History of PEI Curling Technical Program

The following collection of correspondence and reports provides some insight into the beginnings of the curling technical program on PEI and its development up to 1998.


TO: PEI Curling clubs

 FROM: Diane Blanchard and Doug Cameron, Co-ordinators of the Curl Canada Instructors Clinic for Prince Edward Island.

 DATE: October 10, 1974

 SUBJECT: Selection of your club participants for the “CURL CANADA INSTRUCTORS CLINIC”

The clinic will be held at the Charlottetown Curling Club on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17, 1974.

The clinic is sponsored by The O’Keefe Sports Foundation, operated by the Canadian Ladies’ Curling Association and the Canadian Curling Association and co-ordinated in Prince Edward Island for the P.E.I. Ladies’ Curling Association and the P.E.I. Curling Association by Diane Blanchard and Doug Cameron.

This memorandum of suggestions and related material is being sent to you, so that you may determine how your club would like to proceed in order to get maximum benefit from the Curl Canada Instructors Program.

The Curl Canada Instructors Program was formulated to help develop instructors and coaches already involved in formal curling instruction programs; however, many provinces like ourselves were about to embark on formalized instruction programs. Therefore, our national curling associations approached the O’Keefe Sports Foundation for a grant to conduct clinics of instruction across Canada. O’Keefe agreed to the idea of instructors clinics and forwarded a grant to our national organizations to administer. At the same time the Coaching Association of Canada was attempting to have each sport body develop an accredited coaching Program for its sport.

What we have today is the Curl Canada Instructors Clinic which will be operating for the next three to five years. Each of its participants will be taught instruction techniques and curling theory in order to develop a good teaching system for juniors and beginners at the club level. However, incorporated with this clinic and others will be the Curling Accreditation Program for Coaches and Instructors.

You, as the club contact, are asked to do the following things:

1. Select the participants you would like to nominate for the clinic.

1.1 It is recommended that the men’s and ladies’ executives get together to make this decision, or

1.2 That knowledgeable persons in your club are given the responsibility for selection.

2. Make sure all application forms are completed and returned to either Diane Blanchard or Doug Cameron before October 28, 1974.

3. Examine the feasibility of the club paying the $10.00 entry fee for your participants.

Our suggestions as to how to pick your participants are:

1. You should have the same number of male and female instructors.

1.1 This ratio could vary, but should be determined by the number of boys and girls in your community interested in curling;

1.2 You might also consider sending someone from the school system (i.e. physical education teachers or teachers who are interested, and spend a lot of time working with junior curlers).

2. For the most part people who start curling young, have developed fairly good habits, therefore the more people you can get involved in the 20 – 40 age group the better.

3. Participants should be familiar with all aspects of curling and have played all positions (Note: this is not a prerequisite).

4. Curling accomplishments are not really of great importance, but they should be considered.

5. People with teaching or coaching experience are naturally more desirable.

6. Consider the person’ occupation, their ability to instruct and time they would have available.

6.1 They must have time to conduct schools and clinics in your club, and

6.2 They must be interested in teaching juniors and beginners at your club.

7. Your participants must slide from the hack and be willing to slide “flat-footed.”

8. Consider your applicants in the light, that this is the first year of a three to five year program to train instructors for clubs, and those wishing to be nationally and internationally accredited coaches.

8.1 All sports are now beginning accreditation programs for instructors and coaches, and

8.2 With ten years only accredited coaches will be able to accompany teams competing on a national and international level.

8.3 We are starting early so let’s build well!

9. Remember that the persons who attend clinics are expected to return to their clubs and be in a position to immediately organize schools or clinics for junior curlers and new curlers.

The final selection of participants will be made by the P.E.I. Co-ordinators for the Curl Canada Clinic. Those who have been chosen will be advised and all future information will be forwarded directly to them. For those not chosen they will be advised and their $10.00 registration fee returned.

Enclosed are a number of application forms, if you require more, please get in touch with Diane or Doug.

cc Lois Hennessey

Secretary/Treasurer, PEI Ladies’ Curling Association

Alan McCurdy

Secretary/Treasurer, PEI Curling Association

November 8, 1974

TO: Participants of P.E.I. Curl Canada Instructors Clinic

FROM: Diane Blanchard and Doug Cameron

Co-ordinators of the Curl Canada Instructors Clinic for P.E.I.

You have been selected to take the P.E.I. Curl Canada instructors clinic; PLEASE LET ONE OF US KNOW IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND; others are waiting for admission.

The Clinic will be at the Charlottetown Curling Club. It will be run over two days:

8:30 – 5:30– Saturday, 16th of November

10:00 to 3:00– Sunday, 17th of November

There will be free overnight accommodation Saturday for those interested in staying in Charlottetown, just register at Confederation Inn, West Royalty, on the Trans Canada Highway and identify yourself as a participant on the P.E.I. Curl Canada Clinic.

Your noon meal both Saturday and Sunday will be served free of charge at the Charlottetown Curling Club. Please bring your curling “garb” or warm clothes with you. One half of the course will actually be on the ice.

Enclosed you will find your Instructor’s Manual. Please read it before coming to the course and DON’T FORGET TO BRING THE MANUAL WITH YOU TO THE CLINIC.

If we do not have a completed application from you – one is enclosed in your package; please complete it immediately and return it IMMEDIATELY!

If you have any questions get in touch with either one of us. See you Saturday.

Diane Blanchard





The conclusions formulated by the Co-ordinators and participants after observing and taking part in the Curl Canada Instructors Clinic are all most positive; this beginning program was excellent. Thanks must go to those who formulated the program at the National level and Warren Hansen and his staff.


We employed three methods of soliciting response:

1. Each of the eight (8) clubs on Prince Edward Island was notified of the Program. The letter attached as Appendix A was circulated to the Ladies and Men’s President.

2. At the same time at the request of the Youth and Fitness Division of the Prince Edward Island Department of Education, all physical education teachers at the Junior and Senior High School level were notified of the program.

3. We also found that a number of people learned about the program from press releases and by “word of mouth” and started calling for information. Their names were taken in case of vacancies and each was asked to contact a club president to keep the selected aspect as close to the club level as possible.

Selection was not a difficult problem, as most of the clubs took the responsibility of selecting the most “able” people quite seriously.


The course content books were circulated to each one of the participants prior to the course. The letter attached as Appendix B accompanied the manuals.


Participants in some instances paid their own fee, however we have learned since, that the Clubs will be repaying all fees. The fees for the school staff people were handled in three ways:

1. Where the person was an active member of a club and involved in the junior program; the club paid;

2. Where the staff member was then actively involved in a school curling program the school paid;

3. Where the staff member was not actively involved but planned to start organized school programs, the Department of Education paid.


Each participant paid his or her own travel, as the longest distance traveled was 180 miles, return, this was not a great amount.


The lodging for those who wished a motel unit, was paid by the Department of Education, in lieu of the payment of travel expenses, which is their usual policy.


The two noon day meals were served at the Curling Club and paid for by the Department of Education. This was very worthwhile and allowed for very lively discussions on what was taking place now across the province in instructing, and the merits or lack of merits of the present approaches.


We were most fortunate that the Charlottetown Curling Club donated the ice time and their facilities to the clinic.


