News and Events
Volunteer Appreciation Night Postponed
This has been a difficult year for the Highlander to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic by trying to follow the ever-changing public health restrictions and in keeping our membership safe. This could not have been possible without the co-operation and support of our volunteers, league reps and members. We will not be hosting a volunteer appreciation night this spring but wish to convey a big thank you to everyone. We look forward to seeing everyone at the start of next season and hope that everything returns close to normal.
Thank You to Outgoing Junior Coordinator - Brian Nicholson
The Highlander Curling Club Board of Directors would like to thank Brian Nicholson for his many years of volunteering as the Highlander Junior Program Coordinator. Brian is stepping away after 5 years in which he has successfully built up the program by providing skillful instruction with a high level of enjoyment and always sharing his enthusiasm for the game with our young members.
THANK YOU BRIAN!!!
Myste Anderson will be taking over that role and we are quite confident that she will do an outstanding job!
2021 League Championship Trophies
Highlander Curling Club Dehumidifier Repair
The Highlander Curling Club expresses its sincere thanks to the Municipality of the County of Antigonish for their funding support through their Community Partnership Capital Grant. With the help of this grant, the Highlander Curling Club was able ensure a critical repair of their aging dehumidifier. The repair has decreased the humidity within the ice shed and has reduced the risk of falls from ice freezing on the side boards. Pictured below are Past President Len MacDonald, President Lorne Deering, Board Member Harry Daemen and Warden Owen McCarron who were all instrumental in making this project happen. Many thanks to all involved in this successful project!!
*NEW* Highlander Curling Club Sign
Big thank you to Roy Lawlor & Len MacDonald for organizing and installing our new welcome sign at the Highlander Curling Club.
It sure looks great out there with our new garbage bin and platform that was installed as part of the Aug 29th St Andrews Trails Association Community Clean-up sponsored by The Great Outdoors Fund & Unsmoke Canada. Big thanks to Harry Daeman who was a huge part of this effort!
Great News: Highlander Curling Club Opening
Interested in Curling this winter? Looking for something to do to get out of the house? Why not try Curling?
Highlander Curling Club will be opening this fall while following COVID-19 Health Protocols as determined by the Province of Nova Scotia. Click here to see the Highlander Curling Club Return to Play Documents.
Opening Date: Monday, October 26th, 2020
Leagues Available: Men's, Women's, Mixed, Mixed Open, Seniors and Juniors
Check out our League Info page for contact information for League Reps or send us an email or Facebook message for more info.
Highlander Curling Club Mourns Loss of Founding Member
The Highlander Curling Club lost a founding member with the death of John Juurlink on August 7, 2020. John was involved with the Club from day one, volunteering at every level from the ground up. He was very knowledgeable about the plant and how things worked. He was often called upon when things were broken, and he spent countless hours at the Club fixing and maintaining its inner workings. John was the "go to" guy. He served as a board member and Club president and he could be found tending the bar from time to time. John loved the sport of curling and he will be missed.
On behalf of the Highlander Curling Club membership, the Board of Directors would like to extend our sincerest condolences to John's wife Linda, who is also an integral member and volunteer in our club, as well as his family.
Nova Scotia Curl Releases Return to Play Guidlines for 2020-2021 Season
Nova Scotia Curl has released it's Return to Play Guidelines and Plan for the 2020-2021 Season, amidst the COVID-19 Crisis. Clubs across Nova Scotia, including the Highlander Curling Club must now determine the feasibility of opening this season while following the guidelines that have been approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Health. We encourage you to become familiar with the Nova Scotia Curling Return to Play Plan that can be found at the following link: NS Curl Plan. This Plan has been approved to begin at Phase 3 of the Plan as long as the epidemiology of Covid-19 remains as it is as of July 22nd.
Highlander Curling Club Closing Early
In response to ongoing concerns with the spread of COVID-19, and in keeping with other sport organizations, Highlander Curling Club will be cancelling all further events, including leagues games for the remainder of the season: effective Saturday, March 14th at 12 midnight.
