Hugh Town Memorial Builder Award 2022

The purpose of the Hugh Town Memorial Builder Award is to recognize volunteers who have made significant and exemplary contributions to the Outrigger Canoe Racing Discipline of Canadian Outrigger Racing Association (“CORA”) within Canada in the Builder Category.

The CORA Board has approved Policy and Procedure relating to selection and awarding and administering the Award as per the Hugh Town Memorial Builder Award Policy.

The Hugh Town Memorial Builder Award is awarded after the CORA AGM. The CORA Board has reviewed nominations received for the past season and has recognized Jan Chavarie of Jericho Paddling Club as the 2022 recipient of the Hugh Town Memorial Builder Award.

Jan Chavarie has a 20+ year legacy of selfless volunteer effort to paddlesports in general and outrigger canoe racing in particular. She has made contributions to support Canadian paddlers at the international, national, provincial, and club level. Jan and web designer / developer Colleen McCarthy collaborated to build the Jericho Paddling Club (JPC) website as well as the 1st and 2nd generations of the CORA website. She has been part of the Jericho Paddling Club that has hosted the popular PNWORCA Jericho Small-Boat Racing Winter Series event and Jericho Classic Iron, as well as volunteered to assist with the Jericho Oceanman and the JSCA Wavechaser Paddle Series for many years. She has served continuously since circa 2000 on both the Jericho Executive and the CORA Board including a 2-year stint as CORA Chairman (2005-2006).

CORA wishes to extend a round of appreciation to Bob Stewart (Mr. Aloha) for sharing personal insights as Guest Speaker on behalf of Jan Chavarie at the 2022 CORA AGM.

CORA hopes to have a Hugh Town Memorial Builder Award photo-op on February 4, 2023 at Jericho Sailing Centre as part of the 2023 PNWORCA Winter Series Event #2. Please join us for the presentation to Jan Chavarie (2022 Recipient) with the English Bay backdrop in the distance.

For more information about the Hugh Town Memorial Builder Award, CLICK HERE

CORA Seeking Directors and Volunteers

CORA is looking for ambitious members to serve as CORA Directors. The CORA Board of Directors may have a maximum of 15 directors, and we have 10 directors expected to continue in 2023. If you are passionate about outrigger canoeing and would like to volunteer your time and knowledge to the growth of outrigger canoeing in your community and across the country, consider stepping forth for nomination as a director.   Please have a CORA member nominate you via the nomination form linked below.

Director nomination forms must be submitted to CORA no later than Friday, November 18, 2022. We will contact the nominated individual to confirm acceptance of the nomination.

CORA is seeking to increase representation from Eastern Canada and Alberta, as well as all regions of British Columbia, so if you reside in Ontario, Quebec or Alberta, please consider serving as a director.

CORA’s Directors meet via Zoom on the evening of the first Wednesday of every month. The meeting time can be set to accommodate schedules. Directors are asked to serve terms of 3 years, but may resign at any time. The Board of Directors has various Committees with which new Board members can become involved, including those relating to racing, insurance matters, Off-the-Water video conference series, International Va’a Federation (sprint and distance), CORA awards, CORA grants, Canadian outrigger history and public relations. Directors volunteer for CORA’s Officer positions and Committees at the first Board meeting following the AGM.

In addition, CORA members at-large may volunteer to serve on CORA Committees without being a director. If you would like to volunteer for a Committee, please contact us at the link below.

If you would like to nominate a CORA member or step forth yourself as a director nominee, please complete or have your nominator complete and submit the on-line CORA Director Nomination Form or do so at the on-line CORA AGM on Sunday, November 20, 2022. Prospective nominees nominated at the AGM must be in attendance to accept the nomination.

Questions? Contact CORA via the Contact CORA page

2022 Repair, Maintenance & Equipment (RME) Grant Open Call

CORA is hereby issuing an Open Call for Member Clubs to submit 2022 Repair, Maintenance and Equipment (RME) Grant applications.  An “Open Call” means that the “once every 2nd year” limitation is removed and Member Clubs who received an RME Grant in the preceding year may apply.