Balance on hand for next year’s clinic is $400.00, deposited at Eastern Canada Savings and Loan, in Charlottetown under the signing authority of the co-ordinators.


The application form is not encompassing enough. It should have space for each participant to explain what type of instruction they are presently involved in or have been involved in and what they hope to gain by participating in the instructors program. This type of short analysis will enable us to actually see if any improvement has taken place over the time elapsed since the last clinic.

Further information should be forwarded to participants and co-ordinators outlining the philosophy of the program but more importantly outlining a step-by-step sequence through each level of the certification program, in order that we all may grasp more fully the wide ranging implications this program has for competition on the national as well as the international level.


That the coaching technique portion and the theory portion required for certification be scheduled by the National Curl Canada Instructors Program, Co-ordinators, in order that the total program will move forward orderly. The situation presently on the Island is that the coaching techniques portion is being conducted by our Department of Education at the height of the curling season. Consequently we feel it would be much better for all concerned, less misunderstandings, if the Curling Associations co-ordinated the total certification program.

Recognizing that each year we are going to lose a few of our original participants we would ask that the whole program of the preceding year or years be re-run, depending on the need for instructors in each province.

Diane Blanchard

Doug Cameron


February 10, 1978

Mrs. Lucy Jardine


P.E.I. Ladies Curling Association

c/o Charlottetown Curling Club

Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Madame President:

The Prince Edward Island Curl Canada Instructors Program has been operative now for four years, and I have been involved since the beginning; the time has come for a change. Someone interested in further developing this Program, with new thoughts and new ideas would be, at this point, more beneficial to the betterment of the Program than I. Therefore, I submit my resignation effective immediately, and , respectfully request that it be accepted.

I must say what a pleasure it has been for me to be associated with the Curl Canada Program, and all those who have been associated with it. The support and assistance received from your Association, the P.E.I. Men’s Curling Association, the National bodies of each, Sport P.E.I., the Recreation and Fitness Division of the Department of Education, and of course Warren Hansen and his teaching staff have been tremendous.

My thanks must also be extended to Doug Cameron and John Fortier, both of whom I worked with for periods of 2 years.

The benefits of the Curl Canada Program companioned with the privately run Silver Broom Curling School have started to show results much earlier than anticipated. This has been personally very gratifying, far greater results will appear in the future, in the way of increased interest in playing the sport and in the calibre of curlers being produced.

The report of the School held in November, will, I’m sure, be submitted to your Association by the P.E.I. Co-ordinator, when it is completed.

Respectfully submitted,

Diane Blanchard

cc Eric Johnston, President

PEI Curling Association

John Fortier, PEI Co-ordinator

Curl Canada Instructor Program


Dear Curler:

The 1978-79 Curling season is now history and Curl Canada has completed its first real successful year.

Curl Canada conducted novice and intermediate curling schools in every club except CFB Summerside. The enrollment was very encouraging and demonstrated the need for many more clinics at the club and school level. The total enrollment at these clinics was approximately in the vicinity of 560 novice and intermediate curlers, plus 150 students and classes given at Crapaud by Gordon Herman, a Level 1 instructor.

A successful Level 1 Instructor attends a technical, theory and a practical experience course (see Attached “A”). A successful Level 2 Instructor attends a technical, theory and practical experience course (see Attached “A”).

The major problem in the last two years in Prince Edward Island dealing with the Level 1 and Level 2 has been the theory course. The Department of Education, and in particular, the Physical Fitness and Recreation Department, is responsible for the theory course, and at present there is one person qualified to give the course and he does not travel to Prince or Kings County (see Attached “B”). Presently the status on Prince Edward Island is as follows:

Level 1:

Gary Cameron

Gerry Campbell

John Fortier

Gordon Hermann

Sharon Knox

Martin Winslow

Level 2

John Fortier

Martin Winslow

Sharon Knox

Gordon Hermann

The P.E.I. Curl Canada Co-ordinator and assistant co-ordinators have been soliciting working capital through grants from the Department of Education, the Division of Youth, Fitness and Recreation and a loan from Sport PEI (see attached C, D, & E).

Curl Canada has issued a list of publications and other items offered for sale (see attached F). Not on the list, three items in particular, slides, strategy board, instructor sweater p rices $58.00 to members of C.A.C., $72.50 to non-members of C.A.C. Strategy boards – $7.50 to $80.00.

The books (Novice and Intermediate) have been distributed to all clubs. The Curl Canada account is with Central and Eastern Trust on 5 Queen Street (see attached G).

A letter has been sent to the Executive Director and Technical Director of Curl Canada for a Level 1 and Level 2 clinic in Prince Edward Island during the fall of 1979 (see attached H), and reply (see attached I). Curl Canada has developed an ice technician training course, (see at tached J).

The P.E.I. Curl Canada Co-ordinator and assistant co-ordinators met with the P.E.I. School Athletic Association to promote curling in the schools (school leagues) and inform the school of the Federal Government Grant-In-Aid program (see attached K).

Curl Canada has been giving Level 1 and Level 2 clinics in Charlottetown since 1975; however, due to travel and the infrequent theory courses given in Prince Edward Island, individuals have been frustrated, but I am endeavouring to have many of those who have been successful in one or two sections of Level 1 and Level 2 to complete those courses missing and complete the particular level so they may qualify for the National Coaching Certification Program (see attached L).

In order to conduct novice and intermediate clinics for the year 1978-79, all the necessary publication and teaching aids were necessary and therefore ordered through Curl Canada Head Office (see attached invoice nos. and receipts sent from Curl Canada Head Office M).

Once candidates successfully complete Level 1, they can join the Curl Canada Coaches Association at a fee of $10.00 for three years (see attached N). The Level 1 instructor then conducts novice and intermediate clinics and Level 1 clinics. The instructor uses an evaluation sheet prepared and distributed by Curl Canada (see attached O). The instructors are not in the program for reward but as they progress through the 5 levels they receive recognition by way of a crest and a pin.

Is the Curl Canada Program working? (see attached P). As P.E.I. Curl Canada Co-ordinator, a few observations: The curling clubs in P.E.I. start their seasons at different times and it would be strategic to conduct clinics as each club starts its season; The Men’s Curling Association budget for Curl Canada; The Men’s Curling Association and the Ladies Curling Association maintain an account for Curl Canada; Men’s and Ladies’ Curling Associations charge a small fee for enrollment; Correspond with Division of Youth, Fitness and Recreation concerning theory courses – to have courses given in Prince and Kings Co.; Each club should have a spokesman for Curl Canada; Better organization within the school system.

John B. Fortier


P.E.I. Curl Canada



MAY, 1980

My first function as Curl Canada Co-ordinator was to attend a Provincial Co-ordinators meeting in Ottawa in August, 1979. At that meeting the changes in the program were explained and plans for the 1979-80 curling season were discussed. A report of that meeting was presented to the P.E.I.C.A. in the fall.

Prior to the 1979-80 curling season, plans were made to hold a Level I and II clinic. Because of various problems the clinic was not held until December 8th at CFB Summerside. At that clinic nine people were successful in completing the Level I program. Plans are now underway to hold a Level I and II clinic in October, 1980. We have selected a date that is acceptable to the P.E.I. School Athletic Association so that school representatives may attend.

