THE TEAM

Ottawa Square Dance Convention 2023 inc. is headed by a team of lifelong square dancers from across Ontario and they are working tirelessly to bring you the best 40th anniversary convention.

We will also be featuring an incredible lineup of callers from all over north america to make this your most memorable event ever.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns or if you want to participate, either as organizer, supporter or sponsor.

Executive Board

Joel Smith

Co-Chair

Joel joined the Ottawa Date Squares in 2016, relocating form Atlanta, Georgia where he had been dancing with the Hotlanta Squares. He has helped organize many events over the years including Veer North to the Capital, the bi-annual fly-in held by the Ottawa Date Squares. He is also the events coordinator for the Ottawa Bears a local gay social committee. He works for Nav Canada, Canada’s air navigation organization, and holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Bachelors in Human Resources Management. His hobbies include gardening and travel.

Pam Clasper

Co-Chair

Pam started dancing in September 1973 and she now dances all programs, Basic to C4. She has attended 20 IAGSDC Conventions starting in 2000 at Crack the Crab in Baltimore and was honoured to receive the Golden Boot award in 2018. Pam is the president of All Join Hands Canada, she is an honorary member of the GCA and is known as the “GCA Den Mother”. She received the Trillium Merit Award from the Ontario Square & Round Dance Federation in 2017 for her contribution to square dancing. Besides square dancing, she does a lot of knitting and crocheting as well as some counted cross stitch and other crafts. Pam worked for CBC TV/News for 25 years. She holds a degree in Mathematics and a diploma in Library Techniques.

Roger Frappier

Treasurer

Roger joined the Ottawa Date Squares in 2000 and dances at A level. He currently dances with the Cornwall Swinging B’s, a local straight club. Over the years, Roger has served on multiple boards and committees including the Swinging Bs and the Eastern Ontario Square and Round Dance Association. Retired from the teaching profession, he was secretary-treasurer for his local teacher’s union for 13 years. Roger is an Ottawa University Graduate with a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. He is very active at his local Seniors’ Centre, chairperson of the Board of Directors. He speaks 3 languages.

Steve McKeown

Tours

Steve has been a member of Toronto Triangle Squares (TTS) for 25 years and dances up to C1. He relocated to Ottawa in July 2019. Steve has served on the TTS Board over the years in the positions of Secretary and Publicity. He has worked on the committee for the Scoot Across the Border Fly-in for over 9 years. Steve was on the Fun Badge committee for both the 2002 and 2016 Toronto conventions. He works as a Registered Massage Therapist and has an extensive volunteer resume in other LGBTQ community groups.

Bill Hunter

Secretary

Bill started square dancing in September 1996. He attended his first convention at Los Angeles in 1999 (Lights, Camera, Linear Action), and has rarely missed the chance to reunite with the square dance family since then. In his time away from square dancing, Bill works in the non-profit housing sector and hangs out with the Ottawa Bears.

Josh Yoder Volunteer Coordinator

Josh Yoder

Volunteer Coordinator

Josh joined Independence Squares in Philadelphia in 2010 and first attended convention in 2011 for Gone with the Windmill in Atlanta, GA. He became a member of Toronto’s Triangle Squares as well in 2017 and his first convention volunteer experience was in 2016 with Maple Leafs Regroup in Toronto. In 2019 Josh served as tour coordinator for the 2019 Philadelphia Belle’s Run convention and he is delighted to be part of Ottawa 2023. Josh lives in Philadelphia with his husband Gene and is a 7th grade history teacher and adjunct professor of history at Widener University outside the city. His hobbies include caring for the goats of the Philly Goat Project and being a member of the NYC Ghostbusters, a cosplay group that raises money for local charities in NYC.

Brian Murphy

Registration

Brian started square dancing with the Ottawa Date Squares briefly in 2001, and rejoined the club in 2018. He is currently also the secretary on the board of the Ottawa Bears. Originally from New Brunswick, he studied in Northern Ontario (translation) and loves foreign languages, especially Russian. His work experience in IT at BNR / Nortel / CSC has provided him with good problem-solving skills and attention to detail, which will help with managing the registrations for the 2023 convention in Ottawa. He's looking forward to receiving your Ottawa 2023 Registrations and helping make the process as smooth as possible.

Callers

We are hard at work looking for the best possible callers to make this convention the most memorable ever and as soon as we have our full roster ready we’ll post it right here so stay tuned.