paddle-with-purpose-nominee

Juanito de Uguarte. Photo by John Rathwell

Juanito de Uguarte. Photo by John Rathwell

THE CAUSE: Empowering Peruvian youth through whitewater kayaking
THE INSTIGATOR: Juan Antonio de Ugarte Burbank, along with his family and friends, as well as the Ottawa Kayak School and Wilderness Tours
THE METHOD: A memorial scholarship in honor of Juan Antonio de Ugarte Burbank, who died this winter paddling in Chile, will annually give one Peruvian youth the chance to progress their paddling skills. Through the support of the Ottawa Kayak School (OKS) and Wilderness Tours, the Juanito de Ugarte Memorial Scholarship will, for its inaugural year, send one Peruvian paddler to the Ottawa River for a three-week long course at the OKS Keeners Program. As a coach for OKS Keeners, Juanito emphasized that the program develops great paddlers but also “creates admirable people with notion of the important things in life: respect for others and the environment.”

— Read more on the Juanito de Ugarte Memorial Scholarship.

Watch Substantial Media House’s touching memorial to Juanito, ‘Juan and Only’:

Paddle to D.C.  

Paddle with Purpose HOME   Nepal Kayak Club