Ryan Kelly Honoured as Sail Canada Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Ryan Kelly who was honored with the well deserved Sail Canada’s Volvo Volunteer of the Month Award for December, 2016.

Ryan has and continues to committed much of his time and expertise to the Sailing community both here in NL and across Canada. His passion and dedication to sailing combined with superior sailing skills is an undeniable asset for the sailing community.

Here’s the excerpt from sailing.ca:

Ryan Kelly’s list of volunteer work is extensive and continues to grow. In 2013 he became the president of SailNL which includes being the volunteer administrator for the provincial organization. In this role he manages sailing instructor & coach development programming in Newfoundland, and coaches the provincial sailing team. Outside of this role, Ryan sits on NL’s provincial organizing committee for the Canada Summer Games.
A Sail Canada Learning Facilitator, Ryan contributed to Sail Canada’s CANSail program development as a member of the CANSail Panel from 2013 to 2016.
Ryan volunteers as a race coach for the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club race team, and is an active member of the club’s racing volunteer committee – involving everything from organizing races, to presenting at skippers meetings, to setting marks and hoisting flags. Ryan has helped the club’s sailing school in so many ways. It is not uncommon to find him sweeping out the building, organizing gear, fixing sails, or lending the coaches a hand to make repairs. He is still involved in the Sea Cadet program and volunteers on weekends in the fall and spring as a coach for them.

Commodore Quigley Honoured as Sail Canada Volunteer of the Month

Commodore Leo Quigley
Commodore Leo Quigley

Today, Commodore Leo Quigley was honoured with Sail Canada’s Volvo Volunteer of the Month Award for November, 2016.

Leo, and his wife Joan, have dutifully poured their time, energy and enthusiasm into the Club as well as the Junior Sailing program. If you see Leo or Joan around the Club, please take a moment to pass along your thanks.

Here’s the excerpt from sailing.ca:

There are few times that a commodore has been so willing to disrupt status quo and make so many positive changes to a sailing club in a single season.

Since taking over as Commodore of the Royal Newfoundland Yacht Club in the fall of 2015, Leo has made staffing changes, recruited new volunteers to the Executive and systematically sought to “open the club for business”. Under his leadership the RNYC has started an inclusive Dinghy Race Team Program and opened up club keelboat racing to non-members which created a huge surge in participation of all types of organized sailing.

Leo is a true blue-collar Commodore who can often be found preparing coach boats, handling dock lines and fixing things around the club grounds. He treats the position as a full time job and is often the first to arrive to the club in the morning and is always among the last to leave at day’s end.

The impact of Commodore Quigley’s policy changes and openness for inclusiveness will be felt not only at the RNYC but by all of Newfoundland’s sailing community for years to come. Thanks Leo & Joan!

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