Cheema Aquatic Club

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Hello Cheema family,

We had a great AGM last night. Record-high attendance! Thank you to all of those who were able to come out and contribute to this great Club. We are a large and growing community. We will not always agree on all things; that has been clear in recent weeks. But I believe we can agree on the most important thing: we all have the best interests of this Club and our kids at heart. I heard that loud and clear last night.

I want to share the outcome of last night's meeting. We had some great interest from community members willing to serve on the Board in leadership of this Club. Here is the slate of Directors as approved last night:


  • Commodore – Nadine Lamontagne 
  • Vice-Commodore – Jeff Keizer
  • Treasurer – Connie Hetzler 
  • Secretary – Alana Patterson 
  • Past Commodore – Chris Brown

Board of Directors 

  • Paddling Programs – Marc Leger 
  • Facilities & Maintenance – Dan Kooyman (recused from policy development and voting)
  • Fundraising – Monique Gray 
  • Safety & Paddling Operations – Bill Casey 
  • Volunteer Recruitment & Deployment – Irene Mong 
  • Awards & Recognition – Denise MacKenzie 
  • Diversity, Inclusion & Safe Sport – Janie MacKinnon

I am very much looking forward to working with Marc, Bill and Irene as our new Board members, and I am ever grateful to our returning Board members for their continued work in support of this Club.

We take the responsibility of sitting on this Board seriously. We heard some new and interesting ideas and concerns last night that we will be considering in the weeks ahead. We look forward to ongoing conversation with you, the members of this Club, outside of our formal AGM process.

With much gratitude,



Posted on December 9th, 2022

Hello Cheema members.


We wanted to share some details in advance of this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). Here are the Agenda for the meeting and Minutes from last year’s AGM.


The AGM starts at 7pm on Thursday, December 8th, second floor of the new boathouse. We will be registering voters as they arrive; we'll be on-site to start registration at 6:30pm. Those who receive a ballot upon entry (or in some cases, more than one ballot) will be eligible to vote. ​We will have a list of voting members on-site. If you are not on the list you will not be eligible to vote, but you are still very welcome to attend the meeting. As a reminder, the following people are eligible to vote:

  • Current Board members
  • Anyone currently enrolled in (and fully paid for) a racing program
  • Anyone enrolled in (and fully paid for) a racing program between October 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022

It is one vote per racing member, or if the racing member is under 18 then one parent votes on their behalf -- details are in the by-laws. Racing program excludes the after-school and kiddie kayak programs.


Most of the voting will be done by show of hands. For the three contested positions on the Board of Directors (Commodore, Vice-Commodore and Diversity, Inclusion & Safe Sport), we’ll be doing a secret ballot. We will have prepared ballots which will be provided to each voting member at registration. We'll have a ballot box to collect the ballots. Votes will be counted by the Secretary, Treasurer and a scrutineer. Before the vote on the contested positions each candidate will have an opportunity to speak (3 minutes each). Once all six of the candidates have given their remarks, we'll open it up to questions and comments from members (1 question plus 1 follow-up per member).


​If you have any questions please contact Alana Patterson, Secretary, at


We hope to see you tomorrow night!



Cheema Aquatic Club
1390 Cobequid Road
Waverley, NS

Posted on December 7th, 2022

Honour the memory of an alumna, pay tribute to your favourite Cheema paddler or honour a volunteer with a $100 donation to Cheema this holiday season.  

As a thank you, we'll add the name/message of your choice to the walls of Cheema forever. Tiles bearing the names of donors will be installed in the main foyer of the newly expanded facility early in 2023.

What a great Christmas gift to give the person who has everything! 

All eligible donations, of $20 or more, made through the National Sport Trust Fund – Cheema Aquatic Club – Frank Garner Boat House project will receive a charitable tax receipt.  To donate online click here:


Posted on November 28th, 2022