Managing Diverse Ages & Personalities : Gen X, Gen Z, Baby…

first_imgMichelle Drager, a certified People Skills Instructor, is a popular, engaging presenter who will share tools and techniques that can be immediately applied in the office. Michelle will help managers expertly tap into their employee’s diverse assets and reduce discourse from “generation gaps,” personality differences and conflicting communication styles. Michelle has fifteen years in educational training and facilitation in a variety of sectors including hospitality, retail and financial services. She is vice president, employee development manager at West Coast Bank. She has done extensive work in coaching and team building, leadership, sales, communication, technology, and customer service training. Learn how to better manage everyone from your Generation Y’s to your Baby Boomers at the Wednesday, November 9, Thurston County Chamber Forum. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Managing Diverse Ages & PersonalitiesGen X, Gen Z, Baby Boomers…Managing them all simultaneously can be tricky! The program begins at 11:30am at Saint Martin’s Worthington Center and includes lunch. General admission is $30 and prepaid Chamber members are $20. Members at the door are $25. Reservations are requested at 360.357.3362 or read more

Climate Change Affects Our Community’s Health

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health & Social ServicesWe know that health is affected by a variety of community conditions, including environmental factors such as air and water quality. Climate – the long-term patterns of conditions such as precipitation and temperature – also affects us. Climate, by influencing how we live and what we’re exposed to, plays a role in our community’s health.As our understanding of climate change grows, we learn more about potential health effects on communities. Among the changes predicted for Western Washington are:Drier, hotter summers with increased risk of heat waves and wildfires; this alsoDrier, hotter summers are perfect for recreation and getting outdoors, but have bigger implications for our environment. Photo credit: Diane Waiste.worsens air quality (more particulate matter from fires, ground level ozone and pollen).Altered precipitation patterns, such as warmer (think rain rather than snow) and wetter winter months, with more frequent intense storms and resulting flood events.1Expanded territory for disease-carrying or disease-causing organisms such as mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus, Hantavirus (carried by rodents) and Vibrio bacteria in shellfish.2What can we do about this? Climate change from human activity is the result of many activities (agriculture, energy production and use, transportation, etc.) from all over world emitting gases that trap more heat in the lower atmosphere. While the ways we, the roughly quarter million Thurston County residents, live may be a small contribution overall, we do have an impact. The actions we take locally can reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases and result in health-related benefits to our community. Some of these actions include:Reducing local air pollution through energy conservation and switching to renewable fuels.Using active or mass transportation such as walking, bicycling and taking the bus.Taking mass transit is a great option to help mitigate your impact on climate change.Walking and bicycling can be called healthy transportation because they also increase physical activity.When we build our communities to encourage active transportation, we are promoting healthy behaviors, while reducing the use of fossil fuels and associated air pollution.Reducing food waste saves resources used to grow, process and transport food. This has the potential to lower food costs, making healthy food more accessible to everyone.Several Thurston Thrives strategies (Community Design and Food in particular) call for these kinds of actions, and contribute to the air quality/climate goal of the Environment strategy to “Keep our air clean and our climate stable.” A new Climate & Clean Energy work group has formed as of the end of 2015 to create a strategy, and take action, toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Key strategies are homes made more energy efficient, increased clean energy production and use (for example, solar), reduced motor vehicle travel (by shifting to other forms of travel) and increased proportion of cleaner vehicles (electric and highly fuel-efficient) for those vehicles that people use locally. Taking action as a community will help us toward a target of 80% reduction from 1990 levels in these emissions by the year 2050.3Staying prepared with emergency supplies at home is a smart way to be ready for severe storms, power outages or flooding.As a community we also need to prepare for climate change–evidence of sea-level rise, streamflow timing, precipitation and temperature data indicate that it is already happening. To adapt to and plan for climate change, our community has to “Be prepared for and recover effectively from emergencies” (Thurston Thrives’ Environment, Clinical/Emergency Care and Community Resilience strategies). We can start by having an emergency response plan in place for ourselves and our families, and keeping a supply of food, water and necessary medications at home and the workplace to help us through events like severe storms or flooding. But, we must also be willing to help those people most vulnerable (typically the isolated, the elderly and families with young children) in times of emergencies. If we focus on helping people get better connected and involved, whether through volunteering or improved access to community programs and services, we help our community be prepared for emergencies of all kinds, including those brought on by climate change. At the community level, Thurston Regional Planning Council is bringing groups together to develop a climate adaptation plan for Thurston County.With better knowledge of climate change’s health impacts locally, and a clearer picture of the multiple benefits of local action, we can build the partnerships necessary to do our part in solving this challenge.1  Mote, P., A. K. Snover, S. Capalbo, S. D. Eigenbrode, P. Glick, J. Littell, R. Raymondi, and S. Reeder, 2014: Ch. 21: North­west. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment, J. M. Melillo, Terese (T.C.) Rich­mond, and G. W. Yohe, Eds., U.S. Global Change Research Program, 487-513. doi:10.7930/J04Q7RWX.2 Dalton, M., P.W. Mote, and A.K. Snover. 2013. Climate Change in the Northwest: Implications for our Landscapes, Waters, and Communities. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.3 Thurston Regional Planning Council, 2013. Creating Places, Preserving Spaces, A Sustainable Development Plan for the Thurston Region (Sustainable Thurston), Environment Chapter, 205-206, 211-212. Accessed at: (1 September 2016).last_img read more

