Our Chapter 2016 - 2017 Achievements


Your SCI – Drayton Valley Chapter experienced a most successful 2016/2017 year in support of SCI’s mission toward hunting conservation, education and humanitarian endeavors.  At an international level a memorable occasion was the privilege of being awarded the 2016 SCI Chapter of The Year Award.

We continued with our commitment toward our primary humanitarian project; that being our Fishing Dock for seniors residing within care centres and individuals with disabilities.  Our local Board and Chapter members have contributed in excess of 500 volunteer hours toward the operation and maintenance of the dock this year.  Over the summer months we have been very fortunate to have a variety of  user groups visit the dock, with some senior groups travelling from two hours away to visit the dock and enjoy the benefits it has to offer.  In total this summer we have had over 150 individuals visit the dock!   

In support of SCIFs missions on a global scale, our Chapter was extremely pleased to be involved in the delivery a Blue Bag this past year.   This delivery was organized through our affiliation with Hearts of Lushoto, which is a local community organization we have partnered with for a number of years.   This blue bag delivery resulted in the provision of essential education materials for the village school and a laptop for their educator.  

As part of our commitment to sustain our hunting heritage and providing our youth the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, we facilitated a youth hunter training program in May 2017 within our community of Drayton Valley free of charge to youth 17 years of age and under, with 6 youth and 3 adult participants.

The Drayton Valley Chapter of Safari Club International is very proud to continue their support of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP).  Over the past year we maintained our current commitment to the program by way of supporting needed upgrades to current school participants kits.  We also supported the St. Anthony’s Drayton Valley Mini-Shoot through the provision of trophies and medals for the youth participants.   Of significant mention is our involvement in the coordination of the 2017 NASP Provincial Shoot right here in Drayton Valley in partnership with the Brazeau Bowbenders and AHEIA.  This shoot saw over 1000+ youth archers participate in the 4 day event held within the WellHouse Supply building.  It was an amazing event!  Drayton Valley is extremely proud to be one of the most involved and recognized NASP communities in Alberta.   Since its inception our Chapter has committed in excess of $150,000 toward the NASP program.  It is our greatest hope that this program brings a new level of enjoyment to those students who may not have had the chance to shoot target archery, and that our local youth’s participation in the program may spark an enjoyment for the outdoors and all that it has to offer!  Our goal is that this opportunity will impact children for years to come and raise awareness for Safari Club International and its educational efforts.  The NASP Program is a great addition to our educational system and we hope it brings great enjoyment to all involved!  

In partnership with other Alberta SCI Chapters we were also very proud to be a part of the Alberta Hunter Harvest initiative, supplying food banks and Alberta’s less fortunate with 8500 pounds of wild game venison.

Over the past year our conservation efforts have focused on the collaring of cougars within local WMUs to study their ranges and mortality levels.  We also aided in the fight against the closure of grizzly bear hunting in British Columbia.

To you, our members and supporters we thank you for your many contributions.  It is your commitment and support of the SCI Drayton Valley Chapter that has contributed to the accomplishments that have been achieved.  If you are not yet a member of SCI, please do consider joining SCI tonight to help the only organization that will protect your freedom to hunt.



  Our Chapter 2015 - 2016 Achievements


Through the 2015/2016 year the SCI – Drayton Valley Chapter experienced great successes and attained huge goals in support of SCI’s mission toward hunting conservation, education and humanitarian endeavors.  One of our most memorable occasions was the privilege of being awarded the 2015 International Chapter of The Year Award.

We continue our pride and commitment toward our major humanitarian project; our Fishing Dock for seniors residing within care centres and individuals with disabilities.  Our local Board and Chapter members have contributed in excess of 800 volunteer hours toward the operation and maintenance of the dock this year.  Over the summer months we have been very fortunate to have a variety of  user groups visit the dock, with some seniors groups travelling from two hours away to visit our facility and enjoy the benefits it has to offer.  In total this summer we have had over 200 individuals visit the dock!   

In support of SCIFs mission on a global scale, our Chapter was one again extremely pleased to be involved in the delivery of numerous Blue Bags this past year to various third world countries.

As part of our commitment to sustain our hunting heritage and providing our youth the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, we facilitated a youth hunter training program in April 2016 within our community of Drayton Valley. This program is free of charge to youth 12 to 17 years of age. This year we had 14 youth participants, 2 adults and 3 volunteers from our Board of Directors participate in the program.