The Board of Directors would like to extend its thanks to all the hard working volunteers that make our club a reality. It’s unfortunate to end our season in this way, but the safety of our members is paramount.
Stay safe everyone!
The Board of Directors at the Highlander Curling Club would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the rink in 2020!!
Highlander Curling Club Junior Bonspiel 2019
On December 14, the Highlander Curling Club hosted a Junior Bonspiel. Six teams participated and each team played three six end games. Two teams were from Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow , one was from Chedabucto Curling Club in Boylston and three were from our home club.
In the first draw, Team Page (Bluenose) defeated Team Thibodeau (Highlander) 11-7. Two teams from Highlander clashed with Team Lazzuri beating Team Smith 8-5. Team Higdon (Bluenose) edged Team Grady(Chedabucto) 6-5 on the last shot of the game.
During the second draw, Team Smith and Page played to a 9-9 draw. Team Grady beat the Lazzuri Rink 11-2 and Team Higdon beat Team Thibodeau 11-3.
The last draw of the afternoon saw Team Smith fall to Team Higdon 5-8, with an exceptional shot by Skip Jack Higdon taking out two rocks with the hammer to score three in the final end. Team Grady got a win over Team Page 14-3 and Team Lazzuri bested Team Thibodeau 8-3.
The shot of the Spiel was made by Skip Ryker Thibodeau who executed a perfect draw to the pin by coming around three center line guards to out count the opposition stone covering the back part of the button. Thayden Power won the most sportsmanlike.
Thanks to Jim Marlow and Wayne Richard for doing the ice before the event and also to Wayne, John Cameron and Chris Higdon who helped do the ice in the afternoon. Daan Verkoeijen and Clare Lazzuri operated the kitchen and kept the curlers fed at lunch and snack time. Thanks as well to all the Highlander Curling Parents who brought food and snacks.
It was a great day of curling. Some amazing shots were made by many of the curlers. The level of sportsmanship was exceptional and everyone would have been proud of how all the curlers handled themselves out on the ice.
Lastly, thanks to everyone, family, friends and curling fans who came to watch and cheer on the curlers. It was a great day of junior curling that we hope to repeat in the near future and our club and at other Junior Bonspiels in Northeastern Nova Scotia!
Nova Scotia 55+ Games Legacy Gift
Many thanks to the Nova Scotia 55+ Games Committee for donating a Legacy Gift of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to the Highlander Curling Club!
Pictured L to R are; Tricia Cameron, Len MacDonald, Diane Roberts, Lorne Deering and Shirlyn Donovan.
Highlander Curling Club is fully run by dedicated volunteers, but we are in need of a bit more help! We need a few more people to help with bar tending duties during club bookings. Please contact Wayne Mullins at 735-2744 if you are interested in being added to the list!
Highlander Curling Club Hosts 55+ Games
The 55+ games curling committee would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make last weekend's tournament a success. There has been lots of praise directed toward the Highlander club for their hospitality, good food and great ice and none of that would be possible without our volunteers. Thanks again
Check out the beautiful new sign at the back of the rink!!
The new sign is the brainchild of club member Roy Lawlor (on right) who contacted club member Rob Thompson (on left) over the summer to initiate the project. Rob, who works at Steelmac (https://steelmac.net/), collaborated with Roy to finalize the design of the sign, which was cut on their new plasma table.
A special thanks to the Owner of Steelmac Aaron MacDonald, who donated the components and construction costs of the sign.
Highlander Curling Club You Tube Channel
Highlander Curling Club now has its own You Tube Channel!!!! Check out the first cool video, as we get a "rocks view" as the stone curls down the ice, with many Highlander Curling Club members making cameos!! Huge Thanks to Board Member Edwin DeMont for creating this awesome video and our You Tube Channel, as well as Board Member Graeme Fraser for throwing the shot! **BEST VIEWED ON THE YOU TUBE APP ON MOBILE**Watch for more cool videos this season!!
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