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Notice of forty eighth Annual General Meeting

Notice of Annual General Meeting
Moore Farm Estate, Gatineau

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) at the Moore Heritage Farm, an idyllic 88 acre estate in the heart of Gatineau. You can learn more about the Moore Farm and how to access the site at the following link:


The annual meeting is an opportunity for you to learn more about our activities of the past year, our priorities for the year ahead and most importantly, an opportunity for you to get involved. The complete agenda will be posted to our website under the AGM 2017 tab in early April.

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2016
Time: Registration / doors open: 6:30 PM; Meeting begins: 7:00 PM
Location: Domaine de la Ferme-Moore, 670 Alexandre-Tache Boulevard, Gatineau, QC J9A

*Scroll down for the Nominations Committee Report*

Following the business meeting, you are invited to join us for a short special update on the Mont O'Brien protected area project north of Gatineau. 

Light desserts and refreshments made at the Moore Farm, from locally sourced ingredients will be provided.

While all are welcome to attend this meeting and learn more about CPAWS Ottawa Valley, only members in good standing will be allowed to vote.

Interested in serving on the Board or know of an individual who is passionate about wilderness conservation? Please contact us to learn more about opportunities to get involved.

For further information, please contact John McDonnell, Executive Director at 819-778-3355 or by email:

You can access 2016 Minutes online you can also view 2017 Agenda online.


The Nominations Committee proposes the following four candidates for a two year term starting at the 2017 Annual General Meeting.
Le Comité de mise en candidatures propose les quatres candidat-e-s ci-dessous pour un mandat de deux ans débutant à l’AGA de 2017.

These profiles appear in the order and language in which they were received by the Nominations Committee / Ces profiles apparaissent dans l’ordre et dans la langue dans laquelle ils ont été reçu par le comité des mise en candidatures.

Stephen is a retired federal public servant.  He worked for Parks Canada in Calgary, Quebec City and Kouchibouguac National Park.  His 26 years in the Procedural Service of the House of Commons included time as the Clerk of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.  It is through his work at Parks Canada that he discovered his affinity for the outdoors and the natural environment.  Stephen enjoys canoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking and volunteers as a patroller for Gatineau Park.  He lives in Aylmer where over the years he has managed to plant 50 trees on the property he shares with his wife Christine.
Stephen has been a CPAWS member since 1971.  From 1983 to 1989 he was a member the Ottawa Valley Chapter’s Board of Directors serving as Secretary and Vice-President. After retirement he rejoined the Board in 2006 as Secretary. Stephen brings to CPAWS his knowledge of Parliament and governmental procedures and his interest in Quebec issues.  Stephen is immensely proud of the work and achievements of CPAWS and of the dedication of staff members and supporters.
Stephen est retraité de la fonction publique fédérale.  Il a travaillé pour Parcs Canada à Calgary, Québec et au Parc national de Kouchibouguac.  Pendant 26 ans il était aux Services de la procédure de la Chambre des communes.  Parmi ses nombreuses affectations il a passé plusieurs années comme greffier du Comité permanent de l’Environnement et du développement durable.  C’est à travers son travail pour Parcs Canada qu’il a découvert son attirance pour le plein air et la nature.  Il pratique le canot-camping, le ski de fond, la randonnée pédestre et il est patrouilleur bénévole au Parc de la Gatineau.  Il demeure à Aylmer où au cours des années il a planté 50 arbres sur l'acre qu'il partage avec sa épouse Christine.
Stephen est membre de la SNAP depuis 1971.  Entre 1983 et 1989 il était membre du conseil d’administration de la Section de la Vallée de l’Outaouais en occupant successivement les postes de Secrétaire et de Vice-président.  En 2006, après sa retraite, il est redevenu membre du conseil en tant que Secrétaire.  Stephen apporte à la SNAP sa connaissance des procédures du Parlement et du gouvernement et son intérêt pour les questions québécoises. Stephen est extrêmement fier du travail et des réussites de la SNAP et du dévouement de son personnel et des supporteurs.

Lese is a lawyer who works in the public sector. Before pursuing law, Lese completed an undergraduate degree in biology with a focus on ecology.
An avid traveller and outdoor enthusiast, over the years, Lese has been making a point of visiting as many of Canada's national parks as she can. Some of her favourite parks include Kluane National Park (Yukon), Waterton Lakes National Park (Alberta) and the Prince Edward Island National Park (PEI).
She recently spent the past few years living in Canada's far North and being spoiled by the purity of the land.  When Lese eventually moved to Ottawa, she had a desire to remain connected to nature. This desire led to Lese joining the Board of the CPAWS Ottawa Valley Chapter in Fall 2014. As a member of the Board, Lese is pleased to have the opportunity to play a role in helping to protect the natural areas that she so treasures.

Nik started his professional career with the Forest Management Institute and later moved to the Lands Directorate of Environment Canada. He took a leading role in bringing broad ecological thinking to the Government of Canada in the developing field of land mapping of ecosystems. Nik was behind the creation of ecological maps for some of Canada’s most noted parks, including mapping the vegetation of Gatineau Park.
In the 1980s, Nik was recruited by Parks Canada and initiated their fire management programme that ensures healthy ecosystems in the national parks. Nik also played an important role in helping Russia develop their protected areas programme.
In 2001, Nik became the Director General of National Parks. He was responsible for monitoring the ecological integrity programme and the Species at Risk Act, and earned a reputation as a champion of conservation.
Since the 2005 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Bangkok, Nik was elected Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). During his time as Chair, IUCN WCPA has influenced the CBD by becoming their principal advisor on the Programme of Work on Protected Areas. Nik has promoted the importance of youth and has supported efforts to ensure that there is increased awareness and understanding of the value and role of protected areas in meeting such global challenges as combating climate change and desertification.
In Feb 2012, Nik was honored with the J.B. Harkin Award yesterday for his life-long commitment to Canadian conservation. The award, named after the “Father of National Parks” J.B. Harkin, honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the conservation of Canada’s parks and wilderness. More recently, Nik was awarded the Gold Leaf Award by the Canadian Council for Ecological Areas and a medal from the Brandwein Institute for his life-long work in conservation.

Jay Morrison is a retired former senior manager in the federal public service specializing in management practices and accountability issues. He has been on the CPAWS Ottawa Valley Board for 18 years and has been responsible for the Dumoine River campaign since 2005. Jay is also a board member of the Friends of Temagami and is the Environment committee chair for Paddle Canada and has extensive links to the outdoor recreation community. Starting in 2006, Jay paddled 8,000 km across Canada, from Les Escoumins, Quebec to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, to raise awareness of the threats facing Canada's wilderness. Jay lives in Wakefield, Quebec



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