Well, another season has begun. We had a successful AGM in April and elected two more members of the Board. Please join us in welcoming Susan Newport and Becky Lee Rogers. Becky will not only be joining the board, but she will also be taking over in the roll of Treasurer from Bill MacLean who has done a yeoman’s job for us for the past two years in that position. Many thanks to Bill for his great work. Bill will be continuing on with the Board and will be doing a lot of project work for us in the next few years.
Last year’s Covid restrictions were a bear, but this year’s prospects look rosier for our activities. After last year’s success, we have been in contact with the Gananoque Boat Museum and are in negotiations to carry out another 20 tours with them this summer.
Paddlefest was cancelled last year because of Covid-19 restrictions and as a result, this year we have delayed its planned date until September in hopes that more of the restrictions are lifted before the event.
We were very busy during this past winter with our intern Jake Wilson carrying out a Shoreline Cleanup around Smiths Falls and writing a report on the activities. He discovered that much of the waste was plastic and that lead to him researching and reporting on the problems of plastic waste in the environment. He made a number of Zoom presentations on that issue that were very well attended.
He also carried out the planning for a shoreline rehabilitation program that the Rideau Roundtable is carrying out in Smiths Falls this year. Jake made presentations to the Town of Smiths Falls and to local residents, and he coordinated activity with Parks Canada, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Tree Canada, and other non-profits.
Our new events website (www.rideauroundtable.com) has increased our visibility as an organization and helped us plan and execute our presentations and events. We were also gifted access to many Microsoft products and services due to our not-for-profit status. These new collaboration tools should begin to bear fruit shortly.
As was the case last year, all inquiries about booking REX tours should now be sent to [email protected]
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, WE ARE HIRING for this summer. We have two jobs posted on our events site. We are hiring another Voyageur Canoe Tour Guide (see www.rideauroundtable.com) and a part time coordinator for Paddlefest 2021 (see www.rideauroundtable.com). These positions are for anyone under 30 years of age. Click on the links above for more details or to apply.
The Rideau Roundtable is an incorporated, not-for-profit, association of individuals, community organizations and government agencies that focuses on the environment, the history and the cultural significance of the Rideau River, the Rideau Canal Waterway, the Cataraqui River and their respective watersheds. The focus of our programs and activities include heritage tourism, public awareness, cultural and natural landscape conservation, and stewardship, new options for Waterway governance, outdoor education, recreation and adventure.
Our main on-going project is the Rideau Experience program:
The Rideau Experience program (Or REX) uses interpreted voyageur canoe outings to explore the environmental, historical and cultural treasures of the Rideau. These tours are aimed at schools, families, and community and business groups and are a great way to see this unique National and UNESCO heritage site from a different perspective.
The mission of the Rideau Roundtable is to promote and encourage the wise management of the Rideau waterway and corridor to ensure that its unique natural, historic and recreational values are sustained and enjoyed as a legacy for future generations. The focus of our programs and activities include heritage tourism, public awareness, cultural and natural landscape conservation, and stewardship, new options for Waterway governance, outdoor education, recreation and adventure.