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME and encouraged to attend.  Family of rowers and others interested in our sport are also most welcome.

Date:  SATURDAY March 30, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon and we plan to go for lunch afterwards!

Place: House of Sport, Royalty Centre

40 Enman Crescent (a left turn off University Avenue after UPEI and before Staples, then turn right. Next to Charlottetown Rural)

Room Room 125, first floor

Come and find out about our plans for the 2019 season, including the return of the Red Island Regatta and our new Skills and Drills program.

Thanks – and be sure to save the date!

Daphne Dumont – President, Rowing PEI

The minutes from the 2018 AGM are pasted below.

2017 Annual General Meeting – Rowing PEI
March 17, 2018 10:00 a.m. House of Sport Royalty Centre

Present: Michael Gibson, Daphne Dumont, Nancy Russell, Brian Higgins, Dinah Arviko, Ernie Morello, Heather MacKinnon, Stephen Murray, Stephen Mellish, Joeanne Woodard, Russ Bryden, Lea Bryden.

  1. Call to Order:
    Daphne Dumont called the meeting to order at 10:15
    The official quorum is four members and 12 were present.
  2. Agenda:
    The agenda was circulated and approved as presented.
  3. Approval of Minutes of 2017 Annual Meeting:
    Moved by Nancy Russell, seconded by Michael Gibson that the minutes of the 2017 annual meeting be formally approved.
    Carried unanimously.
  4. Business Arising:
    None that would not be dealt with during the reports
  5. Reports:

5.2 Treasurer – Brian Higgins
(a) The Treasurer reviewed the annual statement of the 2017 year in detail.
He responded to questions from members about a contingency fund of some sort. We have about $9.5 k available if needed.
Question: at what point are we going to depreciate the assets. Board will take this on as a task.
Also need to finalize detailed inventory that was done in summer 2017. Board will also take this on.
Loan for quad will be paid off in mid-April. That will make us debt-free.
Moved by Brian Higgins, seconded by Michael Gibson that the 2017 annual statement of Rowing PEI be approved. Carried unanimously.

(b) The 2018 draft budget was circulated by the Treasurer.
Brian noted that we took in $30,000 and spent the same. He projects that number will be lower this year without the Canada Games income and expenses.
He highlighted that membership revenues were $2,000 more than projected because of the number of LTRs . 31 in 2017.
Ernie suggested we need to take a close look at maintaining and repairing the docks. Assess if they need work. They will deteriorate. Andrew at the CYC takes care of their docks.
Suggestion was made to have a look at them. Ernie will make contact with Andrew to have a look at them.
Our docks are from 2009 Games. There are 3 low profile and a finish and start and starter blocks in the woods at Brudenell. We sold 3 starter docks. They were the property of Canoe Kayak, which we were part of.
They could still be valuable if we could get them floated.
The board will continue to pursue this as a possibility.
Boat expenses are higher because we kept some wooden boats from Joyce’s barn. The board has agreed to store them for one year. But if nothing is done be fall, we will dispose of them.
Daphne – has to be part of the useful fleet.
There are two quads.
Heather did the repair clinic at the RCA Conference. We also have offers of help from Peter in New Brunswick.
Also discussed potential of selling them.
Moved by Brian Higgins, seconded by Michael Gibson that the detailed 2018 budget be adjusted as circulated

(c) Moved by Brian Higgins and seconded by Michael Gibson that Todd Gaudin continue to act as our accountant for 2017-2018 year.
Need a signed form from RCA that money comes from federal government. Has to be 40 per cent from government sources to get rebate.
If our income is not from government, then we will have to charge HST.
The board needs to deal with this immediately.
What about the threshold of gross revenue.
Brian will check with our accountant Todd Gaudin.

5.3 Competitive Program and “blue sky” recommendations – presentation of report by Lea Bryden.

5.4 Coastal Program – 2017 and 2018 plans – Nancy
New punch card system for 2018 – offer 4 rows for $100 with possibility of renewing
Double on the dock and reconfigure the dock
New L2 training in 2018 – focus on hospitality and customer service
LTR certification – continue to offer LTR on demand
Rowing the World – Canada Day weekend
World coastal championship in Victoria BC – training camp

5.5 Regattas (indoor/outdoor)
First Red Island Indoor Rowing Challenge in February 2018 – about a dozen participants. Brought ergs to the Stratford Town Hall. Southport Room. Borrowed USB hub from Row Nova Scotia to run Concept 2 racing Program. Thanks to Stephen Mellish for computer wizardry. Hope to grow the event in 2019.

2018 Red Island Regatta – Russ Bryden co-chair
Budget and Regatta package have been approved by the board.
Package has been sent to Chief umpire Linda Lee.
Regatta Central system is still in the works.
Working on the anchor screws at Brudenell.
Want to make money in the event.
Same format as last year.
Saturday August 25th and Sunday August 26th

  1. Bylaw Changes – Daphne
    Amendment to the amendment
    Change wording:
    To continue to act as the
    Motion – that the proposed bylaw amendment be passed as amended.
    Moved by Stephen MURRAY, seconded by Russ Bryden.
  2. Nominating Report –
    Members at large: Joeanne Woodard, Lea Bryden (liaison with flatwater task force)

Secretary – Nancy Russell (2nd of 3 years)
Treasurer- Brian Higgins (1 of 5 years max)
President- Daphne Dumont (2 of 3 years max)
We have approved the slate as nominated.
Daphne officially thanked Mike Gibson for his years of service and presented him with a gift.

