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EOD AGM - Oct 8, 7:00 PM - Zoom Call

posted Oct 6, 2020, 7:30 PM by Heather MacIntosh

Please plan to attend the EOD Annual General Meeting Zoom call on Oct 8 at 7:00 PM. The call is open to all EOD members. It's your chance to learn more about your division without leaving your home!

The agenda and 2019 minutes are below. 

Here is the meeting link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89062450907

We Need You on the EOD Board!

posted Sep 27, 2020, 10:40 AM by Heather MacIntosh   [ updated Oct 16, 2020, 6:01 PM ]

The Eastern Ontario Division (EOD) of Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is looking for leaders to help guide the development of sprint canoe-kayak in our region and manage divisional activities. The EOD Board of Directors has three openings for the 2021 season. This is an opportunity to learn more about sprint canoe kayak, help guide our sport and provide leadership at the Divisional level, and, of course, meet and work with a terrific team of like-minded people. Three EOD Board positions will become open in October 2020.

About EOD

EOD is comprised of ten sprint and paddling clubs from Cobourg and Peterborough in the west to Petrie Island in the east. EOD’s mission is to provide leadership and support to build strong paddle sport clubs dedicated to:

  • Promoting paddle sport as fun and lifelong activity for all ages and abilities 
  • Producing sprint development opportunities for athletes, coaches and officials
  • Managing sprint regattas to ensure safety and fairness for all participants
  • Achieving success at all levels of competition

Learn more about EOD here: www.ckceod.com.

The Board

The EOD Board is guided by the EOD’s Constitution and Bylaws, and creates and implements its own initiatives, as well as implementing those required by CKC (nationally) and CKO Sprint (provincially). The Board’s role includes setting the Division’s regatta schedule and providing training for coaches and officials.

The Board is comprised of the commodores and a director from each of the ten clubs plus five officers: Flag, Vice Flag, Secretary, Registrar and Past Flag, and appointed positions: Divisional Officials Coordinator, Divisional Coach, Divisional Athletes’ Representative, and Divisional representatives at the provincial level.

Given EOD’s broad region, all EOD Board and committee meetings are held virtually (and have been for many years).

Board Member Candidates

The ideal Board candidate is associated with sprint canoe-kayak in some way, either as a parent or guardian of a paddler, or as a current or former paddler, official, coach or club administrator. Detailed knowledge about the sport is not required as you will learn as you go. The Board is very supportive of new members!

Below are descriptions of the three open positions.

Vice Flag Officer

The Vice Flag Officer is responsible for supporting the Flag Officer in their duties. Related duties include administration of the division volunteer policy, ensuring adherence to CKC safe sport policy as it pertains to volunteers, and maintenance of divisional trophies and procurement of divisional awards. Time commitment is generally 5-10 hours/month and 15-20 hours/month in July and August related to the two EOD sponsored regattas.


The Treasurer manages the division’s finances, keeps accounts of funds, and is a signing officer for the Division. Time commitment (other than attending the monthly meeting) is about 20 hours per year.


The Secretary takes minutes at the monthly meetings, advises members of meetings and attends to the division's correspondence. Time commitment is about two-three hours per month plus attending the monthly meeting.

A Note about Nationals

The Canadian National Championships will be held at the Rideau Canoe Club on Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa in August 2021. It is an honour to host this competition in our Division. Note that an amazing Host Organizing Committee has already been working on this event with CKC for about two years. As an EOD Board member, there is no expectation for you to get involved in organizing this event – although you are invited to do so!

Next Steps

To learn more or to apply, please contact Heather MacIntosh at heathermacintosh100(at)gmail(dot)com. She’d be happy to connect you with other Board members.


2020 Competitions

posted Jun 8, 2020, 6:46 PM by Heather MacIntosh

Check the 2020 Schedule page for regatta news!

CKC-EOD Town Hall on COVID-19 - May 12, 2020

posted May 7, 2020, 7:47 PM by Heather MacIntosh   [ updated May 7, 2020, 7:47 PM ]

Message from Heather MacIntosh, Flag Officer, EOD:

CKC Leadership is conducting a special Town Hall meeting for the benefit of all EOD clubs and leadership. 


