Annual Summit Report
Over 80 participants enjoyed the Hike Ontario Summit in Perth, Ontario from September 30 to October 2. We celebrated the 45th Anniversary of the Rideau Trail, the 200th Anniversary of Perth itself and the chance to interact, share information and recognize Volunteer Service through a Pub night, The Hike Ontario Annual Meeting and Summit General Presentations, Workshops, Historical Hiker, Dinner with Award Presentations and Sunday Hikes.
The main site of the Summit was the Links O’Tay, Canada’s Oldest Golf Course and we featured the town of Perth for the afternoon workshops at McMartin House and Last Duel Park and in the Historical Hike. Thanks are due to David Batchelor for his A.V. help, volunteers Rosemary Lay and Josie Roberts for registration assistance, the staff at the golf course venue and all of the attendees.
An active, hardworking committee composed of Jack Tannent, Liz Choros, Sandy Freeman, Gill Hyland, Sharen Yaworski and Paul Galipeau planned effectively to bring the days of information, interaction and celebration to all who attended. We appreciated Ron Hunt’s leadership in MCing the program that included RTA founder Doug Knapp and Ron Knight from the Trout Hollow Trail.
I was delighted by the quality of the speakers and positive comments that people made about the sessions they attended as well as the historical hike led by Susan Code. To bring that expertise and dedication from across the province is inspirational. We will shortly post some of the presentation materials on the Hike Ontario website. Our annual report is also available there.