Region 26 is one of several dozen regions across the globe representing Sweet Adelines International - the world’s largest singing organization for women. We are the only completely Canadian region, consisting of the provinces of BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory and Nunavut. Each region consists of approximately 15-35 choruses and often as many or more quartets.
Region 26 has over 900 members in 24 chartered choruses and even more quartets. Take a moment to meet each of our choruses here, and if you find one near you, drop in and check them out - there is likely a place waiting for you on the risers!
Region 26 is comprised of the three western Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, plus the three northern territories of Yukon, Northwest and Nunuvut. The region is governed by a Management Team of eight.
The Region was created in 1981 with the redrawing of several International boundaries. Previously, it had been part of a much larger region, #13 – which encompassed not only all of the current region 26, but the U.S. states of Washington and Alaska as well. Original membership was 923 in 22 chapters and it has remained fairly consistently at the 1,000 member mark ever since. The inaugural convention/competitions were held in 1982 in Vancouver. The winning chorus was Chinook Winds of Calgary, and the champion quartet, Shades of Harmony, also from Chinook Winds.
The first foray by a regional member onto the International scene was by Joey Minshall as a member of the International Music Arranger's Program. Joey is still a prolific and highly sought-after arranger of great imagination. When International made the decision to separate BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan from Region 13 and create Region 26, Joey was the first Director of Musical Activities (DMA, now Education Coordinator). She created the Director Certification Program, and International adopted the DCP as a way to train Directors and musical leaders.
In 1997 Marcia Pinvidic went International as the region's first Approved Judge in Expression. She is currently a member of the International Faculty, a Certified Expression Judge, and Judge Specialist Moderator and immediate Past President. Sandy Robinson Marron followed her lead. She is currently a member of the International Faculty, and is a Approved Sound Judge. Judy Pozsgay Rimple is an Approved Judge in the Showmanship category and an International Faculty Associate. Corinna Garriock (Dec 2015) has achieved Approved Music Judge status.
Lisa Greenough is a candidate judge in the Showmanship Category. Three members of Region 26 have served on the International Board of Directors - Ellen Gallacher, Cammi MacKinlay and Marcia Pinvidic. Cammi is the Past International President. Elaine Cotton has served on the now-disbanded International Showcase Committee. Corinna Garriock and Anne Marteniuk are members of the Published Music Sales/Marketability Committee. And of course, Region 26 is very proud to be the home of the 2004 International Quartet Champions, Brava! (Sandy Robinson Marron, Lynn Gerard, Shannon Harris, Elaine Cotton) and the 2012 International Quartet Champions, Martini (Corinna Garriock, Michelle Little (Region 14) Shannon Harris & DeAnne Haugen (Region 3)) .