Jim Blake, Co-Chair Jim is currently the Community Economic Development Consultant for the Haliburton County Development Corporation, Curator of the Haliburton Sculpture Forest, the Program Consultant for the Arts Council ~Haliburton County, and a part-time faculty member at the Fleming College, Haliburton Campus with the Haliburton School of The Arts. Jim is the co-founder and president of the Haliburton County Community Co-operative and co-founder and co-chair of the management committee member of the U-Links Centre for Community-Based Research in Haliburton County. He served as a member of the advisory committee for the Haliburton School of The Arts from 2006 to 2009. In the spring of 2007, Jim was awarded the Fleming College Fellowship in Applied Education. Jim studied fine art at University of Guelph, York University and the New School of Art and exhibited his work as a visual artist from 1976 to 1984. He holds degrees in Psychology and Education from York University.
Larry Clarke, Co-Chair Larry is a Councillor with the Township of Minden Hills, and self-employed (part time) as a business services advisor, helping companies improve management of their expenses, assets and operations. Larry’s background includes project and general management in support of development and change for financial, legal and government clients. This has included technology strategies and project management in support of business operations and administration systems; professional services coordination and management and systems and business contingency planning and development. Since moving to the Minden area, Larry has been an active member and director with the Chamber of Commerce, and enjoys participating in community and cultural events. Larry has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, and has also received certifications in Project Management and IT Service Management.
Norm Thomas Norm is a retired United Church minister having come to the Haliburton area several years ago. During his career, Norm participated in a variety of community development processes, and gave leadership to the formation of the Riverdale Community Organization. Norm began his ministry in Northern Ontario (Swastika) and continued to serve the Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Toronto, Ontario, and Calgary, Alberta. During the last twenty years of his work, Norm was hired as a New Church Developer. Since his retirement, Norm has served the church in a variety of interim appointments. Since coming to Minden, he has involved himself in a variety of Boards and Committees, and hopes to continue to contribute to the Haliburton community development process as the opportunities arise.
Tom Whillans Tom has been a member of the U-Links Management Committee since its inception. Between 1989 and 2003 with John Wadland he created the Haliburton Bioregional Project -- a senior Trent University course that served as the foundation for U-Links. Tom has been a professor at Trent University since 1983, nine of those years as as Chair of the Environmental and Resource Science/Studies Program. He works on community-based engagement with wetlands and fisheries, ecological restoration, Great Lakes environmental management, and was involved for 10 years in the development of an Ecuadorian/Andean network on integrated watershed management.
Marie Gage Marie joined the U-Links Management committee in 2000 and has remained connected to the committee since that time in roles of member, Chair, and official link between the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education and U-Links at various times. Marie and her husband, Don, owned Willow Beach Cottages from August 1996 to November 2009. She graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1976 and Masters in Science (Occupational Therapy) in 1992. Until May 2008 she also practiced in her professional capacity in Haliburton County. Marie is now officially retired, but looking for new opportunities to contribute to the community.
Jeanne Anthon Is is a past Councillor in Minden Hills, and has served in the past as Reeve and Warden. She has been the President (4 yrs) of the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Assocs., 6 yrs on the Grant Review Team for the Trillium Foundation, 9 yrs on the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Board (2 yrs as chair) and 14 yrs with Haliburton County Community Care. She is a founding member of U-Links, Haliburton Stewardship Council and Haliburton Highlands Land Trust. Jeanne hails from Mississauga where she was President of the Mississauga City Centre Opera and a Director of the Mississauga Arts Council. She was chosen Highlander of the Year in 2004, Senior of the Year Minden Hills 2007 among several recognitions. Jeanne has been a member of the Rotary Club of Minden for 25 yrs and continues to serve on numerous community committees.
Patrick Walshe Patrick is a proud Trent graduate with a long career in the marketing communication business providing customer acquisition / retention and communication planning strategy counsel to clients and media owners. Patrick spent the last years of his career providing consulting / implementation counsel to companies specializing in digital media, mobile media, direct response media, response technology, performance and analytic measurement. Patrick was engaged by traditional and digital media companies to consult on mobile media and content strategies, by a technology company to sell high-end software applications, and a leading research company to develop and sell the first Canadian mobile usage research study. Patrick also worked with a major not-for-profit to create and execute a successful media sponsorship program.
Emily Stonehouse Emily is the Economic Development, Destination and Marketing Officer for the Township of Minden Hills, as well as the supervisor for the Minden Hills Cultural Centre. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Specialization in Communications Studies before continuing her education at Memorial University, focusing on History and Indigenous Studies. Dabbling in intermittent adventures during her post-secondary education, Emily has called nearly every province across Canada “home” – from British Columbia to Newfoundland and everywhere in between. After exploring parts of North and South America, Emily returned to Haliburton County, where she completed a certificate in Digital Image Design from Haliburton School of Art and Design. Since graduating, Emily has been involved in volunteer coordination, experiential tourism management, local theatre productions, is a regularly-published author for Ontario Tourism Organization, and was nominated for Young Professional of the Year in 2018. Emily is excited to be contributing to her hometown, and is consistently inspired by the doers and dreamers of rural communities.
Bob Carter Picture and bio coming soon!
Eric Sager Picture and bio coming soon!
Beatrice Kowalska Beatrice Kowalska currently works as the Research and Evaluation Coordinator at the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit. Beatrice has completed her Bachelor of Medical Sciences in Honors Biochemistry, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Master of Public Health. Since then, Beatrice has enjoyed the challenges of creating and supporting individual and community-specific health related programs. Specifically, Beatrice has worked as a staff nurse in acute and long-term care settings; in public health for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) at Health Canada with Northern Alberta First Nations communities; as a Community Health Nurse with individuals and families who were homeless or at-risk of being homeless; in public health with urban and rural communities in Ontario; and has volunteered as a nurse and educator in Ecuador and Peru. Since 2017, Beatrice has been the Chair of the HKPR District Health Unit Evaluation and Research Committee and Co-Lead for the Substance Use Locally Driven Collaborative Project (provincial research project). Beatrice is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society, Ontario Public Health Evaluation Network (OPHEN), and Regional Planning and Evaluation Network. Beatrice joined U-Links Management Committee in 2018 and is privileged to support community-based research in Haliburton County.