Club Events

Member Engagement Process

Over the next few months we will be looking at membership engagement in our canoe club.

Our club has been through a lot of changes in the past few years, most obviously the change in location and establishing ourselves as a RA club. There is also a creeping demographic shift coupled with changes in how people spend their leisure time today. These factors and more mean that our club is perhaps entering a new phase of life. It seems this is a good time to bring our club members together to look at our collective experience.

There are many different topics we could look at with regards to our club. We have to start somewhere and currently our club Chair is interested and concerned about member engagement. So that is where we will start.

You might have noticed a call for volunteers to help with a review of literature. This review will help us to ground our engagement process in some facts about volunteerism, leisure time and paddlesport in Ontario and Canada.

Then we are going to start our consultation with a web-based survey. The survey will ask about who we are (the demographics of respondents), our experience of being a club member, how and why we engage with the club and more.

Finally we will have an in-person consultation session with two facilitators (or more if we can find more!) to unpack what we have learned from our survey. Through activities and facilitated discussion we will hopefully discover some themes and ideas. We hope the discussions will be informational and encouraging.

We will have a follow up event to reveal our findings and perhaps settle on some next steps to improve levels of engagement and the engagement experience in our club.

This whole process is going to be a positive, future-forward and a chance to understand our collective experience.

It is impressive that our club Chair and the executive is open and willing to support a membership engagement process. It shows they are willing to put members in the driver's seat of the club; they want to hear from the whole body, not just the squeaky wheels; and we hope willing to make changes based on our findings.

Thanks to the chair and the executive for supporting this process.

Stay tuned for more information.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, please let Helen R. know.