We will be joined by: 


·       Casey Wade, President & CEO

·       Ian Mortimer, Director of Development

·       Graham Barton, Chief Technical Officer

·       Kathy Hare, Finance

Who should attend: 


·       All commodores (you may wish to extend the invitation to your entire club board of directors)

·       All club finance/treasurer directors

·       All head coaches and all club coaches who are expected to be with athletes when paddling operations resume


This is an inclusive gathering of our EOD family, so please feel free to extend this invitation to anyone you think would benefit by attending.

Message from Casey Wade, CEO of CKC:

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) would like to invite you to a mini “Town Hall” session to discuss and explore financial opportunities to support and help each member Club as we work together to maintain the health and well-being of our Club system which is the life-blood of our organization.


You’ll recall that we had a CKC community-wide information session on a number of things related to COVID-19 a few of weeks ago. This session is intended to focus directly on support for you, with a focus on Government funding opportunities.


Kathy Hare, CKC’s financial manager from the Sport and Law Strategy Group, will lead much of the conversation and will be available for one-on-one discussions following the Town Hall meeting should any club or coach have specific questions regarding access to potential financial support.


We hope you can all make the session. As per below, it is scheduled for this coming Tuesday evening, May 12th at 7:00 pm EDT. We will block one hour for the call.

Call Details: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM EDT


  1. Welcome and purpose (Casey Wade, CEO, CKC)
  2. COVID-19 Pandemic Update – CKC current guidelines (Casey, Ian Mortimer and Graham Barton)
  3. Helping Clubs (Kathy Hare)
  4. Helping Coaches (Kathy)
  5. One-on-one follow up help (Casey and Kathy)
  6. Questions (Ian to moderate)

Join Zoom Meeting


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Live Webcast: Building resiliency in times of uncertainty – conquering COVID’s emotional contagion - April 9, noon ET

posted Apr 8, 2020, 9:04 AM by Heather MacIntosh

We are living in unprecedented times. COVID-19 is now a global pandemic. Lives have been put on hold and there is much fear and anxiety about the future.


How can we overcome the uncertainty we find ourselves in?


Join us tomorrow, Thursday April 9, 2020 at 12 noon for a live free webcast hosted by Dr. Tim Lau, psychiatrist and president of the medical staff at The Royal: Building resiliency in times of uncertainty – conquering COVID’s emotional contagion.


Dr. Lau will share strategies to help people feel stronger, stories of bravery, and silver linings that will surely inspire. Applying principles of cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, and problem solving therapy, he will show how we can take control of our emotions without being defined and overwhelmed by them, foster hope and kindness, and transform this situation into something more meaningful.


Live Webcast details are as follows:

Date: Thursday April 9, 2020

Time: 12 noon

Link to the webcast: http://webcast.otn.ca/mywebcast?id=174775654

This webcast will be recorded and made available on theroyal.ca and will be shared across our social media channels.



We are living in unprecedented times. Never before has the entire world been locked down together with unending torrents of information and widespread tragedy. Our lives have literally been been put on hold. On top of the fears of infection, some of us are facing the uncertainty of making ends meet and being able to have the basic goods for daily living. 


Join Dr Lau, a psychiatrist, and President of the Medical Staff, at The Royal as he discusses what is known about the invisible enemy we face and what we can do to respond.  This includes both the virus but also the fear and anxiety that is arguably more contagious.  He will share strategies to become stronger, some silver linings, amazing stories of heroism and bravery that will inspire us to find ways to overcome the uncertainty we find ourselves in, and turn tragedy into triumph. Heroism is a reality that health care workers, first responders, and those in our society that keep everything going, are now called upon to undertake.


In our minds, we need to change the idea of social distancing into physical distancing with psychological and social connectedness.  Applying principles of cognitive behavioural therapy, interpersonal therapy, mindfulness, and problem solving therapy, he will show how we can master and take control of our emotions without being defined and overwhelmed by them.  In 1654, scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote: “All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” An article in the Journal Science (Wilson 2014) suggests that there is some science behind that.  Many of us, in our own homes, have lots of opportunity now to engage in reflection and contemplation.


We have an opportunity, on a scale never seen, together with the rest of humanity, to foster kindness, and bravery that will transform this tragic but temporary situation into something much more meaningful. Hope and the choice to adapt and improve, can be just as contagious, but more constructive and powerful.  And it is something we all need to work on in these uncertain times. If we do, we will all be stronger afterwards.

