Patti O'Reilly | Sustainable Tourism Project Coordinator
Patti O’Reilly | Sustainable Tourism Project Coordinator
Patti O’Reilly has lived almost her entire life in Delhi (born and raised) and was introduced to the great outdoors at a very early age. She is extremely passionate about Norfolk County and everything it has to offer.
Patti has spent her entire career working in the not-for-profit world, and appreciates the amazing work volunteers contribute to make our world a better place. The last 26 years, Patti was the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie, formerly BBBS Haldimand Norfolk. She retired/redirected at the end of 2015, in search of a balanced lifestyle and more “nana” time.
Patti can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia Brink | NatureHood Program Coordinator
Cynthia Brink | NatureHood Program Coordinator
Cynthia Brink from Chateauguay, Quebec grew up amongst a family of naturalist and outdoorsmen. Spending most of her developing years exploring her natural world and traveling with her family to exotic places like Peru, Cayman Island and Manaus, Brazil.
She is a mother to 4 feral children that now resides in Norfolk. With her passion for the natural world she has spent many hours in the field with her children homeschooling them through the use of their surroundings. In her spare time, she works as Administrative support to the St. Williams conservation reserve. She has also worked as the Nature Educator for Nature’s Calling Environmental Education teaching outdoor education and providing interpretive programs to the Provincial Parks in Haldimand & Norfolk areas.
The newest member of the Biosphere’s staff, Cynthia joined the Biosphere Reserve in January 2017 as the new NatureHood Coordinator.
Conscious of her impact on the environment Cynthia is always busy making improvements to achieve the goal of a low carbon foot print. Cynthia also enjoys what the Carolinian life zone has to offer in natural attractions. You may cross paths with her while hunting, fishing or harvesting wild foods to feed her family in the hope to be self-sustainable. Always learning and improving herself she continues to take classes on herbology and passive solar home building.
2017-18 Board of Directors
Brian Craig | Past President
Brian’s varied interest have led to careers as a musician with a southern rock band that toured Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, a teacher with the Oxford County Board of Education, a Senior Science Advisor with Environment Canada’s Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network and most recently until retirement as a Restoration Ecologist and Project Manager with Parks Canada. Brian sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association, the Carolinian Canada Coalition, and is the current President of the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve. He has degrees in Geography, and Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario, and Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University. Brian’s passion is working with community members in Norfolk County and the Long Point Biosphere to ensure social, cultural, economic and ecological sustainability for future generations. Norfolk County is the best place to live in the world!
David Okines | Vice President
David Okines was born and raised in Britain, but has spent most of the last 20 years in North America, mostly in Canada. David has always been interested in nature; he is a biologist by trade, specializing in birds.
David moved to the Long Point area in 2003 when he bought a 50-acre natural area just north of St. Williams, Ontario. Most of his work involves bird banding, including a current 15-year stint as the Station Manager at the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory in Prince Edward County, Ontario. In his spare time, David enjoys bird watching, fishing, hunting, and other natural history pursuits. He is a proud member of several local organizations such as the Long Point Fish and Game Club, Norfolk Field Naturalists, and Bird Studies Canada. David has always enjoyed being in the Long Point area and tries to help where he can; joining the LPWBRF seemed to be a “must do” commitment.
David joined the Board of Directors in 2011 as a Director-at-large, and he is currently the Vice President.
Rick Levick | Board Member
Rick served as the coordinator of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project from 2007 to 2017. His initial involvement in this community-based initiative in road ecology was as the president of the Long Point Bay Anglers Association. As coordinator, Rick was responsible of all aspects of the project including fundraising, project management, financial administration and communications. He raised more than $2.7 million for the project which resulted in the installation of more than six kilometers of exclusion fencing and 12 wildlife culverts along the Causeway. These measures reduced the road mortality of turtles and snakes by nearly 80 per cent by 2015.
A “Long Pointer” since age 3, Rick brought more than 30 years of experience in public relations, project and non-profit management and science outreach to the project. He has a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario and is accredited with the Public Relations Society of Canada.
Rick joined the Board of Directors in 2017
Paul Givens | Secretary
Madaline Wilson | Board Member
Madaline Wilson was born and raised in Norfolk County. With an educational background in Bachelor of Arts from University of Western Ontario, she has always viewed education as a major factor in helping current and future generations respect and protect the amazing place in which we live, and to understand how quickly it can change. Madaline channeled her passion for educating the next generation through her 33 years as an elementary school teacher. She has been a long-term volunteer at Backus Heritage Conservation Area, a member of the Norfolk Field Naturalists, and expresses her keen interest in the Arts and Historical Societies through her membership with the Norfolk Fibre Arts Guild.
Madaline lives for her connection to the natural environment – enjoying the gift of nature on a daily basis. Facilitated by living on her 50-acre farm, bordered by conservation land on three sides with over 11 acres designated as Provincially Significant Wetland, and some significant forest too. With family across the road, Madaline loves spending time with her family; she is a proud mother of 4, and grandmother of 6 granddaughters!
