Manitouwadge ATV Jamboree a roaring success for fourth year running
The NWMO’s Norman Sandberg (right), is joined by Amanda Lynn Mayhew, host of Just Hunt on Channel Wild TV, and by local business owner Kevin Turner at the 4th Annual ATV Jamboree.
The 4th Annual ATV Jamboree in Manitouwadge, for which the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) was a major sponsor, was once again a huge summer success.
The ATV (all-terrain vehicle) is a common mode of transportation and recreation in a lot of northern Ontario communities. The organizers say the event celebrates the culture and boosts the economy at the same time.
“What a great weekend once again,” said Carole Desilets, one of the organizers of the event that took place in late July. “Since we started four years ago, our annual summer event keeps getting bigger and better.”
This year, there were 120 participants, many of whom travelled to Manitouwadge for a weekend of fun, including the Meet and Greet Golf Shoot Out at the Municipal Golf Course. On the big day of racing, a poker run added a little extra juice, as teams made their way through the mud and over the many kilometres of trails. Cash prizes went out to the first three spots.
“This would not have been possible without the members of our planning committee and the many volunteers who donated their time and enthusiasm,” Ms. Desilets added. “We also want to thank all our corporate sponsors, like the NWMO, that have supported this great community event since the beginning.”
NWMO Relationship Manager for the area, Norman Sandberg, helped out on the trails as a volunteer.
“I was particularly impressed by what a terrific job everyone does to welcome people to the community,” Mr. Sandberg noted. “I can see why so many people have been coming back to Manitouwadge year after year. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
The event is organized by the Marathon Economic Development Corporation with the assistance of the Township of Manitouwadge.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.