Board Profiles

Meet the Board Andrew Doble Horseshoe Resort Representative Andrew currently works at Horseshoe Resort as the Cycling and Cross Country Ski Pro and the Copeland Forest has been a part of his life for well over 20 years. “We are so fortunate to have such

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Board Profiles

Meet the Board

Andrew Doble
Andrew Doble

Andrew currently works at Horseshoe Resort as the Cycling and Cross Country Ski Pro and the Copeland Forest has been a part of his life for well over 20 years. “We are so fortunate to have such a diverse forest and wetland wilderness in our own back yard that is accessible for everyone. Through the Copeland Forest Friends and the partnerships with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Horseshoe Resort and the local community, I sincerely believe we will sustain the beauty, ecology and history of the Copeland for generations to come.”

Derek Witlib
Derek Witlib

Derek has been a licensed hunter for over 30 years and has fished all his life.  A professional land use planner, Derek and his family live in Craighurst and enjoy exploring Copeland Forest year-round.  Habitat improvement and bringing together all Copeland Forest users on conservation projects and are what motivate Derek.  In addition to the Copeland Forest Friends Association, he is an active member of the Barrie District Hunters & Anglers Conservation Club and the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.  In the fall Derek can be found in Copeland Forest hunting grouse and woodcock with his Yellow Labrador Retriever “Whisky”, or archery hunting for deer.

Sandy McLoughlin
Sandy McLoughlin

Sandy McLoughlin has had a passion for horses for most of her life. She has owned and run Copeland Hills Stables for the past ten years, which is a private boarding facility – a short ride from the Copeland Forest. You may spot her from time to time in the Copeland Forest with the black Egyptian Arabian Horse named “Cody”. Sandy currently serves as Secretary on the executive of the Copeland Forest Friends.

Robb MacDonald
Robb MacDonald

Robb has been an active user of Copeland Forest for many years, particularly for cross-country skiing, trail running and hiking with his dogs. In November of 2019, he and his partner moved to Horseshoe Valley from Orillia, largely so they could be that much closer to Copeland.

As the new Business Director, Robb said of his position, “As a recipient of daily nurturing from Copeland’s natural elixirs, I am delighted to be a member of the Copeland Forest Friends Board, and I am looking forward to helping protect this space that affords me and so many others physical, mental and spiritual health benefits.”

Len Cater
Len Cater

I have lived on the edge of the Copeland forest. Since 2011 and have been skiing in the forest since 1978.
An avid XC skier and Mountain biker, I also snowshoe and hike through the entire range of the forest. A father of 3 grown children, they too have had the pleasure of spending time in this wonderful resource.

Sue Benjafield
Sue Benjafield

I have been a part time resident of Oro all my life and retired to live permanently in Shanty Bay from Toronto seven years ago. I was employed by the Toronto District School Board as a Parent Worker for 26 years and was also involved with The Roots of Empathy program.Since then I have been an active member of The Oro Medonte branch of the Ganaraska trail Association and presently am the Vice President. I also am an avid biker and cross country skier and tennis player. As a hiker and skier The Copeland Forest is important to me and for future generations.

 

Brad Turner
Brad Turner

Brad has been living and riding mountain bikes in Horseshoe Valley for 12 years and is currently introducing his two young boys to the Copeland forest on bikes, skis and snowshoes. He spends many hours in the forest making sure the trails are safe for all users and enjoys showing off one of the best trail networks in southern Ontario to first time Copeland riders. His goal on the board will be to ensure a safe, fun, and challenging trail network into the future by continuing to work with all of the forest’s user groups.

Catherine Blakely
Catherine Blakely
My family and I moved to our farm in the area about 15 years ago. My husband and I have a small custom upholstery business serving the GTA and Muskoka.
We were delighted to find the Copeland forest so close by.
Two of our Three daughters are very involved breeding, training and showing horses, however I am the one you will find in the forest with my Mule Sue.
I have always volunteered, most recently as E.D. of a distress line. The opportunity to switch it up and get out of the office and into the forest was perfect for me!
Kris Puhvel

Kris recently moved to Horseshoe Valley and spends as much time as possible exploring the Copeland by foot, snowshoe or ski. Kris has spent much of his career in the non-profit sector and is a strong advocate for conservation. He currently serves as Executive Director for Ontario’s Lake Country Tourism.

Kyra Howes
Kyra Howes

Kyra has been enjoying hiking in Copeland Forest for almost 20 years and is the ‘Naturalist’ representative on the Copeland Forest Friends board of directors.

Kyra’s career has been focused in the field of conservation, working on various invasive species projects in Southern Ontario, then as the Stewardship Manager at the Couchiching Conservancy and currently as the Manager of Lands & Operations with the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.

Kyra lives with her family in a straw-bale house near Moonstone.

David Kennedy
David Kennedy

David has been hiking, skiing, snow shoeing and photographing in the Copeland Forest for over twenty years. He was active in founding the Association and serves as the hiker representative on the board and, previously, as the snow sport representative. As the current President, David believes it’s important to preserve the forest’s health for future generations and ensure this treasure continues to provide a safe and healthy environment for a wide range of recreational activities. He lives nearby and can be seen in the forest every week with his wife, Margaret, whose love of nature has inspired her to take on the garlic mustard threat.