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Home for Canoeing Donor Appreciation

The Ron Johnstone Paddling Centre

Home for Canoeing Campaign 1991-1996

One of the great dreams that the late Ron Johnstone, co-founder of Paddle Canada, had for paddling in Canada was the possibility of a national centre that would provide outdoor programs for children, those with disabilities and the general public. He saw this dream as the logical extension of the demand by the public, Paddle Canada’s members and related agencies to provide a national centre for paddling and waterway conservation.

On 24-May-1997 at 11:30 am, after seven years of lobbying, planning and dedication, Ron Johnstone’s dream would become reality as the Ron Johnstone Paddling Centre opened its doors in historic Merrickville, Ontario along the shores of the Rideau Canal. John Eberhard, Master of Cermonies and Building Chairman, oversaw the ribbon cutting ceremony as Ron’s wife Mickey Johnstone, Merrickville Mayor Betty Weedmark and Paddle Canada President Kirk Wipper made the opening official.

Regrettably, a change in provincial law in 2003 would ultimately affect the ‘property tax-free status’ of the Ron Johnstone Paddling Centre. Over the next 2 years, Paddle Canada would exhaust all appeals processes with regards to this change in our determination to retain the centre. However, we would soon come to realize that we were no longer able to support and maintain the Ron Johnstone Paddling Centre. It was therefore with great regret and heaviness of heart that the Paddle Canada Board of Directors announced it’s decision to sell the Home for Canoeing in 2006 in order to ensure the organization’s future survival.

This webpage is a small-scale attempt to reproduce the 4 foot by 6 foot memorial plaque that was housed at the Ron Johnstone Paddling Centre from 1997 until its final sale. Although the Ron Johnstone Paddling Centre ‘Home for Canoeing’ building may no longer belong to Paddle Canada, the spirit and the legacy of Ron Johnstone live on through the kindness and generousity of those members who so generously contributed to the campaign.

RON JOHNSTONE PADDLING CENTRE
‘HOME FOR CANOEING’

October 1, 1990 to September 1, 1991

NOR’ WESTER SOCIETY

K Cartwright
J&F Eberhard
George Bracken Ltd
J Girvin
Harbourfront Canoe Fest
G Kiessling
Northwest Territories Canoeing Association
Rideau Lumber
Paddle Alberta
Royal Bank of Canada
Woods Canada Limited

VOYAGEUR CLUB

Grey Owl Paddles
Mustang Survival
Nahanni River Adventures
Northwest Territories Canoeing Association
Rideau Lumber
Scott Canoe
Thompson Printing
Woods Canada Limited

OMAR STRINGER PATRONS

G. Adams
Advanced Alarms
Air Rock Drilling
Algonquin Outfitters
Fiberglass Canada
Imago Independent Telephone
Madawaska Kanu Centre
Manitoba Pioneer Camp
J McLean
Microdoctor Technologies
D Mutch
OldTyme Cabinet Makers
Peter McGrath Excavation
Pineridge Timberframe
J Raffan
Temagami Wilderness Centre
Top Office Products
B Williams

 

