Due to Covid our annual Toy Drive did not happen this year.

But don’t think that this small fact stopped the generosity of our members.

This year, our charity leaders continued there efforts to make Christmas a little better for those less fortunate.

Steve Dizig has headed up the Toy Drive for the past number of years. This year, with the help of Master Woodworker, Steve Flude, who made boxes full of wooden toys, and other members who turned up with unwrapped toys, Steve and Fred Dizig were able to again deliver a van load of toys to the Durham Children’s Aid Society.

Rick D’Souza has championed our Christmas Food Bank Drive contributions in the last few years. This year, again with the help of Fred Dizig, he collected contributions from friends and members of the club. They were then able to take a van load of food and a fist full of cheques totalling $2000 to the St. Paul’s on the Hill Food Bank.

Thank you to these dedicated members and to all those who contributed to the success of our Toy Drive and Food Bank Drive that “didn’t happen” this year.

2021 Women in Squash Encouragement Fund

A note from Alison Le Ber on receiving this Grant

Your enthusiasm for this is touching and I thank you for the kind sentiments. Just want to make sure you understand that I merely applied for a grant that was being offered by Squash Canada to generate interest in women’s squash, so it wasn’t awarded to me personally. 
This is the second such grant we (Nicole Pirko and I) are receiving. As you probably recall, the first one was awarded in 2020 but we were unable to use those funds at that time because of Covid. The free beginner women’s clinic we just finished was financed with those 2020 funds. It was a massive success!! We had to waitlist women.  I will be sending a write up about that one to Squash Canada. 


The Pickering Squash Club has agreed to fund another round for the waitlisted women from this past session, which I think is a fabulous use of community funds. It starts next month. This new/current grant from Squash Canada will go towards running a beginner clinic for teen girls starting in January.
Bottom line, we have a very excited group of women who are now attending a series of Sunday round robins as a follow up AND booking their own courts with each other because they are so excited about the sport.
It could not have gone any better. Great things are happening for women’s squash in Pickering thanks to some funding from Squash Canada and the Government of Canada and the PSC Team/community effort.


Thank you all a ton.
Cheers
Alison

AGM Monday Sept 27th 6:00 PM followed by Round Robin

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Doubles Squash Courts on Monday September 27th at 6:00 PM Sharp. It will also be available as a ZOOM meeting. (ZOOM URL will be e-mailed to members the week prior).
All Squash Club members are encouraged to attend.

1) Hear the plans for coming out of the pandemic and getting back to playing the game we love.
2) Vote to ratify the revised constitution of the Pickering Squash Club.
Click this Link to read the revised Constitution (The revisions are highlighted in yellow.)
3) Vote for the Executive Members to lead your Club
Nominations for running for a position on the executive must be received by Tuesday August 31st. Send nominations to Membership@PickeringSquash.com

Following the AGM Nicole will be running a Round Robin to help get us back into the swing.

We look forward to seeing everyone out on September 27th

Exciting Announcement from The CHD Recreation Complex

The Pickering Squash Club Executive is pleased to announce that The Chestnut Hills Development Recreation Complex (formerly the Pickering Recreation Complex) will be opening as of Monday July 19th. YEAHHHH!

With the move to Stage 3 of the Ontario Reopening initiative, the Squash Courts along with the Racquet Ball Courts and the rest of the facilities will be open to the membership. We are still awaiting details as to what Covid restrictions will still be in place. We will be sure to announce the details as we receive them.

The Pickering Squash Club Executive

A Sad Annoucement

From: The Executive, Pickering Squash Club

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dave Carroll.

Many of our current members may not know Dave. Our senior members will as he was a charter member of the Pickering Squash Club and an active member until the mid 2000’s. Dave was an integral part of making the Pickering Squash Club what it is today. He was an active member of house leagues and many inter-club singles squash teams and as the Club’s first Director of Junior Play, was a great supporter of the club’s junior programs.

As one of the co-chairs of the 1991 Canadian Junior Squash Championships, Dave oversaw the 7-day event hosting 150 junior squash players from around the world who came to play at our club. Many of these players went on to be world ranked professional squash athletes.

But Dave would always consider his greatest achievement was nurturing the squash talents of his daughter Nicole Carroll. Nicole went on to a professional career in Squash. You will know her by her married name, Nicole Pirko, our Squash Professional since 2007.

Dave will be greatly missed by his wife Natalie, who was also an active member of many house league and inter-club squash teams, as well as Nicole and husband Dan, Robyn and husband Scott and Dave’s 5 grandchildren who he adored. He will also be missed and fondly remembered by the Pickering Squash Club Community.

Rest in Peace, Dave.

