2nd Annual Family Fishing Derby
The beautiful Roche Lake Resort was again the site for our now 2nd annual Family Fishing Derby. This event, hosted through a joint partnership between the Southern Interior Construction Association and CapriCMW Insurance, is quickly becoming a must attend for all SICA members. We are excited to announce that also for the second year in a row, we teamed up with the BC Wildlife Federation’s Fishing Forever program. The idea of this program is to create a venue through which people with disabilities can learn, or continue, to fish and enjoy the outdoors. Not only did we donate the proceeds of the event to the Fishing Forever program, we were able to host 12 members of the Kamloops community that currently live with life-altering mental or physical disabilities.
Attendance and support was great the second time around, as we nearly doubled the overall participation in comparison to the first derby. With participants of all ages, this truly has become a great family event. We kicked off the sun filled day with a breakfast of coffee and muffins at 8 am. At approximately 9 am the fishing officially opened, and the participants hit the lake.
The BBQ lunch, sponsored by Jaxsen – Pacific Marine and Mechanical went off without a hitch, thanks in part to our incredible chefs, Morly and Romeo.
After lunch, participants again hit the lake for their last chance to catch the big one! Around 3 pm, everyone gathered to weigh in the last of their fish and participate in the prize ceremony. We are pleased to say that everyone who attended left with a prize.
Both SICA and CapriCMW couldn’t be happier with how the event turned out. In particular, it was the smiles on everyone’s faces and the impact that the day had on our friends with disabilities. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support of our incredibly generous sponsors.
To wrap up, the second annual Family Fishing Derby was a huge success. As special as it was, however, we have big aspirations for next year and we need the support of the members to make this happen. We’ll leave you with a few testimonials. See you next year!
“One of the participants involved in your September 2017 Fishing Event started moving forward positively in life. I believe that getting back to fishing at your event was a catalyst. This person’s self esteem has improved, and they are participating in support services with a goal of optimal wellness. The individual has made changes to housing, moving from substandard accommodation in a motel to market housing in the community. The individual has been working with KBIA in getting basic fishing equipment for our Kamloops Brain Injury Fishing Inclusion Program, and like many individuals finds fishing a healthy way to help manage mood and to live healthfully” Sandi Hall “Fantastic Event – Fantastic event for a fantastic cause – So much fun had by all – Thank you everyone for putting on this event.” Vicki Fochuck: Kamloops Brain Injury Association
“Our family had an amazing time; the kids had a blast!! Fish were caught!! Including my derby winning fish!! Pouty Husband LOL!! It was fantastic having a chance to interact with the people with disabilities who were fortunate enough to come to this event. They were all so happy!! Very well-done event for a great cause, we can’t wait until next year.” Stephanie Henderson – biggest fish winner (5 lbs 3 oz)
Thank you to our sponsors!
- Green Tree Electric
- Rainbow Restoration Kamloops
- Jaxsen-Pacific Marine and Mechanical
- Thompson Valley Restoration
- Casadio and Sons Ready Mix Ltd
- Leavitt Machinery
- Surplus Herby’s Kamloops
- Match Eatery and Public House
- Ferguson Equipment Ltd
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