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2012 Canadian National & Olympic CanoeKayak Teams

Current Bid: $300.00 Christine Ogaranko

CanoeKayak Canada was established as the Canadian Canoe Association in 1900 and is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. The organization’s  vision is to be a Canadian sport for families, communities and champions. From supporting clubs to developing a competitive National Team, CanoeKayak Canada works to grow a sport which is a rich part of Canada’s heritage.

One side is featuring the 2012 London Olympic CanoeKayak Team. Ryan Cochrane, Hughes Fournel, Emilie Fournel, Mark De Jonge, Adam van Koeverden, Mark Oldershaw and Jason McCoombs.

The other side is featuring members of the 2012 National CanoeKayak Team. Notably retiring paddlers Richard Dalton, Andrew Russell and Thomas Hall.

This paddle was completed by Heather Corrigan.

Barb Lounder, Local Artist

Current Bid: $100.00 Laurel Russell

Barbara Lounder is a visual artist and arts educator living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She has a BFA from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University), where she is now a Professor in the Foundation Studies Program. Barbara has presented her artwork in gallery exhibitions, workshops and conferences across Canada and in the USA, Poland, New Zealand, Germany and Bulgaria.

Her paddle is inspired by Tom Thomson and includes the book – Northern Light: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson and the Woman Who Loved Him ~ Roy MacGregor.

Tom Thomson was born near Owen Sound, Ontario, in 1877. He loved the outdoors, and spent much of his adult life working as a guide in Algonquin Park. He was a self-taught artist, and loved canoeing on the lakes, seeking out wilderness landscapes for his sketches and paintings. He died in July 1917 while paddling on Canoe Lake, and the manner of his death remains a mystery. His paintings, with their dynamic, bold depictions of rocks, trees and lakes, are iconic representations of the Canadian landscape. Tom Thomson’s work as an artist gave rise to the formation of the Group of Seven in the years that followed, and he remains one of the most famous and revered Canadian artists.

Mark de Jonge, Canadian Olympic Team Member 2012

Current Bid: $175.00 Rachael Tabor

Mark has been kayaking since 1997 and had immediate success in the sport. In 1999, at his first national championships, Mark won his first national titles and has been enjoying success in the sport ever since, which includes 28 national gold medals to date.

In 2009, Mark finished his Engineering Degree at Dalhousie University and began working full-time as an Engineer-In-Training.

It has always been Mark’s dream to win an Olympic gold medal and it didn’t feel right working full-time as an engineer while still having the potential to achieve this dream.

This past year, Mark began training full-time again and has become one of the fastest kayakers in the world. At the World Championships last summer in Hungary, Mark finished 6th in the K-1 200m event and qualified a spot for Canada at this year’s Olympic Games.

Mark achieved his dream when he won a Bronze Medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Halifax Mooseheads

Current Bid: $200.00 Peter Coolen

The Halifax Mooseheads are a Canadian Hockey League ice hockey club in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The team was founded in 1994 and began play in the 1994-1995 season.

This paddle is signed by all of the members of the 2012-2013 team.

Andrew Ryan, Darcy Ashley, Ryan Falkenham, Liam Alcalde, Dominic Beauchemin, Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Max Lindsay, Luca Ciampini, Matthew Boudreau, Stefan Fournier, Brent Andrews, Martin Frk, Brian Lovell, Trey Lewis, Brendan Duke, Konrad Abeltshauser, Randy Gazzola, Steve Gillard, MacKenzie Weegar, Austyn Hardie, Chris Clarke, Zachary Fucale and Anthony Terenzio.

This paddle was completed by Robin Thomson.

Heidi Petracek, Co-Host CTV Morning Live

Current Bid: $125.00 Kevin Warren

Broadcaster Heidi has been bringing her energetic, witty, and engaging personality to radio and television for nore than a decade. She is a highly skilled communicator who has interviewed hundreds of people including well-known personalities such as Oscar-winner Olympia Dukkakis, Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, acclaimed author Alberto Manguel, and former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, along with everyday people who simply have a compelling story to share.

