Newly Appointed Board Members

Pickleball Canada is pleased to announce the following appointments made during the Board of Directors meeting held the evening of July 6, 2021.

Pickleball Canada President

Karen Rust (Regina, SK) was appointed President, and will serve until the next Annual General Meeting. Karen, the former VP, Administration and Competitions, and Treasurer, of Pickleball Canada, brings extensive leadership and governance experience to the role of President. Karen’s experience with pickleball in Canada includes club development, tournament management, and officiating. Karen is a retired accountant with senior management experience in the financial services industry. “I am honoured to be asked to fill this leadership role as President of Pickleball Canada”, said Karen. “We have many important priorities to address for the advancement of pickleball in Canada and by working together, collaboratively, we will achieve them.”

PCO Board of Directors:

PCO would also like to welcome the following new members to the board and the Executive Committee.

Deanna Hanes (Kingston, ON) was appointed as VP, Administration and Competitions, and Treasurer, serving until the next Annual General Meeting. Deanna was the former Ontario representative on the Board of Directors. Deanna has been involved in pickleball for the last six years and was on the host committee of the 2019 Canadian Nationals. Born in New Brunswick she now calls Kingston, Ontario home where she is raising three wonderful boys. 3 words that describe Deanna are passionate, fun, and strong. She is currently working on her Yoga Teacher Training. When she reflects on this past year, she realized she cares about furthering and empowering women and girls through sport.

Karen Hill (St. Pauls, ON) is the newly appointed Ontario representative to the Board. Karen Hill has served on the Pickleball Ontario board for a few years and now as a director at large.  But day to day, Karen is the PAO Head Official, overseeing referee training and providing referees for local and high-performance tournaments.  Karen has served as the Head Official at many of the tournaments in Ontario.  She has served on the PCO National Officiating development committee since 2018. Karen has had the chance to referee in various places around the World, including the USA where you might find her warming herself during our wicked winters!  Karen also owns and operates a private pickleball facility, providing round robins, and drills for recreation level players and competitive round robins, shoot-outs, and ladders for those that love the competition.   When not playing pickleball, or playing with grandchildren, Karen is the controller for the company she and her husband operate as landowners and farmers in Ontario.

Ted Fardoe (Winnipeg and Lacdubonnet, MB) is the newly appointed Manitoba representative to the Board. Ted is working and mentoring the next generation. Ted has spent 14 years on the board of Winnipeg minor basketball association, with10 of those as president. Ted’s major accomplishments include facilitating planning opportunities for up to 500 teams over a spring and fall season, facilitating coaching development, fair play, and elite development.  He is also a member of the WMBA foundation committee who’s mandate is / was providing funding and playing opportunities to youth where resources were not available; post secondary scholarships yearly to one male and one female athlete graduating high school who had history in the WMBA (playing, coaching, refereeing); and implementing a 10 year program to provide outdoor basketball facilities in six distinct districts of the City of Winnipeg. Ted found pickleball two years ago and it has provided Ted with new opportunities to compete and make new friends across the continent. Professionally Ted is President and owner of Canotech Consultants, a Project Management General Contracting company incorporated in 1988, servicing Winnipeg, Manitoba, and NW Ontario.

Pickleball Canada National Championship Update

Dear Pickleball Canada Member,

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 Pickleball Canada National Championship in Red Deer this August 10-15, is a GO!

Yes, you read that right, let’s play pickleball! Red Deer is gearing up for the finest championship ever and are very optimistic about the Open For Summer Plan.

Important Notes:

  • Alberta is entering Stage 2 on June 10th, of their Open For Summer Plan, and the Stage 3 opening is anticipated to be in July, which removes most of the restrictions in place.
  • Should the situation change, so may our future plans. If AHS (Alberta Health Services) delays Stage 3, or introduces more restrictions, we may be forced to cancel due to provincial guidelines.

What’s Next?

We are closely monitoring the AHS updates in Alberta as well as in the USA, regarding the number of cases. History tells us that government health plans can change quite rapidly depending on case counts. Particularly after key holiday events.

Completing Your Registration and Payment

  • July 1st, 2021. You will be prompted to return to Pickleball Brackets Website to complete your registration and pay for your events.
  • While you are in Pickleball Brackets, please take a look and select the evening meals and entertainment you would like to attend.
  • Players please ensure that you have paid your Club, Provincial and PCO fees before you attempt to pay your tournament fees in Pickleball Brackets.

We are delaying payment collection for as long as possible. You have time to make your travel plans, and also weigh the potential risks. The Provincial travel restrictions, as well as isolation requirements are your responsibility. You may be required to provide proof of vaccination, or isolation either leaving your home or returning. You can confirm at the following link – Alberta AHS guidelines here.

More to do in Red Deer than Pickleball!

In the next few weeks we will be releasing more information on travel, accommodations, things to do, tours, and other events that may be of interest to you. Our concierge team has curated a number of activities and services to make your trip to Red Deer, Alberta an unforgettable experience! Explore Red Deer!

The Fine Print:

It’s worth repeating, the Nationals are contingent upon AHS provincial health measures and restrictions. You can follow AHS guidelines for further details here.