The Drayton Valley Chapter of Safari Club International is very proud to continue their support of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP).  Over the past year we maintained our current commitment to the program by way of supporting needed upgrades to current school participants kits.  We also supported the St. Anthony’s Drayton Valley Mini-Shoot through the provision of trophies and medals for the youth participants.   Of significant mention is our involvement in the coordination of the 2016 NASP Provincial Shoot right here in Drayton Valley in partnership with the Brazeau Bowbenders and AHEIA.  This shoot saw over 1000+ youth archers participate in the 4 day event held within the WellHouse Supply building.  This venue was provided to us through the generosity of Judy Sweet.  It was an amazing event!  Drayton Valley is extremely proud to be one of the most involved and recognized NASP communities in Alberta.   Since its inception our Chapter has committed in excess of $110,000 toward the NASP program.  It is our greatest hope that this program brings a new level of enjoyment to those students who may not have had the chance to shoot target archery, and that our local youth’s participation in the program may spark an enjoyment for the outdoors and all that it has to offer!  Our goal is that this outdoor educational opportunity will impact children for years to come and raise awareness for Safari Club International and its educational efforts.  The NASP Program is a great addition to our educational system and we hope it brings great enjoyment to all involved!  

Over the past year our conservation efforts have focused on aiding Safari Club International in their endeavors toward science base conservation worldwide.

To you, our members and supporters we thank you for your many contributions.  It is your commitment and support of the SCI Drayton Valley Chapter that has contributed to the accomplishments that have been achieved.  If you are not yet a member of SCI, please do consider joining SCI tonight to help the only organization that will protect your freedom to hunt.

  Our Chapter 2014 - 2015 Achievements


Through the 2014/2015 year the SCI – Drayton Valley Chapter experienced great successes and attained huge goals in support of SCI’s mission toward hunting conservation, education and humanitarian endeavors. One of our most memorable occasions was the privilege of being awarded the 2014 International Chapter of The Year Award.


We continue our pride and commitment toward our major humanitarian project; our Fishing Dock for seniors residing within care centres and individuals with disabilities. Our local Board and Chapter members have contributed in excess of 900 volunteer hours toward the operation and maintenance of the dock this year. Over the summer months we have been very fortunate to have a variety of user groups visit the dock, with some senior groups travelling from two hours away to visit our facility and enjoy the benefits it has to offer. We were also pleased to host a group of inner city youth from the Boyle Street Centre in Edmonton. In total this summer we have had over 200 individuals visit the dock!


In support of SCIFs missions on a global scale, our Chapter was extremely pleased to be involved in the delivery of numerous Blue Bags this past year. One was sent to Colombia, two to Africa, and two others were sent again through our affiliation with Hearts of Lushoto, which is a local community organization we have partnered with for a number of years.


As part of our commitment to sustain our hunting heritage and providing our youth the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, we facilitated a youth hunter training program in April 2015. This course was offered free of charge to youth 12 to 17 years of age, with 8 youth participants and 3 volunteers from our Board of Directors participating.


The Drayton Valley Chapter of Safari Club International is very proud to continue their support of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP). Over the past year we maintained our current commitment to the program by way of supporting needed upgrades to current school participants kits. We also provided a kit to the Holy Trinity school and look forward to them coming on board this school year! Of significant mention is our involvement in the coordination of the 2015 NASP Provincial Shoot right here in Drayton Valley in partnership with the Brazeau Bowbenders and AHEIA. This shoot saw over 900+ youth archers congregate at the Omniplex over a four day period. It was an amazing event and we look forward to continued involvement in hosting the 2016 Provincial Shoot! Drayton Valley is easily on its way to being one of the most involved and recognized NASP communities in Alberta. Since its inception our Chapter has committed in excess of $80,000 toward the NASP program. It is our hope that this program brings a new level of enjoyment to those students who may not have had the chance to shoot target archery equipment, and that our local youth’s participation in the program may spark an enjoyment for the outdoors and all that it has to offer! Our goal is that this outdoor educational opportunity will impact children for years to come and raise awareness for Safari Club International and its educational efforts. The NASP Program is a great addition to our educational system and we hope it brings great enjoyment to all involved!