As a journalist, she has reported on may key events in Canada – from federal elections and floods, to the collapse of the Atlantic fishery and the immediate aftermath of the 9-11 attacks.

She is currently co-host of CTV2’s lively and informative morning show, CTV Morning Live. When she is not in the studio, Heidi spends her time cooking, and enjoying the outdoors. She especially loves the ocean, and often spends time paddling in a sea kayak and taking in the beauty of Atlantic Canada.

“In 2000, I moved from my home province of Saskatchewan all the way to Newfoundland, and immediately fell in love with the ocean. That’s when I started kayaking, and on my trips I began collecting small shells, rocks and beach glass along the shoreline of the Rock. Soon, my collection grew, and I continued gathering little bits and baubles when I moved to Nova Scotia in 2006. I decided to use some of my beach findings to decorate my paddle, as a tribute to my love of the water and Atlantic Canada.”

Joe Murphy, Local Artist

Current Bid: $300.00 Barry Ring

Joe Murphy working career was spent helping people on the water to help themselves. The better part of his career with the Canadian Coast Guard was dedicated to the creation and growth of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary – their volunteer wing. As a parent he encouraged his kids to participate and paddle at Banook Canoe Club and he joined them through the Masters’ program and brought the CanMas burgee home with them to Banook in 1996. So, he was delighted to have a chance to create a paddle for the ParaCanoe. This illustrated paddle commemorates the 70th anniversary of the award-winning children’s book- Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling. In this story a small child with a big dream -a native boy near Lake Nipigon, overcomes great difficulties. Strangers whom he has never met help him fulfill his wish of sending his small canoe through the Great Lakes, over Niagara and up the St Lawrence to the Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean. Now a classic, the story is well-known across Canada and is even commemorated by a dedicated park in Nipigon complete with a larger than life statue of the little canoe and her hardy paddler. A fitting tribute to all involved with ParaCanoe Canada.

This paddle includes a copy of Holling C Holling’s book Paddle-to-the-Sea.

Julia Rivard, Senior Partner



Born and raised in North Bay, Julia was a successful multi-sport athlete. She started her canoe-kayak career at the relatively late age of 19, moving to Dartmouth to pursue training.

She was a member of the National Kayak Team for three years, winning top woman’s team at the 1998 World Championships and placing ninth at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Julia completed a Bachelor of Recreation Administration degree at Dalhousie in 2000. In 2003 she completed her Bachelor of Graphic Design at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After graduation, Julia founded and ran an incubation center for independent creatives called Queen Street Studios. Julia merged Queen Street Studios with website design and marketing firm in 2008, taking the position of Creative Director.

Julia is also a member of the Premiers Advisory Council, Vice Chair of the Board of Governors at NSCAD and the Vice Chair of Marketing at the CKC.

But most importantly, Julia is the mum to her three awesome kids Oscar, Max and Phenix.

Bob “Mickey” MacGlashen, North American C-1 Champion 1961/64


“Mickey” became the first Banook canoeist to ever win the North American Canoe Championships in 1961 as a junior.

He went on to repeat this feat in 1964 as a Senior in Washington DC. Canada went on to win Gold in Senior Warcanoe later that day with “Mickey” as stroke of the boat.

“My proudest moment in sports came as I stood on the podium, on the banks of the Potomac River, with the Canadian flag flying and O Canada playing as I received my gold medal”

That is saying a lot for the paddler who won over 56 titles, trophies and awards in his 20 years of paddling.

You can still find “Mickey” on the Banook Canoe Club deck enjoying races for all ages.

*information taken from Banook Canoe Club Voices from Our Past ~Allan Billard 2003

Mary Emma Murphy, Local Artist

Current Bid: $250.00 Robin Thomson

Mary Emma was born and raised in Dartmouth, NS and joined Banook Canoe Club at an early age. She is an avid paddler and supporter of the club. She is current the Secretary on the Board of Directors.

Mary Emma has won numerous medals at the Canadian National Sprint Championships and was a member of the Banook’s 2008 National Championship.

She is very involved in all of the Banook Canoe Club fundraisers and painting a paddle for ParaCanoe in no exception.

This paddle was inspired by her love of the water and the chain of lakes between the Bay of Fundy and the Halifax Harbour.

