Instructor News

Paddle Canada 2022 Regional Elections

Did you know that our Board of Directors is made up of Paddle Canada instructor members, who volunteer their time to ensure that as an organization we are successful? Did you also know that these are elected positions-by you, our Paddle Canada members! Our Board of Directors is comprised of our immediate Past President and … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: Executive Director Edition

In our 50 Years, 50 People series, we have been highlighting the many volunteers that have contributed to the success of Paddle Canada/CRCA. We would like to add the following names to this list, our succession of Executive Directors for their commitment of hard work to strive for administrative sustainability of the organization. We need … Continued

Mike Gilbert in his kayak.

50 Years, 50 People: Mike Gilbert

Mike Gilbert first joined the Board of Paddle Canada in April 2012 as the BC Regional Representative. Pumped to have been elected and able to serve our British Columbia members. He served two full terms (6 years) in that position. In 2014 he was voted by the Board into the position of President and held … Continued

Bill Mason Scholarship Recipient 2021

In honour of Paddle Canada’s 50 Anniversary, we increased the amount of our scholarship award to $2000. While we had many great applicants, one stood out, and we are pleased to introduce you to Carter Burtlake, currently studying at the University of British Columbia. “I am extremely grateful to be the recipient of the 2021/2022 … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: Karl Vollmer

Karl Vollmer sat on the Paddle Canada Board of Directors representing Nova Scotia for 2015-2016. At the same time, he joined the River Kayak Program Development Committee, of which he is now the Chair. He was the driving force behind the resurgence of the program and bringing the instructor stream back to Paddle Canada. He … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: Richard Alexander

Richard had been a Paddle Canada instructor for a few years before he joined the Board of Directors representing Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005. For the next 5 years, he served as our President, followed by a year as our Past President. In 2019, he joined the Sea Kayak Program Development Committee as the Atlantic … Continued

Photo Contest 2021

We’re holding a good old fashioned photo contest! We’re seeking photos to use on our website, soical media paltforms, and newsletters. To sweeten the deal, we have THREE prize packages that will include our 50th Anniversary Trucker Hat, a handful of  Paddle Canada stickes and whistles. Prizes will be randomly drawn from all submitted photos … Continued

50 Years, 50 People: David Wooldridge

Dave has been a member of Paddle Canada since 2009 when he transferred in from British Columbia. In 2010, he was invited to the Canoe Program Development Committee to help develop a national Big Canoe program. He has contributed to that committee many times over the last decade. Dave has traveled across Canada delivering Big … Continued

Woman in red canoe

50 Years, 50 People: Dorothy “Dot” Bonnenfant

Dot loves to share her passion for canoeing, and it shows in the number of Paddle Canada Instructor certifications she holds: Lake, Big Canoe, Moving Water, Style, and Camping. Dot has been a huge supporter of the Paddle Canada program in the Ottawa area. Her two greatest assets as an instructor are her obvious joy … Continued

Kids paddling a canoe as part of a waterfront canoe course.

Waterfront Instructor & Big Canoe Leader Price Change

There is a price change coming in 2022 for all Waterfront Instructors and Big Canoe Leaders memberships.  Big Canoe Leader will increase to $50/yearWaterfront Instructors will increase to $50/year **NEW** We will offer a Youth Waterfront Instructor Membership at $25. This will include all youth to the age of 25.  This youth membership level will have … Continued