In November, 1979, a Level III clinic was held in Moncton. John Fortier was slated to represent P.E.I. Unfortunately he was unable to attend. Consequently we had no qualified Level I or II instructors in P.E.I. during the past year.

One of the main problems facing the Curl Canada Co-ordinator was communications. I feel some changes could be made to improve this. Perhaps a club representative could be designated as the Curl Canada Contact. This may or may not be the same person as the club rep to the P.E.I.C.A. If the representative was sincerely interested in the Curl Canada program, better communications might exist.

There seems to be a need throughout the province for qualified curling instructors and coaches. Each club should have interested trained instructors for the novice. There is a need for qualified people to run Junior High and Senior High programs. We also need qualified coaches with interested people who were willing to put some effort into our instructional and coaching programs, the overall quality of curling would improve across the province.

In closing, I would like to thank the Executive of the P.E.I.C.A. and the club representatives for their co-operation during the year.

Respectfully submitted,

Gordon Hermann

Curl Canada Co-ordinator



In July of 1981, I attended the National Curl Canada Co-ordinators Conference in Ottawa. This conference is sponsored by the C.C.A. Its purpose is to hear reports from all areas of the country on the Curl Canada Program and to bring co-ordinators up to date on current developments.

We held a Level I and a Level II clinic in Charlottetown last November. Nine Level I’s passed the course and six Level II’s passed as well. Marilyn Sutherland and Lynn Crosby attended a Course Conductor’s Training Clinic in Saint John, NB. Eventually they will be qualified Level I instructors.

Since 1976, we have: Level I Technical 70

Level I Technical & Theory 2

Certified 5

Level II Technical 12

Level II Certified 2




MAY 26, 1983

In July, 1982, I attended the National Curl Canada Co-ordinators Conference in Vancouver. This annual conference brings co-ordinators up to date in new developments in the sport. Until 1982, Sport Canada has funded the conference. In ’82 the funding was from the CCA.

From 1983 onwards the responsibility of funding will be in the hands of the local associations. In the fall of ’82, Marilyn Sutherland and Lynn Crosby attended a Course Conductors seminar in Moncton. This is an annual event.

A Level I Clinic was held last year with ten successful candidates. Pat Read, a national course conductor, evaluated Marilyn and Lynn during this clinic. The New Brunswick and P.E.I. government jointly funded a Level III course in Fredericton in December, ’82. Marilyn Sutherland, Dr. Wayne Matheson, Dr. Bob Johnson, Gerry Campbell, and Gordon Hermann attended.

Since 1976 we have:

79 Level I Tech

2 Level I Tech & Theory

5 Level I Certified

12 Level II Tech.

4 Level III partial

In closing, I would like to thank the Executive of the PEICA for their co-operation during my term as Co-ordinator.

Respectfully submitted, Gordon Hermann



November, 1985

I feel that the Curl Canada Program in Prince Edward Island has gotten off to a positive start. As previously reported the Fourth Annual Atlantic Provinces, Provincial Course Conductors Seminar was held in late September and received very favourable reviews from the participants. Responses to the questionnaires mailed out are noted below and our Coaching Seminar was held on October 19th as scheduled. Our inventory is close to completion and advertising for our courses has been done.

Questionnaire Response:

Certified Level I10 (18)

Others 14 (85)

Returned 8

As can be seen the response was not great but on the other hand, it is not really surprising. However I believe I have identified those people who are interested in at least assisting with the program.

Coaching Seminar

Seventeen people pre-registered for the course and 14 attended. Feedback was very positive from all participants. Time permitting we may offer one more in the spring perhaps in the western end of the Island. At any rate, we are very encouraged after our first effort.


Money received from the Scott Tournament of Hearts was intended to be used for the purchase of cameras, tripod and scope, VCR, tapes, overhead projector, flip chart, acetates and practice hacks. Curl Canada P.E.I. has attained all but the scope, acetates and an overhead projector. The last two items will be purchased shortly but I am unsure of the cost of a scope so I do not know if we will be able to get it.


Posters advertising the two instructor courses we are offering have been prepared and delivered to all clubs. As well, posters covering the Level I Technical Coaching Seminar were also distributed. Very shortly, I will prepare and have delivered a poster covering the Level 2 Technical Course. Once again, I ask that delegates and representatives from each club ensure that they are posted in their respective clubs. Note also that Bill McGuire did a story in the form of a press release on the Level I Coaching Seminar, he will be approached for the same service regarding our Level 2 Technical.


It appears that several people have submitted their forms for their Level I practical. Those that I have checked into have not been received at Ottawa. Therefore, I am asking anyone in that situation to re-submit. At that point I will ensure that they are processed. Garry Deblonde had advised that all those people who attended the Level 1 Technical in Charlottetown last year have now had the appropriate documentation submitted to the NCCP.


The Curl Canada program in Prince Edward Island witnessed a number of improvements in several areas. Positive changes were affected in administration and organization, financial management, personnel and in the relationship with both the provincial men’s and ladies’ curling associations. At the beginning of the year, there were eight major goals set for the season. This report will focus on these goals and what was accomplished under each.

GOALS FOR 1985-86

1) Closer liaison and co-operation with the provincial men’s and ladies’ associations. An effort was made to keep regular attendance at meetings of both associations. A representative of Curl Canada attended all but one meeting of the Provincial Men’s Association preparing and presenting reports when appropriate. At all of these meetings, the Executive encouraged full participation. Input from Curl Canada was accepted in many areas including (I) the planning for the first annual reception for media and sponsors; (ii) the proposal of government regarding the elements of a four year program for development of elite curling competitors for the 1991 Winter Games; (iii) the formation of a committee to recommend nominations for the Olympic selection camps.

Written reports were provided to the Ladies Association at those meetings at which a Curl Canada representative was in attendance. There was also informal contact through the President and the Secretary/Treasurer.

The co-operation and support received from the executive of both associations was exemplary. Each President agreed to act as advisors to the Co-ordinator, providing the necessary advice and guidance. An example of the kind of co-operation that existed this year is evidenced by the sending of two coaches – Don Gorveatt and Marilyn Sutherland – the Ontario Curling Coaches Symposium in September. The respective associations paid their flight costs, while Curl Canada paid their registration fees. Both individuals were very active in the program this year and each continued their work at the club level.

Material received on the Skill Achievement Award program developed in Saskatchewan was presented to both the Men’s and Ladies’ Associations, along with a recommendation that it be adopted for implementation in Prince Edward Island. It is my understanding that this sort of program formed part of the joint presentation made to government regarding the development of junior athletes for the 1991 Canada Games.

2) Improved financial management. In order to improve management of Curl Canada funds, accurate financial records were begun. Monthly receipts and disbursement records were completed, receipts and invoices were maintained, a re cord of deposits was kept, and all bank statements were reconciled.

At the beginning of the year, I felt it might be necessary to submit an operating budget requesting funds from both Associations. However, it was not necessary to do that, though one will be presented for 1986-87.

A financial statement is attached. (See Appendix A).

3) Improved administration and organization. While a file cabinet was received from my predecessor at the start of my term of office, it was necessary that general materials and supplies be purchased in order to set up a workable filing system. Records and correspondence turned over to me were purged and the remainder organized into a useable format.