The following rules and conditions apply to the 2022 Open Call:

RME Grant Applications must be submitted on-line through the CORA website’s RME Grant application form: (date and time of receipt will be noted).  The eligible expenses for the RME Grants remain the same (see sections 1 and 2 of the Eligibility Criteria on the RME Grant application form). This grant does not apply to the purchase, in whole or in part, of new or used canoes.

The deadline for the submission of 2022 Open Call RME Grant applications is 6:00 pm (Pacific), Thursday, November 17, 2022.

The CORA Board will consider the applications at its pre-AGM meeting on November 19, 2022 and reserves the right to consider factors other than time/order of receipt (i.e. size of Club, financial need, frequency of previous RME Grants) in awarding grants.  Preference may be given to Member Clubs eligible in 2022 but who have not yet submitted an application.

There are 15 grants available and the maximum grant amount remains at $1000.00.

Member Clubs for whom 2022 is their first CORA membership year remain ineligible for an RME Grant until 2023.  In 2022, the ineligible first year clubs are Aumakua Paddling Club, Ku’oko’a Outrigger and Star Nation Canoe Club.

Member Clubs who have already received, have been approved to receive or already submitted an application for a 2022 RME Grant are also ineligible for the 2022 Open Call (i.e. only 1 RME Grant per year).  In 2022, the following Clubs have already received an RME Grant:  Fairway Gorge Paddling Club, Fort Langley Canoe Club, Jericho Paddling Club, Latitude 48 Paddling Club, Penticton Racing Canoe Club, Sproat Lake Canoe Club and Victoria Youth Paddling Club. 

A CORA club must (a) have paid its CORA Club membership fee, and (b) have at least 6 paid-up individual CORA members (i.e. an OC6 crew) to be considered “in good standing” for the purposes of RME Grant eligibility. 

The following CORA Member Clubs have paid their 2022 CORA Club membership fee and are eligible for the 2022 Open Call if they have 6 paid-up individual CORA members.  Beside each club name is the number of paid individual CORA members affiliated with that Club as of November 8, 2022.  Any shortfall in the number of paid-up individual CORA members must be remedied before an RME Grant application can be approved by the Board.

CLUB2022 Club2022 CORA
Calgary Canoe ClubY27
Club Bon AccueilY3
Comox Valley Canoe Racing ClubY55
Delta Outrigger Kanu AssociationY12
False Creek Racing Canoe ClubY148
Fraser Valley Paddling ClubY17
Gibsons Paddle ClubY16
Haunani Outrigger Club / Club Outrigger HaunaniY19
Kelowna Paddle CentreY17
Leduc Boat ClubY6
Lotus Sports ClubY64
Maple Bay Ocean Canoe ClubY23
Nanaimo Ocean Paddling ClubY144
Pacific Reach Paddling ClubY23
Pearson College Outrigger ClubY18
Pemberton Canoe AssociationY3
Powell River Outrigger Canoe SocietyY19
Prince Rupert Outrigger AssociationY18
River RunnersY15
Shuswap Association for Paddling and RowingY1
Sunnyside Paddling ClubY3
Thunder Bay Outrigger ClubY2
TSCC Maka Koa OutriggerY71
Vancouver Ocean SportsY9
Vernon Paddling CentreY13
Victoria Canoe and Kayak ClubY13
Wailua Outrigger Canoe ClubY28

Successful 2022 Open Call recipients will not be eligible for another RME Grant until 2024 (except through a 2023 Open Call, if applicable).

Neither invoices nor receipts are required with your application, however, successful applicants must submit all receipts (not just invoices) before December 31, 2022.

In your application under “Estimated Expenses”, please indicate if your expenses have already been incurred or whether they are future expenses.  In the case of repair work or services, preference will be given to applications for reimbursement of costs already incurred.  In the case of goods or equipment, preference will be given to goods already purchased or to goods that can be reasonably purchased by the end of the year (ie off the shelf items, not customized items). 

If your expenses cannot reasonably be incurred in 2022, you should apply in 2023 for a 2023 RME Grant.

Receipts should name the Member Club to the extent possible (ie excluding retail store cash register receipts).

Payment will be made by e-transfer or by cheque payable to your Club, not individuals.