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Paddle Fundraiser by the 17th Southminster Scouts

Originally published in the February 2017 OSCAR.

February is a special month for Scouts and Girl Guides worldwide. Each year, both movements celebrate February 22nd, the shared birthday of our founder, Lord Robert Baden-Powell and his wife, the World Chief Guide, Lady Olave Baden-Powell. Scout-Guide Week 2017 takes place from Feb. 19th–25th.

The 17th Ottawa (Southminster) Scout Group will be holding its Baden-Powell Banquet February 24, 2017. Current and past members, their families, and friends are invited to attend this annual celebration of scouting in our community. This year we will have two special guests.

scouts paddleJennifer Anne Kelly, an Ottawa Valley artist has generously donated one of her Glass Paddles to our Scout Group. This unique paddle features a tribute to the Scouts Canada emblem.

This paddle will be raffled off to support local Scouting programs and to support the repair of youth cabins at Opemikon. Tickets can be purchased by contacting any of our Scout leaders, or visit, ask any of our Scout Leaders, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance. The winning ticket will be drawn during the banquet.

Each of Jennifer’s unique pieces is made from an old wooden paddle whose blade has cracked. She replaces the blade with one made of fused glass, resulting in a work of art that captures the serenity of light and water. Jennifer has donated the paddle to us as a thank you for arranging the donation of 16 broken paddles from Scouts Canada’s Camp Opemikon.

When asked what inspired these special works, Jennifer speaks of her grandfather, a family doctor and avid canoeist, made paddles for himself, his family and friends. She still owns the treasured paddle he created for her as a child. His love of canoeing flows through her family. Jennifer’s relationship with water and nature is reflected in her work.

We have arranged to display the paddle at Life of Pie Bakery and Café on Bank Street from February 1st to the 22nd. I can think of no better place than Life of Pie to showcase this paddle; owners Roman Romaniuk and Kerry Duffy and their children have been involved in Scouting for many years. Both their children, Shiobhan and Daniel, continue to work as summer councillors and kitchen staff at Camp Opemikon.

To see more of Jennifer Anne Kelly’s works, visit her studio & gallery in Almonte, see her work at the Crichton Street Gallery, or check her website at

Our special guest speaker this year will be Dr. Shelley Ball, biologist, nature-lover, conservationist, educator, photographer, and visual storyteller. Dr. Ball recently returned from the Homeward Bound Women in Science Leadership Expedition to Antarctica. She was one of 76 women from various scientific fields participating in the Homeward Bound project to Antarctica in December of 2016. Her talk will be about Antarctica, adventure and leadership.

Baden-Powell Banquet tickets must be purchased in advance before February 15th. To purchase tickets for the banquet and raffle contact any of the Beaver, Cub, Scout, or Venturer leaders, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or buy online at