There were changes in Curl Canada personnel this year reflecting an attempt to strengthen the program by acquiring Provincial Course Conductors from more than one club. Blair Weeks acted as Assistant Co-ordinator this year and his assistance was most welcome. He acted as Curl Canada representative at meetings of the P.E.I.C.A. and assisted in the organization of the Fourth Annual Atlantic Provinces Course Conductors Seminar and the Island’s first Level I Coaching Seminar. He played a major role in the delivery of the 1986 Elite Camp.

In addition to Blair Weeks, the following individuals acted as Provincial Course Conductors: Wayne Matheson, Marilyn Sutherland, and Don Gorveatt. Each one played an active role and their contributions were greatly appreciated. They gave unselfishly of their time, were always co-operative and worked hard at preparing for any courses so that they could be delivered in a professional manner.

Additional training aids were purchased and an inventory prepared showing all audio/visual equipment belonging to Curl Canada – PEI. At the moment, the program has not only audio-visual equipment but considerable other assets. An inventory is attached (See Appendix B).

4 & 5) Increasing the size of the committed group of instructors and creating an updated roster of instructors. Two questionnaires were completed – one for individuals who had taken and passed a Level I Technical course and the second for all certified Level I’s. The mailout was based on the July computer printout received through the National Coaching Certification Program. At that time, 132 people in P.E.I. were shown as having completed some portion of the program. Twenty-one were certified Level I’s and two were certified Level II’s. In fact, 150 people in P.E.I. had completed at least a Level I Technical but as the record was not current, 20 names were missing.

The intention of the mailout was to provide information required to create a list of active and inactive instructor/coaches. The response was as follows:

Questionnaires Mailed Response

Certified Level I’s 18 1055.6%

Others 85 1416.5%

—– –

103 24

Eight were returned to sender and a few individuals provided verbal responses. Though the overall response was certainly less than overwhelming, those people who are interested in either assisting in the program or continuing to advance have been identified. Samples of the letters and questionnaires are attached (See Appendix C).

A need has been identified for certified Level I’s in the Eastern end of the Island and interest has been expressed for a Level I Technical course to be held West of Charlottetown.

Since the start of this curling year, five names have been added to our list of certified Level I’s making the current total number 26. Details on changes at the Provincial Course Conductor level are provided under number three above.

6) Increasing the visibility of Curl Canada in P.E.I. through better advertising and public relations efforts a among the Island clubs and the media. Various items regarding Curl Canada were carried in Island newspapers – including a story on the appointment of the Co-ordinator and articles on both courses which were offered this year. The co-ordinator attended the First Annual Media and Sponsors Reception hosted by the P.E.I.C.A.

Three different posters advertising the courses that were being offered this year and one listing all certified Level I and Level II coaches in Prince Edward Island were distributed to all clubs. This distribution was done through selected delegates to both the Men’s and Ladies’ Associations. If it could not be done that way, the information was sent to the club president. As well, personal telephone calls were made to many individuals prior to each course.

7) Operation of the 1986 Elite Camp. The P.E.I.L.C.A. was directly responsible for the Elite Camp, but Curl Canada personnel very definitely played a major role. Members were involved in the planning side as well as in the actual delivery. Marilyn Sutherland and Blair Weeks conducted major sessions including fault analysis and strategy respectively. Curl Canada equipment was used and the Co-ordinator assisted in the planning end by producing the registration kits. In addition, the funds left over from the operation of last year’s camp were turned over to the Organizing Committee ($464.84).

8) Hosting the Fourth Annual Atlantic Provinces Course Conductors Seminar. The Atlantic Course Conductors Seminar, hosted by Prince Edward Island, was held September 20-22,1985. Provincial Co-ordinators from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and P.E.I. attended along with provincial course conductors. Two national course conductors in attendance fulfilled the role of presenters. Feedback received was very positive both on the organization of the sessions and the content, particularly on the coaching sessions delivered by Dr. Wayne Matheson. Labatt’s sponsored a reception on Saturday evening with representatives attending from the P.E.I.C.A. and greetings and a welcome were delivered on behalf of the P.E.I.L.C.A. (See Appendix E).


Two courses were planned for the Fall of 1985 – a Level I Coaching Seminar and a Level II Technical. Circumstances permitting, there was a Level I Technical planned for late in the curling season after competitive provincial events were completed.

The Level I Coaching Seminar was held October 19th at the University of Prince Edward Island. The Head Instructor, Dr. Wayne Matheson, was assisted by Marilyn Sutherland and Don Gorveatt. Fourteen people attended the all day session and feedback was positive.

The Level II Technical course was scheduled for November 30th to December 1st at the Belvedere Golf & Winter Club. The course was advertised in the paper and on radio and posters were distributed to all clubs. An attempt was made to call those people who had indicated that they were interested in attending in their returned questionnaires, all certified Level I’s and any others who had expressed interest. Only three people committed themselves to taking the course and it had to be cancelled.

Fortunately, one of these three did travel to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and took the Level II Technical being offered there. One of our P.C.C.’s, Marilyn Sutherland, also went along to assist in instructing. It was not possible to deliver a Level I Technical after Provincials were over as we were unable to get both ice and instructors at convenient times.

PLANS FOR 1986-87

1. To attract four new Provincial Course Conductors into the Curl Canada Program – two from the Eastern end of the Island and two from the West.

2. To deliver an officials course in the Fall and increase the number of certified umpires.

3. To begin a Curl Canada newsletter for distribution to P.C.C.’s active instructors and coaches, and those who are advancing in the program.

4. To deliver two courses – a Level I Coaching Seminar and a Level I Technical (A decision on a Level II course is pending).

5. To submit an operating budget to the P.E.I.C.A. and the P.E.I.L.C.A. in order to deliver an effective program for 1986-87.

Respectfully submitted,

Cheryl Thow

Curl Canada Co-ordinator


January 12, 1987

Dear Official:

Congratulations on passing the test.

As you know, the P.E.I.C.A. and the P.E.I.L.C.A. will be using an officiating system for the closed portion of their Championships; that is, the Budget Mixed, the Labatt Tankard, and the Scott Tournament of Hearts. Three officials will be paid for each draw in the Men’s and the Ladies, and hopefully four for the Mixed, by the respective Associations at a rate of $15.00 per game. One head official and two hogline officials will be required for each draw.

I am asking for your support as qualified officials to participate in this endeavour. If you are interested in working any or all of the draws in any of these Championships, please contact myself, Blair Weeks, at 892-6276 or Cheryl Thow at 892-8650. You may be asked to work as a head official, so please brush up on all your rules by reviewing your rule book. Hogline officials will be responsible for logging all violations while paying particular attention to hogline violations. You will be informed of your responsibilities before you go on the ice by myself or the head official.

This is a good chance to practice up for the Canadian Mixed and also to contribute to successful Provincial Championships. Your support is both necessary and will be greatly appreciated. Check the boards in your club to see if you are free.

Thank you.


Blair Weeks




The Curl Canada program in Prince Edward Island continued to improve in 1986-87. Five major goals were established for the season, and this report will focus on what was accomplished under each.

