Lifetime Membership Award

Recognizing a member or members who have long served the interests and growth of the club, its members and the community at large. This honour is duly awarded to the member or members recognizing the contributions made and their commitment to continued service.


As a token of our appreciation and admiration, we the Oceanside Running Club Association are pleased to present this first Lifetime Membership Award to:

David and Heather Beatty

2020 Lifetime Membership Award

Ken Owen Award

Ken Owen

The Ken Owen Award is presented annually to the Team ORCA member voted “most inspirational” by their teammates.

The award was created by Mike Bourcier and Michele Levesque to commemorate Ken Owen (pictured to the right), a long-time member of Team ORCA who passed away in 2005. Ken was a great friend to Team ORCA, and loved running, triathlons, and the camaraderie of his running friends.

The recipient of this award is chosen for his or her “INSPIRATION” to other members of ORCA. The criteria for the award is that it is to be given to the person who, through his/her dedication, tenacity, comeback, etc. has been an inspiration to us all.


2020 Winner – Penny Youngash

This year’s recipient has been described as humble, enthusiastic, quick to respond to club needs and often creatively thinking of new ideas to benefit us all as a group.

The most inspirational Orca member for 2020 raised our spirits along with her own, by encouraging members to pursue a virtual half marathon…complete with awards designed and provided at her own expense.

Regardless of the challenge, Penny goes the extra kilometers, far beyond the role and responsibilities as Membership Director. Thank You Penny!


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Racer of the Year

Donated by Rhys Harrison, the aim of this award is to encourage members to enter races and especially to support our local Vancouver Island Series.

Any publicly advertised road or trail running races would count but not track, triathlon, or multi-sport adventure races. Any location including outside Canada is eligible.

Adult male or female members of good standing over the full year can apply. Speed is of no consequence, so anyone can win.


2020 Winner is Jill Davies

Jill raced a total of 7 races in spite of Covid and placed first in six of them. She ran her first half marathon at the Goodlife Fitness in Victoria and placed 3rd in her age division

Other accomplishments included setting an age division course record for the Port Alberni Paper Chase 15k and winning the individual age group standings for the Island Series by completing 5 of the 8 possible races in first place.

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ORCA Notice of AGM



Take Notice that the Annual General Meeting of the Oceanside Running Club Association (“ORCA”) will be held on Thursday October 22, 2020 at the hour of 7:00 PM, at the Parksville, Heritage Centre location of Serious Coffee.

*Complimentary Refreshments and Snacks will be served.

Please Note that the following Covid – 19 Safety Protocols will be in place at the Indoor Meeting

  1. A strict maximum of 45 Members will be admitted to this meeting venue. If any additional members wish to attend we will attempt to accommodate via a “Zoom” format.
  2. Hand Sanitizer will be available for use on entry to the venue. Please use it.
  3. A “Contact Tracing List” will be placed at the entrance to the venue and must be signed by all in attendance with their appropriate contact information.
  4. Social Distancing of 2 meters is required.
  5. Although face masking is not required at this meeting the use of masks is recommended.

President’s Note

At this AGM several important issues will be discussed including the upcoming Mother’s Day Race Events, the Learn to Run Program and future Club and Donation Funding. These events and programs are the financial mainstay of our “Charitable Society”. They provide the necessary funding for our Society’s yearly operations and Charity Donations. Discussion of our current financials will be an AGM Agenda item this year.

As well, our continued functioning as a Charitable Society requires a club Executive and many volunteers to see to the yearly operations. We need you and your involvement. Please don’t assume that someone else will do it!

Your voice is important to this Executive. We need and welcome your input and discussion of these and other topics for the upcoming ORCA year at our 2020 AGM.

Please plan to attend.

Paul D. Watson, President

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

Team ORCA is truly saddened not to be celebrating Mother’s Day with you in person or celebrating your race day goals at the 2020 Oceanside Mother’s Day Race. First and foremost, we hope you are staying healthy during these uncertain times.

We would like to extend our deep gratitude to the health care and front line workers for their commitment to community during this pandemic.

Race Update RE:Covid19

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the Oceanside Mother’s Day Race Committee and the Oceanside Running Club Association (ORCA) have cancelled the Sunday May 10, 2020 race.  Racers, volunteers and sponsors will receive an email from the organizers.  

Thank you for your patience during this time.  We feel it is the right and necessary thing to do for the safety of all and doing our part to stop the spread of the virus.

We look forward to seeing you next year, 

Sunday, May 9th, 2021!