On November 18, 2010, at the Society of Camp Directors’ fall dinner meeting, Joc Palm, the 2007 Ron Johnstone Lifetime Achievement award winner, presented Kirk Wipper with this prestigious honour for 2009. Kirk is surrounded by former winners, left to right, Jane McCutcheon (1995), Joc Palm (2007) and John Jorgenson (2002). In front is Mickey Johnstone, the widow of Ron Johnstone whose passion for and contribution to camping in Canada, inspired this award.
Kirk is recognized as a pioneer in the development of outdoor education in Canada. In the 1950’s, he began collecting canoes and kayaks at his boys’ camp, Kandalore, in Haliburton, Ontario. His collection was moved to Peterborough and on July 1, 1997 the Kanawa International Museum of Canoes, Kayaks and Rowing Craft opened. It presently houses the world’s largest collection of water craft. Kirk’s love of camping, tripping and canoeing lives on in this unique museum. Kirk is a recipient of the Order of Canada.