ERIC MORSE ADVENTURERS

H Abrams
J Abott
Adult High School
Adventure Guide
J Agnew
D Alguire
R Angers
J Arac
J&P Arc
S Archibald
W&L Archibald
D Atkins
J Atwood
M Axmith
G Bales
A Barker
L Barker
R Barnes
A Baxter
A Beck
D&M Beevis
Belton Family
B&P BichelFriends of the River Recreation Association
R Gangbar
S Gates
M Genuist
G Gillette
M Goodick
B Gordon
J Greenacre
A Hall
R Harsch
T&M Harting
B Hawkins
R Heavey
S&M Heddle
L Helferty
R Heller
B&K Henderson
T&M Herbert
M Heule
T Hewitt
S Hidveg
S HillG Mitchell
L Morgan
L&P Morgan
Mountain Equipment Coop
P Mousseau
Murray Axsmith & Associates
Nahanni Wilderness Adventures Ltd
D Nelson
Newfoundland Canoeing Association
Northern Wilderness Outfitters
K Ogaki
D Ohoting
K&H Okadon
M Oldham
Ontario Recreational Canoeing Association
Outboard Marine: GrummanD Bocking
C Bonaycastle
R Book
H Boswell
Bow Waters Canoe Club
J Bowerlyon
A Broscomb
V Brown
C Bowles
J Britten
T&M Broscomb
D Burnett
D Burry
G Burry
P Callahan
Camp Wabikon
CampTawingo
D&M Campbell
Canadian Camping Assoc
Canadian Wilderness Trips
Canoe About
Canoe Kayak New Brunswick
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
K Cargill
R Carrow
W Charlton
Canoe Ontario
B Couchman
E Cherniak
D Cheung
A Childerhose
H Christie
L Christie
W Clark
D Cleland
R Clement
D Coburn
J Cockburn
B Coffey
D Coffey
B Cook
S Cook
S Cooper
J&H Corbett
R Creecy
M Crook
J&M Cumberland
H Dahme
J Davis
L Delaney
A Dennis
R Denton
L Dickieson
C Dill
C Doering
Dogwood Canoe Club
S Donaghy
P Donnelly
E Dunning
D Eckel
M Elliott
S&L Elliott
F Ester
K&R Faulkner
D Finch
D Fink
J Forster
M (Pete) HitchcockC Hodgins
Outdoor Education Subject Council
M Pace
Paddle Manitoba
M&C Hodgins
K&W Hoering
W&H Hoernig
B Holland
H Horiguchi
R Hughes
Island Paddlers Canoe & Kayak Club
G Ita
E James
M Jeffies
Johnson, Cross, Scott, Nephin & Winter
B Johnson
G Johnson
D Johnstone
M Johnstone
T Johnstone
J Jorgenson
C (Don) Judson
B Jurgens
Kayak Cape Breton
B Kelly
R Kennah
W Kester
T Knight
P Kropman
J&C Labbett
P Laing
M Lasby
J Latimer
P Laubitz
W Lawson
M,C&L Leger
T Lehan
Liesure Sports
London Canoe Club
M Loughry
D Lumley
L Lundell
P&S Lusk
G Macbride
S MacDonald
W MacFarlane
K MacKay
D MacKesy
H&D MacKesy
J MacLachlan
I MacRae
O Mariano
A Marley
I Marsh
R Martel
I Martyn
J Mason
J McCutchen
L&B McIntosh
A McKee
C& J McKelvie
D Mclaughlin
J McPhee
B&J Meldrum
S Merry
B Milne
D MisenerMississippi Canoeing Association
T Palmer
W Palmer
D&D Parnell
R Parsons
J Pearse
R Pihl
Popscopy
G Primuth
Princess Cinema/Adventure Guide
Print Three
Project DARE
Queen’s York Rangers Army Cadet Corps
D Ramsden
RedPine Outdoor Equipment
W Richards
R&K Robbins
P Robers
R Rosenberg
S Rosenberg
M Roth
S Scharf
D Schiefelbein
O Schreiber
Scouts Canada
S Sedgwick
S Seigel
P Sheard
S Sheen
R Simonds
F Simpson
A Skagg
M Skan
W Smillie
D Smith
M Spruyt
K Stewart
N Stuart
K Stuart-Smith
D Sugimoto
T Sydnor
S Tait
J Telgmann
C Theis
A Thomas
K Tippett
Touring Crossroads
Tumblehome Recreation Canoe Club
P Twynstra
P Van Wagner
RE Vergin & Co
B Vool
L Waldon
S Walker
S Warburton
D Ward
L Warwick
P Welfare
P Welfare
Western Arctic Adventures & Equipment
D White
H Wilson
K Wipper
Witmal Enterprizes

 

