I was first introduced to the OFSC in 1974 when I attended driver training with the Elliot Lake Snowbirds. As an avid snowmobile enthusiast, “wilderness riding” was my first passion when recreational ice fishing took me away from the touring rider atmosphere.
In 1999, my career in mining brought about a relocation of my family and in no time, I was riding again with the Marathon “Snow Kickers” on my new sled. Racking up 300+ miles a weekend became my new norm. With another move in 2003, the Red Lake Trailmasters of Northwestern Ontario’s “Sunset Country” became my home club. Wanting to make a difference, I started volunteering, cutting trail, grooming, lake stakes and before I knew it, I was elected as president of the Club and have never looked back.
Once I raised my hand at the district level, I quickly embraced the role of Governor working closely with our district board and president. Together, we have made a huge contribution to snowmobilers in Northwestern Ontario. With the addition of new bridges, trail clearing after the ice storm damage and a few new groomers, our operators can focus on providing a quality snowmobile experience to all.
During my tenure, we’ve successfully received funding for a groomer storage building, two groomers, drags and more. All of which have benefited the community of Red Lake and riders of our district.
While there have been some frustrations along the way, it’s always worth it when the summers come to an end and I’m back out on the trails!