Former Silver Fox curler designs broom to honour civil rights pioneer Viola Desmond (CBC)

Curler Andrew Paris, who is originally from Summerside PEI, says the broom tells a story of Black history in Canada. He tells the CBC’s Colleen Jones about it from the ice.

Andrew Paris is a Nova Scotia curler, coach and former sport administrator living in Truro, Nova Scotia. He’s been curling for almost 25 years and threw his first rocks in his hometown of Summerside, Prince Edward Island at the Silver Fox Curling & Yacht Club. He began coaching in 2006 at the Dartmouth Curling Club in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and immediately developed a passion for how to make curling accessible to all, in particular youth. He took over running the junior program at the club in 2013 and within two years, grew the program from 30 kids to a high of 135 kids just two years later. His work earned the Volunteer of the Year award from Nova Scotia Curling in 2016 and was named a finalist for the National Volunteer of the Year by Curling Canada.

From 2017 to 2020, he worked with Nova Scotia Curling as the Technical Director and Provincial Coach. He helped rollout a Province-wide Junior Development Program and create a High Performance Program for junior curlers representing Nova Scotia on the National stage. He also was the Team Leader with the Provincial teams at the 2017, 2018 & 2019 Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Championships and the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Today, he continues to seek ways to bring more people into curling clubs and keep them engaged. He assists as an instructor with the Learn-to-Curl and junior programs at the Truro Curling Club. Now, he’s taking on his biggest challenge yet as he builds the Black Rock Initiative under the umbrella of #UnitedWeCurl, which seeks to encourage BIPOC youth to pick up the sport of Curling and assist Curling clubs across the country to be more inclusive spaces for everyone in their communities.

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