In 2011 Long Point Waterfowl invited several individuals to become members of the inaugural Friends of Long Point Waterfowl Committee. The following individuals have agreed to be on the Friends Committee and assist Long Point Waterfowl with a fundraising dinner, appreciation BBQ and other initiatives and activities.
Cathy and Richard Atkinson
Cathy and Richard Atkinson have been members of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters for 23 years. They became very active members in the Caledonia Hunters and Anglers, being the President, Vice President and secretary for many years. Both Richard and Cathy stepped into Board of Director’s positions where Cathy became the membership coordinator for OFAH Zone J and Richard became the Secretary/Treasurer. Cathy was successful in being the OFAH Chair person for the annual OFAH conferences for 4 years. After much success with that task Cathy was then asked to become staff and ran the OFAH Women’s Program. Living in the small community of Caledonia, they both got involved in joining the “The New View” committee at the Tequanyah Nature Center in Cayuga working with the Ministry of Environment, Ducks Unlimited, Grand River Conservation Authority and the OFAH. Other community involvements were volunteering and fundraising for Victim Services of Haldimand and Norfolk and foster parenting for 5 years. Through many years of volunteering and working with many committees Cathy and Richard have met many people and have seeked out The Friends of Long Point Waterfowl Association to continue helping raise funds and awareness in conservation.
Jeff Helsdon - Reporter
Jeff is a native of Tillsonburg and has fished the Long Point area since he was a child. He is a field editor and senior reporter for Ontario Out of Doors magazine, has written articles for many publications in both Canada and the United States, operates Helsdon Photography and works for Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. Jeff enjoys fishing with his family, especially on Lake Erie, and hunting for upland game, waterfowl, and deer.
Dave Kennedy - Long Point Waterfowlers’ Association
Dave is a long-time resident of Norfolk County. He and his wife Lynn reside on an 80 acre woodlot, which they manage for wildlife. Retired from Imperial Oil, Dave has been an active member of Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Long Point Waterfowler’s Association and the Long Point Retriever Club. Dave is passionate about hunting, particularly waterfowl, turkey and deer, and is the proud owner and trainer of his six year old Labrador retriever, Logan.
Rob Lesperance - Bradley’s Marsh
Rob has been married to his wife Maureen for over 26 years, and they have two children. Rob started hunting at the young age of 8 and has managed or co-managed duck marshes for over 30 years. He has also been involved on fundraising committees with Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Rondeau Bay Waterfowlers. Rob is a life long member of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and is very enthusiastic about helping to organize a fund raising dinner for Long Point Waterfowl.
Sue Malcolm - Long Point Waterfowlers’ Association
Susan was captured by the beauty and tranquility, the birds and other wildlife she encountered first trip to Long Point 30 years ago As a current resident of Long Point and Texas’ Gulf Coast in winter, Susan is obviously drawn to spectacular coastal environments. At home, she enjoys her gardens, birds, fishing and walking her dog. She is involved in a number of community activities including fund raising for Delta Waterfowl. Susan is retired from her professional career as Head of Guidance, Library, Special Education and Co-operative Education in a large Mississauga school.
Growing up in the Long Point and Turkey Point area Mike started hunting and trapping at age 9. Him and his son Ryan (age 5) enjoy the most of their time outdoors, now passing on the tradition to his son and mentoring anyone that shares the love of how this country was built. For eight years Mike has been involved in fundraising with Delta Waterfowl and currently sits as the Norfolk chapter chairman. Long time member of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Long Point Waterfowlers Association and LPWA youth hunt committee member, Mike has now become avidly involved with Long Point Waterfowl as well. For the past six years Mike have been employed in the shooting sports industry with a local company and is also a local rod and gun club member.
Garrett Reid - Long Point Eco Adventures Naturalist
Garrett’s first distinguishable memory of the outdoors was of getting knocked on his bottom by giant wild turkeys while out with his dad opening turkey transfer boxes on some of the original release sites in Norfolk County. Hunting and fishing have always been a big part of Garrett’s life and the reason that he decided to attend college and take fish & wildlife and forestry programs. Garrett’s understanding and appreciation of our natural environment and conservation continue to grow, along with his concern for the future of our natural resources and conservation practices. Garrett has worked for numerous conservation organizations across Norfolk County and Ontario. He is currently the Naturalist at Long Point Eco Adventures near Turkey Point, heading all their interpretive programs for wetlands and forestry in and around the area.
Irene and Rick Rozak
Rob and Sharon Smith
Rob and Sharon have been married for 29 years, and reside in Simcoe. They have a son and a daughter and, recently, a granddaughter. Rob has spent his entire life in this area, hunting waterfowl and upland birds in the Turkey Point and Long Point areas. Rob doesn’t hunt anymore, but his love for the marshes and waterfowl of the area have only increased. Sharon graduated from Sault College and worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources in the District of North Bay and at Turkey Point Provincial Park. She then worked for the Long Point Region Conservation Authority as the Conservation Education Officer. Sharon continues to teach, as a ballet instructor in Simcoe, and is an Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance. Travelling the world as an examiner, Sharon has seen many different types of ecological environments and is even more appreciative of what a wonderful and unique area we have right here. Rob and Sharon have taught their children to appreciate and to respect our environment and to protect it as much as possible.
Adam Van Paassen - Long Point Eco Adventures Programming Manager
Adam is a lifetime local of Norfolk County. As long as he can remember, he was spending time outdoors with his Dad and Opa learning how to hunt and fish. Adam was always intrigued by the outdoors and conservation, when he was young he would not let his parents throw out any old juice containers or plastic bottles because he could ‘make a bird house outta dat’. After attending Fleming College for Environmental Technology he started to work at Long Point Eco Adventures where he is now the Programming Manager. Adam fishes when he can, and works when he can’t hunt. He is dedicated to conservation, has a love for the outdoors and is doing his part to make sure that this wonderful habitat we have right here in Norfolk County, only gets better.
Shannon Wheeler - Archery Distribution
Shannon spent time every summer as a child visiting with her grandparents in Long Point. She currently resides in Bradford, Ontario where she runs an archery distribution company. She has been President of the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association for the last ten years. She is currently a member of the Fish and Wildlife Heritage Commission for Ontario.
Casey recently graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honour’s Conservation Biology degree. She grew up in Simcoe spending her summers camping, fishing, canoeing and doing just about anything outside. Conservation of habitat and wildlife are very important to Casey, who hopes to one day work for a conservation organization. She currently enjoys hiking and bird watching throughout the Long Point region in her spare time.