Local High School String Quartet to Join Touring ‘Beatles vs. Stones’…

first_imgFacebook184Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Andy NagleWhen the touring show “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” returns to the Washington Center on Monday, February 24, a string quartet of Olympia and Capital High School students will join the professional musicians on stage to lend some local talent to this homage to the British Invasion.The show pits Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against rival Brit boys Abbey Road in an all-out musical showdown for rock dominance. The string quartet will perform seven songs with the bands.Here’s the rundown:The show: The two greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time face off in Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown. Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the nation’s top Beatles tribute bands. With brilliant musicianship and authentic costumes and gear, Abbey Road plays beloved songs spanning the Beatles’ career. They engage in a “showdown” of the hits with Stones tribute band Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show, who offer a faithful rendition of the music and style of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the bad boys of the British Invasion. The production includes multimedia, period costumes and vintage instruments. It has toured for years, with a critic for the Los Angeles Times at one point declaring: “this is the most unique tribute show in decades.” The Olympia show is part of a 125 city tour of the U.S., Canada and Australia.The string quartet: Olympia High School juniors Jenny Jang, Helen Hauschka and sophomore Camille McLean and Capital High senior Gwen Bayer will join the bands for the songs “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Hello Goodbye,” “Hey Jude,” “Gimme Shelter” and “Ruby Tuesday.”Quartet members belong to prestigious area ensembles, including the Student Orchestra of Greater Olympia (SOGO), the Olympia High School Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra as well as the Capital High School Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Members consistently receive superior ratings at solo and ensemble competitions.How the “Beatles” and “Stones” connection was started: The producers of Beatles vs. Stones approached SOGO Ensemble Coordinator Mary Jo Rydholm looking for a quartet who could hold its own with a rock band in front of an audience. The show commonly hires a local quartet to augment the production while on tour.The quartet’s Beatles or Stones fans: Helen Hauschka and Gwen Bayer are the quartet’s Beatles and Stones fans.“I love the Beatles so much! My favorite album is Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” Helen said.“I love both the Beatles and Stones. My favorite Stones song is ‘Paint It, Black’,” said Gwen.The details: The two greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time face off as the Tower Theatre hosts tributes to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show engage in a musical showdown of the hits. Back by popular demand, Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown returns to the Washington Center Main Stage on Monday, February 24 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38/$48/$68 and may be purchased online at by phone at (360) 753-8586 or at the Theatre Box Office Tuesday through Saturday noon – 5:00 p.m and two hours before performances. The Washington Center is located at 512 Washington St. SE in Olympia, WA 98501. The show is appropriate for all ages.And here is some additional information about the string quartet:Camille McLean, 15, has been playing violin for nine years. She is a member of SOGO and Olympia High School’s Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Camille has participated in local solo and ensemble festivals.“Being in orchestra is great because it allows me to be a part of a community doing something I really enjoy.”Camille enjoys creating pottery pieces.The sophomore hopes to continue to play violin after high school graduation.Jenny Jang, 17, has been playing violin for nine years. She is a member of SOGO and Olympia High School’s Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.“For me, music has always been a stress reliever and a great way to express emotion and connect with people on another level.”Jenny is a member of Olympia High School’s Swim Team and enjoys tutoring in her free time.The junior plans to attend college to study Neuroscience upon high school graduation.Helen Hauschka, 17, has been playing viola for eight years. She is a member of SOGO and Olympia High School’s Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. She has advanced to state solo and ensemble competitions with OHS’ Chamber Ensemble and as a solo performer.“I like playing viola because it is a release and I enjoy getting to be with friends.”Helen is on the Olympia High swim team and is also the manager for the Boy’s swim team. She also participates as a member of the school’s Climate Action Club and Earth Core Club.The junior plans to enroll in college upon high school graduation.Gwen Bayer, 17, has been playing cello for nine years. She is a member of Capital High School’s Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. Gwen has competed in solo and ensemble festivals.“I like playing cello for a lot of reasons, but I really like the creative outlet it gives me.Gwen has participated in the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy and Music and More Summer Festival in Bosnia.The senior plans to attend a four-year university upon high school graduation.last_img read more