Madaline speaks passionately about her appreciation for the gift of the natural world: “As a child we lived in the woods every time we could escape chores so I have a great respect for forests. A favorite experience for me is to take a thick blanket into a pine plantation-big white pines – away from roads and people and just lie there and listen to the trees sway, sigh and whisper.”
John Everett | Board Member
John Everett grew up in Dundas, Ontario. Growing up, his parents rented a cottage at Long Point starting in the 1950’s and in 2009 John purchased a cottage at Long Point; he has been a frequent traveller of “The Causeway” for over 60 years.
John received his Bachelor of Arts, major in Geology at University of Western Ontario in 1973; he has been a Certified General Accountant since 1987, and a Licensed Trustee in Bankruptcy since 1995.
In 2013, John’s wife Jan wrote a children’s book about him, “Johnny,” saving turtles crossing the busy Causeway Road. The surprising ending to the book parallels the goal of the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project (LPCIP). The Biosphere Foundation adopted the book to promote the message of the LPCIP and John became a member of that committee in 2013; in 2014 John joined the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Identifying and collecting fossils is one of John’s passions, along with saving turtles and promoting the message of the LPCIP by demonstrating to children “how to save a turtle crossing the road.” John tells anyone who will listen that his blood pressure drops 20 points every time he crosses the Causeway to reach his favourite spot in Norfolk County – Long Point.
Jack Worton | Board Member
Jack Worton was born and raised in London, Ontario where he worked as a building designer for 32 years. Jack first discovered the Long Point area with a co-worker in the early 1960’s, when he was introduced to popular local activities such as fishing and waterfowl hunting. He has loved Long Point ever since! Jack purchased a cottage on Long Point in 1975 and rebuilt in 1987. Upon retirement and after some cottage renovations, Jack and his wife Marianne, decided to move to Long Point; they have been permanent residents of Long Point for 20 years now.
For 10 years, Jack did some consulting, prepared drawings and specifications for many new cottages and homes in the Long Point area. He is a lifetime member of OACETT (Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists).
Jack and his wife Marianne love to travel, having made several trips to Victoria, British Columbia and Western Europe. Jack is an amateur astronomer and former bird carver (wood). His newest passion is artistic sculpting in alabaster, soapstone, local walnut and cherry; he has also volunteered his time and woodworking skills over the past few years for several projects with the Port Rowan Thrift Shoppe.
Jack joined the Board of Directors in 2012 to represent full time Long Point residents; he continues to enjoy his position and being part of the Biosphere very much.
Adam Chamberlin | President
Adam Chamberlin joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and he holds an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture (University of Guelph) and specialized in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry (Sir Sandford Fleming College). His career has focused on working in municipal parks and urban forest management programs which involve balancing the social, environmental and economic needs of communities.
Adam’s familiarity with the forests of Norfolk County and interest in forest conservation has prepared him to assist with monitoring the five Smithsonian Institution Biodiversity Monitoring Plots and analyzing terrestrial salamander abundance at two plots within the Biosphere.
Karin Cassidy | Board Member
Karin joined the Board of Directors in 2016.
Billie Helm | Board Member
Billie Helm has lived in Long Point for 2 years. Originally drawn to Long Point’s beach, she has fallen in love with the community, ecosystem, and the biodiversity Long Point has to offer. She is a recent graduate of Adventure Expeditions and Leadership diploma program with Fanshawe College. Billie is the head astronomer with Long Point Eco Adventures where she has built a reputable status. She fosters teamwork and provides an outpouring need of stewardship in the community. She possess’ an alternative outdoor lifestyle, raising her children with a very environmentally conscious mindset. A natural born leader, Billie has finally found her footing in Long Point where she continues to thrive.
Billie joined the Board of Directors in 2017.
Dave Cameron | Chair
Dave Cameron has been at Long Point for over 25 years. He is a retired business executive, having managed Canadian divisions of multinational medical technology companies for over 30 years.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and enjoys travel and an outdoor lifestyle of sailing, surfing, cycling, skiing and hiking. Dave is a member of Pathways for People which is a committee that advocates for the development and improvement of walking, running, hiking and cycling trails across Norfolk County. Dave also serves on the Long Point Rate Payers Association Board of Directors.
Dave joined the Board of Directors in 2017.
Tara Carpenter | Board Member
Tara Carpenter has had a love of nature and the outdoors from an early age thanks to growing up on a Norfolk County farm and regularly engaging in wildness camping trips with her family as a child. Having travelled many parts of the world for 17 years extended Tara’s knowledge of the natural world and her love for this earth we call home. The most memorable experience of her travels was being a deck hand on a sailing ship exploring the Great Barrier Reef in Australia for 6 years. Now being a mother to a very active, creative, and outdoors-loving six year old has inspired Tara to encourage other parents and their families to get outdoors. Delivering family outdoor events at Whistling Gardens, one of the “Amazing Places” of Norfolk, has given Tara the opportunity to put her passions into action. It is her enthusiasm for the great outdoors, conservation, sustainability and education that motivated her desire to volunteer for the Long Point Biosphere Reserve. She is a recent graduate of the Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership Diploma program at Fanshawe College, Simcoe Campus.
Tara joined the Board of Directors in 2017.