Meet the Streams Team
Project Coordinator – Seija Deschenes – is currently employed through Manitoulin Streams as the Project Coordinator and has been in the position since January 2007. She graduated from Laurentian University with an Honors B.Sc. in Biology and has been working in the field of science for 24 years. She has worked for a variety of government and non-profit organizations such as the Ministry of Natural Resources, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit and Ducks Unlimited conducting fish and wildlife studies; invertebrate and water quality surveys; as well as restoration and rehabilitation projects. To date as the Project Coordinator, she has been able to leverage close to $3.0 million dollars in committed funds and in-kind support from various partners.
Assistant Project Coordinator/Tourism & Educational Coordinator - Susanne Meert - Started in 2011 with Manitoulin Streams. Susanne moved to the island in 2008 from London Ontario. She graduated from Westervelt College with honours in the Medical Administration program, has recently obtained her Wildlife & Forestry Conservation diploma as well as her Police Science and has many years experience as a leader in the property management field. Susanne has spent many years volunteering with the Wildlife Federation and is an avid nature, animal and horse person. In developing the tourism sector of Manitoulin Streams, Sue is now bringing further awareness to the work that is being undertaken by the organization to tourists, school classroom settings and events. Susanne is now also the "Deer Save" Coordinator for Manitoulin Island.
Inventory Resource Manager - Maddie Wagar - Started in 2018 with Manitoulin Streams. Maddie is originally from Huntsville, Ontario but has spent many years on the west end of Manitoulin Island. She has graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College in the Fish & Wildlife Technology program. Her position is dedicated to collecting information across Manitoulin Island to identify flora and fauna including species at risk. As well as compiling flora and fauna inventory assessments at potential stream restoration sites.
Volunteer Nursery Manager- Ken Pearce
Ken was born in Shropshire, England. His father was a timber and builders merchant. He started his first tree nursery at the age of 14 yrs old, just for fun. In 1997 he came to the island from Stoney Creek, and purchased a beautiful 3 acre treed lot. In 1998 he designed his PWF all wood home and was very proud to be asked by Bob Florean to help form what became MASC. When retired at age 65, he and his wife decided to open a B&B in Providence Bay called Cedarwood Lodge. With the amalgamation of MASC and Manitoulin Streams, Ken continues his dedication to the organization. To date, Ken still puts much energy into growing trees in his greenhouse to raise money for stewardship efforts. He comes to many events to help sell trees, and is by far, the best tree salesman around.