About us

The Council

The core, voting membership of the Huron Stewardship Council is comprised of Huron County community members with diverse community interests and assorted key backgrounds including: agriculture, forestry, naturalist, angling/hunting, other recreational groups, and industry. When needed, new members are selected through a public recruitment and application process. Other community members are drawn in to participate on committees, or as part of various initiatives. When needed, representation is requested from key resource agencies, such as Conservation Authorities and provincial ministries, in a technical, advisory role.

Jennette Walker

Chair

Jennette works in environmental consulting and has involvement in many resource-related organizations and initiatives, generally focused on water protection.

Klaus Seeger

Vice Chair

Klaus recently retired from 39 years in environmental public health, former Chair of the Environmental Health Foundation of Canada, involvement in many resource-related organizations and initiatives.

Marg Kroes

Treasurer

Marg is a swine and cash crop farmer with membership and active involvement in a number of community, resource related and agricultural organizations and initiatives.

Jamie Heffer

County Representative

Jamie is the mayor of the municipality of Morris-Turnberry, and represents Huron County on the Stewardship Council.

Amy Lejcar

Director

Amy Lejcar is a Landscape Architect and Arborist who has been on the council since 2018. She is interested in preserving and enhancing the natural features in Huron County that make it unique.

Darlene McCowan

Director

A lover of nature and nature photography, Darlene sees the need to manage and maintain our natural resources.

Dave Frayne

Director

Dave is an agricultural producer, former South Huron Deputy Mayor, and former Municipal Councillor. He is involved in a number of community and resource-related organizations and initiatives such as drinking water source protection, new crop production methods, and conservation.

Donna Taylor

Director

Donna is a former chair of the stewardship council, a retired private business owner, rural landowner, and active community leader with a keen interest in natural heritage topics.

Tom Trick

Director

Tom is a beef and cash crop farmer and woodlot owner with active involvement in community, resource-related and agricultural organizations. Active in the operations of the Trick’s Creek Farm (1873), which has an original flour mill and dam, sawmill, and managed woodlot.

Staff

Marcus Maddalena

Biologist / Stewardship Coordinator

Marcus started as Biologist/Stewardship Coordinator in 2019. He has a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, and a diverse background researching a variety of species at risk flora and fauna in collaboration with numerous government agencies and NGO’s.

Cristen Watt

Species at Risk Field Coordinator

Cristen joined the HSC as a Species at Risk Technician in 2018, and since then has led Queensnake and turtle recovery projects. She has a Masters in wildlife ecology from Trent University, and is interested in wildlife conservation and research.

Allie Gallon

MSc. Candidate

Allie started a Master of Science degree at Laurentian University in January 2019. She leads the Eastern Hog-nosed snake research project.

Cory Trowbridge

Species at Risk Technician

Cory Trowbridge is a graduate of Laurentian University with a Master's degree in Biology. Outside of work he still enjoys wildlife and nature, you may see him out hiking, kayaking, or fishing.

Olivia Leon

Canadian Conservation Corps Participant

Olivia is an UOttawa alumni with a double major in Visual Arts and Environmental Studies. She joined the CCC to gain real life experience in the field doing research and is so happy to have been placed with the Huron Stewardship Council. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, running and bouldering.

Amanda McKelvey

Canadian Conservation Corps Participant

Amanda is a recent graduate with an interest in conservation and sustainability. She is so excited to have an opportunity to work with the Huron Stewardship Council as part of her Canadian Conservation Corps experience.

Volunteers

Wesley Small

Species at Risk Volunteer

Former Council Members

Jim Ginn, John Haak, Myles Murdock, Brianne Webber, Bob Smyth, David Perrie, Robert Budd, Wayne Caldwell, Jeff Cardiff, Susan Chan, Susan Hay, Kathy Hodgins, Chris Lee, Carol Leeming, Don Lobb, Andrew Mann, Matt Pearson, Tom Pollard, Evert Ridder, Victor Roland, John Schwindt, Wayne Stewart, George Thompson, Rowena Wallace, Bill Creighton, Ian Koetsier.