FRIENDS OF CANOEING

97th Sea Scout Crew
J Adams
H&B Alge
D Allen
J Allen
R&L Andrew
A Anthony
J Anthony
J Anthony
M Apse
R Archer
J Arley
L Ashworth
M Atwell
B Awslin
D Aubrey
R Badger
P Baillargeon
J Balut
R Barnes
D Barr
J Baumback
C Baxter
J Baylog
D Beckett
G Becksted
M Beedell
D&M Beevis
J Belair
S Belfy
J Benoit
J Bernhardt
B Besner
E Betteridge
M Beufey
K Black
D Bober
G Boguski
D Bonnenfant
J Bonsteel
W&B Bowman
P Boyle
A Bradley
Branigan Family
J Brewer
J Britton
J Britton
A Brown
G Brown
K Brown
E Brunet
E Brunet
S Bull
B Campbell
T Campbell
Canada South Outdoors
Canadian River Management Society
Canoe Colorado
R Cantin
P Capper
K Cargill
R Caribou
H Carlson
M Cartier
CASS Canoe Club Woodstock
C Cassel
L Cassie
M&K Cassie
M&K Cassie
R Cavanaugh
A Chapin
E Charron
R&E Chartier
J&J Chery
D Chesher
G Chiykowski
J Chobor
G Chorostecki
D Claxton
D&D Cleland
W Clifford
M Cloutier
K Coburn
M Cocca
J Cockburn
D Cook
M Cook
R&E Cook
M Corak
M Corak
E Cormode
R Cornell
M Corson
S Coudek
E Coulas
M Craig
J Cushnie
P Cutfield
L Cuthberson
G&C Cuthbert
M Dagenais
A Davidson
J&B Davis
D&J De Savigny
R Deane
R Deanne
B Demare
B&B Diceman
B Diepman
H Dietl
J Dors
S&A Doughty
B Downe
W Downe
D Downing
J Ducharme
C Duck
B Dumais
H Dumouchel
J Dundas
S Dunn
A Dunne
H Dwinter
A Easton
A Ebbs
K Eberhard
M&J Edick
M&J Edick
F&A Ekholm
D Elzer
G Emery
J Enge
B Erickson
E Erickson
J Farquharson
G Fassett
Ferme Lune de Miel Enr
M Finkelstein
M Foley
D Ford
R Ford
H Forrest
J Fox
J Fox
R Fuerstenberg
MJ Furber
S Garinther
T&C Gearing
J&S Geel
D Gehl
George Duncan Planing Mill
D Gerhardt
R&E Gerrie
C Gerwing
D Gesell
D Getz
K Gibbard
JL Gibbon
L Gibbon
B Gilchrist
R Gilchrist
G Gilbert
F Glazier
J Glazier
J Gold
W Gordon Wells & Co
D Gow
G Grabosch
P Graham
Grand Canoe School
J Granton
C Griffiths
M Grote
J Gundlach
L&R Guy
O Gysel
D Hack
P Hadden
P Hadden
G Haensgen
G Haggert
E Hall
K Hangle
M Harper
A Harris
D&K Harris
N Harris
J Hartman
G Henderson
M Henderson
R&D Henderson
H Hesse
R&R Hill
Hit Enterprises
M Hitchcock
G Hochgesang
H&W Hoernig
B Hoffman
R Hoffman
H Hoke
D Holdsworth
R Horst
J Howard
R& P Howell
T Hoy
B Hubbard
C&W Hughes
E Hunter
S Inwood
T Irwin
R Isaks
L Iverson
R&P Ivey
Ivy Lea Shirt Co
A James
A&H James
G Jamieson
A Jarmchuk
R Jarvis
E Jezak
M Jobin
K Johnson
J&R Johnstone
T&B Johnstone
K Jordan
J Joyce
P&J Joyce
C Kall
V Kanep
S Keddy
K Kelley
T Kelly
Kemptville/Oxford Mills Scouts
S Key
J&R Kingdon
C Kissinger
J Klages
W&M Knitsch
W Kocay
P Kohl
Komoux Valley Paddlers Club
G Kornfeld
O Korpela
M Koudys
B Kowaltschuk
F Krause
R Krause
C&J Labbott
P Labor
A&M Lacabanne
F Lafleche
D Lahey
J Laird
M Lamb
J Larmier
T Lariston
P Laubitz
T Lauriston
J Lavoie
B Lawrance
S Leffler
M Leger
R Leghorn
R Levere
A Lex
D Livingstone
M Lloyd
J Lowery
J Lowery
D Lucas
G Luck
F Luedke
S Luken
Lumley Family
R Lussier
