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2014 Kids and Wardens Fishing Adventure

Posted on July 6, 2014.

 

July 6, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCOA PROVIDES TORONTO KIDS WITH TRIP OF A LIFETIME

On the morning of July 9, twenty youth from the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club (http://believeinkids.ca) will be climbing onto a Greyhound bus for 4 days of fishing, canoeing, campfires, and more – and it’s all being provided to them free of charge!

For the 8th consecutive year, the OCOA – with the support of numerous partners – is organizing the Kids and Wardens Fishing Adventure, which this year sees the kids being hosted by our members at Waterfalls Lodge near Spanish, ON (www.waterfallslodge.com).

“This event is often the highlight of the summer for these kids”, say OCOA President Joe McCambridge. “It’s also a lot of fun for our members, who are thrilled to be able to introduce kids from an urban environment to the wonders of the great outdoors.”

While at the camp, the children will be guided by OCOA members as they fish for walleye, pike, and panfish. In between fishing trips, they will experience demonstrations by a Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) forest fire fighting crew (guaranteed to result in an epic water fight!), the MNR canine unit, instruction in canoeing by certified instructors, and much more.

Thanks to the amazing support of our sponsors, each child will receive all the equipment needed to fully enjoy the trip: rain suit, fishing rod and reel, a fully stocked tackle box – all of which goes home with them at the end of the trip! We can’t thank our supporters enough, without their generous support this event would not be possible.

The OCOA is a non-profit Association of active and retired Ontario Conservation Officers and other natural resources law enforcement officers who are dedicated tosupporting and promoting children’s education with regard to Ontario’s natural resources.

For more information about natural resources regulations and enforcement, please visit the OCOA website at www.ocoa.ca, or contact your local Conservation Officer.

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Joe McCambridge

President

Ontario Conservation Officers Association

27 Walters Rd

Pembroke, Ontario

K8A 6W5

(613) 732-2242

jmccambridge@ocoa.ca

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Conservation Officers Treat York Region Kids To Wilderness Adventure

Posted on September 12, 2013.

For 18 kids from across York region, it was a chance to escape from the city life and experience nature first hand. For a group of 13 OCOA members, it was chance to give back to the community and teach kids how to fish.

For the 7th year, the OCOA organized the Kids and Wardens Fishing Adventure, which sees youth from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada sent on an all-expenses paid trip to a wilderness camp, where they spend 4 days fishing, exploring, learning – and just being kids. This year from August 24 – 27, the kids were hosted at the Elbow Lake Environmental Education Centre north of Kingston, which was provided free of charge by Queen’s University and the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).

Greyhound Canada and the Ontario Public Service Union (OPSEU) Local 310 in Newmarket provided free round trip transportation. While at the camp, Linda Bates of A Phone Call Away Personal Services, supported by generous donations from Resource Integrated Ltd. and The Orillia Fish and Game Conservation Club, ensured that the kids had all the hearty camp food needed to keep their energy levels up as they tried to catch the big one.

“My parents say we don’t have enough money to go on these trips”, said one kid – but the following sponsors ensured that not only could the kids go on the trip, they returned home with enough free fishing and camping equipment to create their own adventures closer to home:

OPSEU Region 6 and Locals 224, 232, 310,313, 319, 362, 434, 447, Safari Club International, Bass Pro Shops, SAIL, McDonald’s Restaurant in Kingston, Guardian Windows and Doors – Sudbury, Fishergirl Inc., Wal-Mart Kingston, David Chung, X-Zone Lures, Culligan Water – Kingston, Atkinson Home Building Centres, Asselstine Hardware, Trousdale Home Hardware, The Watson Family, Don Bates, Doug and Karen Young, Sand Hill Farm Produce, Clarence Young, Loblaws – Kingston, Reids Foodland – Verona, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and the Ministry of Natural Resources Enforcement Branch.

This year’s event was held in honour of Kirk Silver, an active OCOA member who passed away suddenly in April of this year. At his family’s request, donations from his memorial service were used to help fund the event.

“It was an honour to recognize Kirk in this way”, says OCOA President Joe McCambridge, who helped organize and participated as a fishing guide on the trip. “Supporting and promoting children’s education with regard to Ontario’s natural resources is one of the objectives of the OCOA, and a part of our mandate that Kirk strongly supported.”

While at the camp – and in between spectacular catch and release bass fishing trips – the kids were taught canoeing skills, learned about Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) forest fire fighting, went on a nature hike guided by NCC staff, and got to see MNR’s canine units in action.

“Putting smiles on kids’ faces is what this trip is all about”, adds McCambridge, “And our members are always willing to contribute their time to make this trip such a success.”

For more information on the OCOA and our activities, visit www.ocoa.ca – or contact your local Conservation Officer.

For more information contact:
Joe McCambridge
President
Ontario Conservation Officers Association
(613) 732-2242
jmccambridge@ocoa.ca

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OCOA To Provide York Region Kids With Trip of a Lifetime

Posted on August 19, 2013.

On the morning of Saturday, August 24, twenty youth from the York Region Boys and Girls Club will be climbing onto a Greyhound bus for 4 days of fishing, canoeing, nature hikes, campfires, and more – and it’s all being provided to them free of charge!

For the seventh consecutive year, the Ontario Conservation Officers Association – with the support of numerous partners – is organizing the Kids and Wardens Fishing Adventure. This year kids from the York Region Boys and Girls Club will get probably their first experience enjoying the great outdoors in Ontario. This year’s event will be at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) camp at Elbow Lake north of Kingston. Members of the Ontario Conservation Officers Association will provide an opportunity to these young people to enjoy fishing and spending time at a summer camp.

“This event is often the highlight of the summer for these kids”, say OCOA President Joe McCambridge. “Over the past six years this has also been a highlight for our members, who are thrilled to be able to introduce kids from an urban environment to the wonders of the great outdoors.”

While at the camp, the children will be guided by OCOA members as they fish for bass and crappie. In between fishing trips, they will experience demonstrations by a Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) forest fire fighting crew (guaranteed to result in an epic water fight!), the MNR canine unit, instruction in canoeing by certified instructors, a nature hike guided by NCC staff, and much more.

Thanks to the amazing support of our sponsors, each child will receive all the equipment needed to fully enjoy the trip: sleeping bag, rain suit, fishing rod and reel, a fully stocked tackle box – and all of this goes home with them at the end of the trip!

The OCOA is a non-profit Association of active and retired Ontario Conservation Officers and other natural resources law enforcement officers who are dedicated to supporting and promoting children’s education with regard to Ontario’s natural resources.

For more information about the OCOA or this Adventure, or to get involved, please visit the OCOA website at www.ocoa.ca.

For more information contact:
Joe McCambridge
President
Ontario Conservation Officers Association
(613) 732-2242
jmccambridge@ocoa.ca

 

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Toronto Boys and Girls Club Enjoy a Trip to Northern Ontario

Posted on July 29, 2012.

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From July 16th to 20th, 2012, Horwood Lake Lodge hosted the annual Kids and Wardens Fishing Adventure. This marks the sixth straight year the Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) has worked with the lodge to provide a trip of a lifetime to members of a Boys and Girls Club from a large urban centre in Southern Ontario. Joe and Sharon Richter, owners of Horwood Lake Lodge near Timmins (www.horwoodlakelodge.com), opened up the lodge for the week and provided the cabins, boats and motors free of charge to the visiting group.

“I learned how to fish” and “I had so much fun I wanted to stay forever” are just a few of the many comments made by the children attending the camp.

This year the club chosen to attend the fishing trip was the Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club from Toronto. Nineteen kids and four counsellors boarded the bus in Toronto for the long drive up to Horwood Lake Lodge located approximately 100 km west of Timmins. Along the route they were joined by 10 members of the OCOA who would act as fishing guides and mentors for the trip.

“This project started with a couple of our members discussing the possibility of hosting an event like this”, says OCOA President Mike Duncan, “Through lots of hard work from many of our members and the generous support from all our sponsors this dream has turned into a reality for six straight years and hopefully many more to come.”

One councillor attending with the kids told officers, “this was an experience of a lifetime for the kids and it would be a trip that they would remember forever”.

Thanks to all the generous sponsors each child was presented with a care package upon arriving at the lodge. Each package consisted of a fishing rod and reel, tackle box loaded with tackle, sleeping bag, t-shirt, rain gear and an assortment of other outdoor gear they would require for the trip. Everything presented to the kids was theirs to take home at the end of the event.

In addition to learning how to fish the group was also introduced to a variety of other new experiences, including: an introduction to what Conservation Officers do on a daily basis, survival skills taught by an Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Conservation Officer, canoe training provided by an MNR Park Warden, a demonstration from a Conservation Officer and his canine partner and a visit from the MNR Fire Ranger Crew which included a demonstration of the different types of equipment utilized to control forest fires and even a visit from Smokey the Bear.

“Our goal is to introduce the kids to an outdoor experience that they would not have a chance to be exposed to without this project”, says Duncan. “These kids will hopefully continue to enjoy our natural resources for years to come and being able to introduce them to fishing at a top notch fishery where fishing success is almost guaranteed helps to make a positive experience for all involved.”

A huge thanks to all our sponsors:

Ontario Public Service Employees Union: Locals: 635 North Bay, 319 Parry Sound, 313 Barrie, 455 Belleville, 362 Peterborough, 434 Kemptville, 447 Pembroke, 224 Owen Sound, Horwood Lake Lodge, Jane and Finch Boys and Girls Club, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (Enforcement Branch and Fire program), Bass Pro Shops, Ontario Out of Doors Magazine, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Greyhound Canada, Dave and Melissa Ferris, Ducks Unlimited Canada, WalMart, District 12, Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Big Mike’s Tackle Emporium, McDonald’s Restaurant, Orillia Fish and Game Conservation Club, Pickering Rod and Gun Club, Resources Integrated Ltd., Merrilu Brown, Donna Covey (Ottawa), SAIL (Vaughan), Albert’s Sports and Workwear (Timmins), Dumoulin Fishing Tackle (Timmins), 101 Enterprises (Porcupine), Pro Tackle Co. (Schumacher), Big Bear Camp (Timmins), White Birch Outpost (Timmins), Dr. Fuzy (Corbeil).

For a complete history of this event, please visit the Events area at www.ocoa.ca.

For more information contact:

Mike Duncan
President
Ontario Conservation Officers Association
(705) 749-2689
mduncan@ocoa.ca

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Boys and Girls Club Enjoy Ontario Fishing at its Finest

Posted on August 1, 2011.

From July 18th to 22nd, Horwood Lake Lodge hosted the 2011 Kids and Wardens Fishing Adventure. This marks the fifth straight year the Ontario Conservation Officers Association (www.ocoa.ca) has worked with the lodge to provide a trip of a lifetime to members of a Boys and Girls Club from a large urban centre in Southern Ontario. Joe and Sharon Richter, owners of Horwood Lake Lodge near Timmins (www.horwoodlakelodge.com), opened up the lodge for the week and provide the cabins, boats and motors free of charge to the visiting group.

“This is amazing, I can’t believe that I’m here, it’s so quiet and beautiful” and “I just caught my first fish ever” are just a few of the many comments made by the children attending the camp.

This year the club chosen to attend the fishing trip was the St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club from Toronto. Eighteen kids and four counsellors boarded the bus in Toronto for the long drive up to Horwood Lake Lodge located approximately 100 km west of Timmins. Along the route they were joined by 10 members of the Ontario Conservation Officers Association who would act as fishing guides and fish cleaners for the trip.

“Our association members are passionate about the outdoors and they enjoy sharing this passion with the kids”, says OCOA President Mike Duncan, “Even though the trip is for the kids I know some of our members will volunteer a year in advance to make sure they have a spot reserved for the event. It’s something we all look forward to being involved with.”

One councillor attending with the kids told officers, “for every one time a child mentioned iPods or about missing home, they said 100 times that they wanted to stay and enjoy the outdoors”.

Thanks to all the generous sponsors each child was presented with a care package upon arriving at the lodge. Each package consisted of a fishing rod and reel, tackle box loaded with tackle, sleeping bag, t-shirt, rain gear and an assortment of other outdoor gear they would require for the trip. Everything presented to the kids was theirs to take home at the end of the event.

In addition to learning how to fish the group was also introduced to a variety of other new experiences, including: survival skills taught by an MNR Conservation Officer, a visit from the MNR Fire Ranger Crew which included demonstration of the different type of equipment utilized to control forest fires, an exciting display by an MNR water bomber and even a visit from Smokey the Bear, an introduction to what Conservation Officers do on a daily basis and a demonstration by a MNR Conservation Officer and his canine partner, as well as receiving canoe training provided by staff from Missinaibi Headwaters Outfitters.

“Our goal is to introduce the kids to an outdoor experience that they would not have a chance to be exposed to without this project”, says Duncan. “Hopefully they have gained a healthy respect for our natural resources and a love for the outdoors that they will continue to enjoy in the future.”

A huge thanks to all our sponsors:

  • Ontario Public Service Employees Union: Head Office, Locals: 635 North Bay, 703 Sioux Lookout , 319 Parry Sound, 313 Barrie, 455 Belleville, 362 Peterborough, 434 Kemptville, Sudbury, 447 Pembroke, 224 Owen Sound
  • Horwood Lake Lodge
  • St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Ontario Out of Doors Magazine
  • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • Greyhound Canada
  • Canpar
  • Missinaibi Headwaters Outfitters
  • Donna Covey, Ottawa
  • Corey Cole
  • Dave and Melissa Ferris
  • WalMart, New Liskeard
  • McDonald’s Restaurant,Sudbury
  • Albert’s Sports and Workwear, Timmins
  • Dumoulin Fishing Tackle, Timmins
  • 101 Enterprises, Porcupine
  • Pro Tackle Co., Schumacher
  • Big Bear Camp, Timmins
  • White Birch Outpost, Timmins
  • Sure Catch Baits
  • Dr. Fuzy, Corbeil
  • Orillia Fish and Game Conservation Club
  • Pickering Rod and Gun Club
  • Ecotrex, North Bay
  • Orillia Presbyterian Church
  • Resources Integrated Ltd.
  • Chapleau Trappers Association

For a complete history of this event, please visit the Events area at www.ocoa.ca.

For more information contact:

Mike Duncan
President
Ontario Conservation Officers Association
(705) 749-2689
president17@ocoa.ca

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Niagara Kids Experience The Ultimate Outdoors Adventure

Posted on September 5, 2010.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Ontario Conservation Officers Association (www.ocoa.ca) has worked with Joe Richter, owner of Horwood Lake Lodge near Timmins (www.horwoodlakelodge.com) to provide twenty inner-city kids from southern Ontario with an experience they will never forget.

The Kids and Wardens Fishing Adventure brought OCOA members – all of whom are either active or retired Conservation Officers, together with children from the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara (www.boysandgirlsclubniagara.org) for a week of fishing, exploring, and learning in the northern Ontario wilderness.

The kids were treated to the free use of the cabins, boats, and motors – all donated by Joe Richter. Generous support from many other sponsors ensured that everyone had all the gear they needed – fishing tackle, sleeping bags, rainsuits, and personal supplies – not only to use on this trip, but to take home to create their own adventures.

“Providing opportunities like this to our youth is one of the mandates of the OCOA”, said President Mike Duncan. “By exposing these young people to the wonders of our outdoors, we hope to instil a sense of ownership of and responsibility for natural resources that will carry on into their adult lives.”

While at the lodge, the youngsters learned about many aspects of the outdoors, including: survival skills taught by an MNR Conservation Officer, forest fire control demonstrated by an MNR Fire Ranger Crew – which included a spectacular display by a waterbomber, natural resources law enforcement explained by an MNR Conservation Officer and his canine partner, and canoeing skills taught by staff from Missinaibi Headwaters Outfitters.

But it wasn’t all work, work, work! OCOA members acted as fishing guides, making sure that everyone had a chance to catch their share of walleye and contribute to the fish fry on the final evening. Of course we released a lot of walleye as well, ensuring that there will be fish for next year’s kids too!

“We are thrilled that so many supporters came together to make this trip a reality”, says Duncan. “This event continues to provide the opportunity for these kids to experience what our members take for granted – the enjoyment of Ontario’s natural resources.”

