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Candle of Courage Ceremony - Friday July 6, 2018 - 9:15 pm   

After dinner, the public is welcome to watch the Piper lead the survivor's procession to the lagoon for the Candles of Courage Ceremony. Candles are sold (by donation) and members of the public are encouraged to participate in this moving ceremony.

The Candles of Courage Ceremony honours anyone who has been affected by cancer. A lone piper will lead a procession of breast cancer survivors, each carrying a candle, to the edge of the Swy-a-lana lagoon where their candles will be placed in the water.

  • 9:05 Lighting of the candles
  • 9:15 Oh Canada
  • 9:20 The Health of the Island chorus will perform "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"¬†

The reflection of the candles adrift in the waters of the lagoon is symbolic in that it offers an opportunity to reflect on someone meaningful in your own life. ‚ÄúIt doesn't just bring cancer survivors together; it recognizes people who have passed on. It is very inclusive and soothing to the soul‚ÄĚ ~ Fran Tait.

Survivors Dinner - Friday July 6, 2018 - 5:00 pm

The Survivor's dinner - hosted by Nanaimo’s breast cancer survivor teams Angels Abreast and Abreast of Life, has been known to attract over 250 survivors and is not open to the general public.  Along with a wonderful meal, dance to DJ-tuned music and celebrate with fellow paddlers and survivors.

  • 5:00 Registration starts
  • 5:50 Speeches
  • 6:15 Dinner
  • 7:30 Survivor's Call
  • 7:50 Dance
  • 9:00 Piper leads survivors to the Lagoon for the Candle Ceremony

Tickets are $25 each with net proceeds donated to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation  and Nanaimo Community Hospice Society for treatment and therapy of Breast cancer patients. 

Personalized invitations will be EMAILED early June 2017 by the host teams to all registered survivor's team contacts. If you are on a REGISTERED SURVIVOR'S TEAM and have not received your invitation by June 12th, please email Brenda @ brendalan(AT)shaw.ca! Deadline to order tickets: June 17th.

To register: collect the money from all individuals attending the dinner and write one cheque payable to Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival,  mailed to Box 575, Stn A, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5L5  Next email a list of paddlers who have paid for tickets to Brenda @ brendalan(AT)shaw.ca.

Tickets will not be for sale at the door so be prepared and order NOW

Print off your confirmation and bring to Festival. Pre-purchased tickets only will be handed out at the door.

All Paddlers Party - Saturday July 7, 2018 -  5:30 pm

paddlers party.pngWhile this event it not open to the general public, it is open to all paddlers. This is the time for the teams to compete in something more important than a dragon boat race; it's time to compete in the team costume contest.Your time to shine!


Tickets are $25 must be purchased in advance. 

Personalized invitations will be EMAILED early June to all registered team contacts. If you are on a REGISTERED TEAM and have not received your invitation by June 25th, please contact the Paddler's Party Registrar toll-free 1.866.760.2005 or by email at dragon(AT)ProReg.ca. 

There are three methods for registering team paddlers/guests:

1. Collect money from all individuals attending and enter the required information into the registration form and make one payment.
2. Forward this email to your team members and each member registers and pays for themselves.
3. Combination of 1 and 2.

Tickets will not be sold at the door so be prepared and order early, online!

Print off the confirmation of the online order and bring it to the festival. Pre-purchased tickets will be handed out during the festival and at the door.

Panago Awards Ceremony - Sunday July 8, 2018 - 4:00 pm  

Everyone gathers at the Awards Stage in the Longwood Brewery Beer Garden to celebrate the fastest in many categories and a great weekend of paddling (and grab a slice of fresh Panago pizza and a cold drink). 

PINS:  Bronze, Silver and Gold Pins for Final B Races. To be collected by the

Team manager.

MEDALS:  Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals

Breast Cancer Challenge Race

  • Women's Final A: Silver, Gold, Jade, Diamond, Platinum categories
  • Mixed Final A :¬† Gold, Jade, Diamond, Platinum categories

TROPHIES: Awarded to the winning Team with an official photograph.

  • The Bette Ainsworth Memorial Trophy - Breast Cancer Challenge Race - 1st Place
  • Top Finishing Women's Trophy
  • The Lorri Marriott Memorial Trophy - Top Finishing LOCAL Women's Team
  • Top Finishing LOCAL Team
  • Top Finishing SENIORS Team Trophy -¬† Both Fastest Senior Mixed & Senior Women's Team
  • The Alex Marriott Trophy - Top Finishing Team


Trophies:  Save On Foods, Mazzie Electric. Port of Nanaimo, Paradise Foods, Dairyland, Longwood Brewery, Panago,  E-zone Embroidery

  • Medals: Ramsay Lampman Rhodes, Sloan's Heating Services, Lighthouse Bistro, Woodgrove Pines Wellness Clinic, Harewood Dental Clinic; Nanaimo's Health Shop/Women's Sense, Turley's Florist, Wine Kitz Terminal Park
  • Race Pins: Southcare Chiropractic, AC Taxi, Millstone Medical, Syryus Solutions
  • Breast Cancer Survivor Pins: ¬†Flying Fish

Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society: Box 575 STN A, Nanaimo, BC  V9R 5I5

Festival Location: July 6, 7 & 8, 2018,  Maffeo Sutton Park, 10 Comox Rd, Nanaimo, BC,

Privacy Statement: All personal information given by participants will only be used for administration and regular communication with respect to the festival and related programs and events. Your information will not be sold or given to anyone else with commercial intentions or otherwise.

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