The following activites have submitted their COVID-19 plans and have been approved to re-open. Updated June 1, 2020
- All Walking groups
- All Hiking groups
- Paddling group (Slo-Mo Paddlers)
- All Cycling groups
Gilles Gratton of Cycling Club
Kayaker Exploring Deep Bay
Catherine enjoying surf wave on the Cowichan
Relaxing at Rathtrevor on the Cyclists Outing
Rob competing against our MLA
Cyclists at the Kinsol Trestle
Dollymount Cycling Group
Moonlight over Salish Sea
A Salish Sea Sunrise
Large group at the Picnic
Our Playful Oceanside Beaches
Scenic Nanoose Bay
Grey Whale Seen in Nanoose
Large Group Participation Easy Walking
"Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
We will publish your activities as quickly as possible so that no-one need to miss the opportunities offered. Check here for the latest PGOSA Chronicle!
Activity Re-Opening Updates - Cycling
As per previous updates, Managers were requested to submit Safety Plans for their Activities including information on how to implement best practices on distancing, safety masks, group numbers, etc.
The Board has received several Plans already---Thanks to those Activity Managers for a speedy response on behalf of their Group members. Check our home page at pgosa.org for a list of approved activities.
The Board has received and reviewed the Safety Plans for the Cycling Groups. Effective June 1st, 2020, the Cycling groups are approved to re-open their Activities
Managers are requested to ensure their members adhere to your action plans----members not wishing to follow your leadership should not be allowed to participate.
So, Cycling Groups are also approved to re-open effective June 1st, 2020.
Enjoy your activity but please keep Member Safety as your primary focus.....your leadership is so appreciated.
We welcome the submission of more Safety Plans from our Activity Managers at your early convenience.
In answer to several similar questions as to what happens if someone does catch the virus, please read the following Governance from ViaSport BC who has been delegated the reopening process for Sports Organizations.
"it is up to the individual to understand their risks and make a decision about whether or not to participate. As a sport organization if you are planning programming for older adults you will need to ensure that health guidelines are being followed and look for further ways to mitigate risk, such as smaller group sizes and specific time slots for this population group."
Annual General Meeting - Election of Officers and Directors
Monday, April 15, 2019 was the date of the Annual General Meeting of PGOSA. The members chose their executive for the coming year. We are pleased that all of the directors from last year have returned to serve again for another year. Members also welcomed our newest board members, Doug Williams, Rodney Arnold and Hugh Mitchell.
We now have a total ten serving board members which should prove to be an active group to work for the general membership. Already, board members have taken on some very important tasks for the coming year.
WHY PGOSA? Here are some GREAT reasons
Community: PGOSA just celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2018. We are the largest Seniors Activity Group in the Mid Island Region with the majority of members from the Parksville, Qualicum Beach area but several hundred members from Courtenay to Ladysmith.
Activities: PGOSA has an endorsed group of Social and Sporting Activities that run year round. There is always an activity to attend as a PGOSA member. We also now run slopitch all Fall and Winter indoors at the Arbutus meadows Arena in Nanoose. I was happy to organize and run the first Walking Soccer League in Canada. We play year round. At Arbutus meadows from September to end of March and in the Community Park thru the summer where members may play for FREE.
Insurance: PGOSA spends almost half of its annual membership fee revenues on Group Insurance for its endorsed activities. Despite every effort at Safety, we still incur the odd fall or broken tooth etc…..PGOSA Insurance covers you provided your membership is current.
Subsidies: PGOSA gives back to its groups through subsidies...your membership fees get put to use directly.
Value: Our annual membership fee is $15.00 currently. As stated, most of those funds cover Group Insurance and Activity subsidies.
Discounts for Members: PGOSA has organized a “Friends of PGOSA” program where PGOSAns receive from 10-25% discounts from numerous local merchants. With one or two purchases from our “Friends”, PGOSAns can easily cover their $15.00 annual fees. In fact, one could say that people should join PGOSA if only to SAVE MONEY!
Active Directors: We currently have very hard-working Directors and many more long-time Activity Managers who have given years of support to PGOSA. Events are organized extremely well and Volunteers are always welcomed to pitch in a wee bit.
Fellowship: With 1200+ members locally there are loads of friendships, connections, networking opportunities etc from within the PGOSA membership base. Events are always fun with lots of chatter and banter.
State of the Art Communications: we provide all members with 2 newsletters monthly to keep them informed on current information and there is a website at www.pgosa.org that provides a Calendar of all events, how to get there etc. All Activities have a page with Contacts, location, costs etc. Our Insurance Policy, Policies and Bylaws are all posted for members to peruse. We have dedicated Editors and Webmasters in place and the sites are kept up to date.
Summary: PGOSA is a terrific opportunity for local Seniors to get out with their peers or colleagues and participate in safe, insured activities that are organized for them. If you live in the Mid_Vanisle Region and are 55 or over, there are many, many good reasons why you should join PGOSA.