vice President: Ron
Ron was born in Toronto and grew up in Sarnia, Ontario. Before becoming a teacher, he held a variety of jobs in various parts of Canada, notably in Kenora (railroad worker), Vancouver (bakery manager), Victoria (taxi driver), and Edmonton (auto parts
department manager), before returning to school and receiving his education degree from York University. After teaching in a remote First Nations community in northwestern Ontario for two years, and a private school in Calgary for five years, he moved to the Temiskaming area in 1994 with his wife and two children (Kim and Andrew), where he worked as an elementary teacher until his retirement in 2015. Along with some occasional teaching, he enjoys putting in time at the Marsh, extracting birds from the nets and scribing for the banders. In future, he looks forward to doing some travelling with his wife, Diane, and to continue learning about the fascinating world of birds.
Delphine was born and raised in Northern France and moved to Canada 16 years ago. Right after, she and her husband, Mark, decided to move to the Tri-Towns. They now have two awesome children, Louis and Elise who are very active and passionate kids.
Delphine works with her husband at the Haileybury Medical Centre where he has a family practice, and she is avid board member and volunteer at her children's school and the Haileybury Skating Club.
Delphine and her children are very excited to be part of the Marsh project and are very happy to help anyway they can. Delphine's marketing background from when she lived in France will be a wonderful asset to the HMREC organization. Delphine currently hold the position of Secretary on the marsh board of directors.
President: Shelby Hearn
Shelbey was born and raised in Temiskaming Shores, where she spent her high school years at Timiskaming District Secondary School. During Shelbey's grade 11 year of high school, she participated in the TERRA program that was taught by Bruce Murphy. From there, Shelbey did a cooperative education course with the terra program 2 years later.
During the Spring bird migration in 2012, Shelbey resided at Long Point Bird Observatory for a 5-week period.
During the Summer of 2012, Shelbey assisted Maggie MacPherson with her Ph.D. research in Venezuela and Colombia in South America. The following summer, she continued assisting Maggie in Guyana, South America.
Shelbey's love for birds began during the TERRA program in 2010 and she has been a regular volunteer ever since, getting out as much as she can! "I have seen the Marsh transform for the better in the relatively short time that I have been volunteering and cannot wait to see what more changes are to come! The support from our community makes all of the difference."
Shelbey graduated from Northern College with an advanced diploma in Human Resources in 2016. Although her career is not ornithology based, birding will always be a hobby of hers.
Stacy Utas was born and raised in New Liskeard. She originally was introduced to the Marsh through the TERRA program many years ago. She went to university for a bachelor in Human Kinetics with a major in Outdoor Adventure Leadership. She lived in Parry Sound for seven years and has now moved back with her husband and two young kids, Jada and Gavin. She is excited to be a part of the Marsh community. Happy Birding
Joanne was born and raised in the Temiskaming area and interestingly enough attended elementary school at Hilliardton Public School before it closed and became a municipal building for the township. Joanne attended the University of Western Ontario where she earned a degree in Visual Arts, and later attended Nipissing University to receive her bachelor of Education.
Joanne has taught at four different schools for District School Board Ontario North East over the past 15 years. During her teaching career she has brought many classes to the marsh, where she struck up a long-time friendship with Bruce Murphy, the coordinator and facilitator for outdoor education at the marsh. Joanne has been in involved with HMREC for many years as a volunteer, bander, and director
Joanne currently teaches grades 5 and 6 at Kerns Public School where she runs a snow bunting banding, and bird watching program called, “THE SCHOOL OF FLOCK”. The School of Flock has been recognized by The University of Windsor Ontario for their research contributions to the Canadian Snow Bunting Network by monitoring the wintering and migration patterns as well as promoting conservation awareness of the declining population of this cold weather bird.
When the snow disappears, Joanne focuses her attention on banding hummingbirds and owls and assists with the banding of spring and fall migrating songbirds.
Ethan has been a Hilliardton Marsh volunteer since 2009 when he enrolled in the TERRA Program run by Bruce Murphy. Ethan is a graduate of both the Adventure Recreation & Parks Technician and Fish & Wildlife programs at Sault College. During that time, He worked four summers at the Hilliardton Marsh as the Stewardship Youth Ranger Crew Leader. He is now employed by the MNRF in the Northeast Regional Office.
Ethan is very passionate about the Hilliardton Marsh. "I really feel that my time spent at The Marsh has contributed greatly to making me the person I am today. Now I sit on the board of directors in hopes that I may help the marsh do the same for someone else."
Chris Sukha grew up in Logan Lake BC and moved to Field, Ontario in 2007. He volunteered at Thunder Cape Bird Observatory in 2010, to see what this “bird banding thing was like.” Two more seasons at Thunder Cape, seven at Long Point, and three at Mackenzie Nature Observatory in BC, and now his third spring at The Marsh…..We would say he is definitely hooked!!
When Chris is not banding, he can be found painting birds, dreaming of birds, watching birds……..
“I really appreciate being able to be so involved in our very own Hilliardton Marsh,” says Chris. And we at the Hilliardton Marsh feel very lucky to have him!
Bruce Murphy (Murph) taught the TERRA program at Timiskaming District Secondary school for 19 years and has been active at the Hilliardton Marsh since being invited to sit on the Hilliardton Marsh public advisory committee.
His most influential teachers were Bob Henderson, who taught Outdoor Education at McMaster University, which Bruce graduated from in 1984, and Terry Carr who taught him how to band birds. The other person who had a great influence on Bruce is someone he does not even know. He was a teacher at the Toronto Island School. Every student in grade 6 had to attend this school and he took the students into the woods with a bird net. When Bruce helped him set up the net and catch 2 Black-capped Chickadees, that made all the difference.
Mr. Murphy is very excited to have the honour of being a part of the Hilliardton Marsh Research and Education Center, and is very proud of the work that the committee is doing as they try to give as many people as possible the chance to learn more about birds and wetlands. He never gets tired of seeing the look on the face of people, young and old, when they get a chance to hold a bird. It is both his goal and inspiration.
Marsh Admin: Lisa
Lisa is originally from Southern Ontario, until moving to Northern Ontario in her mid-twenties with her daughter Hannah and has lived in Cobalt for the past 12 years.
Lisa enjoys the outdoors, specifically running whenever and wherever she can as well as spending time with her family and friends enjoying the sun and water at Bass Lake.
Lisa is the only permanent employee of HMREC and has played a major role in the development of the HMREC organization to date. Lisa has the big responsibility of ensuring the everyday accounting and administration needs of the organization are met.