A Paddling Mecca in the Mountains

How to build a paddling Mecca in the mountains?  Start with a coach who cares. (A few Olympic medals in his top drawer helps.)  Find a place to paddle. (Doesn’t need to be as fancy, or as big, as you might think.) Fill a boat with kids. (Just 20 will do, at first.) Support them … Continue reading


Meet 2012’s Citizen of the Year: Karen Tomlinson

Marnie Simon (2011), Russell Mack (2010), Ed Thompson (2009),  Arlene McClean (2008), the Pemberton Childcare Society (2007), Lisa Ames (2006) – the most recent recipients of Pemberton’s Citizen of the Year awards are proof that Pemberton is a dynamic little town, made more so by the dedication of some serious movers and shakers. In January, … Continue reading

Breaking News! Laoyam Eagles Win Again!

The Laoyam Eagles crossed the finish line in first place on Sunday June 20, to win the junior category championship in the 2010 Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival. Again! The team of Pemberton and Mount Currie First Nations students was steered by Kayla Spencer and coached by Dr. Hugh Fisher. The Laoyam Eagles Junior … Continue reading

Olympic gold medallist prepares his crew for Rio Tinto Alcan Dragonboat Festival

Pemberton’s Laoyam Eagles will be defending an eleven year stint as Junior Champions at the Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, at False Creek, on June 19 and 20, 2010. What’s the secret to cultivating a world-class dragonboat team? Take a handful of Pemberton and Mount Currie First Nations kids, a lake the size of a large puddle and a former Olympic gold medalist turned Pemberton local. Now paddle. Hard.