Monthly Archives: October 2009

Dragon Boat Races in Orillia

1 Orillia Dragon Boat Festival_1Click  to view the photos from the Dragon Boat races

September 26, 2009 – Cold, cloudy, will it rain?  That was the prevalent question when 25 OSPEU members, staff and family arrived at Couchiching Park at 7:30 am for the Orillia Dragon Boat Festival.

Raising $1000 for the Mariposa Grannies, affiliated with the Stephen Lewis Foundation – Team OPSEU ran three Dragon Boat races to glorious finishes, smiles on our faces for a job well done, and sweat on our brow wondering where the beer tent was.  Okay we didn’t win all three but we are loud and proud to say that during race 2 we annihilated Conservative MP Stanton’s team and took 1st place!! WhooHoo!!!  So did it rain? – didn’t notice, didn’t care, all we know is it was a fabulous day of fun, laughter, exercise, team work and great camaraderie.

Thank you to those who participated, to those who donated, to the Mariposa Grannies for their good work and to Doris Middleton for organizing our first ever entry in a Dragon Boat Race – we’re completely psyched and ready for next year