Celebrating our Volunteers: Carol Purcer, Rowing Canada Aviron’s newest Board Member


Photo: Carol Purcer (R) with Chester Murawski, courtesy of Renate Hodges

This week we join the Canadian sporting community in celebrating National Volunteer Week in this, the Year of Sport, by profiling our newest Board Director, Carol Purcer.

Carol has recently taken up the role of Provincial Director, a critical position to the growth of rowing.


A volunteer who is passionate about ensuring anyone has the opportunity to row, Carol Purcer has been involved in the sport for over twenty years volunteering as an Umpire and sitting on numerous committees of various sizes and jurisdiction.

Notably, Carol served as President of the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association for four years as well as seven years as the Chair of the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, one of North America’s largest regattas.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my years as a volunteer and I’m excited about this new role as Provincial Director with Rowing Canada Aviron’s Board,” said Carol, speaking from St. Catharines. “I’m looking forward to developing relationships across Canada to better understand the needs of our diverse communities to help with the growth of rowing.”

In addition to her dedication to the sport of rowing, Carol has been in the role of Secondary School Principal for the past 11 years, most recently at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in St. Catharines. Carol also holds a Masters in Education in Organisational Studies from Brock University.

“Canadian rowing simply wouldn’t happen, let alone be as successful as it is without the generosity, enthusiasm and talent of our volunteers,” said Mike Walker, Rowing Canada Aviron President. “Carol has been an exceptional volunteer and we’re thrilled to have her continue that commitment to the sport and contribute her experience and leadership to the Rowing Canada Aviron Board.”

As Volunteer Canada explains:

A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Undeniably, volunteers rock.

We couldn’t agree more. Please join us in welcoming Carol and thanking her, along with all of our amazing volunteers across the country, who make our great sport possible.