Equality Committee

The purpose of the CANI Equality Committee is to advise the CANI Board and executive officers on all matters relating to Equality.

Current Equality Committee Members are as follows;

Disability Lead- James Birrell

Older Person Lead– John Cunningham

Female Lead- Currently vacant- see recruitment documents

LGBT+ LeadCurrently vacant- see recruitment documents

Ethnic Minority Lead- Currently vacant- see recruitment documents

Cross Community LeadCurrently vacant- see recruitment documents

Young Person LeadCurrently vacant- see recruitment documents

ChairpersonCurrently vacant- see recruitment documents

Secretary- Currently vacant- see recruitment documents

Equality Committee Terms of Reference

Please find a copy of the Equality Committee Terms of Reference below

CANI Equality Committee Recruitment

CANI are looking for volunteer Equality Committee members for the following positions to help us move to the next stage in our development.

  • Female Lead
  • Ethnic Minority Lead
  • LGBT+ Lead
  • Cross Community Lead
  • Young Person Lead
  • Chairperson
  • Secretary

The two other roles of Disability Lead and Older Person Lead have been appointed.

We need individuals who share in our values and vision for paddlesport and who have the skills, qualities, and expertise to help the CANI Equality Committee operate effectively.

Please note that individuals do not need to be a member of CANI or have experience paddling to apply.

These roles are voluntary and the roles offer great flexibility to fit around your time as the majority of our work will take place at bi-monthly evening meetings with occasional weekday activities such as conference calls.

Please download and complete a copy of the Equality Committee Expression of Interest form below;

Please complete and submit the above expression of interest from (along with the GDPR form) to Lauren Smythe, Chief Officer, at laurensmythe@cani.org.uk by 12 noon on Friday 7th August 2020.

The updated CANI Equality Committee Terms of Reference and details of current members can be accessed on this page in the section above.

The CANI Strategy 2017-21 can be accessed here

Information on equality can be accessed on the CANI website here

Meet Equality Committee Member – Older Person Lead, John Cunningham

I’m John Cunningham the Representative for Older People on CANI Equality Committee, I am well qualified at least in one respect being 76 , I have been a Level  II Coach in both Kayaking and Canadians for the last 25 years  with Belfast Kayak Club and a resident coach at the Robinson Center since 2001. At present I am running a group for the U3A (University of the Third Age) that had been paddling weekly for the past four years.

From a personal level I had taken the general advice that at over 70 it was time to hang up my paddle and I did , but after six months I was missing the exercise , the paddling and friendships , but at that time I had joined the U3A in Carrickfergus and in line with their ethos I was wondering w hat I could share with them . When I suggested canoeing to the committee they laughed at the idea but gave me  permission  to try. It snow balled and quickly became one of most popular activities . The group of twenty one paddled right through last winter right up to ” lock down “. 

I started off the paddling the group in ” rafted canadians “, but very quickly found out that they wanted to and were capable of paddling tandem. The rafted canadians give a very stable platform ideal for nervous first timers and an other advantage of open boats as well as their stability is that they do not require special wet gear but normal walking gear will suffice.