Tuesday, November 14, 2017

HOCKEY PLAYERS...It's Not Too Late to SIGN UP



The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program is now about 1/3 of the way through our 9th season.  We have four (4) teams that are determined by skill levels and not age.  Each team has its own name:  

Juniors - SATURNS
Intermediate # 1 - GALAXY
Intermediate # 2 - METEORS
Seniors - PHOENIX

Even though the season is well underway we are still taking new players.  If you love hockey and have special needs or you know someone who does, and you'd like to be part of a successful organization, please get in touch with us. 

Our literature states that "we offer girls, boys, teens and adults with physical, emotional and/or neurodevelopmental challenges an opportunity to play the game they love...HOCKEY!"

Call us at (705) 750-0655 (Home) or (705) 868-8825 (Cell) or e-mail us at dwfisher@nexicom.net

We'd love to hear from you!

The Kawartha Komets..."Making Dreams Come True"

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Two Upcoming Events with the Peterborough Petes

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program and the Peterborough Petes have a long-standing partnership that we are grateful for.  They support us and we support them.

There are two upcoming events that we want to make you aware of.

We hope you can attend one or both of these and support the Petes and the United Way campaign!

GO PETES GO!




Sunday, October 22, 2017

Our 9th Season is Underway and the Komets are BLAZING!!!

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program launched our 9th season of Special Hockey International play on September 23rd with our four (4) teams practicing at the Evinrude Centre.  We were back at it again on the 30th with four more practice sessions.  We have an exceptional coaching staff, committed on-ice volunteers, trainers and bench support staff so the players will have a great season!

On Saturday, October 14th, after taking Thanksgiving weekend off, we practiced again and traveled to Ajax, ON the next day to take on the Durham Dragons.  It was a great launch to our season and the Dragons will be in Peterborough on Saturday, October 28th...all four teams for four more games.  Come on out and catch some great SHI action at the Evinrude Centre.

Juniors (Saturns) play at 9:15 a.m..  The Intermediate # 1 (Galaxy) follow at 10:15.  The Intermediate # 2 team, the Meteors, face off at 11:15 and at 12:15 the Seniors (Phoenix) hit the ice.

Yesterday, October 21st, two teams, the Juniors and a combined Intermediate/Senior team hit the road again to play the Cambridge Ice Hounds.  We always enjoy our trip to the Galt Arena and our games with the Ice Hounds!

Today, Sunday, October 22nd we enjoyed a "FUN" game with the Port Hope Panthers Junior C team at the Legends Centre in Oshawa.  Everyone had a great time!

So...you can see...we've had a busy start to season # 9 and we are excited about fulfilling our mandate..."Making Dreams Come True".


Komets' Veteran Ryan Blinn

Jesse Calnan from the Galaxy with Assistant Coach and ex-Pete, Jeff Braithwaite

Post game celebration with the Durham Dragons

We were welcomed at the Galt Arena

Junior game with the Cambridge Ice Hounds

Ice Hounds again

Getting ready to hit the ice against the Panthers

Notice the KAWARTHA KOMETS sponsor bar on the Panther's player

Tall or small...we love'em all!

Post game fist bumps...or pumps...or whatever

It wouldn't be a game without the teams posing for a photo!
The Komets are BLAZING!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Labour Day Weekend Pit Stop

Mike Powell, owner of the Canadian Tire Pit Stop on Lansdowne Street West, is a strong supporter and sponsor of local sports organizations and charities.  He has been very generous to the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program.

Make sure you drop by the Pit Stop for an oil change and tell Mike that David and Carol Fisher sent you.

Pay Mike a visit today, Saturday, September 2nd, and get $5.00 worth of FREE gas with any oil change.  With the rising price of gas, this is a great deal.

Thanks, Mike, for all you do for our community!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Tribute Giving through "MY TRIBUTE GIFT"

My Tribute Gift Foundation operates in both the US and Canada acting as granters of memorial donations to single charity funds. 

Our mission is to facilitate online donation giving to any charity registered in the US and Canada that will result in greater fundraising effect for the sector where otherwise not economically feasible. 

The My Tribute Gift Foundation has facilitated online donation giving to thousands of charities, large and small, across North America. 

