Victoria is blessed with wonderful waterways and shoreline, and Erika Ladouceur makes sure that everyone can enjoy them with a paddle. As the Director of Youth Programs for VI Paddling, she has successfully organized community events (Family Race Day and The Leif Erikson Viking Fest) and mobilized volunteers to participate in other leadership opportunities.
She trains and manages volunteer coaches to become role models and leaders of the youth paddlers at VI Paddling. She uses her leadership skills to create a shared vision for their members and volunteers, ensuring the future sustainability of the organization both financial and human.
Erika steps in whenever there’s a shortage of volunteers, taking on one, two or even more extra roles to make sure that every event runs smoothly. Her leadership by example inspires others every summer to get involved with VI Paddling and to promote health and fun around Victoria’s waterways.