Senator Murray Sinclair
Honorary Riverkeeper 2017
Senator Sinclair will be joining a prestigious circle of Honorary Riverkeepers which includes Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Kevin Vickers, Mark Carney and Stephen Poloz.
A long-time friend of the river and supporter of Ottawa Riverkeeper, Mr. Solomon is back this year as your host of the Riverkeeper gala.
Ottawa Riverkeeper Ambassador
Kathleen Edwards and her musical guests will keep the crowd dancing through the night!
The de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation
2017 Water Leader
The de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation is receiving this award for their enduring commitment to a swimmable, drinkable, fishable River.
Keith Whiteduck, Emilio Wawatie, the Eagle River Drum Group and the Kina Nimiwag dancers will open the evening with a performance on the Main Stage.
What better way to celebrate the Ottawa River than on one of its beautiful islands? Join us on the grounds of the Lemieux Island water purification plant, where your last glass of water probably came from! As the sun sets, revel in the serene splendor of the beautiful Ottawa River and enjoy the cachet of being among the first to experience this fresh perspective of our wonderful river.
1 RIVER ST, LEMIEUX ISLAND, OTTAWA
The Gala starts at 6:00 p.m. Because of its unique location, travel may be a bit of an adventure – so leave yourself plenty of time to get to this magical location.
For each ticket purchased, you will be issued a tax receipt in the amount of $105. The receipts will go out in the summer, following the Gala.
The dress code for the night is “River Chic.” Come in business casual or cocktail attire, in deck shoes, stylish sandals, or your favourite boots. It’s a short stroll to the gala from the drop-off point and the ground isn’t entirely level, so choose your footwear with an eye to comfort.
If you are walking, biking, or being dropped off at the Gala, access the island via River St. Please note drivers cannot turn off the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway between 3 and 7 p.m. – cars should instead access River St. via Slidell St. There will be a drop-off zone for taxis, limousines, and Paratranspo on location. Unfortunately there is no guest parking on Lemieux Island.
Guest parking is located off site at Tunney’s Pasture (at the intersection of Parkdale Ave. and Goldenrod Driveway). Complimentary valet parking sponsored by Star Motors will be available and shuttles will ferry you to the Gala. At the end of the evening, Responsible Choice valet drivers will return you to Tunney’s Pasture in luxurious Mercedes sedans.
Please drink responsibly: if you plan to imbibe during the Gala, a Responsible Choice chauffeur will be available to drive you home in your own vehicle for a flat fee.
Opportunities are still available, to learn more contact: Chloe Hillier (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It is with great pleasure and honour that I continue to serve as your Ottawa Riverkeeper. It was thirteen years ago that I accepted the challenge to become a voice for river protection and a leader to grow a Waterkeeper organization in the Ottawa River Watershed. It is without a doubt that Ottawa Riverkeeper has become a leading advocate for freshwater protection in Canada and our organization is stronger than ever.
In 2016, we had many wonderful successes, including the Ottawa River being awarded Heritage designation; plastic microbeads being labelled as a toxic substance; the growth of our Riverwatcher Program; important strides made towards eliminating sewage overflows in the Ottawa River; and much more (annual report.). We’re excited and inspired to continue to work for the health and welfare of our river in 2017.
The river is gaining attention and well-deserved recognition, however there are significant threats to the ecological integrity of the many rivers and lakes within our watershed. These issues are complex and can rarely be solved by one organization or one municipality acting alone. It takes a watershed to protect a river, and we thank you for being a part of that journey.
We look forward to celebrating your contribution to our watershed on May 31.
In the River Spirit,
Your Ottawa Riverkeeper
Opportunities are available, to learn more contact: Chloe Hillier (email@example.com)
This package includes passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour, interactive workshops, evening entertainment, guided activities, meals, and more!
Includes three privately catered meals by the Wakefield Mill Hotel and Spa, wine pairing for dinner, boat transportation, use of canoes, sailboat, sauna etc. Includes a guided tour of the historic property, and a pre dinner cocktail.
This kayak is relatively short and broad making it both stable and maneuverable. It will be suited to exploring along a shoreline or poking through a marsh. It’s quite capable of handling open water and will move along quickly although it won’t match long, narrow boats for speed.
The large cockpit will make entrance and exit easier and will permit changes of position while paddling. The extra space means there will be room to keep binoculars, a camera or fishing gear handy.
The boat is a wood, fiberglass and epoxy composite. It is significantly lighter than most similar sized plastic boats and car topping will be easy for many people. The marine ply core is fully sealed with a tough, waterproof surface layer and with basic care and little maintenance the boat will last many years.
Boatworks Ottawa offers occasional classes in introductory boat building if you are interested in building a kayak or other small boat for yourself.
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