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Wow what a day! A new tradition at The Canadian Canoe Museum was born on Sunday, October 27, 2013 – the George Luste Lecture. This exciting inaugural event marked the kick off of the new partnership between The Canadian Canoe Museum and the Wilderness Canoe Association (WCA).

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Attendees at the Saturday evening portion of the 2013 Wilderness Canoe Symposium in Toronto were treated to a presentation by Madam Zoom, aka Dr. Wendy Cecil, 13th Chancellor of Victoria University and much admired board member of The Canadian Canoe Museum.  Before transforming into character, Dr. Cecil explained that everyone has an alter-ego and that hers is a teacher who headed to the Klondike in the 1890s to take up her position as mistress of the school in Dawson City.  Mightily inspired by the chorus line at Diamond Tooth Gerties, and more inclined—or so it would seem—to boas rather than books, “Madam Zoom,” who comes alive on northern canoe trips, has lived on into the 21st Century.  She has some interesting and inspiring things to say about the value of canoe tripping, particularly for Canada’s youth. The following is a summary of her remarks presented to a packed auditorium in Monarch Park High School on Saturday, February 16th.

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