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A message from our President

035Dear Member,

As we continue to face an evolving landscape around us from COVID-19 I would like to share our thoughts as a team of Paddle Canada volunteers and staff who are facing these same challenges.

It’s all a bit new to us as we are temporarily sorting out a new normal with our lives. I am working from home, my wife must physically go to her work, and I am adjusting to working with two young children who now have no school to attend.  I understand that we may, or may not, be in the same position, but the changes happening so quickly around us are leaving us with a lot of questions. These are impacting everyday life; including family, work responsibilities, and our personal businesses that, in most cases, involve paddling or supports to paddling, i.e. educators, instruction and tour operators, instructors, equipment and retail operators who support our community.

While many of us are wondering, including your Board of  Directors, how to proceed amongst an ever changing environment and challenges that arise due to COVID-19, we want to let you know we all stand for the same thing; our national paddling community.  Things around us are changing daily and we find ourselves adjusting accordingly to every next protocol.

Rest assured, Paddle Canada is here to support all our members and partners. We still have a dedicated staff to serve you and our Executive Director and Board of Directors take all our members challenges like our own. In this time of turmoil, we need to make sound decisions moving forward to best serve our members and we have been meeting regularly as updates occur.  We base many of our decisions on the latest public health statements in all regions of the country, in order to make practical and sound decisions. As COVID-19 evolves, we will continue to monitor public health officials to base our decision making upon.

We are surrounded by challenges in what seems like unknown waters.  It seems that we are all experiencing that first paddle and are unsure which stroke will help the best, or learning to roll for the first time, or surfing our first wave.

Though we are all facing our own unique challenges, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in improving Paddle Canada. We aim to make the best decisions for our members and truly value your feedback and input into creating a more supportive and inclusive paddling community. We have faced some challenges lately and want you to know that we value input from all members, and there are always volunteer positions available if you are interested in making recreational paddling better for all of us.  As we all face these new circumstances, your continued membership is greatly valued at this time. If you have not renewed your membership, we encourage you to do so as this support helps us better support and serve you, our members.

If you have any questions on your membership status, paddling discipline, or would like to know how you can get involved in Paddle Canada, please reach out to us at [email protected] or by calling the office at 613-547-3196.

Be safe and take care during this time.


Jeff Martin

President Paddle Canada