Through the use of an online processing software platform, individual donors or corporate organizations can make direct donations to any of the close to 1 million IRS 501 (c) (3) exempt nonprofits, or 85,000+ CRA-registered charities in Canada. 

The My Tribute Gift Foundation receives online donations in trust, issues donor tax receipts under the auspices of the Foundation’s exempt status in the respective country jurisdictions, and distributes funds to eligible charities as designated by the donor. 

As the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program is a registered charitable organization with the Canada Revenue Agency, tribute donations made be made to our program through the My Tribute Gift Foundation.  Our registration number with the Canada Revenue Agency is 801414939 RR0001.

Thanks for considering making a donation in memory of a loved one to help the Kawartha Komets to fulfill our mandate of "Making Dreams Come True" for our athletes.

Donations may be made through the My Tribute Gift Foundation web site @ www.mytributegift.org

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kawartha Komets...Entering Season # 9



The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program’s staff, families and players are looking forward to our 9th season of playing hockey commencing on Saturday, September  23rd, 2017 at the Evinrude Centre. The Komets have four hours of ice most Saturdays throughout the hockey season from 9:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  The 2017-2018 schedule has not yet been finalized and posted.  As soon this is done we will post the schedule on our web site @ kawarthakomets.com

The Kawartha Komets program welcomes new players and is accepting Registrations which is something we always do year round.  Registration forms are available on this website which you can print off. The registration fee is $300.00 for the season. Registration fees can be paid by cheque, online by e-transfer or by Credit Card.

This $300.00 registration fee covers:

  • The loan of two new Komets hockey jerseys, one white and one blue and two new pairs of socks a white pair and a blue pair. We can also provide hockey equipment and skates on loan to be returned if or when the player ceases to play.

  • Comprehensive insurance coverage through Hockey Canada

  • A Year-end  Banquet and Trophy/Medal  Presentation

  • An opportunity to interact with the Peterborough Petes in a fun-filled hockey game (year to year as scheduled)

  • Ice rental fees & referees fees

  • Financial assistance to attend out of town annual tournaments ( funds permitting)

  • Transportation costs for players to tournaments

  • Komets team jackets and caps in the player’s second year of membership.

  • There is some scholarship money available and we can help players and families find funding sources to help pay the registration fees. Most often full funding is available through the information on funding sources provided.  We really try to break down all barriers for those that wish to play hockey so we can provide payment plans upon arrangement.

We are very grateful as an organization to again receive a $10,000 team sponsorship from Mary McGee in honor of her late husband Jack McGee who founded the present day Jack McGee Chevrolet Cadillac dealership in our city. This will be the sixth year that Mary has sponsored the Komets program and this sponsorship pays for the majority of the Komets ice fee rental for the season.

We participate in some additional fundraising for the good of all families and players and all funds raised are used to sustain all facets of the program and finance attending tournaments. We anticipate that everyone will be involved in both fundraising and offering up their gifts and talents to the organization in some way which will enable the Komets to continue providing the quality program that we offer.

The Komets’ Founder and Co-Founder, Carol & David Fisher, the Komets’  Board of Directors, Coaches, Trainers,  On-Ice Volunteers and Bench Support staff are all volunteers and the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program is a Registered Charity with Canada Revenue.  Our registration # is 801414939 RR0001  The Kawartha Komets can gratefully accept donations and all donations over $20.00 will be receipted.  

The families of individuals who have passed away can choose to request that donations be made to the Kawartha Komets in memory of their loved ones.  This Tribute Giving can also be done by including the Kawartha Komets in your will so that our hockey program can continue to grow and make a difference in the lives of these uniquely gifted hockey players.  This Tribute Giving can be done through two organizations, MY TRIBUTE GIFT @ www.mytributegift.org  or CANADA HELPS @ www.canadahelps.org  Both organizations take a very small percentage of your donation for administration purposes and they both receipt the donations directly.

We have a Board of Directors of 11 people, the majority of whom are parents that provide governance to the Komets program . We have an Annual General Meeting (AGM) every year and new board members are elected or those who wish to remain on the board can stand for re-election. We welcome members of the community who are interested in furthering the objectives of the Komets to consider a position on our Board of Directors.

