Silly Boat Regatta Countdown

Volunteer Spotlight

"Never before has man had such a great capacity to control his own environment, to end hunger, poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and human misery. We have the power to make the best generation of mankind in the history of the world."
- President John F. Kennedy

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the Silly Boat Regatta – we couldn’t do it without them. Our heartfelt thanks to all our committed volunteers for helping in “Opening Doors” to children in our community!


The Central Island TELUS Community Ambassadors which are comprised of retirees and current team members of TELUS have supported the Nanaimo CDC in many different ways over the years but this was the first year that we got involved in the Silly Boat Regatta. We had 15 volunteers turn out to do many odd jobs at the Silly Boat Regatta and by all comments received back everybody had a blast. From early in the morning till the last Silly Boat sank or made it through the course it was a great day helping the Nanaimo CDC raise funds to help support the children and their families in the mid-island.
- Glen Husband


We have been volunteering for The Silly Boat Regatta for a few years now, and love seeing the smiling faces of all the people attending & participating this fantastic community-driven event. We have used the CDC in the past for our son, and recognize the tremendous support they provide to families right here in Nanaimo. It’s truly a pleasure to lend a hand at their events and it’s something we look forward to every year. It gives us a great deal of satisfaction in knowing we are making a brighter future for all the families supported by the CDC.
- Tyler & Megan B.


As a past employee of the Nanaimo Child Development Centre I got to learn how very important the organization to our community, so whenever we like to volunteer and give back whenever we can. We always meet awesome people, have a ton of fun, and best of all make a difference!
- Erica Horsfield & Brandyn Woodruff


We are so grateful for the partnership with Vancouver Island University MBA Program and International students who volunteer so many hours before and at the event in helping raise funds at the event each year!


Each team vies for top billing in the Silly Boat Regatta boat building competition! Thanks to Judges:
Board Members: Ralph Meyerhoff, Graham Ramsay and MLA Leonard Krog!


The Football Nanaimo group put their strength to the test supporting the Silly Boat Regatta each year by helping at the waterfront in carrying the boats in and out of the water! – pictured here: 2011 volunteers


We are so grateful for the partnership with Nanaimo Ambassador program who volunteer so many hours at the event each year! These wonderful girls and their leaders ensure the teams are welcomed and ready to race and greet spectators as they arrive to the park.


Teams and spectators alike benefit from the wonderful support of the Tidesmen Chorus. Many thanks for entertaining all who attended by sharing their incredible voices!