Pasadena Community Foundation Awards $372,000 to Local Nonprofits for COVID-19 Response

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Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Pasadena Community Foundation as awarded the second phase of grants from its COVID-19 Response Fund to 26 local nonprofits. Totaling $372,000, the grants will support local community-based organizations serving families and individuals experiencing extreme hardship from the economic, social, and physical impact of the COVID-19 crisis.PCF’s first round of COVID-19 emergency response funding was distributed on March 31, 2020. It benefited nine local organizations serving seniors and distributing food and supplies to low-income individuals and families. In addition, the Foundation also released restrictions on existing grants to allow the recipient organizations to use current grant funds for their most urgent needs. With Phase One funding totaling $272,330, Pasadena Community Foundation has now granted more than $500,000 to local nonprofit organizations providing relief services to the Pasadena community.“Easing the burdens of the COVID-19 crisis in our community is PCF’s highest priority and will be the focus of our grantmaking for the rest of 2020,” said Jennifer DeVoll, PCF President and Chief Executive Officer. “Based on research, collaboration, and thoughtful discussion, the Foundation’s leadership concluded that Phase Two funding will expand support for basic needs, including food, shelter, and social services for our most vulnerable neighbors.”Community-based organizations serving families and individuals suffering disproportionately from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis were invited to submit proposals for Phase Two funding. PCF identified local organizations with a history of successful engagement with these vulnerable groups, including food distribution and meal delivery organizations, and social service providers focused on seniors, people experiencing homelessness, at-risk student populations, low-income families with school-age children, and more.“We continue to track Pasadena’s evolving needs and collaborate with local nonprofit and city leaders,” said Kate Clavijo, Ed.D. and PCF senior program officer. “PCF’s relationships with community stakeholders allow us to review the full picture of COVID-19 response, identify gaps, and distribute our funds where they can have the greatest impact.”The following Pasadena-based nonprofit organizations received grants for COVID-19 response and/or to modify services to accommodate “Safer at Home” city policies.Addressing the immediate needs of homebound seniors:• $10,000 to Meals on Wheels to maintain and expand meal delivery for homebound seniors.• $5,000 to Pasadena Senior Center to expand outreach and food distribution to older adults.• $25,000 to YWCA San Gabriel Valley to increase services for meal delivery to low-income homebound seniors in the Pasadena/Altadena area.Addressing the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness:• $12,000 to Elizabeth House to support pregnant and parenting homeless and formerly homeless women with food, supplies, and emergency needs.• $15,000 to Salvation Army to support food distribution program and to add senior meal delivery.• $25,000 to Union Station to support safe temporary housing and meal delivery to those experiencing homelessness.Supporting health agencies:• $15,000 to Foothill Family Service for technology support to transition to telehealth and online service delivery.• $15,000 to support the Huntington Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Fund.• $15,000 to Planned Parenthood Pasadena San Gabriel Valley to support technology needs for transition to telehealth and online service delivery.Supporting disabled adults in residential homes:• $5,000 to AbilityFirst to purchase groceries, supplies, and programming for adults with developmental disabilities in two residential programs.• $15,000 to Villa Esperanza to purchase groceries, supplies, and programming for adults with developmental disabilities in seven residential programs.Addressing the immediate needs of low-income families, students and youth:• $5,000 to Families Forward Learning Center to provide groceries, baby supplies, and gift cards to families.• $20,000 to Flintridge Center to support the Youth of Promise program for youth coming out of incarceration with emergency assistance grants.• $15,000 to Foothill Unity to support their Food Program that provides weekly food boxes to low-income families and seniors.• $20,000 to Friends in Deed to support its food pantry.• $15,000 to Learning Works for purchase of educational supplies, access to technology, and emergency assistance to low-income students and their families.• $10,000 to Pasadena/Altadena Coalition of Transformative Leaders (PACTL) to support low-income families with emergency supplies and educational resources.• $15,000 to Pasadena Community Job Center for emergency mini-grants and food pantry support for day laborers and domestic workers.• $15,000 for Pasadena City College Foundation to expand emergency assistance through the Unexpected Hardship Fund, which provides electronic gift cards, emergency funds to low-income students.• $10,000 to the Pasadena Educational Foundation to purchase protective equipment to monitor the health of essential workers, including those preparing and distributing meals for Pasadena Unified School District.• $15,000 to Stars to provide under-served youth and their families culturally responsive meals and support for online learning.Addressing the immediate needs of foster youth:• $15,000 to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services to provide temporary housing and food for at-risk young adults.• $15,000 to Hillsides to purchase food, groceries, basic supplies foster and transitional aged youth.• $15,000 to Five Acres to support increased educational and food expenses for students in Short-Term Residential Therapeutic and Transitional Shelter Care programs.Supporting low-income sober living clients in residential homes• $10,000 to Casa to expand telehealth programming and meals for residential clients.• $20,000 to Grandview Foundation to provide shelter, treatment, and healthy meals to individuals struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.The PCF COVID-19 Response Fund was established to activate local philanthropy and provide direct relief to Pasadena-area residents. The fund was seeded with an initial commitment of $100,000 from PCF, and has grown with gifts from community members, private foundations, and local businesses. The third phase of PCF’s COVID-19 response fund grantmaking – planned for later this year – will reallocate existing grant funds and leverage any uncommitted and new funds to continue to support relief and recovery efforts in the Pasadena community. Non-Profits News Pasadena Community Foundation Awards $372,000 to Local Nonprofits for COVID-19 Response Announces New COVID-19 Response Grants for Pasadena Nonprofits STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, May 4, 2020 | 11:09 am More Cool Stuff 86 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

