Volunteer Board of Directors
James Boyd, Chairperson
Born and raised in Wawa, James has left multiple times to pursue careers in mining and construction safety. Each and every time he's felt the need to return to the shores of Superior that he calls home. Wanting to be more involved in the community, the Friends seemed like the perfect opportunity. James' main goal is to raise the profile of the Friends of LSP locally and to make connections with other great charity and non-profit groups in the area.
Beth Lacher, Vice-Chairperson
A Wawa native, Beth Lacher frequented LSPP from an early age, and enjoyed working eight seasons at the park. She earned a BA in English and History from the University of Guelph, and an MA in International Development Studies from York University. She worked for a number of non-profits developing and managing youth programs, and now operates her own management consulting business, Beth Lacher Consulting. In these roles, she gained skills in program management, volunteer coordination, marketing and community partnership development, all of which lend to her current role on the Friends of LSP as Vice Chair. She has a passion for youth development and is excited to increase youth engagement opportunities in the park.
Kat Côté, Treasurer, worked in education at LSPP for eight seasons, leading the program in 2017. She grew LSPP’s ecological and cultural programming, mentored her team, worked with school and tour groups, and conducted media interviews. Kat became a board member with the Friends in 2018 and was elected as Treasurer in 2019. She is a Biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in Wawa, Ontario. A certified Ontario teacher with classroom experience, Kat is passionate about opportunities for students and young people. Kat holds a Master of Science degree, specializing in the growth of wetland plants in LSPP.
Johanna Rowe, Secretary, is a life-time resident of Wawa and worked in Lake Superior P.P. for a total of 6 seasons in the late 80's and early 90's. Johanna and her husband Sam (also an ex-parkie) are constantly exploring and enjoying the hidden gems within the park's vast borders. Johanna graduated from Laurentian University with an Honours B.A. in History and is a member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals. Her passion is the rich history of the eastern Superior shoreline. She has written a number of books and articles on the dynamic people and places around Wawa, with more to come. Johanna's extensive administrative skills, volunteer community work and previous Friends Board experience are an asset to her current role as Secretary on the Friends of Lake Superior Park Board of Directors.
Randy Klockars worked in LSPP back in the day as a parks carpenter constructing many of the outhouses that were used for decades. He moved on to, and later retired from, a career as a teacher at Michipicoten High School in Wawa. Randy was also a founding board member of the Friends, 25 years ago. He has had the honour of working with many dedicated and interesting individuals over the years to fulfill the mission and objectives of the Friends. His current activities in the park are now primarily in the winter when he enjoys trudging on snowshoes into the backcountry on ice fishing excursions.
Sarah Lawson worked in the backcountry of LSPP for 8 seasons in the 1990s, including two seasons extending the coastal trail — North to Chalfant Cove and South to Agawa Bay. She visits LSPP as often as she can with her small children in tow and has a love for the trails, canoe routes, ecology and cultural history of LSPP. Sarah has a BA in Geography, with a minor in Aboriginal Studies, and a Master of Forest Conservation both from the University of Toronto. She is planning to visit Superior’s sister lake — Lake Baikal — in 2020.
Cynthia Mitchell worked at LSPP on the interior crew for four seasons, from 2006 – 2009. During this time, she developed a deep affinity and appreciation for the park. She strongly believes in the work of the Friends and is passionate about promoting the benefits of being in nature. Cynthia is currently employed with the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada as their Program Manager of Membership and Events. She is thrilled to be joining the Friends as a board member and looks forward to working with a group that shares such a strong commitment to LSPP.
Thom Unrau worked in the Lake Superior interior for 5 years around the 2010s. He is currently employed as the stewardship manager for the Kawartha Land Trust, a not-for-profit dedicated to protecting land around Peterborough in southern Ontario. Through this and other work in the conservation field Thom has gained skills in protected area management and planning, volunteer management, and land securement, and he has supported teams in fundraising and capacity building. He has also worked in conservation and outdoor education in Africa, and has education in Anthropology and Ecosystem Management. He is most interested in nature connection and volunteer management.