The interest and feedback that our organization has generated in the past has facilitated a whole new thrust of activity here in Canada. Our goal is to continue to run walling events, teaching demonstrations, competitions, and various presentations, as well as introduce a more relevant Canadian standard of walling to ensure that the traditions and techniques of our craft are better adapted to our specific needs.
We look forward to developing a walling program where Canadians wishing to learn more about walling in this country may obtain basic instruction and if they wish, testing towards becoming 'officially' accepted by our organization. We are working towards establishing a system whereby a 'Recognition of Merit' will be awarded to those who attain a level of walling consistent with what they will need to take on this craft in a professional capacity.
While there is a 'business' aspect of any organization, the income from the DSWAC enables us to continue running many different programs. We in fact do not charge for our services organizing events such as the very successful 'Roctoberfest' run each year on Canada Thanksgiving, nor do we charge for many other events, as well as online advice, the posting of walling resources, links, photo archives , running of competitions, and finally the operating an up-to-date website of dry stone walling activities going on across Canada. In this manner we are actively striving to further the 'association' of dry stone wallers here in this country . We hope to continue to operate 'in the black' in order to be able to run more dry stone related activities each year.
Our membership reflects a large cross section of very enthusiastic people here in Canada who are discovering or perhaps rekindling their interest in dry stone walling. We have had numerous seminars, events and demonstrations teaching everything from historic wall repair to creating new dry stone features.
Membership with DSWAC is only 25 dollars a year. This gives members password protected access to our DSWAC 'Members Only Area' which includes information, updates, pictures and other surprises.
In addition to our regular events, it is possible for private groups and corporations to make arrangements with the DSWAC to hold tailored dry stone wall workshops within their organization as part of a special event or as a team-building initiative.
The DSWAC also gives a lecture/slide presentation on Dryscaping to garden clubs for a small fee. As well as providing these services, specially qualified members of the DSWAC can be contacted through the association to both design and build free standing walls for private commissions. Permanent structures such as dry stone walls , garden features , follies and small bridges built in the dry laid method are just some of the possibilities open to those interested in having something special built on their property.
President: John-Shaw Rimmington at firstname.lastname@example.org
West Coast Field Director: Christopher Barclay at email@example.com
East Coast Field Director: firstname.lastname@example.org