2017 Member Newsletter E-Blast

Follow the link to the Apr.24.17 WO Newsletter


2017 WO Member E-Blast

Good day WO member (current or past),

Whitewater Ontario and whitewater clubs have been making great strides this Spring.   The following is just a sampling of news pieces.


  • Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers hosted a very successful M.A.C.K. Fest in Marmora a few weeks ago.  Over 200 paddlers.  More news coming in the full May e-Newsletter.  Jake Fell did a fantastic 3min video on what MACK 2017 was all about.   Click here....
  • Hell or High Water is coming up in Petawawa on May 13, 2017.   There is a full range of events for recreational paddlers, and the new Rafting Competition. for more info click here...
  • Ontario Slalom Competitive Team has been actively training with Anthony Colin in Ottawa this winter. Winter training program has been the Performance and Development group in the same facilities in Carleton University Performance Centre.   Sessions included strength and conditioning, ergs paddle machine, technical session at the pool. Some Saturday skiing and locally working at the club house at the Pumphouse.

They did a 4 week training camp in February-March which finished in Pau (France).  Why Pau? We were able to share the slots with some of the best nations in slalom, the course, accommodation and flight was cheap.  The athletes funded this themselves.  In 2 weeks, we will have 11 athletes of the 2 training groups at the National Team Trials in Kananaskis Canmore with the majority of them trying for National Team then onto the international stage. We will have 3 senior athletes + the 11 juniors, so 14 athletes of WO will represent Ontario at the trial.  More info and photos in May e-Newsletter.


  • Minden Whitewater Preserve is now working on a new look.  Work Weekend: April 29-30. Campsite prep, Getting showers working, putting up signage, and building benches.  Dinner provided.  In future, Lower camping rate for club members, higher for non-members.  Details to be announced @ Work Weekend and online.  Summer student, Carley is returning and introducing onsite electronic payment for Visa/MC payment.   Campground is opening May 19th. 
  • The WO-OWWA Family Reunion has been moved to Fall 2017.  
  • Whitewater Ontario BoD is working on a breakdown of finances, revenue, costs, grants, memberships, etc and what it means to you as members.  This graphic 1 page will shared in May e-Newsletter.



If you have info for the May e-Newsletter - please forward to the office.  In the meantime, we hope to see you on a river.

In Service,

     - Dave, Eric, Celeste, Cale, Sherri, Scott, Kathleen, Anthony, Donna, Jen, Carolyn, Marc, John, Dave, Jennifer, Andy, and Carley,  (the WO Board of Directors & Staff)

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MackFest Apr. 8/9, 2017

MACKfest is April 8/9, 2017.

The home-base venue is Bunkers Restaurant (aka Iron Grill) located at 239 Station Rd. , Marmora, On.

Breakfast is available for purchase on Saturday morning. There will be an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet Saturday night, raffles, draw prizes, silent auction and a social. There is an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet on Sunday morning.

Dinner buffet and entry (+ 3 complimentary draw tickets) is $20.
Breakfast buffet is $10.

Paddler's are encouraged to meet at Bunkers on Saturday morning for river wiki, join-a-group and shuttle arranging. Coffee will be provided.

Got stuff to sell? Bring that too.

Camping is available at Bunkers for $10/person/night for tents and trailers or anything else you want to use to sleep in.

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WO Special General Meeting, Jan.24.17 7:30pm

Good Day,

 Whitewater Ontario is scheduling a General Meeting for a couple of provincial and club relevant items.  It is open to all members.  

 - Tuesday January 24th, 2017

- 7:30pm

- Go To Meeting - Online TeleConference




We are accepting nominations for a position of AdHoc Director. 


  • Since the AGM in November 2016, there is a proposal to add a position to the Board of Directors. 
  • There is an identified need for this position to assist with engaging members, both current and future.  
  • This position is to help grow the organization as per objectives set by CKC and our own membership strategic plan 3years ago.   
  • There is currently 1 nominee with a strong skillset for this and other board duties. 
  • List of nominees will close immediately prior to the start meeting. 
  • Proxy voting via email will be permitted by members.



  There is a proposal to change the name from Minden "Wild Water" Preserve to the Minden "Whitewater" Preserve.


