Dr. Andrew Gordon, Director Andy was appointed Director of U-Links on July 1, 2021. Andy and his family have been associated with the Highlands, Dorset and Algonquin Park since the 1940’s, and recently relocated here. He retired from the University of Guelph after 32 years of teaching and research; he holds a B.Sc.F. in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick and a Ph.D. in Ecosystem Ecology from the University of Alaska. He has a particular interest in the interaction of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in both forested and agricultural areas. He loves travelling and has visited many countries around the globe. He is dedicated to finding logical solutions to resource management and societal problems and welcomes input from all sectors. He resides in Haliburton County (Minden Hills) with his wife and son, who pitches and plays first base for the Muskoka Hornets out of Bracebridge. As a result, he drives Hwy 118 on a regular basis and marvels at the rocks, trees and water that comprise this neck of the woods, and how research can maintain them and the societies that inhabit them.
Amanda Duncombe-Lee, CBR Program Coordinator
Amanda is our Program Coordinator, responsible for project development, promotion, and supervision and for the overall day to day effective operation of U-Links. Amanda grew up in the Haliburton Highlands and obtained an undergraduate degree in social sciences from University of Toronto. She has a professional certificate in Public Policy and Governance, Public Administration from the University of Victoria and recently completed a professional certificate in Non-Profit Leadership for Impact at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. She has worked at various non-profit organizations in Ontario, British Columbia and Edinburgh, Scotland in coordination, administration and management roles, and is an occasional freelance writer. She enjoys travel, photography and adventuring with her two young sons.
Daniela is our Administration and Logistics Coordinator. She helps make U-Links hum along smoothly by providing support for operations, logistics, financial management, and program delivery. Daniela is a long-time resident of Haliburton County and has a lifetime of experience working in a leadership role in the arts and culture sector as well as in social services in rural and First Nations communities. Daniela loves travel and adventure and has recently returned to Canada after living and working in Zhuhai, China. One of her greatest adventures was sailing across the Indian Ocean on a 150 foot sailing vessel with Captain Peter Willcox, legendary Greenpeace captain of the Rainbow Warrior. In her spare time she operates a small-batch, handmade pasta business.
Brendan Martin, Environmental Program Coordinator
Brendan is our Aquatic and Terrestrial Biomonitoring Project Coordinator. He works with post-secondary students and local organizations to determine the health of our lakes and forests. He has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies majoring in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo and an Environmental Technologist Diploma from Sir Sanford Fleming College. He has worked with multiple conservation authorities across Southern Ontario in various environmental monitoring roles encompassing wetland evaluation, fisheries assessment, and water chemistry. He received his Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network certification in 2015 and has since become a Society of Freshwater Sciences certified taxonomist. He enjoys camping, traveling with his friends and family, and running Dungeons and Dragons games for his friends.
Meet Our Management Committee Members
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 Municipality of Dysart et al, 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.
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.
Bob Carter Bio and photo coming soon!
Eric Sager Eric Sager is a professor in the Ecological Restoration Program, a jointly administered program between the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Fleming College and the Trent School of the Environment. Eric is also an adjunct professor in the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate program where his research interests are largely related to understanding the response of plant communities to environmental disturbances. Eric is also interested in management tools that can be used to mitigate the impacts of disturbance to ecosystems from a restoration or remediation perspective. He is quite involved with projects focused on the ecology and management of aquatic plants, restoration of tall- grass prairies, and revegetation of historical mine sites in the North. Eric has a strong belief in working on research questions that have applications beyond the academic community and have partnered with government agencies, citizen groups, private landowners, and environmental consultants. Eric is also the Manager of Trent's field station, the James McLean Oliver Ecological Centre, which is located in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes region on the shores of Pigeon Lake and is where he lives with his family.
Phone (705) 286-2411 ADDRESS 93 BOBCAYGEON RD, P.O. BOX 655, MINDEN, ONTARIO K0M 2K0 AMANDA DUNCOMBE-LEE - CBR Program COORDINATOR - ADUNCOMBE-LEE@ULINKS.CA DANIELA PAGLIARO - administrative and logistics coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org Brendan Martin - Environmental program Coordinator - email@example.com
U-Links Centre for Community Based Research operates within the Williams Treaty First Nations Michi Saagiig territory as well as the unceded territories of the Algonquin Nation. We respectfully acknowledge that the Williams Treaty First Nations and Algonquin Nation are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity, and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health for generations to come..