GOALS FOR 1986-87

1. To attract four new Provincial Course Conductors into the Curl Canada Program – two from the eastern end of the Island and two from the west. At the start of the year, two individuals from the eastern end of P.E.I. agreed to participate as Provincial Course Conductors, each one indicating a willingness to complete the requirements. However, as the season progressed, one drifted away and only Ken MacGuigan fulfilled the obligations. He has completed the necessary requirements for certification at Level I and has begun the process for Level II, having already completed his theory.

I was unable to recruit anyone from west of Charlottetown despite invitations extended and information forwarded to certain individuals.

2. To deliver an officials course in the Fall and increase the number of certified umpires. A Rules and Officiating Course was delivered at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, Saturday, October 4, 1986. The Head Instructor was Dr. Wayne Matheson and there were 54 participants in total. Seventeen individuals took the course as a refresher and 37 wrote the test. Thirty-one passed the test, making for a pass rate of 84%.

After the course given for the Scott Tournament of Hearts in 1984, twenty-six individuals passed the test. Consequently we had 57 people who were qualified to officiate at provincial playdowns and the National Mixed.

3. To begin a Curl Canada newsletter for distribution to P.C.C., active instructors and coaches and those who are advancing in the program. The first issue of the Curl Canada – P.E.I. newsletter was distributed in March. It was sent to Provincial Course Conductors, certified Level I and Level II instructors/coaches, the members of the Executive of the P.E.I.C.A., and the P.E.I.L.C.A., the president of each curling club and selected individuals. The intent behind the development of this newsletter is to distribute relevant information to people actively involved in the Curl Canada program, primarily addressed to coaches and instructors.

4. To deliver two technical courses – a Level I Coaching Seminar and a Level I Technical. While only two technical courses were planned, in fact, there were three delivered. A fourth course, a Level III Technical, was delivered in Dartmouth and certain individuals from P.E.I. were able to attend.

(a) Level I, Coaching: Sunday, October 5, 1986

Instructor Dr. Wayne Matheson

Participants 8

All who attended rated the course highly.

(b) Level II, Technical: October 25 & 26, 1986

Instructors Dr. Wayne Matheson; Marilyn Sutherland;

Don Gorveatt; Cheryl Thow

Participants12 (9 passed; 75% pass rate)

(c) Level I Technical: November 8 & 9, 1986

Instructors Don Gorveatt; Cheryl Thow;

Marilyn Sutherland;

Participants14 (14 passed; 100% pass rate)

(d) Level III Technical: April 25* 26, 1987 in Dartmouth, N.S.

Instructors Pat Reid; Ray Lilly;

Participants-Four from P.E.I.; results pending.

5. To submit an operating budget to the P.E.I.C.A. and P.E.I.L.C.A. in order to deliver an effective program in 1986-87. In September, an operating budget was submitted to both Associations, with a request for 50% funding from each. The budget contained a request of $1,290.00 for administration costs and $760.00 for equipment making for a total of $2,050.00. Each Association approved the request, recognizing that there will be no further major requests for equipment purchases.


As of December 31, 1986, there were 31 certified Level I’s and six Level II’s on P.E.I. Level I’s increased by six since last curling season and Level II’s by four. Both coaches for our Canada Games team completed the requirements for Level II certification.


A major initiative of the Curl Canada program in Prince Edward Island this year was the development and implementation of an officiating program. A modified officiating system was used for the Junior Men’s, Mixed and Women’s Provincial Championships.

It is the opinion of Curl Canada – P.E.I. that the first attempt at officiating for these championships went well. All individuals who acted as hogline referees or head officials had passed the Curl Canada course and many had had experience working at the Scott Tournament of Hearts in 1984. The warning system appeared to work well and few rocks were removed from play due to hogline violations.

However, regardless of the intent of the program, some complaints were made. This came as no surprise since this was, as has been stated many times, the first attempt at formal officiating in P.E.I. We would have been fools indeed if we had believed there would be none. Any complaint delivered, however minor or informal, was investigated and written reports were submitted to both the P.E.I.C.A. and P.E.I.L.C.A.

We did as much as we could to minimize any negative impact but I realize that confusion did result for a variety of reasons. We felt we were acting in a fair and impartial manner but it is not enough to be fair, one must be perceived as being fair. Poor communication was an issue whether among officials or between officials and curlers. This can be addressed and action can be taken to address this whole area in the future. Regarding any bias or perceived bias, this is an area with which both Associations must be prepared to deal, as it relates to the fact that we live in a very small province with a small curling population. It would be almost impossible to find any one individual who could be totally unconnected. Most anyone could be accused of one bias or another. As for human error, it will always be a factor.

I have the following recommendations to make as a result of our experience to date. I feel that the pros and cons of each should be considered as the program is developed for future years.

1) Officials should not be involved in the events as a competitive curler;

2) Officials must be knowledgeable about the rules and a screening process should be in place to determine who these officials will be:

3) The duties of a Head Official should not be rotated among a number of individuals at the Closed; rather there should be one only for all draws;

4) Members of the Appeals Committee should not be curling in the events and should be knowledgeable of the rules;

5) Complete information must be given to all curlers prior to the start of the competition clearly and concisely and if necessary in a letter of explanation;

6) Both the P.E.I.C.A. and the P.E.I.L.C.A. should determine their positions regarding irregular rocks in as far as it impacts on the choosing of sites for the Provincial Championships.

The Associations should view the situation this year as a learning experience and build a sound program for the future, taking into consideration the various issues which arose and any positive recommendations made.

We learned a great deal in terms of officiating. We know that the game has progressed to a level where officiating is becoming, or indeed has become, an integral part of it. We would not want to backslide at this stage and would recommend that the two Associations work together in conjunction with Curl Canada, to improve the program.

PLANS FOR 1987-88

1) To deliver three courses – two Level I Technicals, one in the western end of the Island and one in the greater Charlottetown area; one Level II Technical in the Summerside area.

2) To attract one new Provincial Course Conductor from the Western end of the Island into the Curl Canada program.

3) To continue the distribution of the Curl Canada newsletter and increase the issues to three per season – one at the start, one near Christmas, and one near the end of the year.

4) To develop the Individual Skill Achievement Award Program for implementation in Prince Edward Island in 1988.

Cheryl Thow, Curl Canada Co-ordinator



The January interim report which presented the Officiating Policy developed for our provincial championships stated that the policy:

…. was developed based on the principle that the prime function of an official is to make competition an enjoyable experience for all participants by ensuring that the game is played fairly, not to unnecessarily disrupt the flow of the game. Our primary purpose is to aid in the correction and limitation of rule violations and to issue penalties when warranted, not to remove rocks from play.

Individuals who participate as officials are required to have passed the Curl Canada Rules and Officiating course and to adhere to the officiating code of ethics.

It is the opinion of Curl Canada – P.E.I. that the first attempt at officiating for the ladies championship went reasonably well. All individuals who acted as hogline referees or head officials had passed the Curl Canada course and many had had experience working at the Scott Tournament of Hearts in 1984. The warning system appeared to work well and no rocks were removed from play due to hogline violations.

However, regardless of the intent of the program, several complaints were made. This came as no surprise since this was, as has been stated many times, the first attempt at formal officiating in P.E.I. We would have been fools indeed if we had believed there would be none. Each complaint delivered to us, however informally, was investigated and I would like to address each one directly. I have grouped the complaints into three main categories for purposes of clarification.

