2018-2019 Board of Directors
Rick Levick | President
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
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.
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 Past 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!
John Everett | Assistant Treasurer
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 traveler 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.
Andrew Couturier| Director at Large
Andrew Couturier is a Senior Analyst with Bird Studies Canada in Port Rowan. He sits on advisory committees for a multitude of national and international conservation initiatives, directs Bird Studies Canada’s GIS Laboratory, and leads one of BSC’s signature national programs, Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA). The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve, located at one of the premier bird migration corridors in North America, is among Canada’s most significant IBA’s, so Andrew’s appointment to the Board is a natural fit.
Andrew holds a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Guelph focused on landscape ecology, rural planning, and cumulative effects assessment. He has been with Bird Studies Canada since 1997, following brief appointments with Agriculture Canada, Parks Canada, and private consulting. His work is featured regularly in scientific papers, books, popular publications, websites, and field guides. A strong supporter of the non-profit sector, Andrew’s diverse interests include photography, nature, birding and music. He is delighted to join the Board and contribute to the next phase of its evolution.
Andrew joined the Board if Directors in 2017
Madaline Wilson | Director at Large
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.”
Fiona Navickas | Director at Large
Fiona Navickas joined the Biosphere Reserve in April 2018. Fiona is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for hiking, paddling and wildlife. She has been working in the field of Outdoor and Environmental Education for the past 15 years, whilst studying the Environment and Sustainability. Fiona has completed a Environmental Studies degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University, and a Masters of Environmental Studies and Sustainability Education from York University. She has worked as an educator and interpreter for a variety of organizations including Parks Canada, the City of Toronto Parks Dept., the Humber Arboretum, and the Long Point Region Conservation Authority. Fiona enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge of the ecologically important Long Point Watershed and Carolinian Zone with others, and strongly believes in developing and fostering connections with nature.
Tara Carpenter | Director at Large
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 traveled 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 eight year old has inspired
Tara to encourage other parents and their families to get outdoors. Writing the column Out of the Ordinary for the magazine Live Small Town enables Tara to express her passions through writing. Delivering family outdoor events and curriculum based school programs 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 World Biosphere Reserve.
She is a recent graduate of the Adventure Expeditions and Interpretive Leadership Diploma program at Fanshawe College, Simcoe Campus. Tara is also a manager and river guide with the Grand River Rafting Company and the executive director of Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education.
Tara manages the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation Research and Conservation Conference.
Val Hickey | Director at Large
Val Hickey is an organizational effectiveness consultant – which involves learning, change management, and leadership development. he currently serves on the St. Williams Conservation Reserve Community Council and on the Routes to Roots Film Festival board. She also teaches a Community Leadership course at Fanshawe. Previously she was on the Friends of Killarney Park board, so Val has both cultural and environmental interests. Val’s career trajectory was in Adult Education for the Toronto Board of Education, then into corporate work, mainly with IBM in their consulting services helping clients adapt to new technologies in their work. She has since worked independently designing and facilitating conferences and workshops. As an aside, Val has lived abroad – a year in France, 4 months in Ivory Coast and 7 years in Tunisia. She’s fluent in French, gets by in Spanish and speaks Arabic.
Sandy Jukes | Secretary and Administrative Coordinator
Sandy brings a wealth of not-for-profit experience from her former positions with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada). Her role is to support the Board of Directors in an administrative role and to work with community partners to attain sustainable tourism and development.
Unlike the other directors and staff of the Biosphere, Sandy is a relative newcomer to Norfolk County. Having a keen interest in natural environs and their inhabitants, she and her husband made the decision to leave the “big city” of Hamilton and move to Port Rowan where they could immerse themselves in all the ecological beauty this area has to offer. She brings a newcomer’s perspective to the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainability of community development within the core area, buffer zone, and outer transition areas of the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve.
Sandy can be reached at email@example.com
Cynthia Brink | NatureHood Program Coordinator
Cynthia Brink from Chateauguay, Quebec grew up among 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 four 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 and Norfolk areas.
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.