5.1 President’s Report – Daphne Dumont
There will be a refresher for officials after extensive changes to the Rules of Racing. That will involve Stephen MURRAY, Mary Lynne Bruvels, and Daphne. There is money in the budget.
Great welcome to visiting rowers. This matters as they help spread the word.
Great social events.
Hired a summer student. Thanks to Ernie for application. We have applied again in 2018, with emphasis on the Regatta.
Shannon MacAulay- training for 6 months in Halifax with Pat Coady through RBC Training Ground
Emily Cameron is getting married in September on P.E.I. Congrats to her and Ollie.

  1. Other Business
    Registration in person will be Saturday April 28th 10-2 at House of Sport Royalty Centre
    Stephen Murray- we need to do succession planning for officials and coaches. The board will take this on as a project in 2018.
  2. Adjournment:
    Adjournment there being no further business, the meeting adjourned.
    Minutes taken by board member Nancy Russell

Proposed Bylaw Amendments for Rowing PEI 2017 Annual Meeting — March 17, 2018

  1. Addition to “Objects and Purposes”: MOVED that the following object be added to the objects and purposes of the corporation, as #5;
  2. To act as the Provincial Sport Organization for the sport of rowing in P.E.I., provided this continues to be permitted by the province and by Rowing Canada.)

2: Reorganization of the Board of Directors: MOVED that Section 6(a) (Board of Directors) be amended to read as follows:

6.(a) The Board shall be comprised of three elected officers as well as one to six members at large, two of whom shall serve as:

(a)     Liaison from the Coastal Rowing Committee; and

(b)     Liaison from the Regatta Committee.

The officers shall be: (i) President;

(ii)     Secretary; and

(iii)   Treasurer.

The immediate Past-President may fill one of the member-at-large positions for one year, but may not vote.

P.E.I. rower to compete at national championship in B.C.

Photo by Jason Hoyt

Shannon MacAulay of Mount Herbert, P.E.I. has been training all season for a chance to turn some heads at the National Rowing Championships in Burnaby, B.C. this week.

MacAulay will compete in the women’s 1x competition, starting on Thursday, November 8th at Burnaby Lake. There are 60 entries in the Women’s Open single scull category, including Canadian Olympian Carling Zeeman.

This is MacAulay’s first full year in rowing. She spent six years with Hockey Canada and played for Team Canada at the 2015 Nations Cup as a member of the National Women’s Development Team.

Photo by Jason Hoyt

She was recruited into rowing through the RBC Training Ground program and has been training with the North Star Rowing Club in Dartmouth since May.


MacAulay has performed well regionally. She won both of her events at the Red Island Regatta in Brudenell, P.E.I., finishing first in the women’s coastal single and the coastal mixed double, along with Will Bryden from North Star.

In September, she also won the Pelham Championship Race at the North West Arm Regatta in Halifax, N.S.

Photo by Jason Hoyt

MacAulay will compete for the first time at 12:00 p.m. (PT) on Thursday, November 8th, 4:00 p.m. (AT), with more races on Friday and Saturday, and the finals on Sunday.

For the full draw and results:

Rowing PEI president Daphne Dumont presents Shannon MacAulay with a cheque for $1,000 from the Elite Athlete Assistance Program. Thanks to the Department of Health and Wellness for the support.

In the news!

Shannon sat down recently with CBC Compass host Louise Martin to talk about her transition from ice skates to oars.

Here is what she had to say:

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I started back in April. I moved to Halifax and it’s been tull time training, six days a week. It’s been an amazing experience so far, the people I’ve been able to meet.”

On RBC Training Ground:

 “It’s an amazing program really. I had just finished my first year in the Canadian women’s Hockey League and when I moved home, people were sending me this link to the RBC Training Ground.”

“When I did it, it was really cool because it allows, especially for the Maritimes, the small provinces, it allows these kids to get exposed to different sport and for the national sports organizations to see what these kids can do.”

“For P.E.I., it’s really neat, we put up a lot of really great athletes per capita so to be able to show off our talent is pretty cool.”

On making the transition from hockey to rowing:

“It’s different. I do really enjoy it and it’s something new. Some days it’s a love hate because it’s a really tough sport.”

“At the start, it was a lot of learning and really fresh so I was really engaged and I still am. But now it’s mentally more challenging as the progression is slowing down a little bit.”

“I have myself on a time frame and I’m pushing every day to get to the goals that I set for myself. With the discussions I’ve had with Rowing Canada and my coach and my teammates, it’s a lot of pressure, I guess, in a sense but it’s all good.”

Shannon MacAulay will be the lone competitor from P.E.I. at the National Rowing Championships:

“Part of me, it makes me a little sad because I think rowing could be bigger here.”

I’d like to see this group be bigger, going from P.E.I. Now that I’ve gotten involved in the sport, it’s a great sport and we’re an island, we live around water so there’s not reason why we can’t promote this more and get more people rowing.”

Shannon wanted to go to the Olympics in hockey and it didn’t happen. Is she hoping it’s possible with rowing?

“Essentially yes. I think when I set myself up for this, that was the big end goal and I know there are a lot of steps and a lot of work to get there.”

“It’s day by day but my vision, that’s definitely there. I’ve set myself on a tight time frame. It’s tough but that’s what I’m going to be pushing for.”


Hockey PEI

January 6, 2015 ·

Congrats to Team Canada and PEI’s own Shannon MacAulay on winning Gold today at the Nations Cup in Füssen, Germany. Shannon is in back row in the middle.