1. Official Interpretations Made

a) Call made by me re: rock crossing the plane of a sideboard during the Gallant/MacDonald game.

I was asked to make a ruling as to whether or not the running MacDonald rock had crossed the plane/hit the boards before it hit the Gallant rock on the edge of the twelve foot. I questioned Janet and Kathy and ruled that it had hit the boards before it struck the Gallant rock as a result of those conversations. Because I did not see the action myself but was asked for a ruling, my decision was based on discussion with the skips and I ruled in favour of the opposing team. (Rule 11.4). It is unfortunate that Janet MacDonald felt Kathie Gallant had changed my mind.

b) Call made by me re: a rock being burned as another rock was being swept into the house during the Allen/Shama game. I was asked for a ruling with the question “what do you do about a burned rock.” In the manner the question was asked I assumed it was the running rock and advised that the opposing skip could leave it or take it off (Rule 10). Consequently the rock was removed.

However, the rock in question was a stationary stone and I should have used Rule 11 (1). I erred in not being fully clear on the circumstances surrounding the question being asked. This situation did not affect the final outcome of the game and can only be viewed as one of human error.

2. Questions of Bias and Integrity

a) Several curlers indicated dissatisfaction with the fact that Jennifer Ramsay’s mother, Barb Scott was a hogline referee for Jennifer’s games. Barb Scott was never responsible for any of her daughter’s games and if she acted as a hogline referee during a period of time in which Jennifer was on the ice she was responsible for an alternate sheet or sheets. She herself had indicated she did not want to be put in that position and we had no desire to place her in it.

b) Kathie Gallant’s team had been accused of rematching the rocks, prior to the start of the competition, presumably to gain unfair advantage or “stack the deck.” On an evening prior to the competition, Al Ledgerwood, who has coached the Gallant team since the start of the year, attended the Montague Club with Joan Butcher and Cheryl Thow. He advised them of which rock each team member should throw in both sets on each sheet so that they would be aware before any game.

They did not rematch the rocks, which had already been matched on each ice prior to the start of the competition, nor did they change existing markings in any way.

In terms of delivering the program, Curl Canada personnel attempted to follow the correct procedure as closely as possible, including the pre-competition check which covers checking rocks for irregularities (p. 8 Officiating Manual Curl Canada). All rocks were paired and prior to the start of the Final Eights the curlers were given that information.

3. Problems of Communication

a) I have been advised that Barb Currie’s team was not told that after the first two teams were eliminated the rocks from Sheet I were placed on Sheet II and those from II were placed on the first ice. This action was taken in the belief that it would optimize everyone’s chances and eliminate the need for any team to throw the red rocks normally on Sheet II.

All competitors were advised prior to the start of the eights that the red rocks ran straighter than others and it was recommended that they act accordingly. As the need for four sheets had passed, we felt changing the rocks would remove the concern for everybody.

In attempts made to sort out this complaint the picture became quite confusing and it was very difficult to have the issue clarified. The fact remains that members of the Currie team feel they were not properly advised of the situation.

b) Some curlers complained that Kathie Gallant’s team had changed rocks during the latter game without permission from the head official. They were advised by Helen Robbins that if they were unhappy with any rocks they could replace them with rocks from any sheet. Consequently, the action was not taken without permission.

c) A third area of concern is the lines of communication among the officials themselves. Some problems did arise regarding different interpretations of rules. Much of that is directly attributable to the newness of the whole process and confusing direction from the national office, as well as assumptions being made that each one involved was interpreting certain items in the same way, when in fact this was not the case.

Throughout the Junior competition and the Open and Closed events we attempted to follow-up on all complaints brought to our attention. As well, we tried to respond positively to any recommendations for improvement. For example, we were advised in Cornwall at the Junior playdowns that if we were going to have hogline officials on the ice, curlers should be advised not to stand directly on the line thereby obstructing the view of the referees. Simple in its directness, obvious for sure and subsequently pre-game announcements were made, either at the event or at the banquet. Several curlers approached us with regard to the Open events, stating that they did not like to be put into the position of asking for a hogline referee. Therefore, for the Mixed Open it was announced that the head officials themselves would watch for hogline infractions if, in their opinion, it appeared that the action was necessary. In this way the onus

was removed from the skips, thought they could still request a hogline referee if they wished.

I have the following recommendations to make and feel that the pros and cons of each should be considered as the program is developed for future years.

1) Complete information be given to all curlers prior to the start of the competition and if necessary in a letter of explanation.

2) More emphasis should be placed on the code of ethics for curling officials.

3) The Association should view the situation this year as a learning experience and build a sound program for the future, taking into consideration the various issues which arose and any positive recommendations made.

In summary, I believe that with regard to the finals in Montague, the root problem was with the rocks themselves. It has been recognized that there is such a thing as irregular rocks. We did as much as we could to minimize the impact but I realize that confusion did result for a variety of reasons. We felt we were acting in a fair and impartial manner but it is not enough to be fair, one must be perceived as being fair. Poor communication was an issue whether among officials or between officials and curlers. This can be addressed and action can be taken to address this whole area in the future. Regarding any bias or perceived bias, this is an area with which the Association must be prepared to deal, as it relates to the fact that we live in a very small province with a small curling population. It would be almost impossible to find any one individual who could be totally unconnected. Most anyone could be accused of one bias or another. As for human error, it will always be a factor.

We learned a great deal in terms of officiating. We know that the game has progressed to a level where officiating is becoming, or indeed has become, an integral part of it. We would not want to backslide at this stage and would recommend that the two Associations work together, in conjunction with Curl Canada, to improve the program.




In the summer of 1987, Cheryl Munro resigned as Curl Canada Co-ordinator and I took up her duties the first of September. This first year has seemed to be “a learn as I go” one as far as my duties as a co-ordinator are concerned, and I am grateful for the help from Ms. Munro as the year progressed.

PLANS FOR 1987-88

Two clinics – Level I and Level II Coaching – were scheduled but unfortunately neither took place. The Level I course in O’Leary was cancelled due to a snowstorm and was not rescheduled because of time restrictions. Materials for the Level II course were to be revised by the Ottawa office but were not completed in time for this year.

A Level II Officiating Course was scheduled for March. However, this too was cancelled due to unavailability of instructor from the Ottawa office. It was unfortunate that these clinics had to be cancelled, but circumstances dictated that they must. Hopefully, these will take place in 1988-89.


In September, an operating budget of $1,000 was submitted to both the P.E.I.C.A. and the P.E.I.L.C.A. with a request for 50% funding from each. This was approved by both Associations.


As of December 31, 1987, there were 32 certified Level I’s and 7 certified Level II’s. Since that time, two more became certified Level I’s.


During the Provincial Playdowns, there was minimal officiating. I personally have not heard any comments concerning this format. I feel that there was some confusion about where the responsibility for officiating lies, and I think it would be appropriate for both the P.E.I.C.A. and the P.E.I.C.A. to meet with the Curl Canada Co-ordinator and set up some guidelines concerning officiating. Hopefully this would take place early in the curling season.

PLANS FOR 1988-89

1) To deliver three courses – two Level I Technicals, one in the Western end of the Island and one in the Greater Charlottetown area; one Level II Technical in the Summerside area.