Mihai Apostal, Canadian Olympic Team Member 96-00


Originally from Bucharest, Romania, Mihai came to Dartmouth via the 1989 Junior World Championships with the Romanian National Team.

He stayed in Dartmouth after receiving refugee status and quickly became affiliated with Banook Canoe Club.

Mihai won 33 medals for Banook Canoe Club at the Canadian National Sprint Championships. He become a member of the Canadian Canoe and Kayak team and he raced in a number of international events for Canada.

Mihai made the finals in the 1997 Worlds in K-1 500m and in the 2001 Worlds in K-1 200m.

He was placed on the 1996 Canadian Olympic Team where he placed seventh in K-4 in Atlanta and he raced K-1 for Canada at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Mihai is still a member of Banook Canoe Club and helped us place second at the 2012 Canadian Masters Championships.

*information taken from Banook Canoe Club Voices from Our Past ~Allan Billard 2003

Scott Forbes and Janette Rawding, Local Artists

Current Bid: $200.00 Laurel Russell

Scott is a tattoo artist and owner of Oceanic Art in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Since opening their doors in July 2007, Scott has been providing its loyal customers with custom artwork.

Scott has the ability to work with clients to convert ideas and concepts into truly unique and custom tattoos.

Janette Rawding who is an apprentice at Oceanic Art contributed to this paddle as well.

You can find Scott at his studio at 121 Portland Street Dartmouth or online at

*information taken from website

Peter Blais, Local Artist

Current Bid: $325.00 Kevin Whitman

Peter Blais, born in Ottawa in 1949, first exhibited in Toronto’s Yorkville district in the late ’70’s. His fantastical fibre creations soon evolved into figurative sculptures using raw fibre and polymers. Before long he was exploring fibreglass and resins.

Solo shows in Toronto were held at the Ashcroft Munroe Gallery and the St. Lawrence Centre. Group shows were held at Galerie Scollard, The Harbourfront Gallery, Metro Toronto Library and Shaw Festival Theatre.

In 1977, he created the fibre costume designs for John Wood’s production of King Lear at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax. Subsequently, he was invited to be a guest instructor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Throughout his career, Peter has continued to design for the theatre, most notably for a number of Toronto premieres of the work of playwright George F. Walker. His theatre designs now form part of the permanent collection at the University of Guelph Canadian Theatre Archive.
He has created commissioned work for corporate clients such as King World Productions (New York) and the Hal Roach Studios (Toronto), as well as pieces for the city of Toronto, Ontario Science Centre and science museums in Japan and Kuwait.

In 1984, Peter created the original design for the Arthur Ellis Book Award, sponsored by The Crime Writers of Canada.
A multi-talented artist, Peter has also enjoyed a long career as an actor since his debut in 1969 at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg. Twice nominated for the Dora Award for Best Actor in the Toronto Theatre, he was also nominated in 1999 for a Gemini Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series. That same year, Peter won the Best Actor Award at the Yorkton Film Festival.
In 1997, looking for new challenges, Peter re-located to Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, restored an 1840 cape, and co-founded The Maritime Painted Saltbox Heritage Furniture Reproductions and Fine Art Gallery opening it to the public in the restored cape in 1998. It made for a unique gallery, and featured his fine art, his first folk art creations and a selection of heritage furniture and furnishings designed and built in his own workshop.

Outgrowing the Mahone Bay location, he moved to Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia, and re-opened his gallery in a restored barn. He continues to design and build furniture, as well as pursuing his careers as fine artist and folk artist. Peter was invited to participate in the 17th Nova Scotia Folk Art Festivals held in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in 2005 for the first time, and has returned every year since. This year, 2012 is the 24th Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival and will be Peter’s seventh year as a participant. A juried show, the Nova Scotia Folk Art Festival is acknowledged as the premiere folk art venue in Canada.