R Lussier
C&L Lyle
A MacDonald
J MacDonald
R MacKenzie
A MacNeill
A&B MacNeish
B&I Macrae
C Magee
T Maier
A Marangoni
W Marcoux
D Marks
Marsh Muchers Boatworks
C Maunsell
J May
J McAllister
J&C McAllister
M McClung
D McColloch
W&D McCord
O&G McCreary
T McDonagh
R McDowell
J McFall
D McKnight
R McIntyre
G McLeod
A McNab
D McNab
B&A McQuillan
S McTavish
T Meadows
F Mechura
Merrick Mills Girl Guides
D Mertz
J Millenasker
H Minnema
P Mix
P Mogk
Mohawk Rod & Gun Club
C Molnar
C Molnar
R Moore
B&G Morawetz
M Morgan
P Morley
F Morris
J Mottram
P Mouldey
P Mouldey
G Mousseau
R Mulligan
D Mumm
A Munn
D Murphy
Muskoka Fine Watercraft
C&M Neal
A Negus
D Nelson
D&E Nelson
T Newman
J&P Newton
G Nordheimer
S&J O’Connell
I Oevermann
D Ohrling
W Olsen
W&D Olson
S Osler
Otis Gear Company
P Otto
Out’n’About Adventures
Paddleskills Canoeing Instruction
H Parfitt
D Paulett
M&D Pawson
H Peachey
J Pease
D Pedersen
D Penkman
K Pepper
T Pitcher
G Pittman
Piv-Yoke Canoe Accessories
Plumsweep Press
A Popkey
W Powell
K Powis
W Preidolins
J Pretty
F Promoli
B Pugman
B Rabb
R Rainer
J Ranney
J Ranney
C Rapensberger
A Read
K Redmond
B Reed
P Regier
M&C Ridgway
P Riggs
S Rinderknecht
S&R Rix
Roach Family
N Roach & Family
P Roberts
W Robinson
B Rogers
K Rogers
K Rodgers
S&R Rodman
H&P Rolfe
J&F Rosenblatt
J Ross
K Roth
P&M Rothemb
J Rovinson
W&S Ruel
R Russell
R Salmon
S Salmon
T Sanders
V Santos-Pedro
C Saso
K Sather
L Saunders
D Saxby
E Schatz
O&S Schreiber
S Schreiber
S Schreiber
D Schwalin
N Scott
R Scott
M Scriver
R Seiler
R Seto
S Sewell
J Seymour
W Shearing
K Sherlock
K Sherlock
B Sherrer
F Shuttleworth
J Simmons
J&M Simmons
S Skinner
J Skuce
G Slatter
G&J Slobodzian
R&L Smith
L Sobol
D Soudek
D Soudek
C Speer
F Sprason
D Spring
R Sprung
D Spruyt
C Stams
F Stapenhurst
D Starkman
K Stein Sather
A Stevens
R Stevens
E Stone
J Stover
D Sugarman
J Sutherland
T Sutton
R Swank
A Swiderski
H Talbot
T Talbot
R Tanner Isaks
V Tate
B&J Taylor
J Taylor
R&V Taylor
R&V Taylor
Temagami Canoe Company
R Todd
S Todd
U Thieme
W Thyssen
W Tingle
C Travoglic
G Trombley
J Turnbull
E Turner
J Valiquette
P Van De Meulen
P Van De Meulen
F Van Der Loo
F Van Veen
GG Vanderweb
B Vaughan
S&V Ventola
S Vincent
J Walker
N Walker
P Walton
J Warkentin
Wasik Family
Wasik Family
G Webster
S Webster
J Weisman
H Westheuser
H&P Westheuser
R Whidden
B Whooler
N Wilcox
M Willett
E Williams
L&E Williams
L&J Williamson
R Williamson
G Willson
E Winacott
Windsor Essex Canoe Club
J Winfield
W Wisser
E Witt
C Wood
J Woodworth
B Workum
D Worthen
C&J Wright
Young Voyageur Canoe Club
D Young
H&D Young
N Zaitlin
M Zidgler
P Zybach

 

With special thanks to Swift Canoe and Kayak, Scott Canoe, Mustang PFD’s, Grey Owl Paddles and Upper Canada Paddle for their generous donation of equipment to the Ron Johnstone Paddling Centre.

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