In memory of Canoe Kayak Canada’s national official Ken Butler

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Jan
18
Canoe Kayak Canada
In memory of Canoe Kayak Canada’s national official Ken Butler
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (January 18, 2019) –It is with great sadness that Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) has learned of the passing of CKC national official, Ken Butler.

For many years, Ken was a well-respected official who served at the divisional, provincial and national levels. He particularly enjoyed serving at the Canada Day Regatta for the Dominion Day Regatta Association (DDRA). He was well known for his photography and was an historian who wrote many articles about the DDRA and the Island paper. He lived on Toronto Island until the last few years.

Butler also well deserved the R. Edgar Gilbert Award – Official Category in 1989, award that recognize those volunteers who made significant and exemplary contributions to the Sprint Racing Discipline of CKC.

“Ken leaves a legacy of information through his many articles about the Toronto Island Canoe Club and its athletes; as well, his photography captured many well-known sites on the Island. He will be missed”, commented Judy Tutty, co-chair of Canoe Kayak Canada’s Trophies and Awards committee.

Butler leaves behind his wife Florence of 53 years, his children Shirley, Joyce and Bruce, and seven grandchildren.

On behalf of the entire paddling community, Canoe Kayak Canada would like to send its deepest condolences to the Butler family.

A full obituary and funeral details are available online here.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

 

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information :

Joannie Verret

Communications Coordinator

jverret@canoekayak.ca

(418) 271-3785

 

Jan
9
Canoe Kayak Canada
In memory of Sprint National Team Alumni Jean-Pierre Bertrand
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (January 9, 2019) – It is with great sadness that Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) has learned of the passing of CKC Sprint National Team Alumni, Jean-Pierre Bertrand.

Jean-Pierre paddled with Cartierville Boating Club in Montreal and will be fondly remembered within the Canoe Kayak community as a talented paddler and valued teammate.

Al Thomson, his crewboat partner at the National Trials and World Championships added “JP was the consummate athlete and teammate.  He led by example with a strong work ethic and passion for the task at hand and encouraged everybody around him to be better.  Always fully prepared for training sessions and for races, he was super focused on the prize and had the discipline and work ethic required to see it through. These qualities endeared him to his teammates and made him a fierce competitor.”

Jean-Pierre raced at the national level in the late 1970s and 80’s with Cartierville, winning Canadian Titles in K4, first in Junior in 1976 and then in the Senior event in 1978. At the 1980 Canadian Championships, Jean-Pierre was a key member of the Burgee winning Cartierville team, winning Gold in Junior Men’s K1 500 and 1000m, and partnering with Gord Brown for another win in Junior Men’s K2 500m.

Jean Pierre made his international debut at home in Montreal in 1977, racing as a U18 at the North American Championships, where he would win the K2 10,000m event. Jean Pierre would go on to represent Canada at the Senior World Championships in 1981 and 1982.

Sue Holloway, a Canadian Teammate of Jean-Pierre on those 1981 and ’82 teams, shared high praise for his approach to sport and his value as a teammate, “JP was my favourite teammate. He was easy going and chill in a stressful and intense environment. His laugh came so easily and his smile genuinely lit up the room, both made many days better for me. JP was the epitome of taking life seriously but never taking himself seriously. “

Jean-Pierre’s later on-water accomplishments were earned at the same time as he was working towards a law degree, which would form the foundation of a distinguished career as a Senior Partner at McCarthy Tétrault, practicing in Montreal.

Bertrand leaves behind his wife, Kathleen, and three sons,Nicolas, Mathieu, and Jean-Philippe.

On behalf of the entire paddling community, Canoe Kayak Canada would like to send its deepest condolences to the Bertrand family.

A full obituary and funeral details are available online here.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada 

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram anYouTube.

 

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For more information :

Joannie Verret

Communications Coordinator

jverret@canoekayak.ca

(418) 271-3785

Jun
4
Canoe Kayak Canada
Canoe Kayak Canada Announces the Re-Launch of its ‘Paddles Up’ Magazine Powered by CKC’s Alumni Council
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (June 4th, 2018) – Canoe Kayak Canada is proud to announce   that its long standing ‘Paddles Up’ Magazine will be re-launched as an online paddling magazine.

“We are excited to officially announce the return of the Paddles Up Magazine, ten years after its last publication”, said Casey Wade, Chief Executive Officer at Canoe Kayak Canada. “The new Paddles Up is an online magazine about canoe and kayak culture. Whether you paddle as a competitive paddler or you are more generally passionate about paddle sports, this addition to the Canoe Kayak Canada website is for you!”

Published from the 1980’s until 2008, the original “Paddles Up” was the official print publication of Canoe Kayak Canada, known then as the Canada Canoe Association. Published five times a year and distributed to the membership, Paddles Up provided organizational updates, results, announcements and first-person story telling from the community.

