Orienteering Canada was incorporated in 1967 so we are looking forward to celebrating 50 years in 2017. I am posting here to help raise awareness of the 50th anniversary and here's an initial list of our plans to celebrate the milestone:
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!
HALL OF FAME
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. More details to come.
CANADIAN ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.
NATIONAL ORIENTEERING WEEK
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. May 24th is also that day that ParticipACTION will be singling out orienteering as part of the 150 Play List. We're aiming to have at least 50 beginner friendly events put on by Canadian clubs during NOW 2018. #orienteerNOW
ENCOURAGING CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS TO CELEBRATE
Calling all Canadian 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 own.
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.
Soon we'll be launching a 50th anniversary logo with plans to create some 50th anniversary merchandise.