2020 Annual General Meeting Sept 14th, 7:00 PM

The AGM for 2020 will be held on Monday September 14th at 7:00 PM. via ZOOM

This is your opportunity to hear about the upcoming season for The Club and to have a say in how your Club is run. As well learn about how the season will progress in our state of “New Normal” and dealing with the COVID-19 restrictions.

This year the Annual General Meeting will be held virtually using the application ZOOM. If you are a paid up member of the Pickering Squash Club you will receive an e-mail in the next few days directing you on how to join in on the AGM.

Your participation in this important meeting is essential to the proper running of the organization. Your executive looks forward to your input and participation. As well, you will have an opportunity to volunteer to join the 2020-2021 executive and to vote in the executive for the upcoming season.

The executive is always open and welcome any new participants who wish to make a positive contribution to the Club. Every position is open as well as the addition of new Directors At Large.

Thank you from your current Executive. for 2019-2020

President  –  Fred Dizig
Vice President  –  Terry Bruce
Secretary  –  Joan Hill
Treasurer  –  Mark Rohlehr
Dir Junior Play – Ganesh Shan
Dir Ladies Play  –  Alison Le Ber
Dir Men’s Play  –  Winston Bell
Dir Public Relations  –  Ron Delevagne
Social Director  –  Steve Dizig
Dir at Large  –  Rick D’Souza
Squash Pro  –  Nicole Pirko
City Representative  –  Jody Morris – Supervisor Facility Programs

City of Pickering has extended facilities closures “Until Further Notice”

Below is the UPDATE #20 from the City of Pickering. The City has removed the estimated date of opening City Facilities, including the Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex & Arena (formerly the Pickering Recreation Complex), and now lists it as “Until Further Notice”

This means for us in the Pickering Squash Club that access to playing our favourite sport is on hold. Please note that Complex memberships will be extended for the full period that the facility is closed. Refer to  pickering.ca/COVID19 for the full information.

Posted on Thursday June 18, 2020

Update #20

Pickering, ON, June 18, 2020 – The Ontario government announced that municipalities within the Durham Region Public Health Unit, including the City of Pickering, can move into Stage 2 to reopen its economy, effective as of Friday, June 19, 2020.

This means that certain establishments can once again open for business, including restaurants, bars, hair salons, malls, and more. Please visit Ontario.ca for details.

The City is reviewing what this stage means for the municipality, as well as the time needed to safely implement any facility or amenity re-openings. Please visit pickering.ca/COVID19 for the most up-to-date information.

City of Pickering extends closures and cancellations to July 1

As of Monday May 18th (Victoria Day) the closure and cancellation dates remain the same. Follow all of Pickering Announcements by Clicking Here.

Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2020 on the Pickering.ca website

Update #8

Pickering, ON, April 29, 2020 – As part of its ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, the City of Pickering is extending its closure of all facilities until July 1, 2020 (inclusive).

Closures include Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex, Pickering Animal Shelter, Pickering Museum Village (virtual museum village launching soon), community centres and arenas. While closed to the public, Pickering City Hall and the Operations Centre remain minimally staffed to ensure the continued delivery of essential and critical services.

To see the full Update #8 of closures and cancellations please click here.

A brief update from our Exec team as of March 30, 2020

Dear Friends,
We hope you are keeping well and all have remained healthy and safe. The purpose of this message is to provide you with a brief update, following our executive team meeting this evening, via video conference.

The world as we know it is faced with our most significant threat, with no signs of improvement here in North America, as yet. It is of utmost importance to be aware, take precautions, follow direction provided by our medical experts and government officials, help each other where possible. You have likely received the update from the City, last Fri March 27, indicating they have extended closure of the City facilities including the Rec Complex until May 03 inclusive. The latest information from the City can be viewed at their web site at PICKERING.CA/COVID19 ( https://www.pickering.ca/en/city-hall/covid-19-update.aspx )

Following guidelines, clear direction from Provincial and Federal Gov’t, other authorities, and in the interest of safety for all, all Pickering Squash Club organized activities and events are cancelled until further notice. This includes but not limited to our club championships, ShinDig tournament, annual banquet (May 02), Chris Doona Award, competitive leagues and House Leagues (singles and doubles), ladder matches, social activities, and other programs.

We will continue to provide these updates with notifications as things hopefully improve and the risk of COVID-19 is declared clear in the near future.

Finally, we want to reiterate the need to take all precautions, stay safe, stay informed, seek immediate help if you are feeling ill with any symptoms. Reach out to anyone in need, with a helping hand and support.

Best regards and stay safe!

Fred Dizig
President, Pickering Squash Club