Volunteer Board of Directors

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Beth Lacher

Chair

A Wawa native, Beth 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 Chair. She has a passion for youth development and is excited to increase youth engagement opportunities in the park.​

                                                             

Term: 2019 - 2022

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Sarah Lawson

Vice-Chair

Sarah 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 the near future.   

         

Term: 2020 - 2023

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Kat Côté

Treasurer

Kat 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 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 and she once volunteered with a theatre troupe that bicycled from Winnipeg, MB to Sudbury, ON to connect with students, teachers, and community groups about ecological sustainability and social justice.

Term: 2019 - 2022

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Johanna Rowe

Secretary

Johanna 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.   

                                                                                       

Term: 2019 - 2022

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Thom Unrau

Board member

Thom 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. 

   

Term: 2020 - 2022

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Cynthia Mitchell

Board member

Cynthia 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 Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada as their Program Manager of Membership and Events. She is thrilled to have joined the Friends as a board member and enjoys working with a group that shares such a strong commitment to LSPP.

                                                                                            

Term: 2020 - 2022

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Matt Trudeau

Board member

One of Matt's first memories is carrying a frying pan into Mash Lake. It's debatable whether he carried it the entire way but it can be said his ventures into the park started with his father at an early age. He feels fortunate to have been employed as a student with Agawa maintenance in the 90's, to have retained friendships from that time, and to have introduced a girlfriend to interior camping, only to return a few years later to say their vows at Agawa. He is currently part of an organizing committee for an ultra running event attracting participants from throughout Ontario, to share one of his favourite park trails. Although his chosen vocation did not take him in the direction of Ontario Parks, he feels his experience in programming and volunteer management and his passion for the park are in alignment with the Friends Board. Matt's ventures in Lake Superior Provincial Park continue today with his own family and friends through the four seasons. 

                             

Term: 2020 (vote at 2021 AGM) - 2023

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Emma Blanchet

Board member

Emma moved to Wawa in 2012 and a one year plan to stay extended into 8+ years with no intentions of leaving. This is largely due to her love of Lake Superior Provincial Park. As a Social Worker in the field of mental health and addictions, Emma is passionate about the positive impacts that spending time in nature can have, both mentally and physically. She believes LSPP is one of the most beautiful places in Canada and feels very lucky to be able to experience it year-round. She is honoured to join the Friends and work alongside a dedicated group who share her passion.                                                       

 

Term: 2020 (vote at 2021 AGM) - 2023

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David Hampson

Board member

David loves all things Lake Superior, especially Lake Superior Provincial Park where he has camped, hiked, and backpacked many times with members of his family. In 2018, he and his wife left Toronto and circumnavigated the perimeter of Lake Superior in their car, camping on the shore of the lake and ending up at LSPP. “What an amazing trip – what an incredible lake,” he is often quoted as saying. David’s “day job” is working as a Professor at the University of Toronto where his laboratory conducts research on the use of viruses as gene therapy vehicles as potential treatments for genetic disorders causing autism. He is involved with several other environmental organizations including the Allen Broussard Conservancy and Ecojustice. He is delighted to be a member of Board of Directors of the Friends of Lake Superior Park.                         

 

Term: 2020 (vote at 2021 AGM) - 2023

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Randy Klockars

Board member (honorary)

Randy worked in LSPP back in the day as a park 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.

The Friends of Lake Superior Park is a registered charity that partners with Lake Superior Provincial Park to enhance its educational, recreational, research, and resource protection activities. We are one of 24 Friends of Ontario Parks organizations.

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