Welcome to Ten Years of PIIFA
The Petrie Island Ice Fishermen's Association celebrates its 10th year in 2014.
It all started back in 2004 with a few ice fishermen sitting in a hut discussing ideas on how to combat the increase of vandalism, thefts and break-ins of that season. A few beers were shared and many ideas were tossed around. In the end, the group decided to start an association of ice fisherman. The main task of the association would be to bring hut owners together, so everyone could get to know each other and become a more tight-knit group for better security.
One of the first decisions made by the group back in February 2004 was to elect Big Al Macintyre as president of the association. So, a few beers; some brainstorming; and the Petrie Island Ice Fishermen's Association was born.
One of Big Al's first tasks as president was to figure how best to communicate with his fellow fishermen and the decision was made to start a website for the ice fishing community of Petrie Island. The website would issue security alerts but would also be used as tool to share resources with fellow ice fishermen including ice fishing news, photos, ice conditions and the fishermen's forum.
In the years to follow, the website expanded as on-ice security became almost a non-issue as we learned to watch out for each other and share information on security issues.
In recent years, PIIFA has become huge. We have been featured in almost every type of Ottawa media including blogs, magazines, newspapers, radio and television. They all seem to want a piece of us every season. The core group of PIIFA members has organized on-ice events including the hugely popular PIIFA ice fishing derby that to date has raised over $3,000.00 for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
The PIIFA website has also become larger than life and we think it is unique in the world. New features have been added over the years including latest on ice news, regular features and a webcam located in the village.
The PIIFA website is now visited by people from all over the world. We get regular visits from many places in the U.S.A., Costa Rica, The Philippines, Sweden, Russia, and oddly enough, way up in James Bay, Canada. A big hello to all our regular visitors who are reading this.. including all you guys working at The Home Depot in the U.S.A.!
As PIIFA turns 10, we are going to sit back, put our feet up on a chair and take in all of what we have accomplished. We love what we have done in the name of ice fishing in our area and we look forward to our second decade.
Thanks to all the people who have made 10 years of PIIFA possible including Rick Beaudoin, Jocelyn Bélanger, Bidou, Dan Boisvenue, Louis Cloutier, Mario Croft, Ann Gauy, Mike Ghazarian, Matt Grandmaitre, Yves Grandmaitre, Bob Gregoire, Alan Heaney, Billy Hum, Guy Jolivet, Marc Joly, Eli Karam, Marc Leclair, Al Macintyre, Francine Martin, Yves Martin, Sylvain Michaud, Sylvain Perrier, Len Porquet, Bob Presland, Roger from Roger's Tavern, Steve Sowa, Christine Tessier, Clay Young and Ron Zinn.