20 beds to open in Limerick hospital

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first_imgWhatsApp St John’s Hospital20 additional beds are to be opened in St. John’s Hospital in Limerick to address the hospital overcrowding problem in the Limerick region.In response to a Parliamentary Question in the Dáil today, Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan was told that the beds will be re-opened at St. John’s in the coming weeks.“I welcome this move by the HSE, as it will begin to help the chronic overcrowding that University Hospital Limerick is now experiencing on a daily basis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “12 of the beds are to open on Monday, October 30 and the remaining eight will open as soon as the required staff are hired and in place, which, given the severity of the situation in Limerick hospitals, should be as soon as possible,” he said.Maurice Quinlivan TD“I have been constantly advocating for additional beds and staff for Limerick hospitals to help address the crisis, and I am glad some action is now being taken.“Having 902 patients on trolleys in UHL in September was totally unacceptable. Today there are currently 48 people lying on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick, the highest anywhere in the state,” Deputy Quinlivan added.“Although this announcement of 20 extra beds in welcome, it is not even enough to match the current overcrowding levels, let alone the meet the demand winter will put on our hospitals.“Funding must be put in place to progress the building of the 96 bed block for University Hospital Limerick to ensure patient safety and comfort and to meet the demand of our growing population,” he concluded. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDailemergency departmenthospital overcrowdingHSElimerickMaurice QuinlivanSinn Feinst johns hospitaltrolleysuniversity hospital limerick Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Email Previous articleCellist Richard Harwood joins RTE NSO at concert hallNext articleWalking with Limerick’s ghosts Editor center_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsBreaking news20 beds to open in Limerick hospitalBy Editor – October 20, 2017 3276 Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Printlast_img read more

More people getting online in Donegal since 2015

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first_imgHomepage BannerNews NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook More people getting online in Donegal since 2015 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Pinterest Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Wednesday May 26th By admin – August 20, 2016 Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ 241 .ie domains were registered in Donegal in the first half of 2016 according to the latest dot ie Domain Profile Report.The figure is a 3% decrease on the same period last year.Overall .ie domain registrations in Ulster in the first half of 2016 numbered 849, a 2.6% increase on the same period last year.Chief Executive of IEDR David Curtin says the decrease can be attributed to lack of high speed broadband in the North West:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/davidcurtin10am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleLawyers in Northern Ireland begin legal challenge to EU referendum resultNext articleMan convicted of causing death by dangerous driving in Donegal, receives another 4 month suspended sentence admin Facebook Twitter Google+ Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny WhatsApp 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Twitterlast_img read more