Over the past year our conservation efforts have focused on the Woodland Caribou which are on the federally listed species at risk. Our focal point on this project has been within the Willamore/Hinton area. In addition we have financially supported the Safari Club International Foundation in their efforts to safeguard hunter rights and champion wildlife conservation and outdoor education projects on a global scale.


To you, our members and supporters we thank you for your many  contributions. It is your commitment and support of the SCI Drayton Valley Chapter that has contributed to the accomplishments that have been achieved. If you are not yet a member of SCI, please do consider joining SCI tonight to help the only organization that willprotect your freedom to hunt.

 

  Our Chapter 2013 - 2014 Achievements


Through the 2013/2014 year the SCI – Drayton Valley Chapter experienced great successes and attained huge goals in support of SCI’s mission toward hunting conservation, education and humanitarian endeavors.  As a direct result of our chapter’s efforts, we have been privileged to be recognized on an international scale by SCI through their annual award program as the 2013 International Chapter of the Year!

We continue our pride and commitment toward our major humanitarian project; our Fishing Dock for seniors residing within care centres and individuals with disabilities.  Our local Board and Chapter members have contributed in excess of 900 volunteer hours toward the operation and maintenance of the dock. Over the summer months we were very fortunate to have a variety of  user groups visit the dock, with some seniors groups travelling from two hours away to visit our facility and enjoy the benefits it has to offer.  In total we had over 250+ individuals visit the dock!   In addition, we hosted a day of fishing, in conjunction with Cabelas Edmonton, for a group of underprivileged inner city children from the Crystal Kids Youth Centre.  These children hadn’t experienced the opportunity to go fishing or for some even enjoy a peaceful day in the great outdoors.  It was an amazing and rewarding experience and we look forward to partnering with Cabelas again in hosting more inner city children in the years to come.

In support of SCIFs missions on a global scale, our Chapter was extremely pleased to be involved in the delivery of four Blue Bags this past year.  One was sent to a children’s school in Cuba by the MacGregor family, one to a village in Africa through the "Feel the Rush" TV Show, while two others were sent again through our affiliation with Hearts of Lushoto, which is a local community organization we have partnered with for a number of years.  

As part of our commitment to sustain our hunting heritage and providing our youth the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, we facilitated a youth hunter training program in May 2014 within our community of Drayton Valley free of charge to youth 12 to 17 years of age, with 10 youth participants and (3) volunteers from our Board of Directors.

The Drayton Valley Chapter of Safari Club International is very proud to continue their support of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP).  In addition to our initial $40,000 contribution we have continued our endeavors in support of this beneficial program by way of providing NASP kits to the Warburg and Fullam schools bringing the number of schools offering the program to ten (10).  St. Anthony’s school was also provided  additional bows and gear for their active team!  We also partnered with the Brazeau Bowbenders in sponsoring the Provincial shoot in Edmonton in 2014.  This included the provision of SCI Drayton Valley T-shirts to the youth participating in the shoot from the schools in which we have provided NASP kits to, and the provision of busing to the event.  We also partnered with the Brazeau Bowbenders in facilitating a Youth Fun Shoot in the summer.  Youth from the schools were invited to participate in the fun shoot where they were provided the opportunity to target shoot and then head out onto the 3D archery range; for many this was their first experience 3D shooting.  The SCI Drayton Valley Chapter also provided grab bags for the event and sponsored the lunch.  We were also a proud supporter of the Alberta Bow Hunters Association Provincial Shoot held in conjunction with the Brazeau Bowbenders at their range this past summer.   Our purpose for being there was to increase awareness of Safari Club International and the SCI Drayton Valley Chapter.


Over the past year our conservation efforts have included the provision of a Flir for the Drayton Valley SRD Office to aide them in their endeavors in locating night time poachers.   We are also currently working with Alberta SRD toward the organization of an aerial count of moose populations in WMU 339, which hasn’t been conducted in fifteen years.  In addition, we have recently embarked on an enhanced fishing stock program with the SCI Red Deer Chapter and Alberta Conservation Association that will see a small pond located south of Hoadley stocked with approximately 1000 trout to enhance angler operations.  Enhancements will also be made to the walk path to support wheelchair accessibility and dock installation.

