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CanSkate Program

Welcome to Meaford’s CanSkate program. Below you will find all of the necessary information needed to join CanSkate. You can also use this link to download and print the information package –  Canskate info 2018

Registration Fees:

Canskate 2 day weekly: Program fee $259 + Skate Canada fee $36 = $295 (equals $6.86/night)

Canskate 1 day weekly: Program fee $179 + Skate Canada fee $36 = $215 (equals $9.77/night)

When does my child skate?

Skating starts on Tuesday October 9, 2018 and runs through until Tuesday March 26, 2019.  Skating is cancelled during the school Christmas holidays & March break.

CanSkate Program FAQ

Tuesdays & Fridays 6:10 pm – 6:55 pm

Please refer to IMPORTANT DATES 2018-19 for cancellations/special events/fundraiser etc.

Who is the CanSkate Coach?

The Program Director and Professional Coach of our Can Skate Tuesday program is Vanessa Hensel, during her maternity leave until approximately January, Karen Verbrugge will be filling in.

Who will be working with my child each week?

At the beginning of our season Vanessa Hensel or Karen Verbrugge will be assessing the skill level of each child in CanSkate and placing the children in the appropriate skill group. A Program Assistant will be assigned to each group of children and will assist Vanessa and/or Karen in teaching the necessary skills at each level. Teaching is taught through interactive games, movement and music.

What you will need for the CanSkate program:

  • Warm clothes that allow easy movement of arms and legs
  • Warm mitts – ones that wick away the water, not cotton.
  • Properly fitted and sharpened skates
  • Properly fitted helmet-All skaters in the CanSkate Programs Beginner to Stage 5 must wear a CSA approved helmet to be permitted on the ice, no exceptions.
  • Registration fees & bond cheques must be received before your child(ren) are allowed on the ice.

What to pack in your skating bag:

  • Extra mittens – ones that wick away the water, not cotton.
  • Clean, dry towel for drying blades after each session, paper towels don’t soak up well enough.
  • Skate guards- do not put guards back on your skates after you have skated, keep them off to allow for your blades and guards to dry.
  • CSA approved Helmet. Bike helmets are NOT allowed.

What do I do when I arrive at the arena?

Check the monitor upon entering to see which changerooms are allotted for Canskate each day. Once the skaters are ready for the session they are to line up at the ice entrance. No skaters are permitted to enter the ice surface until the CanSkate director comes to the door and asks them to go on. Parents and/or someone designated by a child’s parent must remain at the arena with their children during the skating session.

Please note that no one is permitted on the ice surface with or without skates unless they are registered and paid in full.

Please note that no one is permitted on the ice surface with or without skates unless they are registered and paid in full.


All club communication will come via email, please make sure you sign up during registration. If your skater or spouse/guardian wish to receive club emails please add them to your communication form. You can also follow us on Meaford Skating Club Facebook page however not all communication is posted there but its a great place to stay in touch, see activities, photos etc. happening during the skating season.

The Meaford Skating Club can also be found on Facebook.

Fundraising & Your Volunteer Hours

Two day Canskate = 9 hours of volunteer time (or buyout of $150)
One day Canskate = 8 hours of volunteer time (or buyout of $150)
2nd child enrolled in skating = 5 hours of volunteer time (or buyout of $100)
Hours or fundraising may be done by family members or friends.

Belonging to the Board and any work of the Board does not constitute volunteer hours.

If you choose the Volunteer Option your bond authorization will be withdrawn March 31, 2019 if volunteer hours are not completed. If you choose the buyout option your payment will be taken at the beginning of the season.

Fundraising is really important for the existence of the M.A.A.A. (Meaford Skating Club). In order to keep registration costs down, we have to all pull together and do our part to fundraise each year to offset projected deficits.

Here are a few of our major fundraisers that you can help with;

• Meaford Fall Fair BBQ – Saturday September 1 – 8am – 4pm. Volunteers are needed to work at the BBQ.
• Annual Apple Harvest Craft Show – we are in need of volunteers for security over night as well as door volunteers during the day. Friday September 28 – Sunday September 30. Did you know that the M.A.A.A Skating Club staffs the ticket booth at the Craft Show each year? You might ask yourself why we do it. Well it is simple it actually works as a fundraiser for us. Each year when we staff the ticket booths the Craft Show donates $1000.00 to the M.A.A.A. That’s amazing!
• Basket of Cheer Lotto – fall fundraiser. Each parent sells tickets/provides product. Fundraising hours awarded
• February campaign – TBA

Parents will be assigned shifts for all fundraisers. If you have a preference of times please make sure that you sign up early.

Who do I talk to about concerns with the program?

If you have any concerns with your child’s progress or any other element of the program please feel free to talk with any member of the executive or your child’s coach.

Our club has an email address for all inquiries; please feel free to contact us at any time.

All inquiries MUST go to this email.

Looking forward to seeing you at the rink!

Meaford Skating Club