Peter is a participant in the Guide to Craft & Art in Nova Scotia 2012, and a member of the Lunenburg Art Gallery. Peter’s work in it’s many forms can be seen at the Maritime Painted Saltbox Gallery in Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia

Peter Giles, Canadian Olympic Team Member 1996

Current Bid: $100.00 Mark Ring

Peter was a member of the Canadian Kayak Team from 1988 to 1996. During his high-perfomance career, he helped his team record a seventh-place finish in K-4 1000m at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and a pair of top-10 results at the 1995 World Championships ono Duisburg, Germany.

Following his athletic career, Peter continues to remain active in the Canadian sport community. He has been an active volunteer with CanoeKayak Canada since 2001, including three years as the Vice Chair for High Performance for the Sprint Racing Division. He is currently the Commodore (President) of CanoeKayak Canada, and in 2009 became the first active Commodore to win a medal in competition at the National Championships.

Since 2003, he has had extensive involvement with the Canadian Olympic Committee, currently serving as a ‘B’ Session member and member of the Team Selection Committee. He previously served as a representative on both the Athletes’ Council and the Awards and Recognition Committee.

Peter was the Assistant Chef de Mission at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He was privileged to work with Chef de Mission Sylvie Bernier and the COC senior staff to provide overall leadership to the Canadian Team.

A native of Lake Echo, Nova Scotia, Peter now lives in Halifax. He holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University in California and is currently a Product Manager for underwater acoustics technology with General Dynamics Canada. In 2008, Peter was one of 5,351 Canadians to apply for two astronaut positions with the Canadian Space Agency. He survived ten months of the National Astronaut Recruitment Campaign, reaching the final twelve before being cut in April 2009.

Rose Adams, Local Artist

Current Bid: $200.00 Lenora Whitman

Rose Adams received her BA from Acadia University in 1979, her MA in Canadian Literature from Carleton University in 1981, her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1982, her MFA from the same institution in 1986, and her Masters in Adult Education from Dalhousie University in 1994. She has taught at Acadia University, Mount Saint Vincent University, the Tatamagouche Centre, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Rose has an extensive exhibition record in Canada, the United States, Poland, and New Zealand. In 2006 she was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Art. Her work can be found in the Canada Council Art Bank and the Nova Scotia Art Bank, as well as various institutional and private collections.

Rose’s two children, Manuel and Flor Angie paddle at Banook Canoe club. Her paddle was inspired by the irises that grow on the lakeside between Banook Canoe Club and the bridge over to Lion’s Beach.

Sara Williamson, Local Artist – Baker, Two If By Sea

Current Bid: $200.00 Trish Mock

Sara Williamson grew up in Ottawa and completed her BFA at Mount Allison University in 2009. She first exhibited her work at START Gallery in Sackville, New Brunswick in a solo show titled This Present Piece of the Landscape, and her involvement in the arts has ranged from a curatorial internship at the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville, to teaching bookbinding workshops in Ghana, to a summer spent– coincidentally– painting oars for members of the Ottawa New Edinburgh Rowing Club.

Sara currently lives in Halifax and spends her early mornings baking at Two If By Sea Café. She paints, illustrates, makes prints, and draws comics whenever the mood strikes her; some of her work can be found at

Toni Losey, Local Artist

Current Bid: $300.00 Lorraine Dewtie

Toni Losey has been a student of Ceramics since the age of 14. As a high school student in small town Saskatchewan, Toni was able to study Pottery under Ken Guenter, a local production potter. Toni worked with Ken for 3 years, each day becoming more skilled on the wheel.

Following high school, Toni pursued her passion for ceramics by enrolling in the fine arts program at the university of Regina and then at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD). She has attended many workshops over the years and is always excited to try new techniques.

For the last 6 years Toni and her family have been living in Nova Scotia, which has a wonderful Arts culture and a fantastic community of potters. Toni currently is teaching pottery at Atlantic Pottery Supplies and for the city’s parks and recreation program. Toni’s work is shown at Swoon Fine Art Gallery in Hammonds Plains where she recently had a number of successful solo exhibits. Currently is a pottery instructor at Atlantic Pottery Supplies and for Halifax Regional Municipality, through the pottery studio at the Findlay Center.

Toni Losey is a prairie girl who has been transplanted to the East Coast. Nova Scotia has inspired and enabled her to become the artist she has always wanted to be.