Changes to the Executive
(originally posted January 19th, 2016)

Due to recent health issues, Bob Clermont has made the decision to step down from the Board of Directors. We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his contribution to the Board and for his involvement in the last two Inductee shows. We wish him well.

We would like to welcome Tom Hussey to the Board. Tom brings an extensive business background as well as involvement in country music in the Ottawa Valley. We welcome Tom to the Board and look forward to working with him.


New Board Member Welcomed
(originally posted August 11th, 2015)

The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Mike and Kathy Hamelin as the newest members of the Board. Mike is a well-known and respected musician in the Ottawa Valley and Kathy brings a fountain of knowledge of country music in the Ottawa Valley as well as a strong administrative background in business administration. We look forward to working with them both and welcome them to the Board.


Changes to the Executive
(originally posted August 11th, 2015)

Due to recent health issues, both Bob Clermont and Pam Clements have chosen to step down from their Executive positions. We are pleased to note that they will remain as active members of the Board. Brenda Harlow has been elected as Executive Secretary and Kathy Hamelin has been elected as Treasurer.


Annual General Meeting held October 26, 2014
(originally posted November 16th, 2014)

The Annual General Meeting of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame took place in Ottawa on October 26, 2014. At this meeting, the Board approved the Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2014 and agreed to retain Lyman Gardiner of the accounting firm Deloitte as the Auditor for 2015. In addition, Brenda Harlow was elected to the Board of Directors, the resignation of Dan Ducharme was accepted, and the Executive for the coming year was elected by acclamation as follows:

Jim Long - President

Judi Moffatt - Vice President

BBQ Bob Clermont - Treasurer

Pam Clements - Executive Secretary


Long Standing Board Member Retires
(originally posted November 16th, 2014)

It is with deep regret and sincere gratitude that the Board has accepted the resignation of Dan Ducharme who has served on the Board of Directors for the OVCMHOF for over 24 years. While his official title in recent years has been Treasurer, Dan wore many hats and contributed to the organization in so many ways. In addition to dealing with the financial matters of the HOF, which is no small feat in itself, Dan has been instrumental (pardon the pun) in the production of the annual Hall of Fame Awards Show each year, chairing the Events Planning Committee, liaising with performers, working with the technical staff and front of house staff at Centrepointe Theatre, arranging for portraits and plaques, building sets, scripting the shows and the list goes on. His commitment to the organization has been unparalleled and he will be deeply missed. On behalf of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame, the Board of Directors thanks you for all your support and wishes you all the very best, Dan!


New Board Member Welcomed
(originally posted November 16th, 2014)

The Board of Directors is happy to welcome Brenda Harlow as the newest member of the Board. Brenda is the wife of Hall of Famer, Rodger Coulombe, and brings an extensive knowledge of country music in the Ottawa Valley and a background in business administration to the table. We look forward to working with Brenda and welcome her to the Board.


OVCMHOF Receives Certificate of Continuance
(originally posted on June 19, 2014)

On October 17, 2011, the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act ("CNCA") was proclaimed in force. The CNCA established a new set of rules for federally incorporated not-for-profit corporations and replaced Part II of the Canada Corporations Act (the "CCA"), the law that has governed federal corporations for close to a century. Existing federally incorporated not-for-profit corporations were given 3 years to make the transition to the new CNCA. What this meant for the OVCMHOF was that we had to replace our letters patent and by-laws with new charter documents in order to comply with the CNCA. It has been an arduous and complicated process, but we are happy to report that, on May 9, 2014, the OVCMHOF received their Certificate of Continuance under the CNCA. A big "high five" to the Board of Directors for a job well done! Special thanks go out to our legal counsel, Karen Cooper and Tanya Carlton, for their guidance and expertise.


Passing of Hall of Fame Inductee, Buster Brown
(originally posted April 17th, 2014)

The Hall of Fame Board of Directors was saddened to hear of the passing of Buster Brown on April 15th, 2014, Step Dancer extraordinaire, and 2003 Hall of Fame Inductee. Buster was a three time (consecutive) North American Step Dance Champion. Together, with partner Pauline, Buster continued to teach hundreds of students throughout the Ottawa Valley since his retirement from competitive step dancing. You can read more about Buster and Pauline at Bio, Buster & Pauline Brown.


Nominating Committee Changes
(originally posted on March 17th, 2014)

At its March meeting, the Board of Directors approved revisions to the "Policy and Procedures for the Nominating Committee" document. It is the Nominating Committee that decides who will be inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame at its annual awards ceremony.

The Policy & Procedures document clearly defines the composition of the committee, the roles and responsibilities of the committee members and the process that is followed to choose our inductees in a fair and transparent manner.


Annual Election of Executive Officers
(originally posted on March 5th, 2014)

At the Board of Directors meeting on February 14, 2014, Jim Long and Dan Ducharme were acclaimed to the positions of President and Treasurer, respectively, of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame. Judi Moffatt was elected to the Vice-President post and Pam Clements was acclaimed as Secretary.


New Members on the Board of Directors
(originally posted on March 5th, 2014)

Two new members were recently welcomed to the OVCMHOF Board of Directors: Bob Clermont and Tony True. Both BBQ Bob and Tony are well known and respected musicians very active in the country music scene in the Ottawa Valley. We look forward to the enthusiasm and experience that our new members bring to the organization and we wish them all the very best.


Passing of Hall of Fame Inductee Elayne Carlson
(originally posted November 20, 2013)

It was with heavy hearts that we learned of the passing of Hall of Fame Inductee Elayne Carlson. Elayne lost a hard fought battle with cancer on Thursday, October 10, 2013, 11 years to the very day that her husband and 1988 Inductee, Ralph Carlson left us. Elayne served on the OVCMHOF Board of Directors as Secretary for 26 years. Her contributions to the organization and to promoting and preserving country music in the Ottawa Valley were formally recognized in 2011 when Elayne was inducted into the OVCMHOF. She will be sorely missed.


New Secretary and Office Location
(originally posted on November 19, 2013)

Please note that the Secretary of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame is Pam Clements and the new location of our office is at 243 Douglas Side Road, Ashton ON K0A 1B0. Pam can be reached at (613) 257-1251.

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