By Barb Young
The WCA has lost a valued member of its team of volunteers. Peter Jaspert began doing layout for the Nastawgan many years
ago under the direction of then editor Toni Harting. Peter came to the job with an abundance of experience in typesetting and
transformed the newsletter into the professional looking journal it is now. I met Peter in 2014 when I volunteered to be the backup person. We spent many pleasant hours together as he showed me the ropes.
Peter was an avid canoeist, who soon after arriving in Canada in 1960 from Germany, began paddling in Algonquin Park with his
Sears canoe. A few years later he took up whitewater paddling and the Madawaska River became his home away from home as he honed his whitewater skills. Peter paddled many rivers throughout Canada, the Nahanni being his favourite.
Peter developed melanoma two years ago and despite many surgeries and treatments succumbed on Friday, Oct 28. His loving wife Finny and two daughters Claudia and Nadja were vigilant during his last days and ensured he was comfortable to the end.
On behalf of the WCA, I want to acknowledge Peter for his many years of hard work and dedication. I will always remember him as my very patient teacher and friend.