Our Chapter took pride in reaching out to our community with helping hands this year as we undertook a shopping excursion that resulted in us obtaining in excess of $1,500 in needed merchandise and toys for our local Santa’s Anonymous as they were in dire need of supplies to meet the needs of local families reaching out for this support.  In addition, we also provided a $1,000 monetary donation to our local area Food Bank who was in desperate need to replenish their shelves during the Christmas season in order to meet the community demands of underprivileged families.  Our Chapter also contributed $5,000 toward the Drayton Valley Health Services Foundation CT4DV (Cat Scan) Campaign, $1,000 to the Evergreen Gun Club for target maintenance and assistance with building a new shooting shack, and lastly $1,000 toward the Drayton Valley elementary schools hot lunch program.

To you, our members and supporters we thank you for your contributions.  It is your commitment to the Chapter that has contributed to the accomplishments that have been achieved.

  Our Chapter 2012 - 2013 Achievements


Through the 2012/2013 year the SCI-Drayton Valley Chapter experienced great success and attained huge goals in support of SCI’s mission toward hunting conservation, education and humanitarian endeavors. One of our most memorable occasions was the privilege of being awarded the 2012 Chapter Top Gun Award, Chapter of the year, 2012 Top Membership Retention and Growth, as well as an additional Publication Award for our Chapter quarterly newsletter.

In the previous year our Chapter worked in partnership with other SCI Canada Chapters on a Wounded Warriors Program initiative where we contributed $500 toward the cause to send two wounded soldiers on an Alberta Whitetail Hunt.

In support of SCI’s Lion’s Defense Fund strategy, our Chapter was honored to contribute $5,000 toward this Find at the SCI Convention in Reno.

We continue our pride and commitment toward our major humanitarian project; our Fishing Dock for seniors residing within care centres and individuals with disabilities. Our local Board and Chapter members have contributed in excess of 900 volunteer hours toward the operation and maintenance of the dock this year. Over the summer months we have been very fortunate to have a variety of user groups visit the dock, with some senior groups travelling from two hours away to visit our facility and enjoy the benefits it has to offer. In total this summer we have had over 200 individuals visit the dock!

In support of SCIF’s missions on a global scale, our Chapter was extremely pleased to be involved in the delivery of three Blue Bags this past year. One was sent to a children’s hospital in Haiti while two others were sent again through our affiliation with Hearts of Lushoto, which is a local community organization we have partnered with for a number of years.


As part of our commitment to sustain our hunting heritage and providing our youth the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, we facilitated a youth hunter training program in April 2013 within our community of Drayton Valley free of charge to youth 17 years of age and under, with 13 youth participants and (3) volunteers from our Board of Directors.

The Drayton Valley Chapter of Safari Club International is very proud to continue their support of the National Archery in Schools Programs (NASP). Over the past year we provided financial support to train 18 local teachers. 450 students participated in the program over the last school year which is offered in seven (7) local schools. Drayton Valley is easily on its way to being one of the most involved and recognized NASP communities in Alberta. This upcoming year we will also be working with another local school in obtaining an archery kit. In the past year our Chapter committed $40,000 toward the NASP program. It is our hope that this program brings a new level of enjoyment to those student who may not have had the chance to shoot target archery equipment, and that our local youth’s participation in the program may spark an enjoyment for the outdoors and all that it has to offer! Our goal is that this outdoor educational opportunity will impact children for years to come and raise awareness for Safari Club International and its educational efforts. The NASP Program is a great addition to our education system and we hope it brings great enjoyment to all involved!

 

We also undertook some publicity initiatives this year that brought SCI awareness to the forefront. This included a local billboard advertising campaign. The objectives of this billboard was to raise awareness of SCI within the community and as a whole, to direct individuals to the SCI website, and to promote a good image of hunting and family in the outdoors.

Over the past year our conservation projects have focused on the collaring of two (2) black bears to study their numbers in our area, their range area, and to monitor their direct link with the mortality of moose and elk calves. In addition we also supported the collaring of otters to determine the impact they have on the fishery within our Alberta Rivers.

We thank all of our members and supporters for your part in aiding us to achieve these goals. We look forward with anticipation as to what the year ahead with holds for SCI – Drayton Valley Chapter.

