R. Edgar Gilbert Award
The purpose of the R. Edgar Gilbert Award is to recognize those volunteers who have made significant and exemplary contributions to the Sprint Racing Discipline of CanoeKayak Canada in any one or more of the Builder Category, Official Category, and Coach Category. For full details on eligibility and nominating process see:
Edgar Gilbert began his association with canoeing at the Valois Boating Club in the Eastern Division (now the Quebec Federation). But it was as an administrator rather than a competitor that he excelled, first with the Valois Club then with the Eastern Division. He served continuously as Secretary of the Division from 1926 to 1950. In 1928 he was first elected Secretary of the Canadian Canoe Association for a one year term, then re-elected in 1931 to the position he held until April 13, 1950 when he resigned his positions at the division and national levels for reasons of ill health. At the national level his term as Secretary was characterized by selfless dedication to the work of the Association and meticulous attention to the details of the job. His Annual Reports are still models to be emulated. He was appointed Manager of the abortive Olympic Team of 1940 but was chosen again in 1948 to accompany the team to London. On his retirement from active participation in 1950, the Board of Directors created and bestowed upon him the office of Honorary Commodore, a position he held until his death in 1966. It is fitting that the Canadian Canoe Association awards for its volunteers should commemorate the name of one who served the sport and the Association for so long with such distinction.
The art reproduction used for the Gilbert Award is from an original oil painting by Tom Hodgson, created expressly for this award. The oil painting was completed in 1983, donated to the Association by the artist and is placed on permanent display at the national office. Hodgson is a well-known Toronto artist whose work resides in a number of prominent galleries: National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Lyn Wood Gallery. More importantly he is a paddler who competed under the blue and white of the Toronto Island Canoe Club for whom he garnered twelve national championships. He won his first championships, Intermediate and Junior Single Blade Fours, in 1941. But it was in Single Blade Tandem that he excelled winning Senior titles first with Art Johnson in 1948, 49, 50 and 51 and then with Bill Stevenson in 1953 and 1956. He was selected to the Olympic teams in 1952 and 1956. He retired from competition after 1956 but returned in 1981 at age 57 when the Masters Class events were introduced for the first time. The Gilbert award perpetuates not only the name of Edgar Gilbert, it perpetuates the name of Tom Hodgson, artist and remarkable paddler.
|1982||Kenneth Lane||James Mossman||Glen Adams|
|1983||Fred Johnston||Peter Marzell||Ken Smith|
|1984||Michael Scott||Frank Garner||Bob Sleeth|
|1985||Donald May||Peter McCabe|
|1986||James Slayter||Bill McKee|
|1987||David Findlay||Mike Moir|
|1989||Russ Dunn||Dean Oldershaw||Ken Butler|
|1990||Jim Chambers||Kryzstof Lepianka|
|1991||René Pilon||David Graham|
|1993||Judith Tutty||Tony Hall|
|1996||Michael Chambers||Mac Hickox
|2001||Mary Jane Abbott
|2003||Lesley Anne Schmidt||Scott Oldershaw|
|2004||Gerry Jorens||Mark Granger||Shirley Horne|
|2006||Charles Slade||Dwight Corbin|
Fair Play Award
The Fair Play Award is presented to recognize an act of fair play by an athlete or team during the year, up to and including the Canadian Sprint CanoeKayak Championships. Nominations are accepted until November 30 of each year for the award to be presented at the following Annual General Meeting. For full details on criteria and nominating process see Fair Play Award Policy.
1998 – Thomas Hall (Pointe-Claire)
2006 – Pierre-Luc Laliberté (Pointe-Claire)