COVID-19 Statement for Ontario

posted Mar 30, 2020, 7:10 AM by Heather MacIntosh

All clubs should be aware of this statement from CKO Sprint as of March 30, 2020:

Since the government of Ontario has mandated that non-essential businesses should be closed, any liability or accident insurance that is in place for clubs (either through CKO or an additional recreational policy) will not apply if an accident occurs during an activity that is undertaken using  club property or facility. This includes on water training and dry land training using a club facility or personnel. Training programs conducted via the internet or other social media that follow the social distancing guidelines recommended by the Ontario Board of Health have been added to our list of sanctioned activities.

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

posted Mar 22, 2020, 8:32 AM by Heather MacIntosh   [ updated May 7, 2020, 7:40 PM ]

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a time of uncertainty and challenge for everyone - EOD athletes, clubs, coaches, volunteers and their families. While the situation is frustrating, we need to take it day by day and support each other. This page is to help keep you informed of developments in our EOD paddling community.

2020 Season - updates here

CKC-EOD Town Hall on COVID-19

Main focus of the call is on financial assistance for EOD clubs.

Call Details: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7:00-8:00 PM EDT


  1. Welcome and purpose (Casey Wade, CEO, CKC)
  2. COVID-19 Pandemic Update – CKC current guidelines (Casey, Ian Mortimer and Graham Barton)
  3. Helping Clubs (Kathy Hare)
  4. Helping Coaches (Kathy)
  5. One-on-one follow up help (Casey and Kathy)
  6. Questions (Ian to moderate)

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 896 5440 3038
Password: 509377

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        +1 647 558 0588 Canada
        +1 778 907 2071 Canada
        +1 438 809 7799 Canada
        +1 587 328 1099 Canada
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdCmuNJYJx

CKC Member’s Call on COVID-19

Call Details: Thursday, Mar 26, 2020 – 8 PM EDT
Join via your computer, tablet or smartphone. – https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/512922061
Or dial in using your phone:
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391 – Access Code: 512-922-061

Refer to CKC's COVID-19 page at https://canoekayak.ca/covid-19/

Below are notices, resources and links to help keep you informed:

Notice from CKC regarding COVID-19
CKC is asking all members to respect the government of Canada’s message to stay home.  At this time for the health and safety of everyone and in particular, the increased risks associated with our sport and the spread of the COVID-19 virus please immediately refrain from any on-water activities, group training or any activity that requires travel from one location to another where contact with other individuals is possible.

As well, those returning from outside of Canada must be extremely diligent in respecting this requestplease remain in self-isolation and stay home.

Paddling Resources

Don't hesitate to reach out to me, EOD Board members or CKO Sprint or CKC if we can be of help. Contacts are in the links at left.

Keep active, keep safe and stay healthy!

Heather MacIntosh
Flag Officer
Eastern Ontario Division
Canoe Kayak Canada

Call for Club Administrators - Mar 24, 7 PM

posted Mar 22, 2020, 7:46 AM by Heather MacIntosh

CKO Sprint is holding an online town hall meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 7 pm for all Ontario club administrators to discuss the challenges you are facing with COVID-19. See the file below for topics and link to join. Please ensure someone from your club board/administration is able to participate.

SLCC is Hiring

posted Mar 16, 2020, 7:33 PM by Heather MacIntosh

Sydenham Lake is hiring a Regatta Ready Coach. See the job section for details!

January 29 is Bevin & LA Schmidt Day!

posted Feb 2, 2020, 7:44 AM by Heather MacIntosh

Congratulations to LA and Bevin Schmidt, co-founders of the Ottawa River Canoe Club, who were awarded the Mayor's Cup by Mayor Jim Watson at this year's Ottawa Sports Awards on January 29, 2020. In addition, January 29th will forever be known as LA and Bevin Schmidt Day in the City of Ottawa!

The Schmidt's are receiving the award for their commitment to advancing sport at the local, national and international level. It is also a reflection of the amount of work they have done and how they have become "outstanding representatives" of Ottawa's Sport Community.

In addition to all the officiating, coaching, organizing - plus being parents of elite athletes - and so many other roles, Bevin is the past Flag Officer of the Eastern Ontario Division and LA is currently Chairperson of the Sprint Racing Council. They are amazing people who have contributed so much to canoe kayak at all levels. 

Read the full news story here in the West Carleton Community Voice (scroll to page 14-15).

Photo credit: Erin McCracken

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