Chilliwack FC News


Annual General Meeting

January 9, 2021

Updated January 18, 2021.

Members, please take note, the Chilliwack FC Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for February 22, 2021 at 7:00pm. The AGM will be held virtually via Zoom.

You do need to be a member in good standing and you are also required to register in advance to attend this meeting. Once your membership is confirmed you will receive a link that is unique to your email address that you registered with. The meeting will start at 7pm sharp, late comers will not be admitted into the Zoom meeting room. To register in advance for this meeting, please CLICK HERE. After registering, closer to the meeting date, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, once membership status is verified.

Business for the Annual General Meeting will be a review of the 2020 season via director reports as well as election of new board members. The following director positions are up for election:

  • Chairperson – 3 year term
  • Secretary – 3 year term
  • Mini-ball Coordinator U5-U7 – 3 year term
  • Spring Coordinator U4-U8 – 3 year term
  • Development Coordinator – 3 year term
  • Director at Large – 1 year term
  • Risk Management/Club Licensing Coordinator – 1 year term

Nominations for these positions are open until Sunday, February 7. There are no nominations from the floor. To nominate a candidate for election, please CLICK HERE. Inquiries for the Nominating Committee may be directed via email to nominations@chilliwackfc.com

Amended by-laws will be voted upon during the AGM. To review the draft, please CLICK HERE.

 

The following was added for clarification, January 26, 2021.

Per Bylaw 3-11, “The Board may declare a member to be not in good standing who has failed to pay the current annual
membership fee, if any, or any other subscription or debt due and owing by the member to the Club or fails
to comply with the requirements of these Bylaws. As long as the debt remains unpaid and/or noncompliance remains, the member is not in good standing and loses all rights of membership.”

As well, per Bylaw 3-9, “A member that is suspended loses all rights of membership until the suspension has been completed.”

Additionally, per Part 5 of the bylaws, “Any person receiving remuneration from Chilliwack Youth Soccer Association is not eligible to vote.”


Spring Soccer Registration Now Open

December 12, 2020

Dear Chilliwack FC Family,

The Executive is fully aware that this fall season has been nothing short of frustrating and confusing with the Provincial Health Orders changing causing us all to pivot, change, and adapt to keep the kids on the field. The Executive has felt all of your pain and frustration, perhaps even more as we navigated through the changes that are designed to keep all of us safe and healthy, which is ultimately our first priority.

With the vaccine now days away from being available and words of hope from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Henry that there is light at what seems to be the longest tunnel in the world, the Chilliwack FC Executive is ready to open registration for our Spring 2021 season. However, it is going to have a different approach than what we’re all used to.  Even with the glimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel we know that many of you (and some of us) are hesitant to even think about registering let alone putting money towards something that we all know has no guarantee of happening. And while we believe there will be a spring season, there is always that nagging little voice saying in the back of our minds saying maybe there won’t be.

Erring on the side of caution, Chilliwack FC has set up the spring registration with a payment plan for all programs offered.  When you register for any of our spring programs your first payment will be zero (0) dollars, with the balance due on February 20, 2021. By registering today, you are securing your spot and by the time February 20 rolls around we will have a better idea of what the season may or may not look like. This also allows us the flexibility to move the balance due date if need be. In our opinion, this is a win/win for us all, you register and secure your spot and for us if the season doesn’t happen, we don’t have to worry about refunds unless something drastic happens that shuts things down after we get going. We hope that this approach meets your approval and needs as well as calms any anxiety and fears you may have about the spring season not going ahead or constantly being affected by Provincial Health Orders.

In closing, on behalf of the Chilliwack FC Executive, I’d like to thank you all for your patience and understanding as we maneuvered our way through the first half of the fall season. The words of encouragement have meant a lot to us as have the words of frustration as they too give an opportunity to pause and find ways to become better and improve your experience with us.

We wish you all a safe and healthy holiday season and prosperous New Year.

