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Board of Directors

Jan McQuay, President

Jan McQuay is a Haweater, an environmentalist and conservationist. She was an administrator in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science at York University for about two decades. Prior to that she worked for Energy Probe, a charitable organization in Toronto that focussed on the environmental impacts of energy systems, and wrote a book, Over a Barrel: A Guide to the Canadian Energy Crisis (Jan Marmorek, published by Doubleday, 1981). 

Lynn Quesnel (nee Connell)  Vice President

Lynn grew up in Mindemoya and attended the Mindemoya Old School. She comes from a long line of Islanders and her mom still lives in Mindemoya. Lynn attended McMaster University in Hamilton and Nipissing Teachers’ College in North Bay. When she married she moved to Collingwood where she taught for many years. For 30 years her family has owned and operated a Christmas tree business.  Lynn and her husband  spend 6 months of every year in Central Manitoulin where their three children learned to love the area.  

Alison McAllister, Treasurer

A 4th generation Haweater, Alison spent 14 years in law enforcement and 10 years of management of a branch of a provincial charity. She also owned and operated a sheep farm with a 300 ewe capacity in Verner, Ontario. She also served as a volunteer fire fighter for 7 years.

Malene Brynildsen, Secretary

Malene Brynildsen is a recent Providence Bay import from Toronto, formerly of Scandinavia where, as a teenager, she attended innumerable, weekly Green Party meetings hosted, as national founding members, by her parents.  Her professional experience includes working with the Toronto Police Service; a nearly 20-year career as an Interior Designer and former life as Financial Advisor with CIBC.

Aaron Quesnel, Director at large

Aaron spent much of his childhood at Big Lake outside of Mindemoya and has a background in environmental policy and as a sustainability researcher and consultant. He founded Sky Harvest vertical urban farm in 2011 as a spin-off from his Masters thesis on how rooftop agriculture could be used to move cities towards sustainability.

Aaron has worked with several prominent organizations within the sustainability and environmental sectors in the Vancouver area. These include work in outreach at BC Hydro and taking on an exciting role coordinating research and outreach at The GLOBE Foundation for a groundbreaking project on the Green Economy in British Columbia.