The Kawartha Komets players attend at least one out of town tournament during the season and we play other teams during the regular hockey season both in our city and theirs. So there is some out of town travel but out of town games are optional for families who may not be able to travel for whatever reason. We recognize that some families/players do not have a vehicle and often families can car pool to assist in this area. There may be times where it may be necessary for the Komets to provide transportation to out of town games on a limited basis to enable players to participate.

The Kawartha Komets at present have four teams of players who have physical, emotional and/or neurodevelopmental challenges and therefore cannot play hockey in a regular hockey program for many varied reasons. Players registering with the Komets must have a medical diagnosis. Individuals with Down Syndrome will be required to have a yearly X-ray for Atlanto Axial Dislocation confirming that it is safe for them to participate. The players are teamed according to ability and not age. Each team consists of both males and female players aged 5-55 years of age.

We gratefully received an amazing donation of a piece of equipment from a company in the U.S. called UCT based in Columbus, Ohio. This piece of equipment is called a Kaye Trainer and is an amazing Learn-to Skate device that can accommodate children and adults who wish to learn to skate without the fear of falling as it provides a harnessed vest to support the individual while on skates.  This apparatus can be used to physically support those with Cerebral Palsy.

Attention All Girls:  Our female players are always looking for more females to play hockey because the majority of players we have are males. Come on out girls and have fun learning to play hockey!!!

The Kawartha Komets program provides a modified, structured form of recreational ice hockey that is both fun and inclusive. All Special Hockey International (SHI) programs are non-contact hockey. We have very few rules and the program could be compared to pond hockey for that reason. The Komets coaching staff are certified hockey Coaches and Trainers (must have First Aid Certification) and we are very fortunate to have a qualified skating instructor who teaches power skating. The Komets program pays for the certification of all staff and reimburses individuals for Criminal Reference Checks which are a requirement of all volunteers in any capacity including board members. Our coaching staff is supported by a document called a Player Support Plan that is similar to an Individual Education Plan when dealing with the triggers and behavioural challenges that some player diagnoses present. This information is provided by parents to the coaching staff. We also have Bench Support Staff who work with the Komets staff and players under the direction of our Co-ordinator of Coaching.

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program is a member in good standing with Special Hockey International to whom we pay a yearly membership fee. This governing body has a Board of Directors who hold an Annual General Meeting and elections. There are over 26 SHI teams in Canada and there are also teams in England, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Russia. In the US there are over 80 special hockey teams that are part of an organization called American Special Hockey Association as well as additional teams under USA Hockey. Special Needs Hockey is a fast growing sport.

Being a family enrolled with the Kawartha Komets provides a great networking source for parents and individuals alike. We have social events throughout the year such as our Annual Picnic/Barbecue, Year End Banquet & Trophy/Medal Presentation, participation in both the Canada Day Parade and the Santa Claus Parade, an annual visit from Santa Claus, attending tournaments where we always stay in a great hotel which is usually the highlight of the Komets season for players and their families.  We also have other year to year endeavours as decided upon. Many of the Komets players are involved with Special Olympics, playing many sports all year around as well as playing baseball with the Peterborough Challenger Baseball program which helps to forge strong friendships in the wider community outside of hockey.

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program is always looking for coaches, trainers, on ice volunteers and those that really enjoy fundraising.  If you have any questions about the Komets program please call Carol Fisher at 705-750-0655 or e-mail us at dwfisher@nexicom.net

Friday, July 14, 2017

Kawartha Komets Participate in Special Olympics Provincials

CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes to the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program's players who are also involved in the Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games this weekend. 

All the best to Brandon Allen (Vansickle), Michael Brioux, Michael Johnston, Spencer Knapton-Oakes, Jesse CampbellRyan Blinn, Quinten Over, Robert McGregor and John Clark. 


Bring home the GOLD, boys!!!



Michael Brioux and Crystal Cochrane

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy 150th Birthday, Canada...from the Kawartha Komets

The Kawartha Komets were thrilled to be asked again by the City of Peterborough to be the "Official Flag Bearers" for today's Canada Day Parade...celebrating Canada's 150th birthday.  













Special THANK YOU'S to everyone who participated and made the parade the success that it was.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Annual Year-End Banquet and Trophy Presentation

The Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program held our annual year-end banquet and trophy presentation at Rhema Christian School on Saturday, May 27th.  The event was well attended and the players enjoyed a photo booth where they could get dressed up and have their picture taken, face painting and a blow-up basketball centre.