Virat Kohli updates his status after injury scare

first_imgAdvertisement 2jltkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8rvszWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1lu1t( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dwWould you ever consider trying this?😱1n60Can your students do this? 🌚l13Roller skating! Powered by Firework Virat Kohli suffered an injury after a Kemar Roach bouncer gave him a nasty blow to his right thumb, during the final ODI between India and the West Indies at Port of Spain on Thursday. Although the Indian captain notched a superb 114 helping India to sweep the ODI series 2-0, concerns were over his injury. However, Kohli has provided an update on his injury status.Advertisement In the post-match conference, Kohli was asked about the condition of his right thumb, and the skipper replied: “I don’t think it’s a fracture otherwise I wouldn’t have continued (batting). It’s just a split of the nail. Luckily, it’s not broken. When I got hit, I thought it was worse than what it turned out to be. But it’s not broken so I should be good for the first Test.”Advertisement During India’s run-chase a brutal bouncer by Windies pacer Roach hit Kohli’s right thumb. The medical staffs and the physio rushed to check on Kohli but he insisted on continuing his innings which led India to an emphatic six-wicket win. India will now start their journey in the ongoing ICC Test Championship from August 22 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. After completing the Caribbean tour, the Men in Blue will be hosting South Africa for three Tests followed by T20Is which starts from September 15.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

New date announced for Tokyo Olympics!

first_imgAdvertisement ojtNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsuecWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E80dni3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bpWould you ever consider trying this?😱c1qxoCan your students do this? 🌚imoRoller skating! gSee more on YT⬇️⬇️⬇️See moreixd34Body tricks that only special people can do pt-12i6How though? 🤔😂#AdrenalineJunkiespbv5A visualization of how Karma works 3ef9h804uzPowered by Firework The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23rd 2021 – organisers announced in a press conference on Monday. The quadrennial sporting event was scheduled to commence from July 24 this year, but the sudden outbreak of coronavirus pandemic forced the tournament to be postponed until next year.Advertisement Picture Credit: “The Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5,” said Yoshiro Mori, chief of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee; hours after declaring that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will announce a new date later.Advertisement Since the last few weeks, both the IOC and the Japanese government insisted that the event could go on amid the rapid spread of COVID-19. But consistent pressure from athletes and sporting organisations round the globe resulted in the postponement of this prestigious show.However, this delay has led to an “unprecedented” task of rearrangements with Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto admitting that the additional costs will be “massive”.Advertisement As per multiple reports, the Olympics were due to cost $12.6 billion, a hefty sum shared between the organising committee, the government of Japan and the city of Tokyo.The postponement will also take a heavy toll on numerous hotels, ticketing processes, venues and logistical arrangements for the fans and the tourists. Several hotels have already cancelled their bookings, during a time when tourism is already being hammered by the pandemic. While some stadiums which were sold out in advance, will have to rearrange their organisers to make way for the rescheduled tournament.The Japanese government on the other hand, had hoped that the Games will be a “Recovery Olympics” – displaying their capability of a comeback even after the 2011 disasters of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in the Fukushima region.But in Mori’s words, the “Greatest show on Earth” in his country next year, will be humanity’s triumph over the ongoing global crisis.“We are embarking on an unprecedented challenge,” he said in an earlier press conference.“But I believe it is the mission of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee to hold the Olympics and Paralympics next year as a proof of ‘mankind’s victory’ against the virus.” You may also like:Will India take part in Tokyo 2020 Olympics if it happens? Read which prominent Indian athletes jumped on the bandwagon to cancel Tokyo 2020 Olympics! Olympic gold medalist swimmer gives insight as to how it feels to be infected by COVID-19Tokyo 2020 Olympics Deputy Head tests positive for Coronavirus Canada becomes first nation to officially pull out of Tokyo 2020 Olympic games due to Coronavirus Advertisementlast_img read more