Rachelle Ann Go & Devin Ilaw Tapped for Saigon

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first_img The movie’s in their minds! Rachelle Ann Go and Devin Ilaw have joined the cast of the Miss Saigon revival as Gigi and Thuy, respectively. Boublil and Schönberg’s musical will begin performances on March 1, 2017 at the Broadway Theatre, headlined by the previously announced Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer and 20-year-old Eva Noblezada as Kim. Directed by Laurence Connor, opening night is scheduled for March 23; the limited engagement will run on the Main Stem through January 14, 2018 before launching a North American tour later in the year.Go reprises her acclaimed West End performance as Gigi; she began her career by winning a nationally-televised singing competition at the age of 17 in her native Philippines. Additional theater credits include Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Manila), Jane Porter in Tarzan (Manila), and Fantine in Les Misérables (in the West End and Manila).Ilaw most recently performed in the new Broadway production of Les Misèrables. Other theater credits include M. Butterfly, Wearing Black, The King & I, and Thuy in the 2010 Toronto production of Miss Saigon.  Based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, the Boublil and Schönberg musical follows the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub run by “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night, igniting a doomed trans-Pacific relationship.The original production premiered in the West End in 1989; it transferred to the Broadway Theatre two years later and ran for nearly ten years in New York. The revival opened at the West End’s Prince Edward Theatre in May 2014 and closed in February.The Broadway Theatre is currently the home of the revival of Fiddler on the Roof; the Bartlett Sher-helmed production will close on December 31. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 14, 2018center_img Miss Saigon Rachelle Ann Go in ‘Miss Saigon'(Photo: Matt Dunham)last_img read more

Leadership Matters: Enhance strengths or improve weaknesses?

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first_img This post is currently collecting data… Every human has four endowments; self-awareness, conscience, independent will, and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom. . . the power to choose, to respond, to change.” – Steven CoveyThe dualistic strengths-versus-weaknesses perspective so common in professional development is a helpful starting point in the conversation on developing leadership skills. However, this focus on weakness can also be limiting and leave us with a fixed, narrow view of what a successful leader looks like, of ourselves as leaders, even of what leadership is or is not.This limited mindset does not allow for leaders to change and grow as individuals, nor does it allow for adaptation into new roles within the trajectory of a developing career.Other philosophies propose that we can access more of our latent leadership potential when we concentrate our efforts on our areas of perceived strength rather than investing energy into “correcting” areas of “deficiency” (a.k.a. “areas of opportunity.”)  While this approach can be effective, it does not necessarily encourage us to identify and stretch into areas that hold the greatest potential for personal development or our growth as leaders simply for the sake of growth. This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tomato Temper-Tantrum Lands FL Girl in Jail

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first_imgA Florida teen is behind bars for attacking her family over tomatoes, according to police.Callahan police say 19-year-old Katie Jade Gates became angry when she was denied an extra helping of tomatoes at the dinner table.As the tension built, Gates allegedly threw a water bottle at her grandfather, a cigarette pack at her great-grandmother, and then threatened her grandfather with a knife when he tried to confront her.Family members claim Gates threatened to stab him in his “f-ing face” as she chased the man around.Police were called, and they arrested her at the scene.She is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery on a person over 65.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more

Ricky Ponting’s test team of the decade only features one Indian – Virat Kohli!

