/OSGA district 11 conveners come together
The District 11 executives and conveners for 2019 are from left Carrol Williams Mary Johnson Donna Teravainen John Kerr Stuart Buck John Teravainen Susan Buck Bev Kerr IIsemarie Tarte Mike Johnson Lorne Robertson Doug McIntosh Carolyn Dixon Barb Duce Bill Buckley and Lynne Briden. The group gathered followed their meeting on April 25 at the Rhubarb Restaurant in Carnarvon. Absent for the photo were Linda Cherry Barb Winn Jane Symons Sandra Buckley Kathie Porter Beverly Johnson Fred Krieger Mary Douglas Judy Smith Pearl Cowen Marianne Fenniger Graham Hackwood and Bob and Donna Gardner. /DARREN LUM Staff

OSGA district 11 conveners come together

By Darren Lum
April 25, only a few weeks before seniors from Muskoka and Haliburton
County are set to compete in the OSGA 55 plus senior summer games for
district 11, conveners for the district gathered for a luncheon meeting
at Rhubarb Restaurant in Carnarvon.
District 11’s Bev Kerr thanked them for their efforts in keeping the games going.
conveners are responsible for organizing, scheduling, scoring,
determining the final placings,  and securing all materials necessary
for running their event. The conveners were given this year’s list of
participants for their respective events as well as the gold, silver,
and bronze medals. 
Haliburton/Muskoka District co-ordinator John Kerr on behalf of the
executive, thanked the conveners for running the summer games coming May
and June. 
Among them was Donna Teravainen, a convener and registrar for the past 11 years.
She said her ongoing efforts come from how much the participants enjoy the experience.
“There are so many seniors. They really look forward to it. They enjoy it,” she said.
Haliburton/Muskoka District of the Ontario Senior Games 55 plus run 12
summer events: bid euchre, bowling five-pin, bridge contact and
duplicate, carpet bowling, cribbage, crokinole, euchre, golf,
pickleball, shuffleboard, tennis and walking prediction time. 
The retiree, who loves to volunteer, is also a regular participant. She competes in the card game events and pickleball.
a lot of satisfaction. And some people are very gracious and thankful.
… [W]hen you get a nice compliment it makes it worthwhile,” Teravainen
Volunteers are always needed and welcomed, she said. An ideal candidate for volunteering needs to be able to work with others.
After more than a decade working behind the scenes for the OSGA, she is impressed by organizers’ effort.
really stands out for me is the dedication of the people that work to
make it all happen. It’s incredible … what some people do,” she said. 
has competed in the summer games since she was eligible. She said she
loves the facility in Gravenhurst and the people, who are welcoming. 
Provincial and national results
Haliburton/Muskoka participants competed against 1,000 Ontario
participants across Ontario from Aug. 10 to 12 in Mississauga last year.
District 11 won six gold, two silver and one bronze medal in golf,
pickleball and walking.  The nationals were held Aug. 21 to 24 of last
year at St. John, New Brunswick. 
Haliburton/Muskoka participants were on the Ontario team against nearly
2,300 participants from across Canada. District 11 won four gold, three
silver and two bronze medals in golf, walking and discus throw. Winter
Games were held March 5 to 7 in Huntsville. Forty-seven
Haliburton/Muskoka participants competed against 1,000 Ontario
participants. District 11 won one gold in Nordic skiing and one silver
in the men’s hockey 65+.
board of executives congratulated the medal winners at the
Haliburton/Muskoka District Summer Games and the 20 medal winners at the
2018 provincials, nationals and 2019 winter games. “Congratulations to
every one of the 283 participants that competed in our district games.
The Haliburton/Muskoka District is one of the few Ontario districts that
have increased in memberships. I feel friendly competition, socializing
and having fun is what the senior games is all about,” Kerr wrote in an