Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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'Paddle Hard'

Youth dragon boaters benefit from Lois Boschman Memorial Bursary

Released by Steve Clark, FVDBC


he Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club lost a valued member to cancer in 2013.


Lois Boschman was an early member and played a significant role in the development of the club.


The club formed in 2004 and rapidly expanded to include mixed, junior, women's and senior teams.


Boschman valued sharing and caring for others while striving to achieve the best and exemplify the spirit of the sport. She brought passion and joy to all parts of her life.


When Lois was on the water paddlers always responded to her loud and enthusiastic urgings to paddle harder. She was a loyal friend, confidant, wife and mother. Dragon boaters are committed to embracing these values and are honoured to support a bursary in memory of their teammate.

Two bursaries will be awarded on an annual basis. One is designated for the Chilliwack School District while the second is awarded to a student within the Agassiz and Hope district. Successful recipients will be members of the Fraser Valley Dragon Boat Club’s junior team. Each bursary will be $500.00.

This year the bursaries were presented by Lois’s husband and dragon boat club member Ron Denman. The first bursary was awarded to Carmen Taylor of Sardis Secondary.


Taylor has been accepted into the University of British Columbia’s faculty of Land and Food Systems. She’s aiming for a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Biology with the goal of specializing in sustainable agriculture.

Buddy paddlers and local students Adrienne Ferguson and Carmen Taylor (R) were recipients of a bursary. Above, Lois Boschman set the pace drumming for her teammates.

The second presentation was to Adrienne Ferguson of Agassiz Secondary School. Adrienne will be attending the University of the Fraser Valley in the fall working towards a Bachelor of Arts in either political science or law.

Both Carmen and Adrienne are members of the FVDBC Junior Team, “Spirit of the Fraser Valley”.


“Dragon boating is not just a sport, but an opportunity to share experiences with a group of people with exceptional character,” says Carmen Taylor.


Similar experiences were echoed by teammate Ferguson.


“So many life lessons were learned setting up for regattas, being out on the water, and being with such great people,” she said.


As they say in the sport, “Paddles Up” to Carmen and Adrienne!


For more information, visit www.fvrbc.com


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