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Celebrating Orienteering Canada's 50th anniversary

2017 is the year that we celebrate Orienteering Canada turning 50 years old! The organization was incorporated in 1967, making 2017 a big year. We’ve got lots planned to celebrate and we hope you join the celebrations too!

We have started collecting anecdotes from people about orienteering in Canada over the years. If you have a story, a map, a photo or anything else that would help us celebrate our 50 year history, and that can be added to our electronic collection, please send it to OC50th@orienteering.ca.  We need your memories!

We will be launching a virtual Hall of Fame to help us celebrate the folks who have played a key role in moving orienteering forward in Canada. Stay tuned for more details.

We are thrilled that the 2017 Canadians Orienteering Championships will be in Ottawa as Canada celebrate turning 150. What a great place to celebrate Orienteering Canada’s 50th too. The organizing committee is working hard to put one some 50th themed events, including a re-run of the first Canadian Orienteering Championships in Gatineau Park. The Conference will have a definite 50th-anniversary theme and we are looking forward to welcoming lots of participants who have been instrumental in Orienteering Canada’s past.

We are hoping to introduce many Canadians to orienteering this year. National Orienteering Week (NOW) is May 20-28, 2017 & World Orienteering Day is May 24. And orienteering is on ParticipACTION’s Play List – a list of 150 activities that all Canadians should try this year. PartcipACTION will be doing extra promotion of orienteering in the lead up to National Orienteering Week. Please schedule a beginner friendly orienteering event (or more) during that time. We’re aiming to have 50 beginner friendly events during NOW 2018. #orienteerNOW

Calling all clubs and associations to think about how you can celebrate this great milestone. Orienteering Canada is getting together a tool kit to give you some ideas to supplement your ideas.

Orienteering Canada will be launching an endowment fund and we’ll be asking Canadian orienteers to contribute. Let’s recognize the last fifty years by helping to ensure the financial viability of the organization in the future. We’re looking forward to having some fun with this project to find some innovative ways to raise some money.

We’re looking at some 50th anniversary merchandise too incorporated our 50th anniversary logo.




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