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50 Years, 50 People: Tony Palmer

Tony in a kayak

If you have volunteered with Paddle Canada over the past 20 years, at some point you have likely worked with Tony. He started his volunteer career with Paddle Canada in 1994 as our Alberta Director, followed by a couple of years as the Western VP. For roughly 12 years, he penned a regular article, “The Outfitter” in Kanawa, the print magazine owned by Paddle Canada. Tony has also been very involved in the technical side of Paddle Canada since 2009-securing domain names, being part of the web development team, and serving on our technical committee.

On the water, if it can be paddled, Tony will paddle it! You’re likely familiar with his name as he was involved in both our Sea Kayak and River Kayak development committees in the late ’90s, was the co-author of the Stand Up Paddleboard Program, and more recently was part of the team that developed the new Camping Program. All of this experience and commitment to the programs of Paddle Canada has made him well suited for the Chair of our Program Coordination Committee, which he has chaired since 2014.

Living in Calgary, Tony is now semi-retired, which for him means still teaching canoe, kayaking, and stand-up paddling at Mount Royal University in the Eco-Tourism & Outdoor Leadership program, and occasionally teaching paddling and Nordic ski courses to the public. And, of course, still volunteering time with Paddle Canada.

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