Jacques R. Forget
+ a little about Jacques
Jacques joined the Board of the Friends of Gatineau Park at the end of 2018 upon encouragement from one of its officers, in the hope of contributing to the organisation’s development. To do so, he relies on his experience as an agronomist and as city councillor for the old City of Gatineau, his love of the outdoors (boating, fishing, camping, hiking) as well as his motivation to make his family (the grand kids are a-growing) and all of the Outaouais discover the treasures of Gatineau Park. One of his objectives is to help promote the programs and activities offered by our organisation.
He loves the Park even more since his son Eric offered him the remarkable book Gatineau Park: An Intimate Portrait, by J. David Andrews. It is always a great pleasure for him to find himself in the Park with his grand-son Jacob. “Let’s make people discover and love Gatineau Park and the fun activities that take place there throughout the year,” says our President, Jacques R Forget.
+ A little about Graeme
Graeme is a founding member of the Friends of Gatineau Park. He has been a member of the Board since 2001. He has occupied all the officer positions, and is currently the treasurer, and the chair of the fundraising committee. The Roderick Award, given annually in recognition of an exceptional volunteer has been named in his honour.
+ A little about Barbara
Barbara Shaw spent her twenties roaming around the mountain national parks in the west of Canada, before attending the University of Alberta in Edmonton for an undergraduate degree in Geography. She came down to Ottawa to pursue Masters studies in Geography and discovered Gatineau Park at that time. Since then, she has skied and hiked in many parts of the park. She began volunteering with the Friends in 2018, as well as participating in the Citizen Scientist program. She also volunteers with Bird Studies Canada.
Simon has been coordinating the Friends of Gatineau Park since May 2017. He loves nature and escaping into forests. Generalist to the bone he loves pretty much everything in the natural world. His involvement with the Friends of the Park started as a freelance nature interpreter. He then migrated toward administration, where he relies on his experience with other non-profit organizations and with his own nature education business.