Dedicated to merging Art, Science & Community in the Niagara region, we invite you to participate in the creation of something spectacular!


Step One

Purchase your 56″ Unfinished
Wood Canoe Paddle

Paddles are available for purchase at the following locations:

  1. Dr. Peter C. Fritz Periodontal Wellness & Implant Surgery, Fonthill
  2. Megalomaniac Winery, Vineland

Paddles can be purchased for $45 (inclusive of tax) with all proceeds going towards ALS Canada, Niagara chapter.

Step Two

Decorate your Paddle

Decorate your paddle to be uniquely yours!  There are no limits to the way in which you can decorate your paddle.  The addition of extra material to your paddle is allowed.

The only limitation is your imagination!

You can decorate your paddle on your own (solo mission) or as a team (group trek).

Step Three

Return your Paddle for Auction

Return your unique piece to the office of Dr. Fritz by March 4, 2020 and watch it go to the highest bidder at auction!

Prizes will be awarded to the paddles that raise the most at auction.

The Live & Silent Art Auction will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Megalomaniac Winery in Vineland, ON.

We are currently accepting completed paddles and donations for inclusion in the Live & Silent Auction.

Paint a Paddle for ALS Canada @ Megalomaniac Winery

Life never runs in a straight line for anyone. Like a river, there are obstacles all of the time that give us no choice but to change direction, to find a different path. In an effort to settle the path for those unknowingly awaiting a turbulent rapid in their journey, we have banded together to launch an initiative with a goal to raise $100,000 for the Niagara chapter of ALS Canada.

ALS Canada assists an estimated 3,000 Canadians and their families currently living with the disease. Each year, approximately 1,000 Canadians lose their battle and die from the complications of ALS and a similar number are newly diagnosed. Eighty percent of those lose their life within 2-5 years of this shocking diagnosis. An unimaginable consequence.

As you are aware, a canoe paddle is a timeless Canadian icon that represents simplicity, utility, and nature. It symbolizes an essential instrument one needs to explore and journey through all stages of life with. It symbolizes change and beauty. And pulling together, we will forge ahead.

The ultimate hope of our ‘Paint a Paddle’ Initiative for ALS Canada, is to be used for artistic expression, to harness creativity and to knit a community together by forging towards a common goal – that is supporting individuals and their family that continue to navigate their journey with ALS.

On May 2, 2020, we invite the community to participate in the creation of something spectacular! This Live & Silent Auction will be a true reflection of the strength of community.

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All proceeds support our local chapter of ALS Canada.

ALS Canada provides support for people and families living with ALS, funds high-quality research that offers the most promise to slow down ALS or even stop it, and advocates for policy that will have a meaningful impact on people living with ALS today and in the future.

More information about ALS Canada and their initiatives can be found at their website.

Our Niagara – Margaret Mead