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Canoeing Courses No Longer Offered
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email: drdrkurt at gmail.com
Donna Kurt teaches canoe workshops and clinics in North Winnipeg or in other locations as required.
Donna Kurt paddling Bill Mason's cedar canvas prospector canoe on Meech Lake.
This is the canoe featured in Bill Mason's Waterwalker film
and books Path of the Paddle and Song of the Paddle.
Photo by Becky Mason, 1986.
Donna Kurt has taught Paddle Canada canoe courses in Manitoba since 1995. She has been learning canoe and instruction skills since 1986 from many distinguished paddlers such as Becky Mason, Paul Mason (both are children of the legendary canoeist Bill Mason), Mark Molina (American Canoeing Association), as well as many expert Paddle Canada (CRCA) certified canoe instructor trainers such as Glenn Buckmaster, Dean McLeod, Doug Gifford, Jarem Sawatsky, Peter Dowd, Brian Johnston and Steven Fletcher.
In addition to instructing hundreds of beginner and intermediate canoeists, Donna also coordinated and assisted instructing Moving Water courses with Brian Johnston for over 10 years.
Donna Kurt running Old Woman Falls, Manigotagan River.
Donna has led hundreds of flat water and white water canoe camping trips for free for the YM/YWCA Canoe Camping Club (Ottawa), Paddle Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Recreational Canoeing Association), Nature Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Naturalists Society) as well as private groups, averaging 1000 tripping km per year. She has paddled in most Canadian provinces, and in US and Australian waterways. Donna has coordinated and lead over 25 canoe trips to Nature Manitoba's Mantario Wilderness Education Centre on Thanksgiving weekends, and numerous other trips there for program weeks and work parties at other times of year.
Donna served on the Paddle Canada (formerly CRCA) National Program Development Committee to implement the former Paddle Canada Canoeing Program and has been trained in instructing paddlers with disabilities. She has extended this training to such endeavours as taking persons with disabilities on canoeing trips such as her nonagenarian mother (see link below), Clarence Tillenius, and friends with vision impairments.
Donna served 13 years on the board and executive of Paddle Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Recreational Canoeing Association) since 1988 as President, Past-President, Vice-President, Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Instruction Chair and as Social Convenor and is currently serving on the Paddle Manitoba Board as Secretary since March 2015. Donna also served on the board of Nature Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Naturalists Society) for several years in the 1990s. Both Paddle Manitoba and Nature Manitoba presented numerous awards to Donna for volunteer efforts.
Donna has been studying mushrooms, lichens, trees, plants, water, earth, air, environment, animals and Indigenous ways of life since she began canoeing in 1986. She shared her knowledge at Mushroom workshops for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy for about 10 years and developed the tutorial Mushroom Discoverywhich she shares on her website. Donna has recently taken University courses in Biology, Aquatic Ecology and Experimental Limnology, Algae Fungi and Mosses, and Indigenous Studies courses in Indigenous Use of Plants and Indigenous Food Systems. She is currently offering free instruction on Mushrooms and More as a volunteer service to Nature Manitoba for their Mantario Wilderness Program. She will be sharing her knowledge in 2017 from August 14 to 18, visit Mushrooms and More to learn more. Donna also is open to collaborative foraging for mushrooms, lichens, plants and to lead trips on forest bathing, contact her at drdrkurt at gmail.com for more information.
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