Canoe Kayak Canada is reviving Paddles Up in 2018 in the spirit of the original publication through a complete new platform for sharing the stories of our Canoe Kayak Canada community.

The magazine will be a complementary addition to CKC’s current website, which will be used to bring the community together by sharing stories, while the CKC website will remain the main source of news, results and documentation for our members.

“Everyone involved with Canoe Kayak Canada is passionate about paddling, canoe or kayak, and all have unique and inspiring stories to tell”, Joannie Verret, Communications Lead at Canoe Kayak Canada. “Which is why the Alumni Council and CKC decided to bring the Paddles Up back to life again and created this platform to share inspiring paddling stories, memories, athletes’ dreams, adventures, pictures, videos and way more!”

WWW.PADDLESUP.CANOEKAYAK.CA

Powered by CKC’s Alumni Council

At the 2017 Annual Summit in November, Canoe Kayak Canada was proud to announce the official launch of the Canoe Kayak Canada Alumni Council (CKCAC). Following close to 200 Alumni survey responses and many expressions of interest to join the Alumni Council, CKC named LA Dempster as Chair of the council and invited members based on geographical and discipline representation to join the CKCAC.

The CKCAC is an external volunteer group in support of the larger community of paddling alumni’s role within Canoe Kayak Canada.  The CKCAC provides counsel to the CEO and offers advice on engaging and strengthening alumni relationships and program development pertaining to the CKC Alumni program. The CKCAC seeks to increase awareness of the many services available to alumni through CKC, to encourage a larger and more diverse participation in the programs offered through CKC, and to initiate new ways to communicate and engage with CKC’s growing alumni population.

“Engaging the alumni has been an initiative that has been talked about for many years,” says LA Dempster. “I am thrilled to be a part of this very important first step and I look forward to what the future holds, working together with a great group of passionate people and a big paddling family.”

The CKCAC is composed of twelve members representing various regions and disciplines. Under the leadership of LA Dempster, the Alumni Council works to create a more meaningful and better-connected relationship with the paddling community.

 

MEMBERS ROLES
LA Dempster Chair
Kathleen Fraser Secretary
Mike Scarola Treasurer and Revenue Generation Lead
Darryl Bohm Active for Life Lead
Kenna Robins Events Lead
Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny Networking Lead
Gavin Maxwell Mentorship Lead
Laura Clemenhagen Communications Lead
Stephanie Murphy Member
Madeleine Hall Member
Don McKenzie Member
Gary Barton Member
Rick Fair Member

 

 

Meet the CKCAC team by exploring the new edition of the Paddles Up online! Read about our Alumni, learn about inspiring stories from Canoe Kayak Canada, get to know our canoe kayak athletes from all of our eleven disciplines and share your love for paddling with the whole Canadian community!

If you are interested in becoming a Paddles Up contributor, contact us with the content you would like to submit. The Paddles Up team will get in touch with you after reviewing your submission. We can’t wait to learn more about our community and share your stories!

 

 

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

 

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information :

Joannie Verret

Communications Coordinator

jverret@canoekayak.ca

(418) 271-3785

May
3
Canoe Kayak Canada
In Memory of Sprint Athlete and Member of Parliament Gordon Brown
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OTTAWA, ONTARIO (May 3, 2018) – It is with great sadness that Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) has learned of the passing of Ontario Conservative MP and CKC Alumni Gordon Brown. Gordon passed suddenly after suffering a fatal heart attack in his Parliament Hill office Wednesday morning.

The 57-year-old MP, who had represented the eastern Ontario riding of Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes since 2004, was remembered as a tireless advocate, a passionate politician and a devoted family man.

Mr. Brown’s home town club, of which he was a proud alumni, honoured him with a Facebook post on Wednesday, “Gord was always a huge supporter of The Gananoque Canoe Club. Countless times he would lend his voice to our cause and praised the club for its role in his youth in shaping the man he became. He will be deeply missed.”

Brown raced at many national events in the 1970s and 80’s with the Gananoque, highlighted by back to back Juvenile Men’s K-4 titles at the Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships in 1976 and 1977. He also climbed to the top of the podium with Team Ontario as part of the K-4 crew at the 1977 Canada Games in St. John’s.

Going on to race for Canada, Brown was a two-time medalist at the 1977 North American Championships in Montreal where he won gold in the Junior Men’s K-2 500 meter event, as well a silver medal in the Junior Men’s K-4 500 meter race.

Later, he competed at the 1988 ICF World Marathon Championships with longtime friend and team mate Peter Patasi in the Men’s K-2 42 km event.

Brown leaves behind his wife, Claudine, and two sons, Chance and Tristan.

On behalf of the entire paddling community, Canoe Kayak Canada would like to send its deepest condolences to the Brown family.

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

Canoe Kayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a member-based organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.

 

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For more information :

Joannie Verret

Communications Coordinator

jverret@canoekayak.ca

(418) 271-3785