Spring was definitely in the air at our Season’s Opener which took place on March 18, 2012 at Van Dusen Gardens in Vancouver. Thank you to Evelyn Smoliak and her merry band of volunteers who set up a wonderful spread of goodies brought by AIAB members. There was a wonderful assortment of teas and coffee for the caffeiners. The attending Novices entered to the song “Pretty Woman” and were introduced by “Original” Carol Dale to loud applause.

The highlight, of course, was the Spring Hat competition. First Place was awarded to Karen Sabourin of the Deas Divas. In Second Place was Alina Oleksiak of Richmond and Third Place went to Geri Madden of Rocky Point. Please note that the winners were all Novices!

A good time was had by all – great to visit with old and new friends. Another special start to the 2012 Paddling Season.