2) To assist in the Junior Camp planned for Cornwall in November – possibly a Level I Technical course.

3) To outline a guideline for officiating at Provincial Playdowns.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Currie, Curl Canada Co-ordinator



1988-89 was a relatively busy season for Curl Canada P.E.I. In September, P.E.I. hosted a Maritime Course Conductors seminar held at the Rodd’s Royalty Inn. Two people were welcomed to become Course Conductors for P.E.I. – Gail Johnston and Ed MacMurdo.

Three technical clinics were held in October and November. A Level II clinic was held in Summerside with 5 people attending. Two Level I clinics were held – O’Leary – 7 people enrolled and Belvedere with 18 people attending.


In September, an operating budget ($1,000) was submitted to both the P.E.I.C.A. and P.E.I.L.C.A. with a request for 50% funding from each. This was approved by both Associations. Major expenses for the year include (to April 30, 1989):

Telephone $350.00

Seminar expenses 130.00

Technical Clinics (course conductors) 346.00

Miscellaneous (Postage) 30.00


While there has been no official record, as of present time there are approximately 36 certified Level I’s and 7 certified Level II’s.

PLANS FOR 1989-90

To establish definite plans for the next season, I will have to consult with the course conductors and the curling clubs to ascertain what areas might want technical clinics or other services of Curl Canada.




1989-90 was a relatively quiet season for Curl Canada P.E.I. No technical clinics were held although a Level I was scheduled in October but due to low registration this clinic was postponed. A Level I Officiating Clinic is to be held April 28th at the Cornwall Curling Club.


$1,000 was received from the P.E.I.C.A. and P.E.I.L.C.A. with each sharing 50% of the fund. Major expenses for year include (to April 30/90)

Telephone $300.00

Tech. Clinic 100.00

Repairs to VCR 108.00

Miscellaneous 130.00

(Postage, courier)


At the present time there are 37 certified Level I’s and 9 certified Level II’s.

PLANS FOR 1990-91

There are no definite plans for next season as yet but we anticipate a Level II officiating clinic with the possibility of Level I and Level II technical clinics if there is sufficient interest. We would welcome any suggestions from the curling clubs and I would also mention that the Curl Canada Instructors would be available to assist clubs with Intermediate Clinics.

Barbara Currie,

Curl Canada Co-ordinator



It has been a pleasure to have worked for the P.E.I. Curling Association in this, its first year of being. I took over this job in August, 1990. Things are changing in the curling scene. We have a new name – Technical Co-ordinator of the Canadian Curling Association. We have a new National Director who is Gerry Peckham.

I did not attend the summer meeting as I had not been appointed at that time. The first event that happened after my appointment was Provincial Course Conductors Seminar in Dartmouth in September, 1990. I applied for money for this from Community and Cultural Affairs. We received $500.00 to send four people. It was a good seminar, very well done. A great way to break in the new job! Gerry Peckham was at this seminar and many concerns were raised. I am sure Gerry took our concerns back to Ottawa with him. In fact, it was suggested that a Level III Technical course be held in the Maritimes and this happened on April 5 & 6 in Moncton. I sent out information to ten people who were eligible for this course.

It was very interesting and exciting to find out that it is our turn to host the Provincial Course Conductors Seminar in the Fall of 1991. I am working on this.

A Level I Officiating Clinic was held in Summerside October 20th at the Silver Fox Curling Club with 14 people taking the course and passing it. Marilyn Sutherland conducted this course with Barbara Currie assisting. I sent out about fifty letters about the Level I and Level II Officiating Clinics. Much of the mailing was done for me by the Winter Games. We had applied for money for Level I and II clinics through the Best Ever Program. We received $1,000.00 for Level I and $1,200.00 for Level II. We had two Level I’s, one in April in Cornwall and one in the Fall in Summerside. These two clinics used all of the $1,000.00. We had a Level II Officiating Clinic October 27th at the Silver Fox in Summerside. Conductor was Joyce Myers from Nova Scotia with Marilyn Sutherland assisting her. The number of people taking the course was twenty-three (23) with thirteen (13) people passing. That was not great but of the ten (10) who failed, six of them had a mark in the 60’s. I would hope to have another level II before too long.

I had taken the job as Officials Officer with the Charlottetown Club’s Canada Games Committee with curling so it was my job to have people practice their skills at some events. We did the Pre-Games competition in November, 1990. Sharon Knox looked after this event. Shelley Muzika looked after the Skins Games at Charlottetown in December, 1990.

I looked after having people do the Scott Tournament of Hearts open at Charlottetown and Sharon Knox did the final 8’s at Belvedere. I looked after training the timers for games. By this time we were ready for the running of the Canada Games women’s curling in Charlottetown. Meanwhile, Joyce Duffy was getting her people in place for the men’s curling in Summerside. Both events went really well and we should get some people qualified at higher levels.

I scheduled a Level I Coaching Clinic in Alberton in December, 1990. Don Gorveatt conducted this clinic. Barbara Currie assisted. Both these people were paid instructors. Norma Jean Lank also helped at this clinic. We had twelve (12) people take the course and they all passed.

In the Fall after I took this job, I sent out letters to a lot of people who could get certified by finishing up their practical or taking a theory. I do hope that some of these people have taken advantage of these opportunities offered this year on account of the Winter Games.

I have enjoyed the work so far and am looking forward to the running of the Provincial Course Conductors Seminar this Fall. There are many changes coming about in curling. I am looking forward to attending the 1991 Annual National Summer Conference in Ottawa in July with all of the Provincial/Territorial Technical Co-ordinators, the Provincial/Territorial Marketing Co-ordinators, the National Course Conductors, and Level IV & V candidates.

At this time I would like to thank the following people: our Provincial Course Conductors – Marilyn Sutherland, Don Gorveatt, Barbara Currie, Joyce Duffy who helped out in Summerside; Norma Jean Lank who helped out in Alberton; Sharon Knox and Shelly Muzika who looked after the events; and also all of the people who took officiating courses and all those who helped us during the Winter Games. I am sure you are all glad you were part of such a great event. I would be remiss if I did not thank Sport P.E.I. and Community & Cultural Affairs for all their help.

Last but not least, thanks to the P.E.I. Curling Association from whom I take my direction. Looking forward to working for you in the season ahead!

Respectfully submitted,

Shirley Lank

Technical Director



Opening Balance $652.83


Received from PEICA – Money held from Best Ever Program 89-90 $ 500.00

Community & Cultural Affairs for P.C.C. Seminar 500.00

Level I Course Officiating 1,200.00

Level I Course (12 X $35) 420.00

Interest 38.10

TOTAL $2,658.10


Instructors Costs 888.28

Cost of Instructors 340.00

Postage 81.80

National Courses 1,100.00

Rule Books 10.00

Phone 40.00

Service Charges 3.68

TOTAL $2,463.76

Balance at April 30, 1991 $ 847.17


We have at present the following:

4 Provincial Course Conductors

127 People that have taken Level I Coaching

47 Are certified

27 People have taken Level II

10 Are certified

8 People have taken Level III

0 Are certified


95 Level I

67 Completed

15 Level II

6 Completed

1 Level III






A Level 1 Technical program was presented to 12 participants at the Cornwall Curling Club. Instructors for this course were Don Gorveatt, Head Instructor, Marilyn Sutherland and Norma Jean Griffin.

