About Us

Contact information

Address :  Box 518 Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0
Email  info@bancroftstewardship.ca


BASC is the leader in innovative environmental programming and education through partnership development.

Mission Statement

Engage, educate and empower our communities through the sustainable management, protection and preservation of our environment.

Values Statement

Decision making will consider environmental, social and economic viewpoints.

Council Area

The geographic boundaries of BASC loosely encompass the area known as Bancroft and Area. This may include adjoining and surrounding Counties and Districts where BASC considers it has an area of influence.

Ways to Get Involved

Board of Directors

BASC may at times have a vacancy on its Board of Directors. A Director Recruitment Sub-Committee is established as required to fill vacancies with individuals who can bring skills and experience to the table where a current gap exists.

Candidates are always invited to attend a regular meeting to get a better understanding of how the Council works before making a decision. It is also an opportunity to gain an understanding of the time and other obligations that come with being a director with a very active and hands-on organization.

The BASC Board of Directors strives to welcome new board members who they feel will be a good fit with the organization.

Become a Volunteer

Because BASC is actively engaged in a number of varied projects at any one time, there are many opportunities to get involved as a community volunteer. If one of the programs catches your interest, simply email BASC  and tell us about your interest in getting involved. We can then help you connect directly with the coordinator of any specific program.


Ian Hendry – Chair

 Waterfront property owner, business owner since 1995, background in sales, outdoor enthusiast, interest in invasive species. Volunteer with the North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery

John O’Donnell – Co-Vice Chair

Retired Paramedic with 40 years’ service for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. Last 3 years as Chief of Paramedics. Vice Chair of local Family Health team and committee chair for integration of two local Family Health Teams. Long-time member of various committees involving Algonquin Provincial Park including Forest Management Plan, Algonquin Indigenous Land Claim and Bruton and Clyde Hunters Association. Co-Chair of local implementation committee that re-introduced wild elk to Ontario and specifically the North Hastings area. Lifelong interest in fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation.

Keith Buck – Co-Vice Chair

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.

Steve Wilkins | Past Chair

Retired MNR manager with background in forestry and fire fighting with extensive experience in resource stewardship; Volunteer 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

Gordon Mackey | Secretary-Treasurer

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


Colleen Drew-Baehre

Educational advisor and retired local high school teacher; Secretary and Provincial Representative for the Bancroft Chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association, Volunteer at the North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery, and member of Bancroft District Fish & Wildlife Committee.

Vince Ewing

Vince Ewing is an avid angler, hunter and outdoor enthusiast who recently retired as Bancroft District Manager with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  Over his 36-year career with the Ministry, Vince’s primary work focus and experience has been as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist in numerous locations across central and southern Ontario.

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, Director of the Ontario Forest Industry Association.

Bonny McCleery Scanlan

Retired Business Support Manager with 36 years service for Hydro One. Waterfront Property owner and advocate for the environment. Executive member with Lake St. Peter Property Owners Association with focus on continuous learning, sharing of material and programs to support Healthy Lakes and Shorelands.  Also, a member of the Hastings Highlands Interlake an umbrella group of 7 Lake Associations within Hastings Highlands with a collective voice working together to deliver educational messages to maintain Healthy Lakes.

Robert Craftchick

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

Kim Stephens

Ecologist specializing in the preservation and stewardship of natural spaces and species; biodiversity community science volunteer; Director of the North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery.

Fred Werner

Consulting forester/co-owner of Bancroft Forestry Service; Director with Bancroft Chapter, Ontario Woodlot Association; volunteer forest manager for Vance Farm Park; Registered Professional Forester

Sheila Currie

A geographer by training (B.A. Hons, M.A.), Sheila is an outdoors enthusiast and advocate for the environment. She recently finished a certificate in Horticulture from the University of Guelph and is a Master Gardener with Haliburton County. On Wollaston Lake in Hastings County, she has been a volunteer with the Lake Partner and Invasive Species programs, and is on the executive of the lake association. Retired from her full-time position as a research director, she continues to consult in social policy research and evaluation. 

Virginia deCarle

Virginia deCarle is a graduate of the Forestry Technician program at Algonquin College in Pembroke, Ontario.

 Along with being a dedicated Mother of  two Sons; Over the past 15 years she has worked for Ontario Parks in Algonquin Provincial Park, as a Certified Tree Marker on Crown and Private Lands throughout Hastings County, Forest Educator, Forest Consultant for private landowners, The Friends of Algonquin Park, Extension Forestry Coordinator for Forests Ontario, Volunteer for five organizations: Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association, Stewards of Bancroft Eagles Nest Park, Bancroft Area Stewardship Council, Bancroft Local Wood Share (Community Trust) and Forests Ontario.

Certificates and awards Virginia has obtained working in the forest sector include

Tree Marking Certification through the MNRF, OFSWA chainsaw certification, MNR Lands Training, MNR Erosion and Sediment Control, MNR Culvert installation and Road Building on water crossings, F.O.I.P and SP-102 Forest Industry Firefighter Training Course, Health and Safety Awareness Training,  and the Susan Wiecek Forestry Education Award from Forests Ontario, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to forestry education in Ontario.

She is also Co-Founder of Bancroft Forestry Day and Founder of Bancroft Area Nature Connects and Forest Education.

“My mission is to educate people of all ages, about the importance of learning and connecting to the forests, lands and water that keep us alive.”  


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).

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.

Taylor Grosklag

Born and raised in the Bancroft area, Taylor is an outdoor enthusiast and environmental advocate residing on her family-owned farm. After receiving a Bachelor of Science- Major in Zoology from Laurentian University, Taylor gained field experience in invasive species management, completed an internship with the North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery, and cofounded the Bancroft Area Youth Stewardship Council, a group dedicated to youth stewardship and conservation. Now with over 3 years experience in youth engagement, leadership, and outdoor education she is continuing her research as a Masters Candidate in Environmental Practice. Taylor’s key interests are Ecosystem biology, Environmental education and Invasive species awareness.

Roger Kelly | Director

Co-owner/Operator of Kellys’ Wild Blueberry Farm; Director – Stewards of Bancroft Eagles Nest Park; Member of: Ontario Woodlot Assoc., Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Harvest Hastings, Bancroft and District Chamber of Commerce. Founding member and past President of the Ontario Lowbush Blueberry Growers Assoc. An advocate of forest biodiversity and sustainable agriculture.

Vic A. Bodnar

Jennifer Card