Jill Richard (Executive Director Curling Alberta), Cheryl Rose (SPCC member), Ralph Maclean (SPCC President 2016/17), Cara Haubrich (SPCC Staff), Heather Nedohin (SPCC Manager), Doug Kroetsch (SPCC President 2019/20), Cara Richards (SPCC Staff), Barry Wagg (SPCC President 2015/16), Allison MacKinnon (SPCC Volunteer of the Year 2018/19), Guy Algot (SPCC Volunteer of the Year 2017/18), Blair Horn (SPCC member) and Curtis Fairhurst (President – Curling Alberta)
Photo by Melissa Penney


The sweeping changes made to the Sherwood Park Curling Club during Heather Nedohin’s reign as business manager over the past five years haven’t gone unnoticed.

Alongside a dedicated and hard-working team of board members and volunteers, the SPCC has very much upped its profile with Nedohin leading the charge in improving every aspect of the organization — overseeing massive renovations to their club at the Glen Allan Recreation Complex (GARC) and hosting major events such as the Humpty’s Champions Cup of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling in 2016 to the Canadian Under-18 Boys and Girls Curling Championships this past April.

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So it perhaps wasn’t a very big surprise to see the SPCC named the inaugural curling club of the year by the newly-formed Curling Alberta body at their recent awards in Leduc.

“They looked into many of the things we have done over the last five years, with the U-18 event being a big event for us this year and the impact it had with the athletes, the volunteers and on the community,” said Nedohin, a two-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling champion during her own very successful curling career. “They also noted our school and outreach programs and the fact that our leagues have been full for the last number of years.”

Nedohin said it was a true honour to go up on stage with so many of those who worked alongside her to collect the award.

“I’m really honoured by it,” she said. “We have a really strong team of individuals here both from our executive and our staff and our ice team who have been doing lots of little changes over time to make every detail count here at our club. Whether it is the experience on or off the ice. We are just all very passionate about the staff and within our community. To be recognized for our outstanding contributions to hosting the Canadian championships and recognized by our fellow clubs throughout the province, it was quite prestigious. We have a wealth of curling clubs in the province who are working very hard to kept our sport thriving and it is an honour and a privilege to be recognized by our governing organization.

“Sherwood Park is my home and curling is my passion,” she said. “The combination of the support we get from Strathcona County and our volunteers on a really striving board, the direction of curling within our community is really strong. It’s honestly fun to be a part of this club and see the progress. When you get the response from the schools, our junior programs and our members, it makes going to work a lot of fun.

Seen by many as basically a walking can of Red Bull for her tireless efforts to promote both the local club and the sport in general, Nedohin has been told she can pump the brakes a little bit for the moment and catch a breather.

“My board has told me that this is our down year,” she said. “We would like to host something major every three or four years, but this is the year I am supposed to slow down a little bit. I don’t know what that means.”

But even with a slight respite planned, that hasn’t kept Nedohin from giving careful consideration to what she would like to see on the horizon.

“I would like to host another major event in three or four years,” she said. “I would love for it to be a world level event. I was just talking to our icemaker about it. I love showcasing our community and our facility. I don’t know what we can do next, but I would like to continue to host events in GARC because I think our facility is able to do that so well. We require a few upgrades to the facility to enhance the experience of a world class event, so I want to continue to contribute to the long term growth and create the opportunities the host these big events. As a coach, I love seeing what our juniors are doing at the recreational and competitive level. We continue to try and enhance the competitive opportunities of our junior program. At our club this year, we had eight teams represent our club by going to provincials this year at various levels, which is the most we have ever had. We are really well rounded and I find that extremely dynamic and it makes me really proud. It’s also fun to see the recreational and social aspects of our club be so alive and active in Sherwood Park.”

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