Respectfully,

 

Andrea Laycock

Chairperson

 

Click here to register


November 20 – Chilliwack FC Programming Update

November 20, 2020

Dear Chilliwack FC Family,
In a time of ever-changing information BC Soccer has provided a little clarity to the current travel restrictions. While viaSport has not weighed in with direction from the Provincial Health Office it is BC Soccer’s direction to follow the order as it currently reads which means there is to be no travel outside of our community. The Chilliwack FC Executive has decided to pause all activity this weekend (November 21-22) from U4-Adult while we look at how soccer in our community will look as we head towards the Christmas Break. We do apologize for any confusion and inconvenience this may cause you and your family.
We cannot stress enough how we appreciate every email that’s been sent to us with support and suggestions. We also appreciate the criticisms as it gives us opportunity to pause and reflect. At a time when there is no right or wrong answer, we appreciate your support. As always, we will communicate with you when we have more information.
Thank you for your continued support.
Respectfully,
Andrea Laycock
Chilliwack FC Chairperson

November 12 – Chilliwack FC Programming Update

November 12, 2020

Following the guidance of the Provincial Health Office, viaSport BC, and BC Soccer, the Chilliwack FC Executive has decided to resume soccer activities with changes to field allocations and scheduling, effective Monday, November 16.

To capitalize on additional field availability and encourage further physical distancing, all U5/U6 Saturday games will be relocated to turf Field A at Townsend Park. U7-U10 activities will remain at Exhibition Field with schedule adjustments. New schedules will be provided no later than Sunday, November 15. Development teams in the BC Coastal Soccer League will not be able to travel outside of the Fraser Health Authority region at this time and their schedules have been updated to reflect that.

While the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has stated in recent updates that spectators should not be present at sports practices and games, the Chilliwack FC Executive will continue to allow for one supporter per participant to attend per the COVID-19 Return to Play Policy.

In a November 10 statement, Chilliwack City Council asked that masks be worn in all public spaces and civic facilities. Our COVID-19 Return to Play Policy requires that masks be worn by all participants and supporters from the parking lot to the field or designated seating area and the reverse, and whenever physical distancing cannot be achieved.

Per our COVID-19 Return to Play Policy, if a player is not feeling well, they are not to attend their scheduled session(s). If a player is not feeling well or has been instructed (by the BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool or by public health) to get a COVID-19 test and/or self-isolate, the parent of the player is required to notify Mark Lillicrap, Health and Safety Officer, via email to healthandsafety@chilliwackfc.com of the player’s illness. A doctor’s note or proof of a negative COVID-19 test may be required prior to the player’s return to play.

The Chilliwack FC Executive wishes to express their appreciation to the membership for their support during the temporary pause in play and throughout this pandemic. The Executive is looking to strike a three-person advisory group from the membership to provide input on policies and procedures related to COVID-19. Those interested in contributing should express their interest to Andrea Laycock, Chairperson, via email to chairperson@chilliwackfc.com

Pending a new public health order affecting youth sports, Chilliwack FC fully anticipates soccer programming continuing through to the December break. As always, Chilliwack FC supports players and their parent(s)/guardian(s) in their choice to participate.

For more information on Chilliwack FC’s safety plan and links to additional resources, visit www.chilliwackfc.com/return-to-play


November 5 – Chilliwack FC Programming Update

November 5, 2020

As we move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic, given its ever-changing nature the Chilliwack FC Executive is continuously re-evaluating the organization’s positions and policies. We continue to monitor the situation and refer to the guidance of local municipal and health authorities as needed.

As previously stated, we value input from community leaders as well as our members. While we’ve received more positive than negative feedback for our decision to continue with regular scheduled programming, heightened concern remains. We are extremely sensitive to that and the feedback of our membership. Out-of-town teams have also expressed apprehension to playing in Chilliwack at this time.

While we continue to believe it is a parent’s choice as to whether their child participates in our programs, we feel it is in the best interest of our organization that we pause all activities effective immediately until Monday, November 16. These activities include all practices and games from the U4 level through to Adult.

The Chilliwack FC Executive wishes to thank all those who expressed support for our previous decision and also extends our appreciation to those who shared their concerns with us. Please know the Executive truly cares for the health and safety of the membership of Chilliwack FC and our community.

We will re-evaluate this temporary closure next week based on the information available at that time. We fully anticipate finishing the remainder of the Fall/Winter season.