The Nelson Curling Club will need a new president after Gordon Wiess resigned at annual general meeting. Photo: Tyler Harper

Gordon Wiess steps down as Nelson Curling Club president

Wiess announced his departure at the club’s annual general meeting

Gordon Wiess, who helped keep curling alive in the city for years despite financial uncertainty and an ice plant failure that nearly shuttered the club, has resigned as president of the Nelson Curling Club.

Wiess announced his departure at the club’s annual general meeting on Monday. He said he didn’t expect how difficult the job would be when he took over as president six years ago.

“The plant was probably the one issue that hit us by surprise,” he said. “It’s been a challenge. Thankfully it’s been a good group working on it here with me and we got through it.”

A pocket of ammonia was discovered underneath insulation during an examination of the ice plant in February 2019.

That ended the club’s season two months early, and may have killed curling in Nelson if the city hadn’t approved up to $30,000 in emergency funding last May.

Wiess said the main repairs to the plant have since been completed and paid for.

“When you look at what started the issue, the plant failure and the tragedy in Fernie, and just how it’s pushed the issues forward to the point where we have support from council now, how it came to be is kind of ironic and sad in some ways,” he said.

“But we feel we’ve come out of it quite well and we’re grateful.”

Financial statements made public at the AGM show the club lost $21,952 for the year ending April 30, 2019.

Wiess said the club was actually on track for one of its best financial years before the ice plant repairs prematurely ended the curling season.

The club spent $10,000 more on repairs and maintenance than it did the previous year, and the loss of a planned Valentine’s bonspiel cut into its curling revenue.

Even though curling is still alive in Nelson, several issues remain that threaten the club’s long-term health.

Despite a plea from the club for the Regional District of Central Kootenay to take over management of the plant, no one has stepped forward.

Wiess said that request has been further delayed by Area E director Ramona Faust’s plan to remove her constituents from Recreation Commission taxation commitments, of which Faust has singled out the city-owned curling club as an example.

The club has also been operating in the 47-year-old building without a lease for five years.

Wiess, who plans to stay on the club’s board as a director and continue negotiations with the city, has said he wants a new lease that only commits the club to paying rent during the curling season, or for the installation of a concrete floor that would allow for off-season events.

“That would change things dramatically here,” he said. “It would mean the building would be an asset for everyone, a year-round asset, not just for curling.”

Related:

Kootenay teams heading for curling provincials

Small, Little to represent Kootenays at mixed curling provincials



tyler.harper@nelsonstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

curling

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Convoy of essential service vehicles visits Nelson hospital and care homes

The event was meant as a thank you to front-line workers

Nelson and COVID-19: everything you need to know

Check this page for every local story related to the outbreak

Vehicle incident causes Hwy 6 closure and power outages in Slocan Valley

A Thursday afternoon incident has closed the main highway in the Slocan Valley

Over 440 complaints issued in 3 months about Central Kootenay governments: B.C. Ombudsperson

Most common complaints were about decisions and bylaw enforcement in local governments

Castlegar hospice director says COVID-19 measures make serving the dying heartbreaking

Social distancing brings big challenges to offering support

VIDEO: ‘Used gloves and masks go in the garbage,’ says irked B.C. mayor

Health officials have said single-use gloves won’t do much to curb the spread of COVID-19

General exposure to public low after inmate tests positive for COVID-19: Interior Health

The Okanagan Correctional Centre inmate is receiving appropriate care

Sex workers face new risks during COVID-19 pandemic

‘Desperation has kicked in’ for vulnerable, undocumented workers unable to access help

Unclear if Cowichan couple refusing to self-isolate will face penalty

No fines or charges have been laid to date, including Cowichan couple who won’t self isolate

COVID-19: Postponed surgeries will be done, B.C. health minister says

Contract with private surgical clinic to help clear backlog

Black Press Media ad sparks discussion about value of community newspapers

White Rock resident hopes front-page note shines light on revenue loss during COVID-19 crisis

Don’t stop going to the doctor, just do it virtually: B.C. association

Doctors encourage patients to access telephone, online visits

Businesses advised to prepare for federal, B.C. COVID-19 assistance

Canada Revenue Agency portal expected to open next week

Most Read