 Our Chapter 2011 - 2012 Achievements

Through the 2011/2012 year the SCI – Drayton Valley Chapter experienced some great successes in support of SCI’s mission toward hunting conservation, education and humanitarian endeavors. One of our most memorable occasions was the privilege of being awarded the 2011 International Chapter of the Year, 2011 Top Membership Retention and Growth, as well as an additional Publication Award for our Chapter quarterly newsletter.

We continue our pride and commitment toward our major humanitarian project; our Fishing Dock for seniors residing within care centres and individuals with disabilities. Our local Board and Chapter members contributed in excess of 800 volunteer hours toward the operation and maintenance of the dock this year. Over the summer months we have been very fortunate to have a variety of user groups visit the dock, with some seniors groups travelling from two hours away to visit our facility and enjoy the benefits it has to offer. In total this summer we have had over 325 individuals visit the dock!

In support of SCIFs missions on a global scale, our Chapter was extremely pleased to be involved in the delivery of five Blue Bags this past year to Africa with much needed supplies being provided to village schools and orphanages. Two of these bags were sent through Hearts of Lushoto, which is a local community organization we have partnered with for a number of years. Our Chapter provided the funding to obtain the necessary supplies to fill the bags while a group of medical professionals associated with the Hearts of Lushoto delivered the bags on our behalf!

As part of our commitment to sustain our hunting heritage and providing our youth the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, we held our biggest youth hunter training program to date from April 26th to the 29th, 2012 within our community of Drayton Valley free of charge to youth 17 years of age and under, with 30 youth participants and (4) volunteers from our Board of Directors. In addition, we also created a hunter training program for women this year with five (5) ladies going through the course.

The Drayton Valley Chapter of Safari Club International is very proud to be a supporter/sponsor of the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) which by way of providing financial support played an instrumental role in bringing this program to five (5) local schools. Our Chapter supplied five complete archery kits, each kit containing 12 bows, 5 dozen arrows, 3D targets, and backstop. We also supplied and paid for a training course for 20 teachers within the local schools to become instructors for the NASP program. This was a $15,000 commitment from our Chapter to make this NASP program become a reality within our community. It is our hope that this program brings a new level of enjoyment to those students who may not have had the chance to shoot target archery equipment, and that our local youth’s participation in the program may spark an enjoyment for the outdoors and all that it has to offer! Our goal is that this outdoor educational opportunity will impact children for years to come and raise awareness for Safari Club International and its educational efforts. The NASP Program is a great addition to our educational system and we hope it brings great enjoyment to all involved!

We also undertook some publicity initiatives this year that brought SCI awareness to the forefront. This included a local billboard advertising campaign. The objective of this billboard was to raise awareness of SCI within the community and as a whole, to direct individuals to the SCI website, and to promote a good image of hunting and family in the outdoors. In addition, SCI Drayton Valley was in Edmonton, Alberta, where five Board members volunteered their time to set-up and man an SCI booth at Hunt Fest which is the largest hunting show in Western Canada. Our goal was to put SCI in the limelight and promote SCI to those who may be interested in joining or those who have never heard of the good works of Safari Club International.

We thank all of our members and supporters for your part in aiding us to achieve these goals. We look forward with anticipation as to what the year ahead with hold for the SCI – Drayton Valley Chapter.
 
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


The successful completion of our humanitarian project was recognized with an official ribbon cutting ceremony held on September 25, 2010 with MLA Diana McQueen, Mayor Moe Hamdon, Brazeau County Councillor Bob Kitching, SCI Canada Representatives Bob Valcov and Jason St. Michael, SCI Senior Auctioneer Les Ohlhauser, Dena Enyedy, Drayton Valley Hospital & Care Centre Continuing Care Manager, and SCI - Drayton Valley Chapter Board of Directors in attendance. It was through the support of our members and the community at large that we were able to attain our goal. We thank all of you for your support and encouragement.

Thank you to everyone

who made this possible
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(Pictured at left) Left to right: Barb Ness, Dena Enyedy (Drayton Valley Hospital Continuing Care Manager), Charity Malka, Everett Ness, Darryl Antoniak, Shawna St. Michael, Bill Davie, Les Ohlhauser (SCI Senior Auctioneer), Chris Kitching, Jason St. Michael (SCI Canada Field Coordinator), Jim Malka, Bob Kitching, Mayor Moe Hamdon, Coby Mahan, Jamie St. Michael, MLA Diana McQueen, Bob Valcov (SCI Canada Director)