Meet our staff and Board members!
Stephen is currently retired after 35 years with the public service. He has worked for Parks Canada and the Procedural Service of the House of Commons. Among his many assignments was an interesting position as the Clerk of the Standing Committee on Environmental and Sustainable Development. It is through his work at Parks Canada that he discovered his affinity for the outdoors and the natural environment. Stephen enjoys canoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking and volunteer as a patrol for Gatineau Park. He lives with his wife Christine in Aylmer.
Stephen has been actively involved with CPAWS since its inception. In 1983, he joined the Ottawa Valley (Chapter’s) Board of Directors serving for six years as Secretary and Vice-President. After retirement he rejoined the Board in 2006 as Secretary. Stephen brings to CPAWS his knowledge of Parliament and governmental procedures and his interest in Quebec issues. Stephen is immensely proud of the work and achievements of CPAWS, and of the dedication of staff members and supporters.
Jay Morrison is a retired former senior manager in the federal public service specializing in performance management and accountability issues. He has been on the CPAWS Ottawa Valley Board for a dozen years and has been responsible for the Dumoine River campaign since 2005. Jay is also a board member of the Friends of Temagami and is the Environment committee chair for Paddle Canada and has extensive links to the outdoor recreation community. Starting in 2006, Jay paddled 8,000 km across Canada, from Les Escoumins, Quebec to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, to raise awareness of the threats facing Canada's wilderness. Jay lives in Wakefield, Quebec.
Soren Antosz, Vice- President; Chair, Gatineau Park Committee; Member, Outreach and Engagement Committee
Soren has travelled much of Canada, and has been a resident of BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. He grew up in Kingston, and moved to BC to explore the West Coast in 2001.
Soren returned to Ontario and the Ottawa area in 2010 to join the Public Service of Canada as a Project Manager. His interests include hiking, skiing and snowshoeing, and white-water/wilderness kayaking.
Soren joined CPAWS-OV as a volunteer after discovering the magnificence of Gatineau Park, and recognizing its need for legislative protection. He currently is working on the makeitapark.ca campaign, and also designs and coordinates the annual CPAWS-OV Gatineau Park Calendar, a fundraising and awareness initiative of the chapter featuring the photography of local artists. In addition to conservation, Soren is interested in energy policy and sustainable development.
Brian has had a life-long interest in the outdoors. As a naturalist, canoeist, camper and cross-country skier he has been a regular user of provincial and national parks, and other wilderness areas. He has an abiding curiosity about the geology, plants and animals of Canada, and the natural systems that sustain them. He is retired from the federal public service where he worked as a program director and policy analyst in the public health and social services fields, and has skills and experience in strategic planning, collaboration with government and non-government organizations, and program management. He lives, with his wife Betty, on a wooded property in rural Ottawa near Carp, where his closest neighbours are deer, raccoons and woodpeckers. He has been a CPAWS member for 15 years, and is a member and supporter of other environmental organizations such as Ontario Nature and Ecojustice. He joined the Ottawa Valley Chapter Board in 2014 to take a more active role in preserving and expanding protected natural areas throughout the region.
Nik is very familiar with CPAWS and looks forward to continuing to contribute to national parks and wilderness issues, including marine issues, ecological integrity, connecting the next generation to nature, and greater involvement with indigenous peoples.
Paul was raised in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. He learned how to ski, skate, cycle and play hockey growing up in this beautiful region of Quebec. He also saw the terrible effects industrial pollution has on the region’s rivers, lakes and air quality.
Paul was educated in political science and public administration at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. He is currently retired after 33 years with the public service. For most of hiscareer, he worked for the Library of Parliament’s Information and Research Service. Through numerous assignments, he had an inside look at the workings of Canada’s parliamentary system. He also became keenly aware of the importance of legal protection for Canada’s parks and natural environment.
Paul joined CPAWS OV as a volunteer in 2013. His main interest was to gain legal status and protection for Gatineau Park. He is also interested in the Algonquin to Adirondacks Program that is trying to ensure connectivity and restore biodiversity in a large area between northern New York State and eastern Ontario from Algonquin Park to the Adirondack Mountains. He was elected to the CPAWS OV Board in 2014 and, as a result, has been able to take a more active role in the chapter’s campaigns and governance.
When not at his home in Gatineau, Paul can be found at his farm close to the extreme north western boundary of Gatineau Park. With his wife Sylvie, he enjoys gardening, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and recently, snowshoeing.