The event celebrated the completion of the Komets 8th season of Special Hockey International play!

CONGRATULATIONS to all our players, coaches, on-ice volunteers, trainers and bench support staff on another successful season.

Many thanks to Lisa Mills, Special Events Co-ordinator, and all her volunteers for a great celebration.




Stone Shearer, Meteors player
Gary & Elaine Gilbert proud parents of Luke
 
Jacob Zitman and Ryan Blinn

Taking a break from a pick-up basketball game
Two adorable cuties



Julie and Dave Avery, proud parents of Andrew

Brianna Ball, long-time on-ice volunteer and Kyle Bolton

Kyle Johnson and his coach, Adam White

Kyle Bolton and his coach, Steve Cole

Kawartha Komets Compete in Special Olympics Basketball

The Adam Scott Lions Special Olympics basketball team placed fifth at the Special Olympics Provincial School Games at Brock University in St. Catharines earlier this month.

Adam Scott was the only basketball team from Peterborough that was completely made up of Special Olympians.They were also the only team to earn the right to be in the first division.

"The students represented Adam Scott perfectly and had an amazing time," said co-coach Karen Stewart. "The event was a fun-filled and competitive three days."

Two of our Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program athletes played for the Adam Scott team.  Spencer Knapton-Oakes, back row right and Tyson Ham, on Spencer's right, are Komets hockey players, Spencer with the Phoenix and Tyson with the Saturns!

CONGRATULATIONS to these excellent athletes!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

DREAMPLAYERS TONIGHT - June 10th @ 7:00 P.M.

Friends:

Before I founded the Komets program my granddaughter Victoria and I volunteered with a drama group called Dreamplayers in Peterborough. This group was founded to provide those individuals who are differently abled an opportunity to express themselves through music and drama. 

Tonight (June 10th) at 7:00 p.m at Adam Scott Collegiate, “The Dreamplayers” will be putting on their big show as they always do at the end of their season of fun, making new friends and drama. The good kind of drama!!

For those of you who do not know about Dreamplayers it is a group of performing artists who love to showcase what they have learned throughout the course of the year. Many of them have had to overcome their fears of performing in front of others and I am always impressed by the way they encourage and care for one another. They are an amazing group of adults who love what they do. I cannot say enough about the wonderful volunteers who make this show happen. Thank you to all of you.

Admission is $10. and tickets are available at the door and I promise you it is worth it. You will come away feeling blessed at having been able to experience what I have experienced in the past.

You will be entertained by the one and only Shane Marshall who just may steal the show. I am not sure if there are any other Kawartha Komets players with the troupe this year but if there are please forgive me if I have not mentioned your name in this email. You too have the option to steal the show.

Toronto has Famous People Players and Peterborough has Dreamplayers!!

I hope to see you there.

Take it away Dreamplayers!!!

Carol.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kawartha Komets Awarded a Grant

On Tuesday, June 6th, Carol and I, on behalf of the Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program, were recipients of a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough. (That's me in the middle of the back row...beside my friend Casey Watson from the One Roof Community Centre giving a fist pump).

Another friend, Christian Brian Alexander Harvey from the Warming Room (front left) received a grant. We were asked by Peterborough Examiner photographer Clifford Skarstedt Jr. to make a happy face to show our excitement at being awarded a grant. 

The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough awards grants annually to registered charities in our city that strive to make our community a better place. 

THANK YOU to the Foundation for considering the Kawartha Komets to be a very worthwhile cause. Our grant was from the Moustache Fund in memory of the late John Martyn who had a real interest in providing music and hockey for young people in our community!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Kawartha Komets Family Looking For HOME FOR RENT

URGENTLY NEEDED: HOUSE FOR RENT - BY MAY 31ST! 

One of our Kawartha Komets Special Needs Hockey Program families needs to find a 3 or 4 bedroom house with a basement for rent in Peterborough by the end of May.

This family with two adult children living at home is able to pay a maxiumum of $1,700 inclusive (heat and hydro included) or $1,500 plus heat and hydro.

The home where this family has resided for a long time has been sold and they must find another place to live. 

Please call David & Carol Fisher @ (705) 868-8825 (cell). 

Thank you for your help in finding accommodation for this family!