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first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/AFPAdvertisement fNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsczaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eewl3v( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2pg869Would you ever consider trying this?😱1moCan your students do this? 🌚6j33Roller skating! Powered by Firework Looking back at the year of 2019, the one single cricketer that has exceeded all expectations and competitions in test cricket is none other than Virat Kohli. The captain of Team India has retained his position in the ICC Test batting rankings as the world no. 1, and was earlier chosen as the captain of Cricket Australia’s Test team of the decade. Today, Aussie hall of fame Ricky Ponting has come up with his own team, and no surprise! Kohli is the captain there, and is the only Indian cricketer to make the list!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/AFPLast week, Cricket Australia had officially announced their Test team of the decade, choosing Kohli as the leader of the squad. Probably that is where the 2003 World Cup winner got his inspiration from.Earlier today, Ponting took it to social media to list down his own version of the squad. On his official Twitter handle, the 45 year old said as everyone was listing out their own test XI of the last 10 years, he too, wanted to “join in the fun.”Advertisement Check out his tweet below-As you can see, Kohli is the only Indian to enter the list, and that too as the leader. With a stunning battling average of 54.97, Kohli has scored  7202 runs in the format, since his debut against West Indies back in 2011.Ponting, who played his last test match in 2012 against South Africa, has earned an astounding 366 caps in the format. He has scored 71 centuries in international cricket, one more than Kohli.Ranked second in the ICC ranking and former Australia captain Steve Smith is also selected. Fifth ranked David Warner is the other Aussie batsman who made it to the 11.New Zealand Skipper Kane Williamson, who is ranked 3rd in the ICC list, was also named. Ponting chose the Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara as the wicket keeper. Interestingly however, Ponting chose his compatriot Nathan Lyon, who is ranked 19th in the ICC Test bowlers list.Alastair Cook, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and James Anderson are the four Englishmen who made it to Ponting’s list. Anderson is ranked 12th in ICC list, while Stokes is ranked as world no. 3 in the all rounders list.Also read-Virat Kohli ends 2019 as the number 1 batsman in the ICC Test rankingsSanjay Manjrekar replies to his 2012 tweet when he claimed that Virat Kohli ‘did not belong’ in Test cricket Advertisementlast_img read more