Helping Children Grow

first_imgDay care center provides nutritious meals for young childrenBy John BurtonRED BANK – With the assistance of the federal and state Departments of Agriculture the staff of Monmouth Cay Care Center ensures its young charges have healthy meals each day and learn about eating healthy for the rest of their lives.Gov. Chris Christie proclaimed the week of March 13 in recognition of Child and Adult Care Food Program, a program that has for years benefited the Monmouth Day Care Center, 9 Drs. James Parker Blvd.“It’s been very significant,” for the center, acknowledged Executive Director Heidi Zaentz.Monmouth Day Care Center has enrolled 120 children from ages 2 months to 5-years-old. (The center also permits 6-year-olds to participate in its summer program.) The children receive breakfast, lunch and a snack during their eight-to-10-hour day at the West Side facility.“Many of our children come from families that are often close to the poverty level,” Zaentz said, explaining the day care center provides nutritious meals that the children may be hard pressed to receive at home.“For working families, that’s a blessing,” Zaentz observed.In recognition of the program, started in 1968, representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state Department of Agriculture visited Monmouth Day Care Center, joining members of the staff as they provided lunch to the children—a meal consisting of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots and glasses of milk with fruit cocktail to round out the meal.In addition to the food, resources from the program contribute to nutritional education, as children and their families learn about healthy diets.“We’re trying to impact what they eat at a young age,” said Diana Limbacher, deputy regional administrator of food and nutrition services for the USDA, “forming what they eat in the future.”The USDA funds the program, and the state department administers it. The Child and Adult Care Food Program was established in 1968. According to Zaentz, the day care facility receives approximately $100,000 annually for its food and nutrition education programs. Monmouth Day Care Center joined the Child and Adult Care Food Program in 1987.The program, established in 1968, provides for New Jersey food to 85,593 eligible participants for 1,835 shelters, day care centers, family day care homes, afterschool programs and adult day care centers under the sponsorship of approximately 600 state institutions.The USDA nationally provides facilities with meals and snacks to 3.5 million children and 116,000 elderly and disabled adults each day, according to the USDA.last_img read more

