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On June 2, 2007 an amalgamation agreement and new constitution were officially signed in Sault Ste. Marie to form the Northern Ontario Curling Association to be one strong governing body for curling from the Manitoba border to Moose Factory to Mattawa.

In the past, four associations promoted and supported curling in Northern Ontario. The Northwestern Ontario Curling Association, Northern Ontario Ladies Curling Association, the former Northern Ontario Curling Association and Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Curling Association amalgamated effective May 1, 2007.

Member curling clubs in each region elected Regional Directors to serve on NOCA’s Board of Directors. The Association's first Board of Directors includes:
  • Region 1: Muriel Anderson (Sioux Lookout); Rob Sinclair (Fort Frances)
  • Region 2: Paul Burke (Thunder Bay); Bev Junnila (Thunder Bay)
  • Region 3: Ken House (Geraldton); Sharron Lennie (Manitouwadge)
  • Region 4: Al Gemmell (Algoma Mills); Maymar Gemmell (Algoma Mills)
  • Region 5: Alan Arkilander (Sudbury); Debbie Grillanda (Azilda)
  • Region 6: Rose West (Haileybury); Bob Hardy (Iroquois Falls)

The Board selected Al Gemmell of Algoma Mills as President, Muriel Anderson from Sioux Lookout as Vice-President and Debbie Grillanda of Azilda as Secretary-Treasurer.NOCA hired Leslie Kerr of Atikokan as Executive Director. A logo for the new Association was unveiled on June 2, 2007.

MISSION: To promote and develop curling as a recreational and competitive sport in Northern Ontario.

VISION: Recognized locally, provincially, nationally and internationally as the organizing body for the sport of curling for Northern Ontario.


Northern Ontario Curling Association believes that:

  • all members of the curling community in Northern Ontario will be afforded as many opportunities as possible/feasible to contribute their ideas, express their concerns and to influence decisions and actions affecting the development of the sport of curling
  • pro-actively working in partnership with member facilities and member clubs in an open, honest, responsive and safe way will ensure a solid foundation for curling in Northern Ontario
  • curlers, regardless of gender, age or ability will have an opportunity to participate in the sport of curling
  • curling will be developed by qualified leaders in the development of the sport
  • curling competitions will be well organized, fair and open for all interested participants
  • when dealing with sponsors of member facilities and competitive events we will be fair, open and honest and provide them with the greatest possible exposure and return on their investment
  • when dealing with suppliers and business partners we will be fair, open and honest
  • working cooperatively with other curling organizations across Canada will further the development of the sport of curling
  • working cooperatively with government agencies at all levels to support the promotion of curling in support of the quality of life in northern Ontario communities
  • member facility staff and volunteers will have the opportunity to pursue their potential to achieve excellence in their performance and job satisfaction.
  • providing information about the array of curling opportunities available to residents across Northern Ontario in local communities to help raise awareness and participation in the sport of curling

1. The name of the Corporation is “Northern Ontario Curling Association”.

2. The objects of the Corporation are to:

  • Organize, promote and develop interest and participation in curling in Northern Ontario and to regulate and govern amateur curling competitions under its jurisdiction;
  • Establish rules and regulations for curling competitions in Northern Ontario;
  • Maintain affiliation with the Curling Canada and to seek support from and work cooperatively with other organizations, groups and individuals whose aims or objectives are consistent with those of the Corporation;
  • Maintain membership with the Ontario Curling Council (OCC), the Provincial Sport Organization responsible for curling in Ontario.
  • To uphold and promote the articles and objectives of Curling Canada or such national sport governing body that is affiliated with the World Curling Federation, with emphasis on safety, health and amateur sportsmanship;
  • Assist members in providing quality services and programs, and to provide technical, coaching, officiating and athlete development support to its members;
  • Provide opportunities for all amateur curling players and to encourage and promote proficiency and excellence by Northern Ontarians in all aspects of amateur curling;
  • To encourage and support curling events and competitions leading to participation in Provincial, National and International competition;
  • To seek and accept donations, gifts, legacies and bequests for the purpose of furthering its objectives;
  • Invest any profits in the development of curling in Northern Ontario.