Brenda Torresan – President
A lifetime resident of the Porcupines. Actively involved in a healthy community. Executive member, chair of the Porcupine Watershed Public Liaison Committee, the president of FPRW, the secretary of the Timmins Community Parks Association, Wintergreen Fund board member and of the Porcupine Minor Hockey Association. Working towards a quality of life the community has been missing. A retired Senior promoting a positive, progressive, true community spirit. I believe in the goals and mission of the FPRW. “You can help by becoming a member”. Let us all help protect and improve the water bodies within the Porcupine River Watershed.
James (Jim) Hoggett – Vice President
I was born and raised in Golden City and attended Whitney Public School and South Porcupine High and TH& VS. As a Boy Scout in Porcupine we helped with the building of Bannerman Park and later was on the committee that rejuvenated it. Working with FPRW I hope we can save our lake and restore it to what it should be- The centre of our community.
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.
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.
Angie Corson MSc., – Education/Community Outreach
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.”
Roxane Filion – Special Projects Co-ordinator
A healthy ecosystem is critical for humans and wildlife so Roxane joined the board to do her part in helping protect the Porcupine Lake Watershed. A resident of South Porcupine since 2003, she is passionate about all flora and fauna but is especially involved in promoting the appreciation of the regional bird species. She documents bird sightings in the Timmins area, participates in citizen science projects and maintains the Porcupine Lake checklist of birds. Every season, she witnesses the importance of Porcupine Lake as a crucial habitat for breeding and migrating birds and would love future generations to witness it too.
Sherrill Richards DVM – Director at Large
Born in South Porcupine and raised on the shores of Porcupine Lake, Sherrill still proudly refers to Porcupine as “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 tobogganed in the winter. The sound of the float planes taking off early in the morning was our wake up call.
Sherrill attended Whitney Public School, SPHS and RMSS. She is a graduate of the University of Guelph and a licensed member of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario.
Sherrill is very passionate about the health of our environment and how it affects both human and animal health. She is a supporter of the One Health Initiative bringing together many disciplines including physicians, veterinarians, researchers and environmental scientists with the goal of working together to improve the health and well being of people and animals in our shared environment.
“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 began by talking to City and Ministry staff, writing letters, asking advice from legal and environmental watchdogs and I 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.”
Rick Cecconi – Communication Coordinator/Website Design/Maintenance
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 made 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.
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.
Contact me here to report a broken link or have a general question about this website
Council to the Board of Directors
Meagan Stringer – Historical Representative (Non Voting)
“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 regular 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. “
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.