Brenda Torresan – President
Lifetime South Porcupine Resident. Actively involved in a healthy community. Executive member of many sports leagues. Member of the South Porcupine Revitalization Committee. Member of the Timmins Senior Centre. Striving for a better environment for the community. Working towards a quality of life the community has been missing. A retired Senior working towards a positive, progressive, true community spirit.
Angie Corson MSc., Vice President
Angie Corson is a Senior Biologist with Blue Heron Environmental. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Biology and an Environmental Certificate from Laurentian University. Ms. Corson has over 10 years of working experience both in the field and writing ecological reports. Ms. Corson has considerable experience assembling environmental reports and performing many types of environmental studies. Angie has performed studies in: Environmental Impact Studies, Site Evaluation Reports, Fish Habitat Assessments, Stream assessments, Natural Heritage Evaluations, Ecological Baseline Studies, Species at Risk Evaluations and Surveys and detailed Vegetation Inventories including Closure Monitoring. Ms. Corson is certified to perform Wetland Evaluations in Ontario (OWES) and trained in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resource (OMNR) ecological classification system. Angie has published several research papers. Ms. Corson has operated as an independent environmental consultant, further refining her networking and writing skills. Ms. Corson’s work also extends into the field, identifying significant wildlife habitat, performing species at risk surveys, and impact mitigation. In addition, she has working experience in the mining industry on numerous projects including Environmental Evaluations, Re-vegetation Protocols for closure plans, Data collection and environmental monitoring. “I want to be involved with the Friends of the Porcupine Lake Watershed because I grew up around the Lake and I care a whole lot about the future of our Watershed.”
Paula (Sillanpää) Hoggett – Secretary/Treasurer
I am a “Pottsville Girl” who attended Whitney Public School, Schumacher High and Roland Michener Secondary School and then Sudbury Regional School of Nursing. I grew up swimming, skating and sliding at Porcupine Lake and and worked with the committee that rejuvenated Bannerman Park. I have wondered for years why our lake has been allowed to become a sewage dump. Working with FPRW is my opportunity to try and save our lake and river and hopefully, in years to come people will be able to enjoy it as we did with the restoration of the areas surrounding it.
Sherrill Richards – Director at Large
I was born in South Porcupine and raised on the shore of Porcupine Lake. I still proudly refer to Porcupine as “my home”. Growing up, the Lake was the recreational center of our community. The kids all learned to swim at the beach at Bannerman Park. We fished in the summer and skated and tobogganed in the winter. We woke to the sounds of the float planes taking off early in the morning. I attended Whitney Public School, SPHS and RMSS. I left home to study at the University of Guelph and follow my dream of becoming a veterinarian. I graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1974. I have now retired from active practice to enjoy my family and the great outdoors. On one of my trips home a few years ago, I was shocked at the condition of the lake and the shoreline. “How could we let this happen?” I have learned more about sewage than I ever wanted to know! I began by talking to Ministry staff, writing letters, asking advice from legal and environmental watchdogs and just haven’t quit. I am very excited to reconnect with old friends and make new ones as we continue our efforts to save our lake.
Cristina Colantonio – Membership Co-ordinator
Born and raised in Schumacher, now calling South Porcupine home. I have a background in Natural Resource Science and am an amateur botanist, having a deep admiration for the flora and fauna of the Boreal Forest. I’ve always been an advocate for our natural environment and truly believe through community involvement, education and perseverance we can make a positive impact in our watershed health.
Jessica Mayer – Assistant Education/Community Outreach Co-ordinator
Jessica is a university student at Algoma, finishing her bachelor of Community Development, and she also holds a diploma in Social Service Work. She is a very friendly, open-minded, and non-judgmental person who enjoys spending time with her child watching movies and going camping. Jessica grew up in the outdoors fishing, hunting, and canoeing around Porcupine Lake when she was a teen. “I find it very disappointing that a once beautiful lake has now become so grungy that no one willing to enjoy it,” said Jessica. She believes that there is much potential in our community and because we live in a beautiful rural area with a rich history—it is about time we begin to embrace and respect that.
Meagan Stringer – Assistant to Special Projects
“Meaghan grew up in South Porcupine to a big family with a love for the outdoors. Growing up, her father spent time contributing to the community and was influential in the creation of the Rotary Trail between South Porcupine and Timmins, now named the Ross Stringer Memorial Trail in his honour. Meaghan regularly bikes around Porcupine Lake and shares the area with family and friends. Having spent the last four summers working for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Meaghan has been able to use her skills to build partnerships between the Stewardship Youth Ranger Program and industry and community partners in Timmins and Area, including the Friends of the Porcupine River Watershed. She is currently enrolled in her fourth year at Ryerson University in the Media Production program. She respects and values what the board members and community stakeholders bring to the table and is hopeful in remediation efforts for the Porcupine Lake. “
Rick Cecconi – Communication Coordinator/Website Design/Maintanence
Born and raised in South Porcupine, lived very close to Porcupine Lake and spent many days fishing there with friends. Many of my friends lived in Porcupine, in the winter I would snow mobile across the lake to visit my friends and then girlfriend Debbie. In 1976 got married to Debbie and make the big move to Timmins. In 2007 Debbie and I started up TimminsGetClean, we were fed up with the huge amounts of litter in the city and decided to do something about it. We organized city wide litter cleanups, with the help of the city and volunteers. We shut down TimminsGetClean in the fall of 2010 but in those 4 short years volunteers picked up 16 metric tons of litter from the city and a lot of it was recycled. I’m definitely concerned about the Porcupine Lake/River watershed. Now that I’m retired there is no better way to volunteer some of my free time with Friends of The Porcupine River Watershed.
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A letter from the Board of Directors
At Friends of The Porcupine River Watershed our goal and mission statement is to Improve water quality and safe recreational use of the Porcupine River Watershed; through public education of conservation and sustainable practices.
To provide community based guidance for the good management, enhancement and utilization of healthy, sustainable, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.