Eva Gifford: Rossland’s rising star triathlete

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first_img“I just did it and balanced it out. I find training relaxes me from school. I really just enjoy going out and riding my bike or going for a run or swimming. Even though it’s a lot of work – I’m putting in about 15 hours a week of training – it works well with what I’m doing with homework and schoolwork. I can come home from being at school and go and work out and feel relaxed enough that I can go back into my schoolwork not feeling like such a head case. It is a balancing act, especially with stress, but I enjoy the challenge of doing it.”This summer, Gifford competed in two triathlons, one in Sooke and one last weekend in Kelowna, the Canadian Nationals. In the Sooke race, she placed 6th over all in her gender and in the Kelowna race her time would have placed her 3rd in the 20-24 age group, even thought she competed in the 18-19 year old category. In that competition, she posted her personal best time of 2 hours 30 minutes exactly.This finish qualified her for the Age Group World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, taking place in October 2012 (anyone who doesn’t have “elite status” in the International Triathlon Union is an “age grouper”, meaning that they are categorized by age). Gifford will be going to represent Canada at this event. Not bad for a young woman who had a rough start to the sport: Gifford broke her foot in the Wasa race and spent 2010 coming back from that injury. 2011 is actually her inaugural year training and competing in triathlons.With all elite athletes, goal-setting is important, and Gifford’s goal is to become an elite status triathlete in the Olympic distance (1500m swim, 40km bike ride, and 10k run) within the next two to three years.She explains what gaining elite status involves. “The rules are pretty strict. For Triathlon BC–that’s the organization here–you need to be in three sanctioned races in BC and you need to place in the top five in your gender. So it doesn’t matter what age you’re competing against, you just need to be in the top five. And that has to be within three races, so it’s a pretty hard goal to achieve, especially since I’m 19 and I have to compete against 30 year-old women – and they’re pretty fast!”She estimates that she’ll need to shave at least five to 10 minutes off of her personal best time in order to gain elite status.Career-wise, Gifford’s plan right now is to finish her biochemistry degree and go into med school, with the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.“I’d one day love to see myself working in the Kootenays. I just love the area, and it’s a job I can do here.”You can follow Gifford’s adventures on her blog, Red Wheels and Ramblings, and if there are any local businesses out there who would like to support her on her journey to Auckland in 2012, she is looking for sponsors.Good luck, Eva! The Mountain Kingdom definitely has a track record for producing world class athletes. Kerrin Lee Gartner, George Grey, and Dallas Drake are some notable names that have spent time in Rossland honing their talents. Of course, they all are known for winter sports, but did you know we have a rising star in the triathlon world from our midst as well? Let me introduce to you Rossland’s own Eva Gifford, a 19-year-old RSS grad, university student, prospective orthopedic surgeon, and hard-training triathlete.Having done some long distance running in high school, Gifford’s running mates encouraged her to try out triathlon, and in December 2009 she signed up to participate in the Wasa Lake Triathlon, near Cranbrook. She decided to do the Olympic distance and then began training in earnest for the event, which took place in June 2010.In order to train, she became involved in the local High Altitude Triathlon Club (HATC). The club has a core group of about 10 or so members, most of whom are training for Iron Man competitions. They hold group training sessions for swimming at the Trail pool (they must be dedicated if they’re going to pay the higher Rossland rate for using the facility!), and they support each other during long distance bike and running sessions. They travel to events together and have their own team jerseys.“It’s a very Kootenay-based organization,” Gifford told me in a phone interview.After competing at Wasa Lake, she became hooked on the sport.So serious is she about triathlon that GIfford recently decided to transfer from SFU to UVic this year in order to train with coach Noa Deutsch. A native New Zealander, Deutsch is known for training elite athletes in long distance sports and is a noted sports nutritionist, exercise physiologist, and biomechanist. She also runs a triathlon training camp in Penticton in addition to her coaching practice in Victoria.Although not liking the suburban aspect of living in Burnaby and Coquitlam (Gifford admits to being a small-town person at heart), the switch to Victoria will not only provide her with a change of pace and scenery, but also a change in majors. She’ll be leaving behind biomedical physiology at SFU and taking up biochemistry at UVic. It’s a demanding program, but at SFU she got used to balancing triathlon training with a rigorous school schedule.last_img read more

Leafs road to the Cyclone Taylor Cup begins Friday the 13th

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first_imgIn all Nelson plays 20 of the 26-home-game-season on Friday and Saturday night — 10 Friday and 10 Saturday.Nelson hosts two Sunday afternoon matinees and three mid-week Wednesday contests.The final game of the home season goes Tuesday, December 31 against Murdoch rival Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the traditional New Year’s Eve game.Nelson, which opens came prior to the Labour Day weekend, has five exhibition games scheduled, the first Tuesday, September 3 at home against Beaver Valley.Nelson also hosts Creston, Friday, September 6 and Castlegar, Wednesday, September 11 before travelling to both the Sunflower City and Fruitvale.The season concludes Saturday, February 22 with eight games, including Nelson at Beaver Valley.The playoffs open the following weekend with the center of the universe coming together April 10-13 at the NDCC Arena when Nelson plays host to the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.No doubt the Leafs want to enter the tournament as the KIJHL champ than by gaining an automatic berth as the host club. It’s obvious from the blockbuster trade the Leafs made with Castlegar during the summer, the pressure is on Leaf coach Frank Maida to advance past the first round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs this season.Maida and Company, eliminated last season by Beaver Valley in the first round of the Murdoch Semi Finals, get the party started Friday, September 13 when the Green and White face the defending KIJHL champs on banner raising night at the Castlegar Complex.The KIJHL season opens the night before, Thursday, September 12, when Grand Forks hosts Spokane Braves in the Boundary City.Nelson returns home the following night, Saturday, September 14, to kick off the Cyclone Taylor hosting campaign against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.last_img read more

