Zone 3 News
We have a new medical waiver now required for participation in any future Alberta 55 plus events. Event coordinators will always have the medical waiver on hand for participants to complete at Alberta 55 plus events.
We strive to keep our members and volunteers healthy and safe as we navigate a new normal during this pandemic. Thank-you for helping us to keep our community safe and strong.
You can read a copy of the new medical waiver below:
There have been many conversations in the past two weeks between the Kamloops 2020 Games Board and the Canada Games Board. Because of the COVID-19 situation and the ongoing uncertainty of its length, there are going to be changes.
Kamloops has found themselves in a situation where they feel they will not be able to plan the Canada Games for 2021 and have them the success they would want them to be for many good reasons. Canada Games Board have agreed as we also want the Games to be as successful as they possibly can.
To that end, the Canada Games Board, by an unanimous vote together with the Kamloops Board have agreed that the 2020 Kamloops Games will now be classified as CANCELLED and not postponed. This will mean the next Canada Games will be held as they normally would be, in 2022 and Kamloops has agreed to host.
This also means the cancellation of all participants that were going to attend the 2020 , or as we thought, 2021Canada Games. We understand this unfortunate situation, but there was no other way. We need to remember this decision had to be fair for all Provinces, not just Alberta.
The Alberta 55 plus Winter and Summer Provincial Games in 2021/22 will, as usual, be qualifiers for the 2022 Canada Games. Please everyone, we need to give our full support to our next Provincial Games.
I have discussed this at length with our Provincial President, Dave Finn. He sent an email to our Provincial Board and they agreed this would be the best way to handle this unfortunate situation.
I will say again, refunds will be coming, but this will take some time.
Until then, everyone, please stay safe and as we hear all the time, stay home as much as possible.
Pat Covington, Alberta Director
Dave Finn, Provincial President
News and concern about COVID-19 virus increases daily. The health and safety of our members remains our first priority.
Even though the threat is low at this point in time, the Zone 3 board has decided to postpone our AGM to reduce the risk to our membership. The AGM will be rescheduled at an appropriate time.
As you are no doubt aware, concerns about this virus are increasing across Alberta and indeed across Canada.
While the media has been quick to provide us with real time updates on the spread of the virus, we highly recommend you rely on trusted and respected health services when researching and communicating with each other about the novel coronavirus. These include the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) at www.canada.ca/en/public-health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov and the World Health Organization (WHO) at www.who.int.
We, as your Board, are fully aware that these events are happening around the world and have come home to Alberta as well. We are in communication right now about the possibility of postponing or cancelling future events including the AGM scheduled for Red Deer in early May.
As of today, the meeting is planned to take place but we will be monitoring the situation closely, and if warranted, we will cancel it and reschedule for a future date.
On the Canada Games front, we have been in contact with the folks from Kamloops and the Canada 55 Board and although there have been talks about the novel coronavirus, there are no plans at this time to cancel the games. The folks at Canada 55 will be convening weekly and will be discussing all possible courses of action. We will of course notify the membership of any new information that arises.
I remind everyone that to date, all cases in Alberta have been travel related instances of the coronavirus affecting people, not from community gatherings. However, stay vigilant and make good choices about what you do, where you go and your exposure risks.
Take care all…
President Alberta55 plus