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Our Board of Directors plays a vital role in the success of The Couchiching Conservancy. Together, they provide strategic direction and oversight on important issues and ensure that our work is on track and moving in the right direction.

We are grateful to the entire Board, for all of their efforts and passion for the work that we do.

If you would like to get in touch with one of our Board Members, please contact Tanya Clark and she can re-direct your request.

Email: tanya@couchconservancy.ca

Phone: 705-326-1620

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President – Doug Christie

Doug Christie

Doug is a partner in the law firm of Russell Christie LLP. Doug has delivered a number of papers and lectures on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada with respect to waterfront and recreational property.

Doug was the President and former member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers. He is an elder in the Orillia Presbyterian Church; volunteers with Couchiching Jubilee House and the Couchiching Conservancy. Read more

For many years, Doug was involved in coaching minor hockey and soccer. Doug has been an active member of the Orillia YMCA and served on the Board of Directors for 13 years. He has chaired annual campaigns and was the Chair of the Capital Campaign for the expansion at Skid Watson YMCA.

Doug and his wife Barb have lived in Orillia since 1973. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Doug was awarded the Order of Orillia in 2011. He played a crucial role in preparing the Conservancy’s new bylaws.

 

 

Past President – Margaret Pomeroy

Margaret PomeroyMargaret came to Orillia just over 30 years ago with her husband John and spent the first five years here at home with her children – twins, Meghan and David. She began working for the Ontario Public Service in 1986 and retired from Human Resources Services with the Ontario Provincial Police in 2010. She now does consulting on a part time basis and enjoys spending time with her family and at the ‘Cabin’ in the French River district. She joined the Couchiching Conservancy a number of years ago and since retirement has become more active, joining the board in 2013. Read more

She has supported the Couchiching Conservancy Dragon Boat entry both as crew and on shore and is a member of two volunteer property teams. Margaret is music fan and a long-time volunteer at the Mariposa Folk Festival. She enjoys playing music with friends and as part of the Folk Band Alex.

 

 

Treasurer – Jack Booth

Jack Booth is the owner of J.R. Booth CA Professional Corporation. Originally playing the role of auditor and then later acting as an accounting advisor, Jack has worked with the Conservancy for many years. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization and has the advantage of being well-versed in many of the nuances of running the Conservancy. An Orillia resident, he has served a number of community organizations, most recently acting as treasurer of the Lighthouse soup kitchen.

 

Secretary – Kailin Gratrix

Kailin Gratrix, TreasurerKailin has lived in the Orillia area most of her life. She worked as a Financial Services Representative at TD Canada Trust and was also the Green Coordinator for TD Friends of the Environment, but has since returned to Lakehead University.

She grew up in Coldwater spending most of her days outdoors and was a member of the Junior Horticultural Club. Kailin attended the University of Western Ontario in London. She studied Psychology, Political Science and Economics.Read more

For two years, Kailin volunteered at the Western Career Centre editing resumes and cover letters for students in addition to organizing career workshops. She was also involved in the Western Heads East project, an organization and internship program committed to the sustainable development of pro-biotic yogurt-making facilities to improve the economic status of African communities. Kailin joined the board in 2013 as treasurer.

 

 

Director – Robert Sullivan

Bob Sullivan

Bob is a dentist who has practiced in Orillia for over 30 years. He has served on numerous boards and committees locally and provincially associated with his profession. Currently he is serving in his 10th year on the board of directors of the Conservancy and is a past president of the organization. He acts as chairman of the investment committee and also is a member of the past presidents Heartwood Fund committee. A keen interest in environmental awareness and land protection are the reason his planning and management skills have been invaluable on the Board. He and his wife Wendy are proud parents of 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

 

Director – David A. Homer

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For 25 years, David was the Director of the Media Centre and cross-appointed to the Faculty of Fine Arts, teaching television production, at Toronto’s York University. During his academic tenure, he also taught communications courses in the Faculties of Arts and Education.

When not in the classroom, David could be found in major television production facilities around North America producing and directing television documentaries for various charitable organizations. Read more

Prior to his retirement, David spent seven years in the challenging position of Assistant Vice-President (Business Operations) of the University. Upon retirement, David and his wife, Bonnie, moved to their beloved property on Lake Dalrymple, just east of Orillia where he spends a great deal of his time. David has served on the Conservancy board for several years and just completed two terms as president

 

 

Director – Pamela Fulford

Pamela FulfordA resident of Brechin, Pam Fulford brings a biology background to the board table along with many other skills. Pam has held a number of positions, including Stewardship Specialist at Regional Municipality of York, Mediator at Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program and Dufferin Marsh Coordinator at Township of King. Pam is a member of the Carden Field Naturalists and currently serves on the Passport to Nature organizing committee.

 

 

Director – Wendy Lowry

Wendy LowryWendy has been a member of the Conservancy since its inception & remembers the many meetings that her husband Si attended in the initial stages of its development. She is a retired physiotherapist and was instrumental in the creation of Professional Rehabilitation Outreach, which provided rehab services through the CCAC in Simcoe County. She has volunteered & held board positions over the years with school councils, the YMCA, Couchiching Jubilee House & Couchiching Conservancy. Most recently she was as a land steward with the Conservancy. Wendy loves yoga, hiking, snow shoeing, skiing, kayaking and canoeing and exploring the wilderness anywhere. She has paddled the Thelon River & the Nahanni River and walked across England. Wendy & Si live in Medonte in a straw bale house.

 

Director – Jamie Ross

Jamie Ross

Jamie Ross was a high school teacher for 30 years at Orillia District Vocational Institute (ODCVI) before retiring. He hold a biology degree from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. An avid outdoorsman, Jamie enjoys canoeing, hiking, camping and skiing. He has volunteered for the Conservancy in various roles, working on the grassland restoration project on Bluebird Ranch, Passport to Nature and serving on a property monitoring team. He is also among the rugged few who have done the Carden Challenge on bicycle. Jamie says his proudest accomplishment is his daughter Liz McLelland, who served on the Conservancy board until 2015, when Jamie’s other proudest accomplishment, baby Mary, came along.