  • The Board of Directors is seeking input from clubs and member paddlers regarding a name change to reflect more current terms. 
  • OWWA (Ontario Wild Water Affiliation) and The Minden Wild Water Preserve has held its name since in their inception in the 1970's. 
  • The term "wild water" was used back then by OWWA to reflect a "sense of adventure".  It is also a european term to reflect steep major descents of Class 4-5, 
  • In current day, the term Wild Water is now used by water-based theme parks, and the competitive category of and downriver racing. 
  • In 1997 OWWA rebranded as "Whitewater Ontario" to simplify its name and become more current.  It had the support of its original members. 

  • Nowadays paddlers and locals including Minden Township officials, refer to the site as the "whitewater" preserve. 
  • To confirm this proposal - Roger Parsons, one of the original founders of the MWWP and OWWA has made it clear that he strongly supports changing the name to:  Minden Whitewater Preserve. 
  • This will help rebrand the preserve as we continue to do river and trail improvements.  

 Please indicate your participation by completing the Special Meeting registration form, link provided below:

If you wish you can also send an email of your intentions on: 

1) proxy vote or 

2) note of support or against MWWP name change

 WO office – Donna Boadway This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 If attending, Donna will forward the meeting coordinates a day prior to the Jan.24th meeting.

 If you have any questions, drop me a line. 

In service,

David Gillespie


Whitewater Ontario


Heinz Poenn, WO Pioneer, Passes Away.....

"Some sad news for the paddling community. Heinz Poenn passed away yesterday

morning in Little Current, Ontario. Three days ago he suffered a massive stroke

and had been unresponsive since then. All of his family was with him. He had

been in hospital since earlier in the week.


Arrangements have not yet been finalized, but he will be buried next to Edith in

Toronto (Royal York / Dixon Roads area). The tentative plan is that there will

be a funeral in Toronto on Saturday, likely with visitation on Friday."

Gary Barton


Funeral Arrangements for Heinz Poenn

Visitation Friday 28th, evening, 7 - 9 pm

 Butler Chapel of the Turner and Porter Funeral Home; 4933 Dundas St w. Etobicoke, ON  M9A 1B6


Service at the funeral home on Saturday 29th, 9:00 am followed by burial at

Sanctuary Park Cemetery 1570 Royal York  Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9P 3C4


Note: There will be a reception back at the funeral home after that, approximately 11:00 am.

We have a site set up for people to make comments, pay respects/tributes to Heinz. 



 IMG 1916 Heinz Poenn


"Heinz will be greatly missed. He was a very talented paddler, an Olympian in

1972. He was an extremely nice man with a good sense of humour and great

patience and understanding for young paddlers. He was very generous with his

time and knowledge and was instrumental in developing paddlers in Ontario,

making the province a major power in Canadian slalom. My thoughts are with

Dieter, and the family."


John Mason

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Heinz was WO pioneer and an individual who played a huge role in the development of canoe slalom in Ontario.

I met Heinz several times over the years. He enjoyed himself immensely at the Pan Ams in 2015 and had the chance to reacquaint himself with Jean-Michel Prono from France who was the Chief Judge at last year’s event.

Jim Tayler


Just last year at the Pan Am Games on the Gull, Heinz came by with Dieter - he had some advice on how to make a better move on this tight course - he was glowing! Kayaking is his life and even more so: coaching slalom. I had the honour of interviewing Heinz (and Roger) about the Gull and the early days of Slalom (as Venue announcer) His mind was sharp as if it was yesterday. The passion so large there were tears in his eyes.

With Heinz goes the beginning of paddling in Canada. A class act.

Claudia Van Wijk


Heinz was a great asset to our small slalom community back in the old days. He was helpful with his advice using his blunt direct style. I certainly appreciated his assistance figuring out certain moves on race courses many times. I know he worked really hard for us behind the scenes at team trials, training camps and national championships. Honestly, I don't know how we would have kept it all going without his hard constant work along with a few other key players. As a west coaster I am really grateful for his dedication to our racing teams. Please give my warmest regards to Dieter and his family. I am sorry for their loss. Sending out some hugs all around.


Annie B


I have such fond memories of Heinz’s distinct waddling gait and his huge smile. My thoughts go out to Dieter and the rest of the paddling community who loved him, specially to those of us active in the seventies, eighties and nineties in which he devoted so much time and energy with as a coach and mentor as someone who endlessly gave back. 


Mark Heard





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