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





2016 WO Newsletter Oct.2016

Dear WO members,


Happy fall! It seems as though the summer came and went in the blink of an

eye. We have had an incredibly exciting season with the Olympics, King of

Clubs, changes at the Minden preserve to name a few. We have put together

a fall newsletter highlighting some of these wonderful things and up and

coming events. Read on and enjoy!

2016 WO Newsletter


2016 WO Update Oct.16

Dear WO members,



Happy fall! It seems as though the summer came and went in the blink of an

eye. We have had an incredibly exciting season with the Olympics, King of

Clubs, changes at the Minden preserve to name a few. We have put together

a fall newsletter highlighting some of these wonderful things and up and

coming events. Read on and enjoy!



*WO's Olympians!*



With the cauldron extinguished, the Rio 2016 Olympics and Para Olympics are

now over. Whitewater Ontario is immensely proud of our two Olympians Cam

Smedley and Michael Tayler. While not achieving their goals of racing in

the semi-final both Cam and Michael demonstrated some solid international

paddling and represented our sport and country in an outstanding way.

Congratulations to both of our Olympians and we wish them all the best as

they prepare for the 2017 season. See photos below.

CS Olympian article     FullSizeRender 6 Olympian article


*ORR's New Clubhouse*



The bins have been moved, the drawings are complete, and the shovels are

ready! Make way for the new ORR clubhouse, which is slated for construction

before the snow flies. The official ground breaking ceremony will be

held Tuesday, October 11th at 11am with local politicians and dignitaries

including Mayor Watson invited to attend.


The official opening will be in August 2017 when Ottawa hosts the 2017

National Whitewater Championships.


Congratulations to ORR and long serving president Doug Corkery for his

commitment, perseverance, and dedication to making this dream a reality.

See photos below.

Hobin.Pumphouse.Ottawa-River-Runners.-Rendering-2     Hobin.Pumphouse.Ottawa-River-Runners.-Rendering-3-UPDATE


*WO Performance Training Groups - Races, training sessions and summer **camps




For canoe slalom athletes, summer is a busy time full of travel, races and

international events. This is especially true in Canada, where each trip is

a big one, over a large distance…



This year, the main event was the Olympic Games in Rio. For canoe slalom,

WO athletes, Cameron and Michael, represented team Canada. It was an

amazing experience for both paddlers and will allow them to improve their

international rankings for the next international events.



At the beginning of July, the junior and Under 23 Canoe Slalom World

Championship were held in Krakow, Poland. During their time in Poland, the

WO athletes were exposed to the reality of the level of international

competition and discovered the importance of increased commitment in order

to be competitive in the future. Upon arriving home from this event the

team has had time to rest and create a better training environment for next




There was one more big event waiting for the team back in Canada; the

National Championships in Jonquiere, Quebec. This was a great opportunity

for connecting with a historical course that can fit for an international




The results in Jonquiére were good for a national level competition. It’s

important to strive to be the National Champion in order to wrap up the

summer and the season and it helps motivate people for next season. Despite

the good results, it’s important to be aware of the work ahead of us, both

in short and long term.



Today, our sights are already set on the 2017 season. There were six WO

athletes at the final two the World Cups in Prague and Ljubljana. Today

athletes are already in the process of preparing for the national team

selection in May, 2017 and looking ahead to be competitive in Bratislava

for the Junior World Championship (July, 2017) and Pau for the Senior World

Championship (September, 2017).



WO athletes have to work hard to be competitive in the international level

and inspire young paddlers. As the WO development athletes grow and improve

they will rise to challenge the older paddlers. With energy, motivation and

positive mind set, both groups will success.



The next step is a two-week training camp in November in Pau, France.

Hopefully, a second camp will run in February or March to prepare for the

team international events by paddling at the best standard we can find;

with or without the national team, unfortunately.



Yesterday it was the Rio Games. Today is Tokyo. I look forward to being a

part of the journey of the Whitewater Ontario Athletes.





*Madawaske Kanu Centre*



At Madawaska Kanu Centre, a record number of participants signed up this

past summer for both the CKC Kayak Instructor Level 1 (Lakewater), and

the Kayak

Leader 2 & Instructor 2 (River), ushering in a new wave of incredible

flatwater and whitewater Instructors to the WO world. Even more impressive

was the number of volunteers who came out for the free Instruction days,

allowing the Instructors to put new teaching skills to the test on real

students. Keep an eye out for next seasons CKC Kayak Instructor courses and

free Instruction days at Madawaska Kanu Centre. 2017 Dates will be posted

in October and reservations begin November. See photos below.

CKC 2 1      CKC 3 1



*Update on MWWP*


The preserve started out with a slow spring and has had a steady

degree of business as the summer has gone on. Individual paddlers, the

usual summer camps, and many locals have been using the river, campgrounds,

and trails.


This September we launched our Fix the Gull campaign. First contributor was

Victor Ettel, a passionate recreational paddler. At the September 2016

open canoe race, Victor's bench was dedicated at the open canoe race and

placed by the foot bridge on river right. The open canoe race also

provided opportunity with donations and race fees to contribute another

$3000. More on this at the AGM.


Further to the fundraising campaign, a comprehensive application was

submitted to MNR. We anticipate getting full approval for in-water work for

spring 2017. With permission from the township and Orillia Power, trail

work in view enhancement has begun.


October 15-16 is the Gull work weekend. We have 10 paddlers removing trees

in the campground, cutting firewood, improving take out areas, as well as

finishing the new storage building.


All in all, the season has built up speed. Ready for a renewed energy in




*Up and Coming fall events:*



The third Saturday in November will be the 5 th annual Movember race on the





Happy paddling!


WO executive

2016 CKO AGM Notice

Canoe Kayak Ontario - Notice of Annual General Meeting 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016 in Peterborough

See attachment for details



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