Program Leadership


Steve Wilkins | Chair

Retired MNR manager with background in forestry and fire fighting with extensive experience in resource stewardship; Vice Pres. of the North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery, member of the South Central Ontario FireSmart Committee, Hastings Trappers Council, Bancroft Trails Committee, and founding mbr/supporter/director/chair of BASC


Roger Kelly | Vice-Chair

Co-owner/Operator of Kellys’ Wild Blueberry Farm; Founding member and past President of the Ontario Lowbush Blueberry Growers Assoc. Member of: Ontario Woodlot Assoc., Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Harvest Hastings, Bancroft and District Chamber of Commerce. An Advocate of forest biodiversity & sustainable agriculture. Former beekeeper.


Doug Wellman | Past Chair

Businessman and long-time waterfront property owner; Lake Steward on Anstruther Lake, Co-Chair, North Kawartha Lakes Assoc. (NORKLA); and Secretary, Stakeholder Groups of Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Provincial Park (SGKH).


Gordon Mackey | Secretary-Treasurer

25+ years of association management experience and 40 years of business ownership in the agricultural sector to travel industry.


King Baker

Retired teacher; waterfront property owner and Lake Steward on Chandos Lake; member of Ontario Nature, Birds Studies Canada, Ontario Field Ornithologists, Wilderness Canoe Assoc., OFAH, Peterborough Naturalist Club and Kawartha Nordic Ski Club


Cathie Best

Retired public health nurse; operates family-owned beef farm and representative for the local agricultural community


Betty Coutu

Retired college professor and registered nurse; Past President of Bancroft Field Naturalist Club; chair of Hospice North Hastings


Robert Craftchick

Elected community leader and land claim negotiation representative for the Whitney & Area Algonquins; Registered Professional Forester.


Dan Freymond

Co-owner/operator of Freymond Lumber Ltd; member of Bancroft Area Forest Industry Assoc. and Bancroft Minden Forest Co. Inc.(SFL); founding member of the North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery; member of Bancroft District Fish & Game Protective Assoc., OFAH and Old Hastings Snow-riders.


Keith Buck

Retired Television Executive Producer with experience in print promotion, corporate communications and broadcasting. Co-owner / Operator of The Red Barn Door, a certified organic farm and market garden. A strong proponent of the local food movement and sustainable family farms.


Paul Gelok

Background and interest in wildlife ecology, woodlot owner, and outdoor enthusiast.


Fred Werner

Registered Professional Forester and member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Assoc.; Chair of Bancroft Chapter – Ontario Woodlot Association; volunteer forest manager at Vance Farm Park


Terry Campbell

Active member of North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery; forest landowner and member of Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association


Barry Wannamaker

Retired Town of Bancroft Chief Administrative Officer, Economic Development Officer and Community Emergency Management Coord. Past Pres. Ont. East Ec. Dev. Commission, Ontario Offroad Racers Assoc.; Co-Chair of the Bancroft Elk Restoration Committee;Mbr.of Bancroft Fish and Game,OFAH, ,Vice President of Limerick Hunting and Fishing Assoc;Motorcycle Enthusiast


Barry Hendry

Retired Lead reporter/photographer and editorial writer for The Bancroft Times.  Initiated in-house Puma study. Volunteer with the Boy Scouts ie tree planting etc. Organized release of Galluracella Beetles to fight the invasive Purple Loosestrife. A founding board member of HART and Palliative Care North Hastings (now NH Hospice). Coached softball, hardball and hockey


Colleen Drew-Baehre

Educational advisor and local high school teacher; member of Bancroft Fish & Wildlife Advisory Committee, North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery Education Committee, and Ontario Woodlot Association


Kevin Hockley

Museum exhibit specialist with extensive knowledge of fish and wildlife; member of the Canadian Taxidermist Association and the OFAH; Director with the North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery