Congratulations to the Canoe Winners!

The Friends of Murphys Point Park were thrilled to present the beautiful hand-made birch-bark canoe featured in our 2019 raffle to the winners this weekend.

Doug and Susan of Westport (centre) picked up their prize and had the opportunity to meet with the builder, Chuck Commanda of the Algonquin First Nation (second from left in the group photos), who learned the craft from his grandfather, Chief William Commanda. Doug and Susan say they hope to share the canoe with others in educational ways.

Shown in the first group photo are, from left, Park Superintendent Curtis Thompson, Chuck, Doug, Susan, Friends Treasurer Don Goodfellow (who, along with Director Ken Barr and Director Cynthia Orme, not shown, were instrumental in successful ticket sales throughout the summer and fall), and Acting Discovery Leader Mark Read.

Huge thanks to Curtis, Mark and all of the Park staff for their hard work promoting and interpreting the canoe and the raffle, and their assistance with ticket sales. The second group photo includes Friends President Stephanie Gray, congratulating the winners. In the third photo, Chuck adds his signature to the canoe.

Special thanks to Chuck Commanda for sharing his extensive knowledge throughout the two-week public program held at the park in the summer. He is an excellent teacher and we are grateful for his ongoing enthusiasm and for sharing with the Park.

The Friends netted more than $6,000 in the raffle, which will be used for future Indigenous-themed programming at the park. Thank you to everyone who supported the raffle. Stay tuned for details about next year’s plans!



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We have a winner!

Congratulations to Doug and Susan of Westport (ticket #0441) on winning the 2019 Friends of Murphys Point Park canoe raffle! They are the lucky winners of the beautiful birch-bark canoe made by Chuck Commanda, Algonquin First Nation.

The draw was held today at noon at the Park Store. In the photos, Friends President Stephanie Gray is flanked by Treasurer Don Goodfellow (left) and Director Ken Barr.

Thanks to everyone who supported the raffle and who came out to see the draw. Also a huge thank you to our volunteers and Park staff, who worked so hard to make the raffle a great success. Stay tuned for the final tally!

And Happy Thanksgiving!

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win!

Do you have your 2019 canoe raffle ticket yet? If not, there’s still time – and you don’t want to miss out on a chance to win this beautiful prize. This “functional work of art” was built during a two-week public program at the park under the guidance of Chuck Commanda, Algonquin First Nation. Proceeds from ticket sales will support future Indigenous programming at the park. Your chance to win (and help the Friends reach their goal) is Oct. 14. Tickets available at the park store or by calling the park (Courtney) at 613-267-5060 x 222.

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