The board of the Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association is made up of a committed group of volunteers from around the district and from all walks of life. Each brings a different viewpoint to the table allowing us to make well informed decisions in the course of both strategic and project management of the Association.
|President:||Hardy Bock, Black Sturgeon|
|Vice President & Treasurer:||Christine Semenchuk, Storm Bay|
|Past President:||Nancy Salmijarvi, Welcome Channel|
|Executive Committee Member:||Don Parfitt, Winnipeg River|
|Dave Christie||Granite Lake|
|Garth Collier||Ottermere Lake|
|Carley Fyke||Welcome Channel|
|Lucas King||Woodchuck Bay|
|Chelsea Lobson||Kendall Inlet|
|Jackie Lowe||Gun Club Island|
|Jeff Rempel||Pine Portage Bay|
Hardy Bock, President
Hardy and his family’s love of the area began on a weekend visit to a family cottage on Coney Island many years ago. This one visit led to many more over the years, culminating with their purchase of a cottage at Black Sturgeon Lake in 2005. It was then that Hardy’s family joined LOWDPOA (now LOWDSA), and he encourages you to consider joining LOWDSA if you are not already a member – and if you are, encourage your friends and family to become members. Hardy joined the LOWDSA board in 2014 because he believes this organization plays an important role in preserving the watershed for future generations. This has become even more relevant and important to him since becoming a grandparent. He has been an active and committed director since joining the board, and is now taking on the role and responsibilities of president.
Nancy Salmijarvi, Past President
Nancy and her husband, Harry, are permanent residents on Lake of the Woods, having built their retirement home on the lake in 2010. They spend many hours on the lake each summer – houseboating, fishing and exploring. Nancy worked in the airline industry for 30 years, so it is not surprising that she enjoys travel and has been known to take some time away from the lake in the winter. Nancy has been on the LOWDSA board since 2010 and served on every committee, often more than one at a time. She just completed a three-year term as LOWDSA’s president, a term which encompassed a great deal of change in the association. She more than met that challenge and has laid the groundwork for an exciting future for LOWDSA.
Chris Semenchuk, Vice President & Treasurer
Chris’s time at Lake of the Woods began with her family’s purchase of a cottage at Bigstone Bay in 1986. She and her husband, Kevin, purchased their own cottage in 2001 on Storm Bay, selling it in 2008 when they bought their current lake home on Bigstone Bay. Chris and Kevin enjoy the lake in all four seasons and make the most of being outdoors at all times of the year. As a board member, Chris places a high priority on contributing to LOWDSA’s initiatives to preserve this beautiful area. Chris and Kevin have travelled to other places and countries, but always miss and appreciate Lake of the Woods, and look forward to getting ‘back to the lake’. They live in Winnipeg where Chris is self-employed doing business process work, and they rarely miss a weekend at the lake.
Don Parfitt, Executive
A long-time resident of Keewatin and the Lake of the Woods region, Don and his wife Helen live on the Winnipeg River. He has extensive experience in accounting, auditing and taxation as well as consulting with a variety of industries and governments, all of great value to the board and management of the association. Don has been a very active member of the community, sitting on numerous committees and boards, many of them with great relevance to LOWDSA and its members. His knowledge of the community and connections within it are recognized and appreciated.