Our National reserve
In 1993, the Haut-Saint-Laurent Regional County Municipality created a non-profit organization for the public to discover the treasures of the Lake Saint-François National Wildlife Area.
The Association des membres et amis pour la protection de la Réserve nationale de faune du Lac-Saint-François (AMAPRE), was born of this initiative. Pioneers inspired by the beauty of place such as Gisele Letourneau, John Albrecht, Félix Blackburn, Robert Poupard and Stéphan Landry gave birth to the organization.
The Association was incorporated on April 27, 1993. Since then, under a contract with the Canadian Wildlife Service, which involves several components (monitoring, maintenance, storage, reception, awareness and scientific activities) we assume the management of activities on the reserve.
Financing of the Amis de la réserve is partly provided with an annual grant from the Canadian Wildlife Service, and a combination of grants related to specific projects and the proceeds of our activities.
Board of directors
The administration of the Amis de la Réserve nationale de faune du Lac-Saint-François is managed by a board of directors consisting of seven volunteers from the region.
Representative of the South West Winged Wildlife Observation Society (SOFASO) on the Board of Directors (BD) of the Friends of the Lake Saint-François National Wildlife Area. He has been a member of the Friends’ Board of Directors since 1993. He is part of the Board of the ecological group Crivert and of the Haut-Saint-Laurent ZIP Committee.
He is self-employed as a consulting biologist in his company L’Oiseaulogue SENC. He characterizes habitats and sites for flora and fauna as well as wetlands. He participated in inventories in 1983, 1984 and 2006 on the Lake Saint-François National Wildlife Area (RNF LSF). He mapped out the various trails in the reserve and produced interpretation documents for various sites in the Suroit district, including the reserve. He has also participated and still participates in various awareness-raising activities on environmental issues in the region for over 35 years.
Retired from his professional life as a craftsman-sculptor. The environment has always been of great concern to him. He sits as director of the Châteauguay Zone Watershed Conservation and Development Company (SCABRIC), sits on the Châteauguay River Rehabilitation Committee (CRRC). Without forgetting that he was director of the Friends of the Lac Saint-François National Wildlife Area (AMAPRE) from 1997 to 2010, he remains active on the board of directors of AMAPRE.
Treasurer and Representative of Saint-Anicet
General Manager of Club Joie de Vivre, in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, for 9 years. This Club is intended as a daytime activity service for people living with an intellectual disability and an ASD.
Originally from Valleyfield and has lived in St-Anicet since 2006, for the beauty of the lake and its water sports.
Municipal councilor in St-Anicet since 2013 to date and representative of the municipality and treasurer, on the board of directors of the wildlife reserve, for almost 4 years.
I was also involved in various positions within the Optimist Clubs, at the final of the Quebec Games in Valleyfield in 2011 and at the Special Olympic Winter Games in Valleyfield in 2019.
Erin has been the Executive Director of the Haut-Saint-Laurent ZIP Committee since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in geography and a graduate certification in project management. She has worked in the field of water management for 10 years and sits on the board of directors of several organizations.
Administrator and Representative of Dundee
Holder of an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Ottawa and a master’s degree in the same field from the University of Montreal. During his graduate studies (2nd and 3rd cycle), he was a full-time lecturer for 4 years at the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi.
He has devoted almost entirely of his active professional life to the field of local and regional political life. As a member of the Quebec National Assembly, he was responsible, for nearly 20 years, for the political office of the constituency of Beauharnois-Huntingdon. He was one of the main artisans of the creation of the Carrefour-Jeunesse emploi in the county of Huntingdon. Locally, he served as a counselor for the Municipality of the Township of Dundee from 1985 to 1992 and from 2008 to present.
In terms of his social involvement, he was the founding president of the Régie intermunicipale de la patinoire régionale de Huntingdon and a member of its board of directors for 7 years. He was also president of the Saint-Anicet chamber of commerce and a member of the board of directors for 5 years.
Resident of Dundee for over 40 years, he has always been a fiery defender of our wildlife reserve through his various occupations.
Administrator and Representative of Mohawk Akwesasne Council
Member of the Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk Nation) at Akwesasne. Throughout his professional career he has assisted the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) with matters directly involving environmental and cultural resource protection. He currently sits on a number of committees, working groups and active boards that functions in and around the Aboriginal community. Currently employed with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne as an Environmental Assessment Officer. In this capacity he identifies impacts that affect a wide array of biological species by using a cultural framework patterned after the Ohénten Kariwatékwen (The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address). In his spare time, he enjoys playing lacrosse, hunting, fishing, gathering and planting traditional foods for his family and community. Presently he has identified the importance that food systems play in contemporary Indigenous lifeways and strives to re-introduce the food system of the Akwesasne Mohawk back into the North American cultural fabric.
Retired from Canadian National since 2005. He has been a seasonal resident of Saint-Anicet since 2001 and permanent since 2005.
Municipal councilor from 2007 to 2017.
Since 2008, director on the board of the Reserve and since 2019, director on the executive board of the Reserve. He participated for several years in the management of the Optimist Club of Saint-Anicet and is the President of the Golden Age Club of Cazaville.
A high school teacher, Amy has lived in Dundee for 20 years. She is interested in several environmental issues, especially the protection of biodiversity. For several years, she has held a position on the board of directors of the Ambioterra group as well as that of the Friends of the wildlife reserve.
Team on site
Receptionist in 2017 and administrative assistant in 2018 and 2019, (CNESST first aid certificate in the workplace: cardio-rescue / DEA / Anaphylaxis)
Head Guide in 2018 and 2019. In 2017, training level 1 in calm water canoe and level 1 in sea kayaking, (CNESST first aid certificate in the workplace: cardio-rescue / DEA / Anaphylaxis)
Interpreter guide since 2017. In 2018, training level 1 in calm water canoe and level 1 in sea kayaking, (CNESST first aid certificate in the workplace: cardio-rescue / DEA / Anaphylaxis)
Interpreter guide since 2019. In 2019, level 1 training in calm water canoe and level 1 in sea kayaking, (CNESST first aid certificate in the workplace: cardio-rescue / DEA / Anaphylaxis)
Interpreter guide since 2020, (CNESST first aid certificate in the workplace: cardio-rescue / DEA / Anaphylaxis)
Service / Maintenance
Service / Maintenance since 2020, (CNESST first aid certificate in the workplace: cardio-rescue / DEA / Anaphylaxis)