Local Navy League recruiting

Parents who want their children exposed to positive influence might want to check it out

Fish boats take advantage of a salmon opening just off the shore of      Qualicum Beach.

Fish boats take advantage of a salmon opening just off the shore of Qualicum Beach.

The Admiral Yanow Navy League is looking for new recruits and they’re inviting Oceanside youngsters and their parents to see what they’re all about.

Padre Brian Kirby said the group currently has 10 members but he would like to see a full complement of 25 taking part. He noted the Navy League now has three officers who are ‘ready, aye, ready,’ which will give more options to the cadets for activities.

The Admiral Yanow Navy League cadets meet at Parksville Elementary School on Monday night from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. and is open to boys and girls between the ages of nine to 12.

The Navy League of Canada was established in 1895 to promote an interest in maritime affairs generally throughout Canada. Today, The Navy League of Canada has a presence in over 260 Canadian communities, with youth programs benefitting 15,000 young people as they participate in fun, interesting activities in an environment that emphasizes teamwork.

Commanding officer, Sub Lieutenant Carol Calder, Training Officer Lieutenant Gavin Christensen and Lieutenant Kat Dawson are inviting young people in the Oceanside area to come and check them out any Monday evening.

For more information, contact the Navy League at 250-248-2677


• Despite the disruption caused by significant construction at their base at the Fairwinds Marina, 2011 has been a busy year for the Schooner Cove Yacht Club.

Commodore Ron Davis reported a positive mood at the group’s annual general meeting last week, with most of the executive from 2010 agreeing to stand for another year.



Only rear commodore Peter Campbell opted to step down after three years of service.

Davis said a highlight of the year was the annual sailpast event, which had more members participating than ever. As well, he said the fleet regatta was a huge hit with the members.

The next event on the Schooner Cove Yacht Club calendar is the annual Commodore’s Ball on Saturday, Nov. 26.  As well, membership fees are due on Dec. 1 and must be paid by the end of January.