The Bear Facts: April 05, 2019

Brea Elford
Apr 5, 2019

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Welcome to the twenty-fourth issue of The Bear Facts: a weekly source for all things Keyano! 

We bring you another short issue...

In this issue you will find:

1. The Bear Essentials:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Team Unify glitch
  • Keyano team photo day - April 24.
2. 2019 Swim-A-Thon 

3. Policy Changes: Bingo Shifts

4. Club News: Bronze Session 3!, Keyano Tryouts!

5. Bear Birthdays

Note: The newsletters are posted in the News section on the homepage, should you ever need to revisit them or see a record of our communications!

Thank you for reading. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Keyano office. 

Go Bears!

The Bear Essentials

Upcoming events:

Date: Event: Location Groups
April 3-7 Canadian Swimming Trials Toronto Nat
April 6 OSC 10 & U #3 St. Albert B, S, G
April 11-14 Westerns Edmonton JC, Nat.
April 13-14 Dino Cup Calgary B, S, G
April 24 Keyano Photo Day Edmonton All groups

*More information on upcoming events found online.

Team Unify glitch:

It's been brought to our attention that some members are unable to use or access the team unify website on mobile devices. We're looking into this, but in the meantime, you can still use the website functions on desktops, or via the OnDeck app. (note: for the OnDeck app, the username and password will be the same you would use to login to the website.)

Keyano team photo day!

Mark your calendars, we are doing our annual photo day on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. We're excited to be working with a new photography company - ICON Experience. 
We'll be sending out more information in the next few weeks, including the day's schedule. 

Some Keyano swimmers taking a quick break from training to watch some live streams of their teammates at the 2019 Canadian Trials in Toronto!

2019 Swim-A-Thon

Hello Bears!

Swimathon is well underway. So far, we only have 6 families signed up, and we’ve only raised $640! This is well under our goal! 

Remember that 100% of what you raise counts toward your fundraising commitment (follow this link to see what you must raise). If you raise more than your fundraising commitment, 80% goes directly to your account and the other 20% goes to Keyano. Fundraising for Keyano helps keep our costs down for next year.

We have some great prizes lined up including a $500 West Jet gift card. This prize will go to one lucky donor.

 We also have great prizes lined up for the kids including four pairs of racing goggles that each come with a $25 gift card to

To move things along, we are going to offer a $50 gift card early bird prize. Anybody that has signed up for swimathon by April 17 will be entered into the early bird draw.

Follow this link   (or visit ) to sign your swimmer up for swimathon and get fundraising! Remember to ask friends, family members and employers. They will all be entered into the donor draw. (More information can be found online under Swimmers ---> 2019 Swim-a-Thon)

When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 

Where: Kinsmen Sports Centre

Fundraising Goal: $10,000.00

(Fundraising End Date): May 16, 2019

Please note!! We are still accepting prizes. If you would be interested in donating, email Tanya Lastovka at

Bingo Shift Commitment Policy Changes 

Bingo Shift Commitment Policy – Approved Changes

On Tuesday, March 19 th , 2019, the EKSC Board of Directors voted to make two changes to our current Bingo Shift Commitment Policy, under the recommendation of the Keyano members’ Bingo Committee.

These changes are effective immediately:

1. Double Credit Bingos will be renamed Extra Credit Bingos and carry a maximum of $75 Account Credit per 1.0 shift bingo or $150 per 1.5 shift bingo. (These extra credit bingos remain for special circumstances, like last minute additions of an event or no-shows by members. This is the maximum account credit allowed under AGLC rules and regulations).

2. Members may only sign-up for Bingos for non-commitment after the bingo sign-up closes (13 days from the event). Members must contact the Bingo Coordinator to sign-up for non-commitment. (This allows for better management of Non-Commitment sign-ups. We ask that members follow our policy and do not sign up for non-commitment before the sign up deadline. To sign-up for non-commitment, simply contact Christine Reeves,, within the 13-day window before an available shift).

Fulfilling your Bingo Shift Commitment

Please ensure that you have a plan to complete your bingo commitment before August 31, 2019. According to our policy, members who have not fulfilled their commitment must have signed up for their remaining commitment by July 1 of each season to avoid possible non-fulfillment charges.

Members will be given every opportunity to work their shifts, but please stay on top of your shift commitment to avoid non-fulfillment. There have been many bingo shift openings on weeknights, weekends and weekdays in the past few months.

Please check the event sign-up page often and contact the Christine Reeves,, if you need assistance in signing up or finding a bingo shift.

Club News

Bronze Session 3 – Re-Register now for the final session of the season!

If you haven’t done so already, please remember to email to confirm your return for session 3 of Bronze.
In session 3, we will be hosting another Bear Cubs Series (3 Wednesday night mini-meets); we have a Dino Cup meet in Calgary for those interested in April; we have our Jr EKI for most Bronze swimmers in May; we have a 10&under series and Provincial 10&under festival in June; and we will wrap up in June on our final Bear Cubs Series night with a club BBQ, awards, prizes and farewell for the summer.
And, don’t forget that the price for Session 3 has been reduced from $545 to $475!
Bronze Session 3 – Schedule
Here are the Key Dates for Session 3:
Confederation Meadows Royal Glenora Terwillegar
First Practice:
Last Practice:
Mon Apr 8
Wed Jun 19
Tue Apr 9
Wed Jun 19
Mon Apr 8
Wed Jun 19
Wed Apr 9
Wed Jun 19
Omit Dates:
Fri Apr 19
Mon May 20
Fri Apr 19
Tue May 21
Fri Apr 19
Sun Apr 21
Fri Apr 19
Mon May 20

And don’t forget, if a new member joins a satellite program as a result of a member’s referral, Keyano offers a referral credit of $50. The more the merrier at Keyano!

Bear Birthdays!

Bridget Evans
Katya Grugaia
Harriet Li
Merik Phillips
Josephine O'Kelly
Elle Djogovic
Ava Perkins
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