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About Us

Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

Founded in 1988, The Friends of Presqu'ile Park is a 100% volunteer organization consisting of over 230 members, people just like you, who share an interest in this beautiful resource.

We have a strong belief in the importance of sharing the valuable knowledge and experiences with both current and future generations.  Presqu'ile Park, with its unusual combination of diverse ecosystems and a myriad of intriguing historical events, is a special place in Ontario whose story needs to be shared.

Our Board of Directors is made up of up to 9 volunteers and 1 Park representative, all of whom bring a special dedication to our group.

Scroll down to read more about our volunteers who serve on the  Board of Directors and/or as committee chairs:

 

Board of Directors

Position Name
Interim Executive Committee Doreen Cable, Phil McRae, Larry Paradis
Director, Finance Doreen Cable
Treasurer Linda Alkenbrack
Director, Environmental Initiatives Phil McRae
Director, Operations Larry Paradis
Director at Large Wayne Meyers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committee Chairs

Committee Name
Communications Beverlie Cook
Education and Interpretation  
Environment Phil McRae
Finance Doreen Cable
Membership Linda Alkenbrack
Operations Larry Paradis

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Profiles

Linda Alkenbrack, Treasurer

Presqu’ile Park has been a big part of our lives since moving to Brighton in 1990. We arrived here when our three daughters were young and walks through the park were a weekly, or sometimes daily, event. Now, as retirees, we visit the park as often as ever, usually bringing our dog Molly, or one or two of the grandchildren. A graduate of Queen’s University, I have worked as a freelance bookkeeper and as Budget Manager for Trent University’s Bata Library. I am happy to be able to give back to the park by serving as Treasurer for the Friends of Presqu’ile.

 

Doreen Cable: Director, Chair of Finance

Doreen, along with her husband Ken and son Brett, moved to Brighton in January, 2010 from Toronto, Ontario. For over 35 years, Doreen had a very diverse and successful career working for Canada’s performing rights society, SOCAN. During that time she was afforded opportunities to learn and develop skill sets relative to most of SOCAN’s business operations. Having experience in managing people and processes, finance (including budgeting), development of business policies and procedures, and strong administrative skills. She sat on various Supervisory Boards, Working Groups and Executive Committees. In 2006 she retired as VP, External/International Relations. Since moving to Brighton, she has volunteered with various community groups/ organizations. In December 2018, she joined the Christmas at Presqu’ile Committee and was extremely impressed with the dedication and work ethic of this group and their commitment. This experience prompted her to learn more about The Friends of Presqu’ile Park and how she might be involved in furthering their goals.

Beverlie Cook: Chair of Communications

Beverlie Cook enjoyed many camping trips to Presqu’ile Park. In fact, that is what brought her and her husband Ted to Brighton. Bev firmly believes in giving back to the community she calls home. After volunteering to prepare the Policies and Procedures for The Friends of Presqu’ile Park, Bev was extremely impressed with the work they do. 30 years’ experience in Association Management, working with both charitable and business associations, serves Bev well as the Chair of The Friends of Presqu’ile Park. Bev offers her professional services, to assist The Friends of Presqu’ile Park as they move forward with the many exciting initiatives they have planned. It has been Bev’s great pleasure to serve as the Chair of the Board for the past two years. In June 2019, Bev is entering her final year on the Board of Directors. Her past roles have included: Corporate Secretary, and Finance Director. She’s also a keen volunteer at Christmas @ Presqu’ile. In Bev’s spare time, she enjoys pole walking, reading and traveling with Ted. They are the proud parents of two sons and enjoy spoiling our five grandchildren.

Phil McRae: Director, Chair of Environmental Initiatives

Phil is returning to the Board of the Friends to act as the Chair of Environmental Initiatives, a post he formerly held for six years. Phil resides in Oshawa; but is a life-long cottager at Presqu’ile. He is retired from a long career with General Motors. He is also a member of the first graduating class from Trent University. In addition to his long volunteer service to the Friends, Phil is a former director of the Oshawa Kinsman Club. He currently serves as the leader of SOS (seniors on Spokes) Bicycle Group. Welcome back, Phil!

Wayne Meyers: Director at Large

Wayne has over 35 years of experience in the finance field. He served as Comptroller for a large trucking firm in the Trenton area. Wayne has volunteered at Christmas @ Presqu’ile and also assisted the Friends’ treasurer with banking duties. Wayne will serve as a Director-at-large. Wayne is a life- long Presqu’ile Park visitor. He and his wife and family are regular campers at the Park, often spending most of the summer.

 

Larry Paradis: Director, Chair of Operations

Larry was the Operations Manager for Sea to Sky Highway in British Columbia for past 12 years. Prior to this Larry was the Operations Manager for Miller Maintenance in Peterborough.   Larry’s been a The Friends of Presqu’ile Volunteer through invasive species removal, tree planting and building viewing platforms.   He and his wife Carole moved to Presqu’ile 4 years ago. Their three children and six grandchildren all live nearby.