Dave Battison — Celebration of Life

There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial for Coach Dave Battison to be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 .


▪ Doors open at 1pm
▪ Celebration from 2pm to 6pm
▪ Potluck snacks + cash bar
▪ Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC

If you would like to volunteer, please follow this link to the volunteer sign-up sheet. There are small and larger tasks, so scroll down the list.

Coming from out-of-town?
If you are coming to the celebration of life from out of town, we have club members with extra bedrooms. Please email Barb at info@StrathconaNordics.com to find a billet.

If you are a club member with an extra room, please email Barb at info@StrathconaNordics.com with the number and size of bed(s) and your phone number.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations in Dave’s memory be directed towards supporting young athletes achieve their goals and/or coach mentoring and development, two things Dave was passionate about.

There are two options to direct donations:

1. The Strathcona Nordics Dave Battison Memorial Fund. This fund will be used to provide annual cross-country skiing bursaries to promising young skiers within the club. It will be funded through direct donations as well as club fundraising activities. The club is currently setting up a charitable project so that eligible donations into the fund could receive a tax receipt. In the meantime, any donations or pledges (until the charitable project is ready) can be delivered at the memorial or sent by mail to Strathcona Nordics Ski Club, Box 3085, Courtenay, BC V9N 5N3. Please mark any donations in memorium to Dave Battison and indicate if you would like a tax receipt. For more information contact info@strathconanordics.com
2. The Sofie Manarin Memorial Fund which recognises the top juvenile male and female athletes each year at Ski Nationals. Sofie was one of Dave’s most promising athletes who was tragically killed in an accident while training in 2001. Donations to Sofie’s fund in Dave’s memory can be made through the Sudbury Community Foundation, 96 Larch Street, Suite 300, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 1C1, [(705) 673-7770] or electronically via https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/2506 Donations to the Sofie Manarin Memorial Fund are eligible for a tax receipt.

Dave Battison webpage
You can view the webpage to read a biography for our dear Coach Dave Battion, to see photos, and to read and share memories as well.

Celebration of Life for Coach Dave

Dear ski community and friends of Dave Battison,

There will be a celebration of life memorial for Coach Dave Battison to be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 1pm to 6pm at the Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC.


The memorial is being organised by the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club together with Laura Battison and members of Dave’s family.

Doors will open at 1pm and there will be a formal program beginning at 2pm followed by an open mic, food and drink, music, and the sharing of fond memories, and things that Dave would say.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations in Dave’s memory be directed towards supporting young athletes achieve their goals and/or coach mentoring and development, two things Dave was passionate about.

To this end there will be two options to direct donations: One will be the new Dave Battison Memorial Fund to be established within the Strathcona Nordic Ski Club to encourage and support bursaries for promising young athletes. The other option will be to make a donation in Dave’s memory to the Sophie Manarin Memorial Fund, which recognises the top juvenile athletes each year at Ski Nationals. Details about how to direct donations will be published next week on this website.

In addition to these two funds, the family and the club also intend to establish an annual, national coaching award in Dave’s name to recognise excellence in cross-country ski coaching at the club level. This will be a recognition award as opposed to a cash award, and it’s creation will come from part of the proceeds donated through the Dave Battison Memorial Fund.

Visitors from afar

The club will endeavour to provide as many billet opportunities as possible. Travel to the island is possible via ferry from Vancouver, or flights into Comox (YQQ) via WestJet, Central Mountain Air (AC), or Pacific Coastal Airlines.

For more information or enquiries about the memorial event, memorial funds, or travel to the island and local accommodation options (including billets) — please send an email message to info@strathconanordics.com

Strathcona Nordic Ski Club

You can also share your memories of Dave on the Dave Battison web page.

SNSC News — June 16, 2014

Dear club members and ski community,

I’m writing with the unhappy news that our beloved ski coach Dave Battison passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last night in his sleep. His wife Laura was with him and the paramedics did everything they could for him.

Dave Battison
Dave Battison

I was with Dave yesterday afternoon after the club workout, and he was happy and upbeat about life and looking forward to a short holiday with Laura. Dave was also really excited about the club and about his athletes, coaching team, work with the CCC, VIMSS, and the summer training season.

We will be sending out more information regarding immediate activities and celebration of life in the near future. Messages to Laura can be sent through the club to info@strathconanordics.com

There will be an informal gathering for athlete families and club members who would like to get together this afternoon at 4pm-6pm at the McGrady’s at 1111 Sandpines Crescent, Comox (off of Lazo Road).

With deepest condolences.

Len Apedaile
Strathcona Nordics Ski Club