Participants in the course were from the Summerside, Charlottetown, Cornwall and Montague Curling Clubs. The following is a list:

Patsy Blackett, Cornwall Curling Club

Donna Lank, S’side Curling Club

Carl Brydon, Montague Curling Club

Jeremy MacDonald, Cornwall Curling Club

Larry Cudmore, Cornwall Curling Club

Brenda MacMillan, Cornwall Curling Club

Sharon Dunne, Cornwall Curling Club

Rebecca Jean MacPhee, Ch’town Curling Club

Lou Ann Henry, Ch’town Curling Club

Nola Murphy, S’side Curling Club

Bert Seely, S’side Curling Club

John Stewart, Ch’town Curling Club

The course participants represented a broad range of curling experience from the highly competitive to the once a week curler. This mix allowed for a good cross section of opinions and allowed for excellent input to the projects presented to the class.



As your Technical Director, I would like to give the following report.

A course conductor’s meeting was held May 7 to plan 91-92 season’s activities.

I attended the National Technical Director’s meetings in Ottawa in July, ’91. It was a very informative weekend with a good look at what we are doing and how our programs are to operate. The marketing people met same time and place. Also a lot of the High Performance people were there.

Plans were started for the Maritime Fall Course Conductor’s Seminar which was held Sept. 20-22, hosted by our province. We had a meeting of course conductors to make plans for this seminar. The seminar was held at Cornwall Curling Club with attendance of Course Conductors from N.S. 4; N.B. 5; and P.E.I. 6.

We also had two guests. Our guest speaker was Dr. Thomson. We are fortunate to have two new course conductors in the persons of Norma Jean Lank and Daryell Nowlan.

The next event which I helped out with was the fall workshop Sept 28-29 which was held at Cornwall. It went very well and was useful to all those who participated. We had Charlie Seaman from Pepsi as guest. Jill Richardson was guest speaker. Due to the fact that we have new rule books a Curling Rules Clinic was held at UPEI with an attendance of fifteen.

Don Gorveatt and Norma Jean Lank conducted a Level I clinic on Nov. 30 and Dec 1 at the Cornwall Curling Club with nine people taking the course and receiving their Level 1.

Late in the season I had a person (Al Ledgerwood) write his Level 2 Equivalency. I had tried to have a Level II course but could not get people in fall then couldn’t get ice and conductors at the end of the season. Hopefully early fall we will put something in place next season.

I attended the Policy meetings in Halifax as an observer which was very interesting.

The last item which I will mention is officials. At the beginning of the year it was decided by the PEICA that we would have one official per draw for all provincial events. I had different people look after the events in each area and for most part I believe it went well. I would like to thank all of those people who helped me out in the different areas.


As Technical Director for P.E.I., I would like to make this report for the season of 1992-93.

We had a meeting of all course conductors at my house May, 1992. Plans were made for the season. There were six people in attendance: Norma Jean Griffin, Marilyn Sutherland, Daryell Nowlan, Barb Currie, Don Gorveatt and myself.

We made plans for a Level I, Level II and Rules week.

I attended the Summer Conference in Whistler, B.C. I attended the Fall Conference in Moncton along with Daryell, Marilyn, Barb and Norma Jean. Sent out notices to all clubs in regarding to ice making clinic in October.

I chaired the Junior part of our P.E.I. Fall Workshop. Sent to each club lists of Level I and II coaches. Technical Jackets were ordered for interested people. Letters were written in regard to Winter Games team and coach selection. Level I in October had 12 people in attendance. Level II had to be cancelled. Only one person paid to attend.

I applied for three people to receive certification Level I and two Level III. I organized officials at Provincial events. Thanks to all who helped especially Julie Robinson, Linda MacDonald, Sharon Knox, Clair Sweet and Helen Robbins. I am attaching Don Gorveatt’s report in regard to Level I Clinic.

I would like to thank all those who helped me during the year. I would like to thank Sport P.E.I. for printing material for me, many times on short notice. It has been three years now since I became your Technical Director and I thank you for the experience of working on your behalf.

Respectfully submitted,

Shirley G. Lank, Technical Director



The Technical Division has three course conductors – Don Gorveatt, Marilyn Sutherland and Barbara Currie. In September they attended the Provincial Course Conductor’s Conference held in Moncton. This meeting is held every year to update course conductors on what’s new in teaching courses, etc.

On October 17, 19, and 22, a Level 2 Technical was held in Summerside with 10 participants. In December a Level 1 was held with two participants. There were two intermediate clinics and these were well attended. Approximately 20 people attended the clinic in Summerside in November and 18 in O’Leary in February.

Barbara Currie,

Technical Director



The course conductors for the technical division are Marilyn Sutherland, Don Gorveatt, and Barbara Currie. In July Marilyn Sutherland and Barbara Currie a attended the national conference for technical directors and master course conductors held in Edmonton. Later in September they attended the Provincial Course Conductors’ seminar in Halifax. In 1997, it will be P.E.I.’s turn to host this event.

In November Marilyn Sutherland held a rules clinic in Charlottetown for juniors as well as adults. There were two Level 1 Technical Courses held over the season. Ten people attended the course in Montague in November and 11 in Summerside in February. There were no requests for any other clinics but we have some for next year.

Tentatively we hope to schedule a Level 2 and at least one Level 1 course for next year. We would like to get the support of the Executive to approach the Physical Education Association to present the Getting Started program.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Currie

TO: PEICA Executive and Board of Directors

FROM: Technical Division

DATE: May 25, 1997

The Technical Division of the PEICA consisting of Don Gorveatt (PCC), Marilyn Sutherland (MCC) and Barb Currie (Technical Director) submit the following recommendations to the PEICA:

1. The PEICA encourage more volunteers to become involved in instruction/coaching at all levels of Junior development (Little Rocks, Novice, Intermediate, Junior).

2. More stringent regulations regarding coaching at the Provincial Level also be established ex: all “Junior” coaches be at least Level I Technical before taking a team to Provincials.

3. The Provincial Novice playdowns be held at a separate time from the Junior Provincials, and an Intermediate playdown be included in the Pepsi Provincials to accommodate those individuals who are beyond novice but not yet ready to compete at the Junior or Elite level.

4. The format of the Provincial Junior playdowns be changed to a triple-knockout to provide for better competition and more adequate preparation for the Province’s representatives to National competition.

Thank you for your consideration.



MAY 27, 1998

Technical Course Conductors are Don Gorveatt, Marilyn Sutherland, and Barbara Currie. Marilyn and I attended the National Technical and Marketing Conference in Ottawa this past July. It was decided not to hold the Maritime Course Conductors Workshop this year but perhaps continue it next year.

Don and I conducted an Intermediate clinic at the Charlottetown Curling Club in December. Two Technical clinics were held this year – Level 1 at Cornwall and a Level 2 at the Crapaud Curling Club. Marilyn has worked extensively with the Junior program this year and has been designated the Winter Games coach. Level 2 coaches are invited to attend the Level 3 Technical that will be held in Moncton in November, 1998.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara Currie