Summer Newsletter

Registration opens on July 1

Are you looking forward to the 2024/2025 curling season as much as we are? Sure, the only ice you are thinking about right now is the cubes keeping your drinks nice and chilled, but on Monday, July 1 registration will open for some member-run leagues and all our club-run leagues and programs.

Some member-run leagues will have wait lists open for those who didn’t curl in them this past season but want to this coming season. Those leagues will be sending links to private registration forms at a later date for those who curled this past season. 

Certain registrations tend to fill up quickly, such as novice leagues and learn-to-curl programs. So, be sure to secure your spot and register yourself as early as possible. Visit the applicable league or program page on the VCC website.

Patrick Prade promoted to executive director

Vancouver Curling Club is proud to be one of the largest curling clubs in the world, and we just keep growing! To support this growth we have recognized some changes need to be made, particularly with staffing and our organizational structure. Patrick Prade has done such great work as General Manager that the board of directors is pleased to announce that Patrick has accepted a promotion to a new role as Executive Director of Vancouver Curling Club. As ED Patrick will maintain focus on VCC’s mission to be a leader in community-focused curling.

For those of you who don’t know, Patrick was hired in 2021 as general manager with the daunting task of re-opening VCC post COVID closures. In three short years we have seen huge growth with our membership numbers, our annual revenue, a large increase to staffing, and of course the addition of a partner facility with Marpole Curling Club. We are excited to see what we can all accomplish together next! 

We are hiring

One of the changes following Patrick Prade's promotion to executive director is the creation of a new general manager's position at VCC. We are also looking to fill a Kitchen & Catering Manager role to help run the Marpole Diner. Know anyone who you think would be great for the job? For more information, visit the VCC website.

Five-year operating agreement signed with Marpole CC

We are doing things differently at Vancouver Curling Club, and can boast that we may be the first curling club to ever operate two curling facilities. While other clubs around Canada are closing, we are looking to see how we can expand to support the growth and health of the sport we love.

This expansion felt obvious when we finished the 2022/2023 season with 97% ice utilization. Even if we had wanted to provide more practice time, expand a league and grow our youth programming, we didn’t have anywhere to put more curlers! The initial partnership with Marpole Curling Club started last summer and by the end of the 2023/2024 season we feel like the trial run was a success. Yes, there are many things that we are excited to do differently moving forward (we are hiring more staff!) but overall we feel that this partnership has been very rewarding with both clubs seeing an increase in membership satisfaction in the year end surveys.

To ensure stability moving forward, the board of directors from each club, our executive director and a few lawyers recently finalized the paperwork, agreeing to a five-year operating agreement. If you haven’t done so already, we recommend you check out the practice ice and the new kitchen at Marpole this fall.

Record response to annual membership survey

Thank you to all who took the time to provide your valuable feedback through our end-of-season membership survey. We had a record number of responses, and are taking our time to sift through the data and ensure that we are looking at it while we make plans for next season. We will be providing an FAQ with answers to the most commonly asked questions, along with some additional highlights, but in the meantime we would like to announce the lucky draw winners of a $50 Curling I/O credit:

Ken Naumann
Cameron Corazza
Ron McKay
Reg Lightfoot

Contact Us

Vancouver Curling Club
4575 Clancy Loranger Way
Vancouver, BC
V5Y 2M4

[email protected] 

About VCC

The Vancouver Curling Club is located at Hillcrest Centre in the facility that hosted the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games curling competitions. With eight sheets of ice in a modern, bright and accessible building, the VCC has over 1,700 members who participate in 28 weekly leagues.

The Vancouver Curling Club acknowledges that we operate on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish First Nations who lived here before us and continue to live here.

To be a leader in community-focused curling.

To cultivate an environment where community members come together to deliver positive curling and social experiences for people of all ages and abilities.

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