Jim Swanson

Events along the West Coast, from an overnight earthquake off the Alaska coast, have highlighted the needs of all of us in this community, and on Vancouver Island, to be at the ready.

The Victoria HarbourCats, who have held EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS DAY in the past, are pleased today to help the community into a better state of preparedness, using our venue and larger crowds to educate, answer any/all questions, and hopefully lead to more people coming out of a seismic event unharmed.

On Friday, June 22, with the Bellingham Bells in town – Bellingham is another regional city that is in a quake/tsunami zone – the HarbourCats are proud to be partnering with SHAKE OUT BC to offer guidance and tips to be ready if a major earthquake hits Vancouver Island.

“The ability for us to be able to speak to a few thousand people at a HarbourCats game, and fortify the message that the need to prepare for an earthquake is real, is something we welcome,” said Dave Cockle, the President of B.C. Earthquake Alliance and SHAKE OUT BC (www.shakeoutbc.ca). Cockle is also the Chief of the Oak Bay Fire Department, and a member of the HarbourCats Community Advisory Committee.

“Events like today make people stand up and take notice, and many will take action to be prepared. We need to have this day stay with us so we are ready if something serious were to happen.”

SHAKE OUT BC is joining with other ShakeOut partners in taking part in a “Drop, Cover and Hold On” drill on October 18, 2018, at 10:18am. But it is clear, given the alerts that went out today, that people cannot wait for this drill to take action.

“Whenever we can use our gatherings at Royal Athletic Park to help educate the public on a major point such as this, we are eager to play our part,” said Jim Swanson, Managing Partner of the HarbourCats.

“We will have other partners come on board for that game, for that opportunity to talk about earthquake and tsunami preparedness, but today just seems like the proper time to inform people of this HarbourCats event, which is five months away still. We don’t want to see even a single injury, let alone a fatality, if an earthquake or tsunami hits.”


The HarbourCats are also pleased to be teamed once again with Wilson’s Transportation and Flight Centre to offer a three-game, three-day trip to Seattle to see the Mariners host the Toronto Blue Jays (Aug 3-4-5). The cost, based on double-occupancy, is $899 per person, or $825 per person for our season ticket holders. It includes bus travel, ferry, two nights of hotel at the Embassy Suites in Lynwood, shopping trips, opportunities for golf, and lower-level tickets to three games at Safeco Field.

This is a trip that has sold fast in the past two years. To sign up, contact Carey Shelby of Flight Centre at carey.shelby@flightcentre.ca.


The HarbourCats continue to take nominations for the Great Teachers Contest, sponsored by Mayfair Optometric Clinic. The winner for February will be announced next month.

Each month until May, the HarbourCats will select a teacher, whose class will be guests of Mayfair Optometric Clinic at the team’s annual School Spirit Game – a day-game in June, date to be announced when the West Coast League schedule is released, perhaps as soon as next week.

To nominate a great teacher, email a submission to greatteachers@harbourcats.com


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