Lake Simcoe Coalition Board of Directors

Claire Malcolmson, Executive Director

Ms. Malcolmson’s work on Lake Simcoe began in 2001, when she created the award-winning Paddling Around Lake Simcoe education program. She later worked for Environmental Defence, managing “Campaign Lake Simcoe”, which spearheaded the successful campaign for the Lake Simcoe Protection Act, 2008. Claire has been a Board member of the RLSC, on and off, since 2005.  She has been a member of the provincial multi-stakeholder committee, the Lake Simcoe Coordinating Committee since its inception in 2010.  Claire has a Masters degree in Integrated Watershed Management, with a focus on the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan and the Growth Plan.

Claire is a descendent of Sir Edmund Walker, who left environmentally significant lands for his descendants at DeGrassi Point, Innisfil, at Lake Simcoe. Six generations later, her extended family cares for their land and the lake; it is this legacy of stewardship that inspires Claire. She lives there now with her family.

Maurice Sandford, President

Maurice Sandford is an active member of the Snake Island Residents’ Association and has been a supporter of the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition for years. Moe was an RLSC Board member from 2009 – 2011 and has returned to help protect the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan. Moe is a retired firefighter.

Linda Wells, Vice-President

Ms. Wells has spent all of her summers in Georgina and Oro enjoying and loving Lake Simcoe. Linda is an avid swimmer and bird watcher, who has turned her concern for the Lake into action, volunteering with: Campaign Lake Simcoe to establish the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and Plan; Campaign Fairness; Save the North Gwillimbury Forest; and the Barillia Park Residents’ Association. Linda is a member of Barrie Naturalists’ Club and was a member of the South Lake Simcoe Nature Club for 12 years. Linda brings a background in business, marketing, and a love of sharing great food to the work she does with the RLSC.

Jennie Ucar, Secretary

Ms. Ucar is a retired Elementary School Principal, who has been spending seasonal time at Lake Simcoe all her life. Throughout her educational career, she focused on environmental education, wrote the Environmental Education curriculum for the Toronto District School Board and also for the David Suzuki Foundation in partnership with the Board. She has been a member of the RLSC Education Committee for two years and joined the Board in March 2020.

Angela Michieli, Treasurer

Johanna Powell

Johanna Powell was introduced to Lake Simcoe by sailing its sparkling waters and became passionate about preserving the beauty of the area and the quality of the water. She is the founding publisher of Lake Simcoe Living Magazine, which celebrates life at Lake Simcoe with professional editorial and photography about the people, activities and environment across the Lake Simcoe Watershed. The magazine marked its 10th anniversary in 2018. She is also President of the Lake Simcoe Association, a grassroots centre-point for Lake Simcoe People to communicate news and concerns about the Lake Simcoe area, chiefly with respect to the environment.

Dena Farsad

Dena Farsad is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University in Toronto, Ontario. Her academic work lies at the intersection of soil studies, urban and regional planning and public policy. She has presented her work at several national and international conferences and has taught and guest lectured on topics related to planning, governance and extractive industries. When not working on her dissertation, Dena enjoys pottery, archery and playing with her pup, Cairo. Dena’s love for nature has been life long, and her desire to put that love into action is what brought her to Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition.

Mike Vos

Mike Vos is a global marketing executive with a passion for fishing and the outdoors. Working in the fast-paced corporate sector has made Mike greatly appreciate his time in nature and fueled his desire to help preserve it for future generations. To this end, he has volunteered for a variety of environmental and conservation organizations. He is currently the Treasurer of the Barrie Bassmasters fishing club and has acted as its Conservation Director. Lake Simcoe, with its amazing fishery, holds a special place in his heart.