Manitoba Youth Angling Card

Since 2009, Fish Futures Inc. has facilitated a fish-themed artwork contest for children and the winning entry is featured on the cover of the Manitoba Youth Angling Card.  Each year highlights a different fish species and entries must include a short paragraph about the fish and its habitat.  Over 40,000 Youth Angling Cards are distributed for free to children in Manitoba each year.  

YAC in the Schools – Spring 2015 by Don Lamont

It was a cold day in May as I joined more than 35 students from the Miles Mac Angling Club to promote the Youth Angling Card Artwork Contest. They were fishing the Red River from shore as part of their annual fishing derby. Tim Au, who has been running the club for a number of years, was surprised by the coolness of the wind, but not of the spirit of his club members.

Students were constantly casting their lines and checking up to see how other members were doing. You could see the excitement in their faces every time someone hooked into and landed a fish. While the action was not and heavy because of fast current and really muddy water, the enthusiasm was still there.

Global television was out at the event, recording the moment. Au gets a lot of media attention because of the work he does. Now he has spawned interest in a number of other schools to get clubs working in their high schools. Daniel McIntyre has 40 students this year in the program, the first year of its existence.

Meantime Tim Au hopes these types of programs continue to grow all over the province, eventually one day turning into a provincial high school event. Au says the program will wrap up with a donation to a couple of charities including the Kids Fishing For a Cure program. The students finished off their annual derby with a shoreline cleanup.