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Please use the following link to register for the 36th Wilderness & Canoe Symposium (17 Feb 6pm-9pm ET):
Registration for the Zoom call is mandatory, including the Speakers and Facilitators.  "Door" will open at 5:30pm. We encourage you to come early to grab the best seat and help us start on time. You can always find the latest updates on the WCS website, including this email. Please note that it's not required to register at the Symposium website in order to attend this Zoom event. 
          The Legend of Ronnie Bowes
with James Raffan
Back in a November in pre-pandemic times, James Raffan and his friend Algonquin Knowledge Keeper and Bark Canoe Builder, Chuck Commanda, did a joint keynote presentation for Ottawa-Valley Chapter of  the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society that came with an unusual request from the organizers.  “Would you finish with something musical about the Dumoine River,” they asked. Not knowing anything musical to do with the Dumoine River, James set to work and wrote (inspired by a poem about the river written by Wally Schaber) “River: A love song” which James and his wife, Gail, sang in tribute to Alex Hall at 2018 WCS:
A second song, written in response to this CPAWS challenge was a tribute to Ron Bowes, who ran the Bradley Air base at Des Joichims for many years. Flying generations of paddlers, hunters, fishers, clergy, and others to and from the wilds of West Quebec, Ron Bowes became the floatplane pilot with the highest number of hours on one DHC-2 Beaver in the world. As a codicil to Wally’s featured presentation on the Dumoine, James will say a word or two about how The Legend of Ronnie Bowes came to be, how it’s being turned into a little film, and then let it loose as a bit of a minor rock video to close the Dumoine segment of this year’s virtual WCS. 
Ronnie Bowes last October, in retirement, standing beside the “other” love of his life, Beaver C-FODA, which is now owned and operated by John Shaw of Shaw Lumber in Pembroke.

RAFFAN, JAMES – loves canoes and canoeing and is a longtime friend of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, service for which he just received Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal from Governor General Julie Payette. But it is storytelling that is JR’s real passion, and he’s one of the best. Over the years he has written and edited 24 books on topics ranging from canoes to biography, with the common thread running through them the connections between people and place. He has also written for film and television as well as for radio, both words and music, to evoke the themes and stories of the people and places he has visited. He is a frequent public presenter, speaking about risk, adventure, environment, reconciliation, education and the simple joys of self-imposed suffering.

          Wilderness Concert
by Jerry Vandiver
With over 40 years paddling whitewater and flat water in the US, Mexico and Canada, and more canoes and kayaks than his wife thinks he should have, Jerry is an established singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN and has had his songs recorded on over 15 million records, two of which are hanging on the walls of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He joins a stellar group of musicians who have played with Ringo Starr, Taylor Swift, Terry Clark and The Steel Drivers.  Together they'll be playing some new songs like "Over The Rainfly"and "The River Just Flows" along with some favorites including "Too Many Boats" and "My Other Car Is A Canoe".  Be ready to laugh, dance and sing in your pyjamas from your own home in this fun virtual WCS presentation.
   Breakout Sessions
We're planning 5 simultaneous breakout sessions, following the Wilderness Concert by Jerry Vandiver - approximately half-way through the evening.
  • Look-at-me-Wilderness-Super-Hero - Hosted by Bob Henderson
  • Paddle or not to paddle in the territories in summer of 2021? Hosted by Iva Kinclova
  • Fitting your Canoe Pack to carry heavy loads lightly - Hosted by Bill Ostrom
  • A sharing session of how we connected with nature during COVID-19 - Hosted by Brian Johnston
  • General Breakout session for any other topics and/or socializing.  
Brief descriptions for each topic and instructions (dos and don'ts) in the next email. My sense that some, perhaps most, of you would like to attend at least 2 or even 3 sessions. While that's not possible (practical) this year due to the time constraints, if enough interest is generated we may schedule a follow-up session in few weeks to pick up where we left off. 
   Following Lines
a Film by François Léger-Savard
I had a pleasure and good fortune to meet François and his family on the shores of the Indian House Lake on George River, Quebec, back in 2010. We spent few unforgettable days together at Mushuanipi, in the company of Ashini family and friends. Elisabeth Ashini talked at 2011 WCS about her youth on the Moise River and the Nomad Innu culture.
Now, fast-forward 10 years to watch how François blossomed into a great photographer and a filmmaker:
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         WCS TEST ZOOM Call

6:30pm - 8:30pm ET
We'll use this time to make sure all speakers facilitators and breakout session hosts can connect with smooth audio & video feeds. Everyone is welcome to drop in and say "hello", test your own zoom settings etc. We'll have few zoom experts on hand to help us with troubleshooting. Registration required, so we can replicate the process for the real WCS on 17th Feb. Thanks for joining!
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Thank you! 
Aleks & WCS Team
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