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RCC News No. 98 - February 13, 2010

posted Feb 13, 2010, 6:04 PM by Hector Carranco

RCC News No. 98 - February 13, 2010

The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games are underway! Sadly we lost an athlete. Our thoughts are with his family, his teamates and his country.

The Commodore's dinner is quickly approaching, just two more weeks. Please purchase your tickets.

Meet the board, read the bios of the board members starting in this issue.

Paddles Up, take it away!

Hector Carranco


  • Commodores' Dinner
  • Meet your board!
  • Canoe Kids and Regatta Ready
  • 2010 Vancouver Olympics
  • Let the board HEAR IT!
Commodores' Dinner

Everyone is welcome! Coaches, athletes and parents alike, Masters and Rec Program members. The more we are the better!

You can choose your preferred payment option: on-line (service charge extra), or by personal cheque made to Rideau Canoe Club and sent to:

Rideau Canoe Club
804 Hogs Back Road,
Ottawa, Ontario
K2C 0B1

The Commodore will have the opportunity to thank all of the volunteers that worked so hard during the year.  The Commodore’s Cup will be presented to a person whom the Commodore felt had made an outstanding contribution during the past year.

These are the details:

  • Where: St. Elias Centre - 750 Ridgewood Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1V 6N1
  • When: Saturday, February 27, 2010 - Doors Open at 6:00pm Cash Bar. Buffet Dinner at 7:00
  • How much: $40.00 per person
  • Who: Everyone is invited!
  • What:
    • Cash Bar
    • Buffet Dinner
    • Silent Auction
    • Club Expansion Update
    • Great Videos of the 2009 season
    • Live Auction
    • Presentation of the Commodore's Cup
    • Live entertainment and dance with the "Deja Vu" band
    • Other Surprises


Meet your board!

By Rosemary Irwin

In the upcoming newsletters, we will be featuring profiles of the 2009-2010 Board of Directors.  While some Directors have been around for years and may need little introduction to many, there are always new members to the Club.  As well, there are new faces on the Board this year. 

This week, we would like to introduce Hector Carranco and Scott Seaby:

Hector Carranco (Commodore) 

I was born and raised in Mexico City, then landed in Canada with Vanessa, Galia and Alina in October 1996.  I quickly got involved with the Mexican Community and was elected President of their association in 1999 and 2000.  In 2003 I was elected councillor for Ottawa of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad for a two years term.  By that time I had organized the "Bi-National Health Week", a series of conferences for Mexicans and Latin Americans to get informed about issues that could put their health at risk.  As a volunteer with the Mexican Community Association I helped to promote the idea of having a "Spanish Saturday School" which was organized and opened its doors in 2005.  I was the Mexican History teacher for one of the groups.

By 2003 my family got involved in the Rideau Canoe Club thanks to the Wills family who invited them to join:  first as Canoe Kids, then the Bantam program and the Masters program.  In 2004 Vanessa competed in CanMas at Dartmouth for the first time.  I paddled the next season and made my debut as a novice master at CanMas in Montreal and decided I'd better stay off the water.  I was elected as a RCC Director for the first time in 2005 and have been a member of the Board ever since. I was a volunteer in the organizing committee for the 2007 National Championships in Ottawa.  That same year I was elected Vice-Commodore and in 2008 became Commodore.  I really enjoy writing the newsletter and would like all members of the club to be happy.

I came to Ottawa to work at the "Silicon Valley North" with ZIM Technologies with Computer Science studies at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City and am now working as an IT Consultant for LARA-TECH.

Scott Seaby (Dragon Boat)

I have been involved with the Rideau Canoe Club for nearly 22 years, during 15 of which I paddled competitively.  Having first paddled in the Bantam program, I eventually progressed all the way to Senior until retiring from competitive paddling about five years ago.  Since retiring, I have become heavily involved in dragon boat as an athlete, coach and as an organizer.  I have raced in local and international dragon boat regattas and continue to race every summer.  During the past five years, I have been a board member and have served as equipment director and paddling committee director for two of those years.

More recently, during the last three years I have been the Director of the Dragon Boat Program at RCC. This program is a major fundraiser for the club and supports a number of events/activities each year including the Youth Dragon Boat Festival, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, RCC Dragon Boat Festival andRCC Dragon Boat League.  More information related to the Dragon Boat Program can be found at: http://www.rideaucanoeclub.ca/home/dragon-boat .
When I'm not at the Rideau Canoe Club, I work as an Applications Architect for the House of Commons.  My personal interests include sports, home renovations, and technology. I'm very much looking forward to another year on the Rideau Canoe Club Board.

NEXT WEEK:  Carol Kavanagh (Treasurer) and Cindy Braddon (Canoe Kids)


Canoe Kids and Regatta Ready

The Canoe Kids program is a week long day camp experience focused on all aspects of safe paddle sports. Campers will be introduced to canoeing, kayaking, safety, field sports, basic lifesaving, leadership games, and crafts.

Regatta Ready is a two week pre-competitive program for young paddlers who are looking for more of a challenge than Canoe Kids but who aren't yet ready to commit to a competitive sprint racing program.

There will be 9 Canoe Kids sessions and 4 Regatta Ready ones. Tell your friends and family members to go and check the website for more information and to download the registration forms. The sessions fill up very quickly!

>> Canoe Kids << >> Regatta Ready <<

Check out the Ottawa Camps ad!


2010 Vancouver Olympics

Tragic accident today in Whistler....shocking. Thoughts with the Georgian Team and Nodar Kumaritashvili's family. So sad. IMortimer

Great opening ceremony!

We are an experiment going right for a change!

We believe in generations beyond our own!

We are more! We made it be!

We should give our best and never give up!

Lives of great significance start with a spark!

And the longest Olympic torch relay ended today with the torch carried by Hansen, Le May Doan, Nash, Greene-Raine and Gretzky who lit the cauldron at Vancouver. Wayne Gretzky lit the external cauldron outside BC Place.



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