Collaboration with RPAN and Olympian Jill Officer for Arctic Curling Event

We were excited to partner with Recreation and Parks Association of Nunavut (RPAN) and Jill Officer in hosting an event at the Arctic Winter Games arena in Iqaluit on August 9th, 2019. The event welcomed youth from RPAN’s ‘Get Happy Day Camp’ program and their staff, Iqaluit Curling Club (ICC) members, and OOE guests upon their arrival into Iqaluit ahead of our Baffin Island and Greenland Explorer voyage, that departed that same day.

Jill Officer with day camp participants
Jill Officer with day camp participants. Image by James Abbott

The event marked the arrival of a Rock Solid Productions floor curling set that we donated to RPAN and the Iqaluit community as part of our commitment to give back to the regions in which we travel, and in celebration of our partnerships with RPAN and Curling Canada. The curling set traveled across Canada, connecting communities and raising awareness about youth programming in remote locales as part of the #OOERocks campaign. Olympian and World Champion curler, Jill Officer and Actor and Royal Canadian Geographical Society Explorer-in-Residence Johnny Issaluk, were in attendance to present the curling set to RPAN and the ICC. During the event, Jill shared her Olympic experience and had her gold medal on hand for viewing and photo opportunities. She also donated signed jerseys to the community raffle.

Jill Officer
Jill Officer signing jerseys for donation. Image by James Abbott

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to travel to the very northern part of our great country, but I am even more thrilled to have brought this floor curling to the community to hopefully expose and give more opportunity to youth to try curling” – Jill Officer, Olympic Gold Medallist

Also in attendance was OOE RPAN Youth Leader Hayden Hickey, Iqaluit Curling Club President Kim Masson and Nunavut Curling Association President Alison Griffin, who accepted the donation of the curling set. Curlers from the local clubs and RPAN youth joined Jill Officer in floor curling demonstrations for those in attendance, who were welcomed to join them in friendly competition.

setting up for floor curling
Jill Officer explains floor curling. Image by James Abbott

“RPAN, the City of Iqaluit and the community in general really appreciate the donation of the curling board and bringing Jill into our community to make the presentation. We don’t always get these visits being so far north and so isolated, and I know the kids especially all love seeing figures like Jill and other Olympians coming to town… it’s always a huge pleasure working with One Ocean’s staff.” – Hayden Hickey, RPAN Youth Leader

Johnny Issaluq
Johnny Issaluq practicing floor curling.

A BBQ prepared by RPAN took place for the day camp children, curling club members and our arriving passengers. Our guests were invited to participate in the community gathering with the residents of Iqaluit and sample traditional food such as bannock. Following the event, passengers departed on RCGS Resolute with Jill Officer and Johnny Issaluq, who joined them on board as special guests, giving presentations and participating in onboard programming.

Also on this voyage were Artist, Filmmaker, Author and guest speaker Cory Trepanier, Artist-in-Residence and Photographer David McEown, and Eric Solomon, Director of Arctic Programs at the Vancouver Aquarium.

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