Denys Lawrence

Denys Lawrence

National President
Pacific Region

What a winter! Despite my shoulder surgery last December, I managed to get out on my telemark skis, without poles, from mid-February onward. (Please don't tell my surgeon!) I must say, I found cross country skiing without poles – particularly classic – too difficult, especially on the uphills. My goal this summer is to rebuild my shoulder strength and cardio in order to return to my accustomed level of fitness in both cross country and telemark.

As I write this, I am at Panorama Mountain Resort, taking part in a telemark seminar organized by CANSI’s Quebec region. This last-minute replacement for the cancelled InterTele event is proving to be a hit with the telemark instructors who managed to get here. I wish more of you could have come to join in on the fun and the learning. But as I mentioned, it was organized at the last minute, and I know many of you have already stored your skis and shifted to your summer pursuits. I will ski a run for all of you.

During this time in Panorama, I had the pleasure of congratulating Gilles Daigle on his overdue 2 certification as a telemark Level III instructor. Gilles has worked long and hard on this achievement, including completing a course with me in 2019. To see the happiness in his eyes when I pinned him was a highlight of my CANSI years. Way to go, Gilles!

Before I travelled to Panorama, I managed to get to Canmore, Alberta, where Jessica Stichelbout and Tricia Wilson ran successful CANSI XC Level III and IV courses. I was happy to welcome Michelle Deacon, Yan Michaud, Colin Norman and Andrew Pohl to the "Order of the Four" and thrilled to present them with their blue pins. I look forward to all four of them taking on roles within CANSI that will allow more of us to learn and ski with them. I also had the pleasure of presenting pins to the six successful candidates on the XC Level III courses. Congratulations to all of you!

By the time you read this, my skis will be summer waxed and my trail running shoes will be coated in mud. But while our thoughts turn to a relaxing summer, the real work behind the scenes at CANSI is ramping up. The technical committee will be compiling feedback from our course conductors regarding the Teaching and Technique Guides and corresponding Course Conducting Guides. Integrating this feedback into the existing documents is no small task. On behalf of all CANSI members, I extend a huge thank-you to all those involved.

Our main priority this summer will be translating all of our new material in time for the start of the next ski season. Our French-speaking members have been more than patient with us as we work to get this done, and I thank each and every one of them for their patience and understanding.

Our main priority this summer will be translating all of our new material in time for the start of the next ski season. Our French-speaking members have been more than patient with us as we work to get this done, and I thank each and every one of them for their patience and understanding.

We will also be updating our policy documents, our pro deals and our plans for a National Seminar in 2023. I look forward to the creation of our Interski teams heading for Levi, Finland, in 2023. There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to keep CANSI moving forward. Please join me in renewing your membership in September as CANSI looks to break the 1,000-member threshold next year.

Have a great summer. See you in the fall.

Denys Lawrence, CANSI president

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