After many years of discussion, the Canadian Archery Foundation was established August 2009 in Laval, Quebec. The Foundation’s mandate is simply to develop archery in Canada. Official registration of the Foundation and establishment of the Foundation’s guiding principles and fulfillment of legal requirements are being addressed by a small work group. Founding members are: Ghislain Arsenault, Al Wills, Bob Tataryn, Don Lohnes, Roger Murray, Alain Gravel and Charlene Parlee.
It was felt that Archery Canada Tir à l'Arc needed a way for members to show their condolences and recognition of members who have made significant contributions to archery in Canada. A book of remembrance will be maintained in the Archery Canada Tir à l'Arc office with the names and donors to the Foundation. Donations have already begun to come in and now total $2,500 in just 3 short months. The most recent donor is the Victoria Bowmen Club (of Victoria, BC) which unanimously passed a motion to make a donation to the Foundation, in the name of the late Greg Durward. Greg, a long time volunteer with the Archery Canada Tir à l'Arc and the Canadian archery community at large, passed away last June after a lengthy battle with cancer.
The Archery Canada Tir à l'Arc’s Volunteer of the Year Award was re-named The Greg Durward Volunteer of the Year Award in Greg’s honour, for his outstanding volunteer service and contribution to the Archery Canada Tir à l'Arc and the Canadian archery community.
Donations will be accepted for the Foundation for any reason. The actual amount of donations will be kept confidential. Families of those in whose name contributions have been made will be notified of the contribution (not the amount) and the entry in the Book of Remembrance. The Book of Remembrance will be displayed on the Archery Canada Tir à l'Arc website.