More Funding for Sandy-Impacted Homeowners

first_img“Now if they accept the funds and they decide to sell their property at some point between when they get them and the five-year residency requirement, the amount is prorated,” Ryan said. “So they would have to pay back the prorated amount back to the program from their sale proceeds.” “Just by simply applying,there’s no guarantee thatthey would get additionalsupplemental funds,” Ryansaid. By Philip Sean Curran Among other criteria, the state will look to see if homeowners have received the maximum funding available but still have not finished rebuilding. She said the state is inspecting homeowners’ properties to see what work has been done and “what still needs to be done.” The Murphy administration intends to make applications available for funding this summer, and will alert eligible homeowners that they can apply. Highlands business administrator Kim Gonzales said her town had posted details on the borough web site about recent information sessions the state was having this year on the supplemental funding program. She said she was aware of three homeowners in her community who are in the RREM program. She said there are fewer than 1,000 homeowners who fit that category statewide. “For the families who have yet to complete their rebuilding efforts, we recognize the difficulties you’ve endured,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a news release. “But we hope the actions we’ve taken over the last year eliminate the challenges that remain and demonstrate our commitment to helping all who were so devastated by Superstorm Sandy.” Lisa Ryan, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Community Affairs, said homeowners would have to apply for the funds. She said the money is only for homeowners who are participating in the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program (RREM) and the Low to Moderate Income Homeowner Rebuilding Program (LMI) who already received the $150,000 maximum from those two programs but who haven’t been able to complete construction. “And that will certainlybe taken into consideration,too,” she said. In addition, the state said participants in RREM and the LMI programs would be eligible for monthly rental assistance of up to $1,300 during the time work is being done on their homes. The state said the federal government allowed New Jersey to reallocate federal Housing and Urban Development money toward two financial grant programs the state had created to help victims of the 2012 storm. Participants in the programs can now receive more than the original $150,000 cap, the state said. This October will mark the seven-year anniversary of Sandy’s devastation, particularly in communities along the Jersey Shore. Monmouth Beach Mayor Sue Howard this week recalled how 30 percent of the houses in her community had been underwater. She said the town is “almost completely recovered” from the effects of the storm. TRENTON – New Jersey will make $50 million available to homeowners still trying to rebuild nearly seven years after Super Storm Sandy hit the state, the Murphy administration announced last week. Accepting money from the supplemental fund carries a five-year residency requirement from the time work on their homes is finished. But if they move before that time, homeowners have a financial obligation to the state. last_img read more

Cranbrook consultant shoots for Million

first_imgThe Nelson Daily has learned a Cranbrook sales consultant could be humming the tune to the Barenaked Ladies “If I had a Million Dollars” song very soon. Barry Epp of the Key City was selected at random as the winner of TSN’s fifth annual, international award-winning million-dollar giveaway, the Chevrolet Cruze Million Dollar Shootout.On New Year’s Eve, during the first intermission of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, NY., between Canada and Sweden, Epp will attempt to score 15 or more goals into the net from the far blueline within the allotted time to win $1 million in a one-time payout.Epp, 63, has 20 pucks to shoot in 24 seconds.As part of the contest, Epp will also have the chance to win up to three all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Sedans for himself and two friends — son Shane Epp and friend Chris Kirwan — during the group shoot from center ice.The trio will each have 15 seconds to shoot 10 pucks at an open net (30 pucks in total).Depending on the number of total goals scored as a group, prizes will be awarded as follows: Five to nine goals – Epp wins a new Chevrolet CruzeTen or more goals – all three take home a new Chevrolet CruzeImmediately following the group shots at centre ice, Epp will move back to the far blue line for the Million Dollar Shootout.
 Epp is very familiar with the Chevrolet Million Dollar Shootout promotion.In 2008 Epp was in attendance at General Motors Place in Vancouver when Darwin Head of Prince Albert, SK, won it all during the Chevrolet Malibu Million Dollar Shootout in 2008, netting four Chevrolet Malibus and $1 million live on TSN.The day prior to the shootout, the Cranbrook trio receives a special one-hour private practice session with Hall of Fame defenceman and Chevrolet Hockey Ambassador Bobby Orr at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.Epp was randomly chosen from nearly 7.2 million total online entries. With files from TSNlast_img read more

