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Borden Hum: In Memoriam (1959-2017)
Saturday, February 18, 2017
As we complete the first ever ice dragon boat race festival in North America, we think of our friend and colleague Borden Hum who recently passed away. Borden would have loved participating as both volunteer and team member. “What is that, dragon boats on ice? Oh! Oh! Oh! Yah! Yah! Yah! I’m in, I’m in, I’m in!” Thousands of people gathered this past weekend on Dow’s Lake in Ottawa, part of the Rideau Canal winter skateway.
Officially endorsed as a major new event of Winterlude and Canada 150, Borden would have been all over this. In our early beginnings of 1993, some twenty-four years ago, Borden was a big part of our first summer dragon boat races on water, serving our Festival throughout our years of growth mostly as the passionate parking lot manager and guru. He was also a member of a competitive paddling team. He would have brought his same enthusiasm to our winter event.
There wasn’t a task that Borden did without perfect planning and seamless execution. He was loyal, he was faithful, he was reliable, and he was passionate. Solid as steel. A wonderful colleague, gone far too early, far too young. Our dragon boat community is less without Borden.