2017 Letter from Dave Gillespie & Eric Betteridge

Letter from Dave and Eric - 2017

 Welcome to Whitewater Ontario, the Provincial Kayak and Canoe Association. 

 As President and Vice President, we are proud to share that the 500 members and Board of Directors are made up of paddlers interested in paddling rivers in kayaks, canoes, rafts, and SUPs.  Through the programs run via WO clubs, and WO event organizers, men, and women, juniors, and adults paddle rivers together under the guidance of trip leaders, instructors, and competitive coaches.  

 A "whitewater paddler" is not simply defined by what they wear or what type of boat they paddle.  A paddler is defined by "one who is passionate about the thrill, the fitness, the focus, the serenity, and camaraderie found on a flowing river".  

 Depending on your interest, there is probably someone in the group who shares your interest, be it new to paddling, and asking for river playspots, teaching classes, competing in slalom or freestyle, camping, running small rivers in Ontario or big rivers in Canada or USA, and protecting them.   

 We support our members as part of Canoe Kayak Ontario, and Canoe Kayak Canada, and therefore organize events and competitions, sanction recreational events under specific criteria.  We certify instructors, provide liability insurance and sport accident insurance, and promote various paddling events that support healthy paddling lifestyle. 

 WO also manages a private campground, clubhouse, and are caretakers of a section of whitewater rapids by Minden in Central Ontario.  The Minden Whitewater Preserve is Canada's first artificially enhanced river, with boulders rocks moved to create ideal paddling areas.    

 Please scour this website for club links, the river-wiki database, links to videos and other helpful information.  Then reach out to our part-time office person Donna Boadway, or any Director with their specific portfolio, or post your question on our Facebook page linked here. www.facebook.com/whitewaterontario

Of all things you will find out about our whitewater paddling members, we believe in the simple philosophy: "Get Out and Paddle"

 In Service,

 David Gillespie              Eric Betteridge
 Peterborough                  Ottawa

WO President                 WO Vice President

2015 WO Proposed Constitutional Revisions

Whitewater Ontario

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

October 13th, 2015


Background and rationale:

Whitewater Ontario revised its constitution in 2012 and the governance model in that document reflects the Forward Strokes Strategic Planning initiative which commenced in January 2008 and is due for its own review and revision.

In order to more accurately reflect the current reality of WO’s volunteer base and to improve the decision-making capacity of the board, an adjustment to the organization’s governance model is necessary. Some positions that are listed in the 2012 Constitution are either no longer relevant and/or have not been filled due to the scarcity of volunteers. 

The proposed governance model addresses both of these issues and also adds further opportunities for individuals to be voting members of the WO board.

I have respectfully submitted the proposed amendments to the WO Board for their review and support.

Our membership will have the opportunity to approve the amendments at the Whitewater Ontario Annual General Meeting on November 14th.

Please follow the link indicated below to access the proposed revisions.

2015 AGM Package


Jim Tayler


CKO Governance Proposal

Dear WO Member:
Canoe Kayak Ontario has recently completed an in-depth review of its governance model and a new proposal has been developed.
Each CKO affiliate has been requested to present this proposal to their members with a subsequent review and approval at their respective AGM's.
Please follow the link below to the following documents. The CKO Governance Review provides a brief summary of the proposal while the CKO Governance Report provides a detailed explanation. The proposal will be voted on at our upcoming Annual General Meeting.
Thank you for taking the time to look at these documents.
Please follow the link to the governance proposal documents in the 2015 AGM package.
Jim Tayler

2015 AGM Meeting Notice

Dear WO members:

Please be advised that Whitewater Ontario will be having its 2015 Annual General Meeting in Ottawa on Saturday, November 14th starting at 10:30a.m.

However, the WO Board has agreed to facilitate the involvement of our membership in the AGM by possibly hosting the meeting at two sites which will be connected electronically. This will reduce expenses, travel time, and open possibilities to engage our membership in a new and creative way. It is possible that additional sites may be available again to reduce the amount of travel and to encourage participation.

Plans are underway to facilitate membership involvement, procedural protocols, and the important process of the board election at the AGM. Further details will be forwarded in a timely manner.

At the AGM our membership will be asked to approve proposed changes to our governance model as detailed in a separate email. If approved the Board will consist of the following positions:

Proposed Model of WO Governance:

Executive Committee


Vice President


Director Representative (appointed by Board)

Secretary (ex officio)



Director of the MWWP

Director of Advocacy

Director of Communications

Director of Competition

Director of Recreation

Director of Instruction




Non-Voting Members-at-Large

Member at-Large




These proposed constitutional adjustments have been reviewed and are supported by the WO Board.Again, watch for further details about the nomination process for Board positions and information about our proposed satellite locations. I encourage all members to consider stepping forward and being an active member of the 2015-16 WO Board. 

Please follow the link to the complete AGM package. Note that additional information and reports will be published as they are received.

2015 AGM Meeting Package


Jim Tayler


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