Wins are nice, but Granite Pointe’s Taylor still eager to improve

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt doesn’t happen ever day. Fact is, it’s never happened in Lauren Taylor’s career, let alone twice in a span of a week.Oh, the West Kootenay Junior golfer has won before, but never something this big.Which is why the Granite Pointe at Nelson product is resting comfortably on Cloud Nine as she enters the Big Sky Conference Wyoming Cowgirl Classic Monday at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.“To be a freshman and win not only one, but two events in a row feels so (amazing) . . . especially because I haven’t won anything this big throughout my golf career as an amateur,” Taylor told The Nelson Daily earlier this week after returning from California — site of wins at the Anteater and Folino Invitational Women’s Big Sky Tournaments.“I was feeling very down after the 2010 season because I didn’t have a good summer playing golf.”Not now, however.The L.V. Rogers Bomber grad became the first freshman in Portland State University history to capture a women’s golf event. Make that two in a row, a record that most likely won’t be easy to duplicate.“I have won tournaments in the past, but not as prestigious as winning at the college level,” Taylor exclaimed, only the third Viking golfer to win two tournaments in a row. “The last big tournament I won was in 2006 and it was a qualifier for the Junior Worlds and Optimist International, which qualified me for tournaments in Florida and San Diego.“I won that tournament in a playoff and I was finally able to experience the excitement and adrenaline rush again in these past two tournaments.”Most players at this level can definitely get the ball down the fairway off the tee — Taylor included.But it’s getting from the middle of the fairway into the hole that separates the 30th-place player from the winner. Something Taylor perfected the past two weeks.“The secret to my latest success is that I am very relaxed and focus on my breathing, along with the improvement of my short game,” explained the 19-year-old first-year education student.“(Of course) the key to anybody’s golf game comes down to what happens around and on the greens.”Taylor, bouncing on and off the Portland State playing roster for most of the early part of the year, opened the season in the fall of 2010 in Colorado with a 24th placing at the Heather Farr Memorial.The next week Taylor saw her game improve to finish in a tie for seventh at the Oregon State/Washington Triangle tourney.However, the next event in Hawaii she was left off the roster.And when Taylor finally saw the first tee box again in March at Fresno State, she fell back down the leader board to 30th spot.But two weeks later, the potential that people have seen for ages finally exploded in California like a $10,000 bottle of wine.“I’m working very hard at my golf game and have been since I arrived at Portland State,” explained Taylor, earning Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honours after winning the Folino Invitational. “I knew that I was more than capable to start shooting low numbers, it was just the fact that my short game needed to improve in order to see a change in my scores.”“I have been focusing mainly on my short game during my practice time and it is definitely improving,” added Taylor, who joined teammates for a trek to Disneyland after the first win in California. “However I still have a lot of work ahead of me in order to get my game to where I want it to be.”19TH HOLE: Portland State is an urban university located in downtown Portland, Oregon. . . .The Cowgirl Classic happens on the same course as next week’s Big Sky Conference Championship. So the tournament is especially important for the Big Sky Teams as they get familiar with the course. . . . The Vikings will be among 23 teams competing, including all nine Big Sky Conference schools, at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. . . .The Vikings are coming off a team win at the Anteater Invitational, the first of the season.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Leafs find a few gems at weekend Prospects Camp

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports Listening to head coach Chris Shaw after the weekend most would think the month on the calendar is August and not April. “I couldn’t be happier. . .. This (camp) has definitely exceeded my expectations,” said Shaw after the Nelson Prospect’s Camp ending Sunday at the NDCC Arena.
“The quality of players attending our camp was truly just as good as the Junior A camps I’ve gone to scout which speaks highly of the City of Nelson and the hockey people here.” The camp by the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise, attracting 80 players from throughout the province, mirrors what many Junior A franchises hold to get an early look at the talent level. Shaw had some veterans attend the three-day camp along with invited minor hockey stars from as young at 14 years of age and major midget players. The camp was divided into four teams, playing a round robin format, which allowed coaches to gauge first hand the progress of the players. “The biggest surprise, I’d say, is the young 14 year old players or 96ers from Nelson,” Shaw explained. “They’re some great kids coming up like Colton Dachwitz, Tyler Podgorenko. I was really impressed with them.” Of course, the real reason for the Leafs hosting the camp was to, first see the players in action, but secondly, to begin dialogue with the future Leaf players. “I got to see some players I didn’t know about before this camp and at the end of the day I saw the potential six, seven or eight players that have the skill to be in a Leaf uniform next season,” explained Shaw. Shaw realizes the goal for most players at the camp is to find a spot on a B.C. Junior Hockey League team. But to those players unable to make the grade there’s always a spot in Nelson. “The first goal should be Junior A, and that what I want for all the players but I’ll keep tabs on them and if things don’t work out I’ll give them every opportunity to play for our team.” LEAF BANTER: Next up for the Leafs is the team AGM in May. The team is also hosting a hockey school July 25-29 at the NDCC Arena. . .The KIJHL AGM is set for a Watermark Resort June 17-19 in Osoyoos.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more