Saints look to within organization to land new skipper to replace Jeff Dubois

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first_imgThough he took a shot at the professional game after graduation in 2012, Evin decided to return to the Kootenays to start training the next generation.Developing the FutureEvin started NL Goaltending shortly after his return to Castlegar, offering his services to teams and individuals.“I have a soft spot for the goaltenders in the Kootenays,” says Evin. “When I grew up I never had any help, I was on my own and made it pretty far by being essentially self-taught in the position. As a goaltender you have to keep developing because the game changes really quick and I feel the goalies in this area were left behind for a long time.”Early in the 2012-13 BCHL season, Dubois asked Evin to the join the Saints staff as an assistant coach. Focussing on the goaltenders, Evin left his mark by helping develop both Alex Sirard who was instrumental in Selkirk’s first championship in 2013 and Chris Hurry who backstopped the Saints to this past season’s ultimate glory.A Deeper UnderstandingGraduating with a degree in English from Colgate University, Evin knows the rigours of a student athlete. His background is one of the assets the team knows will translate into a stronger program.“It was a pretty tough school when it came to academics, at Colgate you were always a student first and athlete second,” he says.“That’s how I am going to approach things at Selkirk because it puts things in perspective for you. Not everybody is going to play at the National Hockey League level and make a living in this game. To be fortunate enough to get to keep playing hockey at a competitive level is awesome, but the players need to ensure they are taking care of their academics first.”On the ice and behind the bench, Evin plans to apply his knowledge and coaching technique in developing the Saints’ players.“I’ve always been a student of the game and I really study the game, I’m a bit of a geek that way,” he says. “That’s just what I enjoy doing and who I am, so that seems to mesh well with coaching. And I can’t think of a better job.”The core philosophy Evin helped foster under Dubois will continue and he expects this year’s club to be as tenacious as ever.“We want to be a team that is always moving their feet and set the pace the play,” says Evin.“We pride ourselves on outworking each opponent every night and we won’t be a team that beats themselves in terms of not showing up. In the last two years some of the games we have won have been because we simply outwork the opponents and then you eventually get that bounce.”The Selkirk College Saints will begin defence of their BCIHL title in September. The Selkirk Saints men’s hockey team didn’t need to look far to find the man they feel can lead the squad to a third straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) title.The Saints have announced this week that Castlegar-raised Alex Evin is stepping from assistant coach to head coach for the upcoming 2014-15 BCIHL season. He will replace Jeff Dubois, who moved to the Creston Valley Thunder of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) earlier this summer.“I think it’s a good fit,” Evin says. “Having been part of the program for the last two years and two championships, I made a contribution to that overall success as an assistant coach. I think I can help keep the program going in the right direction. There’s an expectation to win and I love to win.”Selkirk College Athletics & Recreation Coordinator Kim Verigin says the choice was obvious.“Alex understands this team and understands this community,” says Verigin. “We’re excited to give him the opportunity to see what he can do calling the shots. He is young, enthusiastic and has the hockey knowledge that will enable our players to succeed both on and off the ice.”Background Suited for MentorshipNow 27, Evin grew up in Castlegar and was drawn to the position of goaltender at a young age.“I was attracted to the equipment, that was pretty common for little kids,” Evin says with a chuckle.“But I like the fact that you are able to stay on the ice for the entire game, I hated changing and only playing a third of the game. I was pretty good at it as a young kid and it just kept going from there.”Evin was a standout between the pipes while helping several Castlegar Minor Hockey Association rep teams take on the best in the province. With the likes of Clinton Pettapeice and Lindsay Walker adding offensive firepower, Evin helped backstop the Castlegar Bantam Rep team to a coveted BC Provincial Championship.Drafted by the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen, Evin chose a more academic route in his hockey journey and joined the Powell River Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) as a 16-year-old. Evin finished his junior hockey career with the Penticton Vees where he helped the squad win a BCHL title in 2008.His play with Penticton that season earned him a scholarship at the prestigious Colgate University in New York State where he played four seasons of NCAA hockey at the highest level.last_img read more