Our sponsors:

Ontario Public Service Employees Union: Head Office, Locals: 635 North Bay, 703 Sioux Lookout , 319 Parry Sound, 313 Barrie, 455 Belleville, 362 Peterborough, 434 Kemptville, Sudbury, 447 Pembroke, Boys and Girls Club of Niagara, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Bass Pro Shops, Ontario Out of Doors Magazine, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Greyhound Canada, Donna Covey, Celine Richardson, Corey Cole, Dave and Melissa Ferris, WalMart – North Bay and New Liskeard, McDonald’s Restaurant – Chelmsford, Albert’s Sports and Workwear – Timmins, Dumoulin Fishing Tackle – Timmins, 101 Enterprises – Porcupine, Dr. Fuzy – Corbeil, Norcam Surveillance Products – Matheson, Odyssey Fluid Power – Callander, Orillia Fish and Game Conservation Club, Pickering Rod and Gun Club, 2010 MNR Level 1 Law Enforcement Class, Ecotrex – North Bay

For more information contact:
Mike Duncan
President
Ontario Conservation Officers Association
(705) 749-2689
president17@ocoa.ca

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OCOA Provides Hamilton Kids With Trip of a Lifetime

Posted on August 6, 2009.

“This is the greatest trip I’ve ever been on!” and “I think this is the best day I’ve ever had!”. It is comments like these from big city kids who have just experienced the wonders of the great outdoors that made the third annual Kids and Wardens Fishing Adventure a resounding success.

From July 21 to 24, nineteen members of the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton had the chance to experience a trip to a northern Ontario fishing lodge – and it was all free! Thanks to the amazing generosity of Horwood Lake Lodge owner Joe Richter – who donated the use of lodge, cabins, boats and motors – these youngsters spent their days fishing for walleye and their evenings telling fish stories around the campfire.

In between fishing trips, they were taught wilderness survival skills, tried their hand at forest fire fighting (or at least had a great water fight!) with a Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) fire crew, saw a demonstration by an MNR canine unit, and learned canoeing skills from Missinaibi Headwaters Outfitters.

The highlight of the trip for many was simply enjoying the great outdoors by exploring islands and waterfalls, picking blueberries, and yes catching fish for a fish fry – all the while being guided by OCOA members, including both active and retired officers.

“The officers were amazed by these youngsters”, says OCOA President Dan VanExan. “Many of them began the week shy and overwhelmed by the whole event, and by Friday were best friends with the officers they met.”

The OCOA would like to thank the following sponsors, whose support ensured that this was indeed the trip of a lifetime, and that each child returned home with all the outdoor gear they used on the trip – fishing rods and reels, tackle boxes full of tackle, sleeping bags, and rain suits.

Our sponsors:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Bass Pro Shops, Ontario Out of Doors Magazine, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, WalMart – North Bay, McDonald’s Restaurant – Chelmsford, Big Bear Lodge – Horwood Lake, Johnson Outdoors Canada, Dents Camera Centre – North Bay, Dr. Fuzy – Corbeil, Tim Neidenbach & Barbi Baker, Canadian Tire- St. Thomas, First Student Canada (Business) – Hamilton, Graphix Works – St. Catherines, Norcam Surveillance Products – Matheson.

“Providing opportunities like this to our youth is one of the mandates of the OCOA”, said President Dan VanExan. “By exposing these young people to the wonders of our outdoors, we hope to instil a sense of ownership of and responsibility for natural resources that will carry on into their adult lives.”

For more information contact:

Dan VanExan
President
Ontario Conservation Officers Association
(613) 478-6132
president17@ocoa.ca

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Second Annual Kids and Wardens Fishing Adventure a Huge Success

Posted on July 28, 2008.

Once again the Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) has provided the trip of a lifetime to 20 southern Ontario youth. From July 15 to 19, 2008, Horwood Lake Lodge (www.horwoodlakelodge.com), located approximately 100 km west of Timmins, played host to the kids from The Boys and Girls Club of London (www.bgclondon.org).

The owners of Horwood Lake Lodge went above and beyond the call, providing free use of the lodge and cabins, including the boats, motors, and fuel. The lodge staff ensured that there was no shortage of delicious “kid friendly” food to satisfy appetites fuelled by long days in the great outdoors.

