It's hard to believe that November is already upon us. We are excited to welcome new teams from around Alberta this year! We met so many fantastic people at the AHEA conference last April who were interested in starting teams that we are getting the information out to everyone as quickly as possible so we can start planning for things like manager training and regional tournaments. It would be great to have a tournament in Central Alberta this year so please share this information with your friends and their friends so we can make it happen!
If you head over to our Get A Team Number page located in our Get Involved section and register, you will find a step by step guide to get you through the process of getting materials and registering for the tournament. We do have funding to provide FREE team numbers ($105 USD without funding) but we do require tournament registration fees so we can put on a memorable tournament for our teams and volunteers. Last year the tournament fees were $100/team which included lunch and some pretty great entertainment in addition to making sure our 50+ volunteers were fed and we had all the supplies we needed for instant challenge rooms and recognizing our top placing teams.
If you are new to this process, please do not hesitate to use the contact page to get in touch with me for support. There are also a lot of great resources on the international DI website that you can explore by following this link: www.destinationimagination.org/challenge-program/team-resources/.
Looking forward to another fantastic season!
Well the year is off to a great start with many teams signing up to participate. This means we should have a fabulous tournament on March 18th at Riverstone Public School. But DI in northern Alberta just got better and here's a couple of reasons!
#1: This year we are offering a $500 scholarship to GPPSD students who have been part of Destination Imagination and are graduating in 2017 and moving on to post-secondary education in the fall of 2017! The deadline to apply is March 1, 2017 and the winner will be announced at the DI Tournament on March 18th, 2017. You can find the application form and details under the news section of our website.
#2: This year we are going to run an INSTANT CHALLENGE CUP at our Affiliate Tournament. This event is for teams of 2-7 who are not competing in our full tournament but want to get in on the DI experience by taking part in completing the instant challenge portion of our DI tournament. While you will be doing a different challenge than our full tournament teams, you will have a chance to show off your instant challenge skills and win big at our tournament.
Stay tuned for more great news from Alberta DI! We have a fantastic year planned for everyone!
Can you believe that it is September already? My email and phone have been busy with teams excited about getting started on the new year of challenges. The good news is that Alberta DI has once again received funding to purchase teams so all you need to do is hit the Get a Team Number tab above and enter the appropriate information and I will send out everything you need to get started on your 2016/17 season. But before you go...
Previously posted in my other blog and on the IDODI blog in March:
I think it might be a record...I'll have to ask when I get to Tennessee. In the past four years I have managed and co-managed (with a LOT of help) more than 50 teams. In the weeks leading up to the big tournament, I do my best to stay off the emotional roller coaster that many of my teams feel compelled to ride. I bite my tongue when I have an idea that would make things much more straightforward and simple. I wrack my brain to keep from asking leading questions looking for ones that will help the team move forward. I talk to them about the unity, trust and trustworthiness virtues while they argue over details like who will do the paperwork or clean up the mess. I go home at the end of the day with sparkles all over my butt, duct tape stuck to my shoes, paint spots on my pants and a sheepish look at the custodian as I make my way out the door. And I swear to anyone who is still talking to me that I WILL NOT DO THIS AGAIN!
And then I go to the tournament. If there is last minute drama, I don't really notice it (mostly because I am rushing from room to room to get to all my teams). I watch the presentations as some come together as never before, while others run into glitches and soldier on. I listen to the genuine laughter of the audience as they watch the performance of original scripts. I watch things quit working and then get to observe one or two of the members leap into the gap to lead the way out. I watch my engineers beam with pride as the appraisers ask them about their ideas. I watch my artists talk earnestly about their process. I watch the faces of the parents as they see their children present. I go home feeling so proud of every one of them, not because of the results of the tournament but because I have experienced the journey.
I know the degree to which the teams developed their perseverance, diligence, cooperation, trust, trustworthiness, forgiveness, humility, self-discipline, respect, unity and enthusiasm. I've seen the perfectionists take risks, and the introverts step out. I've watched the highly sensitive student learn to manage their emotions while they taught the rest of their team about empathy and flexibility. I've watched teams dream big dreams and then learn how to scale things down to make them work. I've watched teams start small and then keep adding bits and pieces until they surprise themselves with how it all comes together. I have been to the messy, complicated, complex, tearstained, joyful heart of creativity and observed its power of transformation. And that is why I do DI.