RAPC Honours its 2016-17 Volunteers

The RAPC awarded the Outstanding Contribution and Alice Gillies awards to club volunteers at the annual banquet, held this year on May 23.

The Outstanding Contribution award is given to volunteers who have provided service to club in the first five years of their memberships. Each member can get the award only once, but up to 5 awards may be given per year by the club executive on recommendation of Awards Committee.

This year, three volunteers were honored.

  • Grace Sutherland
  • Sue Kilbank
  • Al Kuiper

IMG_2954Grace Sutherland receiving the award

Grace has served as an Education Committee Assistant, and is currently the Education Committee Chair and a member of the Executive.
IMG_2972Sue Kilbank receiving the award

Sue is currently serving as the Club Treasurer and a member of the Executive.

Al is currently serving as a Nature Group Assistant and is the Digital Resources Manager.
Unfortunately, Al Kuiper did not attend the banquet; we will present the plaque to him in the autumn.

The Alice Gillies award is named after our first Club Life Member, and is given for contributions to club and to photography generally. The recipient must be a member more than 5 years. A winner may receive it only once, and only one Alice Gillies award is given per year. This year, there were fourteen nominations.
The Alice Gillies Award for 2016-17 is Izabel Dabrowski. Izabel has served in many roles over a number of years. We will let the following quote from one of the club members summarize her contributions.

“Izabel has been a consistent welcoming face to all members, new and returning, at the door and during the meetings. She has helped direct new members to other members for advice or assistance on questions about the club. Her six years of work with the Ottawa Public Library print exhibits have raised the profile of our club in the community, helped many members exhibit their images to larger numbers of people than most of them likely would be able to reach, and has made the exhibition process seamless for members who have contributed prints. Her loyal and consistent hard work in organizing our Open Houses for years has benefited our club and our members in celebrating who and what we are and in attracting new members. As with the OPL exhibits, her organizational skills with the Open Houses have made things smooth and easy for other volunteers as well as for the audiences.”
IMG_3021 copyIzabel receiving the award

The club is very fortunate to have such strong volunteer contribution from a large number of members; without them, the club would not be able to operate.

We want to say: Thanks To these, and to all club volunteers! Well done, everyone!!!

Post submitted by Norman Smith.


Very Sad News – John Groves



It’s with great sadness that we inform all RAPC members that one of our active participants, John Groves, had passed away this week from a very aggressive brain tumor.

John was the Leader of the Tools and Techniques Group since the start of the 2014-15 program year, and before that,  Assistant Leader of the group for two years. He was a member of the club for 6 years, and was always a quiet helpful individual, willing to assist in whatever was required.

He also won the RAPC’s Outstanding Contribution Award in 2015.

Further information about the funeral arrangements will be given shortly.

Post submitted by Glenn Bloodworth.


Latest News From Louise Tanguay

Il se passe bien des choses dans ma vie, même si ça ne paraît pas beaucoup sur mon site web. Depuis quelques mois, je suis retournée à une des mes anciennes amours, la musique. Dans les années ’70 à ’90, j’ai été active dans plusieurs groupes de musique tant à la batterie, à la guitare, à la mandoline qu’aux claviers. Les 19 et 20 mai prochains auront lieu à Hearst, des Soirées Cabaret auxquelles je participerai avec Donald Poliquin, Roger Lanthier et toute une «trâlée» de musicien(ne)s et chanteurs(euses) de Hearst, tous aussi talentueux les uns que les autres. J’ai du rattrapage à faire côté musique, donc je passe pas mal de temps à «pratiquer». J’ai très hâte à cet événement presque historique. Le dernier spectacle auquel j’ai participé avec Donald (mon ex) avait lieu à Osaka, au Japon, en 1990. Quel beau souvenir…
You might not realize it from my website, but there are actually quite a lot of things going on in my life. Over the last few months I’ve gone back to one of my oldest loves – music. From the 70’s to the 90’s I played drums, guitar, mandolin or keyboards in a number of bands. And next week, on the 19 and 20th of May, I’ll be playing in Hearst at their “Cabaret Nights” along with Donald Poliquin, Roger Lanthier, and a whole gang of Hearst musicians and singers, all equally and incredibly talented. I am a little rusty, so I’ve been spending a lot of time “practicing”. But I’m really looking forward to this, and in fact it is something of a personal historic event. The last public concert I played with Donald (my ex) was in Osaka, Japan, in 1990. What a great memory…


Click here to check her beautiful portfolio about tulips.

Post suggested by Barbara Lapointe.

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2017 Interclub Competition

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017 Interclub Competition!

Congratulations to the following winners from the RA Photo Club:

Elizabeth Kaminska – 3rd  place Assignment Print.

Elizabeth Kaminska – 3rd place Print General

Mary Lee – 2nd place – Assignment

Robert Steklasa – 1st Place General

The topic for INTERCLUB 2018 as announced at the meeting will be:

Fluidity – The quality or state of being fluid, the ability of a substance to flow.

Let’s start thinking and shooting now and let’s have amazing images to showcase the RAPC in 2018.

Submission dates and other info will be available when the club resumes in the fall.

The above photo was one of the winners by Mary Lee.

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Invitation From Louise Tanguay

Below, the event Louise is inviting us to attend:

“In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, Lee Valley Tools is offering a special collection of books on Canadian botanical gardens. Written by some of Canada’s foremost gardening experts and featuring stunning photography, these books are sure to inspire today’s gardeners as well as future generations. The 2017 net profits from sales of this collection will be donated to the gardens. I will be accompanying Alexander Reford and presenting a slideshow on gardens at this event.”

Seating is limited / Please register to avoid disappointment
To purchase tickets call  (613) 596-9202
For more information click HERE

900 Morrison Drive, Ottawa
(off Greenbank Rd. just south of Hwy 417)

This post was suggested by Barbara Lapointe.


Year End Banquet 2017


The annual awards banquet will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

The banquet is organized by the Social Committee and the tickets will be on sale very soon for this important traditional evening. Circle the date on your calendars and buy your ticket as soon as they become available.

The Awards Committee is busy at this time, receiving your nominations for the various awards that will be announced at the banquet. There will be door prizes and a few games and quizzes which usually creates an atmosphere of fun and competition between the various tables. The tables sit 8 people so arrive early to secure a place or a table of your choice.

The evening usually starts around 6 PM and the banquet dinner served around 6:30 PM. Following the dinner, yearly awards are presented to the many volunteers that have made a significant contribution to the life of the club.

Here a few images from last year’s banquet.

Post submitted by Lise Presseault.
Photos taken and kindly provided by Hum-Sim, Elaine.

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