The OCOA would like to thank the following private and corporate sponsors, whose generosity ensured that each child received all of the gear needed for the trip, which included personal supplies, fishing equipment, and sleeping bags – and it was all theirs to keep so that they could have their own adventures when they got home.

  • Ontario Public Service Employees Union
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Ontario Out of Doors Magazine
  • Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
  • WalMart, London
  • WalMart, North Bay
  • McDonald’s Restaurant, Chelmsford
  • Big Bear Lodge, Horwood Lake
  • Johnson Outdoors Canada
  • Dents Camera Centre, North Bay
  • Badder Bus Service Ltd., Thamesville
  • Dr. Fuzy, Corbeil
  • Tim Neidenbach & Barbi Baker
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, London

Throughout the week the kids were exposed to many facets of outdoor life in the north, including a wilderness survival presentation from an Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Conservation Officer, a fire safety demonstration from an MNR forest fire crew complete with Smokey the Bear, an appearance by MNR canine units, and canoeing lessons provided by Missinaibi Headwaters, a local outfitter.

In addition to organizing the trip, OCOA members were at the camp all week volunteering their time to teach the kids about responsible use of the great outdoors, which of course included how to catch fish and have fun doing it! Every child present was able to catch walleye. Just enough fish were kept for a fabulous fish fry on the last night, the rest were released for others to enjoy.

Following the fish fry, everyone enjoyed a huge bonfire, complete with “smores” – the perfect end to an amazing experience that neither the kids nor the adults will soon forget.

“Providing opportunities like this to our youth is one of the mandates of the OCOA”, said President Dan VanExan. “By exposing these young people to the wonders of our outdoors, we hope to instill a sense of ownership of and responsibility for natural resources that will carry on into their adult lives.”

For more information contact:

Dan VanExan
President
Ontario Conservation Officers Association
(613) 478-6132
president17@ocoa.ca

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OCOA Takes Ottawa Kids on Northern Ontario Fishing Adventure

Posted on July 22, 2007.

Foleyet, Ontario – Are you looking for the recipe for the perfect fish fry? Mix 20 kids from the city, add 12 dedicated Ontario Conservation Officer Association (OCOA) members from across Ontario. Season them with generous donations from private and corporate sponsors. Mix well for 5 days at a first class northern Ontario fishing lodge. This is guaranteed to produce memories that will last a lifetime.

The Ontario Conservation Officer’s Association (OCOA), Ottawa Boys and Girls Club and Horwood Lake Lodge teamed together to provide a once in a lifetime northern fishing adventure for 20 inner city youth from Ottawa. This type of activity, where our youth are educated about the proper use and respect of our natural resources, is one of the goals of the OCOA.” said President, Dan VanExan.

From July 17 to 21, 2007, girls and boys from the Ottawa Boys and Girls club experienced the adventure of a lifetime, fishing, swimming and enjoying great, northern hospitality provided by Horwood Lake Lodge hosts Denis Manning and Dale Latner and 12 members of the OCOA, most of who were also Conservation Officers.

For many of these kids this was the first opportunity that they have had to ride in a boat, bait a hook, see moose, bear, bald eagles, loons, eat fresh fish and gaze at stars, unobstructed by city lights. Every child caught fish! Most of the kids had never baited a hook, sat in a boat or met a Conservation Officer before. During the five days they were taught survival skills, canoeing and given demonstrations on the MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources) Canine program. According to Tim Rochette, one of the OCOA organizers, “We created memories that will last a lifetime and believe me it won’t be just the kids that have these memories”.

With the generous support of sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, Johnson Outdoors Canada, McDonalds (North Bay), Wal-Mart (North Bay), OPSEU (Ontario Public Service Employees Union), Big Bear Camp, Ottawa Rotary Club, Ontario Out of Doors, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, MNR Enforcement Branch and private sponsors Donna Covey & Dr. Fuzy, Corbeil,ON, these kids were provided with all of the gear they needed to camp, fish and experience natural resources and Ontario’s northland in all its glory.

As the bus left the tired, smiling kids off in Ottawa these boys and girls were leaving with rods, reels and tackle, sleeping bags, rain suits, hats and memories for a lifetime.

For more information contact:

Dan VanExan
President
Ontario Conservation Officers Association
(613) 478-6132
president17@ocoa.ca

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