Provincial Director-at-Large Candidates
OFAH Members can participate in the election of 5 provincial directors-at-large.
Unlike zone-elected directors, provincial directors-at-large will not be tied to a specific region. They can come from anywhere in the province.
Directors attend four provincial meetings a year, respond to Federation requests for advice and sit on one or more advisory committees. Five (5) successful candidates will take office for a two-year term at the OFAH Annual General Meeting on April 2, 2020.
To learn more about the candidates please click on their profile photo below.
- Dr. Joseph WilsonOFAH Zone HDr. Joseph Wilson
I have served as OFAH Provincial Directorat- Large since March 2014. I chair the OFAH Sporting Dogs Advisory Committee and I am also a member of the OFAH Agriculture Liaison Advisory Committee. I have been a member of the Dufferin Northern Peel Anglers and Hunters club since 1972, and am a member of the Ontario Sporting Dogs Association. I am a veterinarian and have practiced small animal medicine and surgery for over 47 years.
My hunting activities include waterfowl with the use of Labrador and Golden Retrievers; moose and deer; and running foxhounds on fox and coyotes during the winter months. Angling has included walleye and pike in Northern Ontario. I have also been involved with several community service clubs and organizations. My wish would be that I can contribute to the continued use of sporting dogs in the future to enhance the hunting experience for young and old alike.
- Dr. Chris DaviesOFAH Zone EDr. Chris Davies
I am an avid hunter and angler. I pursued a career as a biologist and completed an Honours Degree at Carleton and a PhD at Queen’s. My PhD work was on arctic nesting snow geese looking at the ecology and genetics of body size. My career with the MNRF included district biologist in Moosonee, senior regional wildlife biologist in Cochrane, and Boreal science manager in Timmins.
In 1998 I moved to Peterborough as the head of the MNRF Wildlife Research Section, providing the research support needed to help develop MNRF’s wildlife management policies. I also supervised over 40 graduate students during my career and did research on a variety of topics including wildlife disease, waterfowl, moose, caribou, wetlands, wolves, elk, bears and upland game. I retired from the MNRF in 2017, and currently sit on the OFAH Big Game and Small Game Advisory Committees as a scientific advisor.
- Len DickinsonOFAH Zone FLen Dickinson
I reside in the small village of Ferguson’s Falls, and as a writer, photographer, and a passionate sportsman, have dedicated most of my life to promoting hunting heritage and inspiring people to appreciate the beauty that is all around them. I graduated in 1971 from Algonquin College with a Diploma in Information Technology and then started working for the federal government in Ottawa. I continued my education and received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies through Waterloo University.
After retiring in 2004, I occupy my time with many different outdoor organizations such as the OFAH, Safari Club International, and the Safari Club International Foundation Canada, which I established and was the CEO/President for five years. In 2015, I was appointed to sit on the Fish and Wildlife Heritage Commission and am still a member. I am a hunter education and firearms instructor and have taught over 4,000 individuals.
- Bill BlackwellOFAH Zone HBill Blackwell
My picture may look familiar – I was president of the OFAH from 2011 to 2014, and have served on the board for 20 years. I have also chaired the OFAH Firearms/Recreational Shooting/ Hunter Education/Bowhunting Advisory Committee for 17 years and would like to continue to chair this important OFAH committee. I have also been a firearms and hunter education instructor for 39 years. I am a very avid fisherman and love going fishing with my grandchildren. One of my greatest joys in hunting is having trained my grandson and then guided him to his first wild turkey.
I have represented Canada as the volunteer instructor on the International Hunter Education Association’s Board of Directors for seven years and have served on many provincial hunter education committees. My experience and contacts in the firearms and hunter education world have served the OFAH well and I hope to continue to do so.
- Tony JacksonOFAH Zone JTony Jackson
As an OFAH member I have been fortunate to have your past support as an OFAH provincial director-at-large. I greatly enjoy the outdoor pursuits and even more passionate about ensuring that our angling and hunting future continues to exist. Youth are of particular importance to our fraternity, but we also need to recognize the importance of educating new Canadians of our traditional heritage activities of hunting, fishing and trapping, and the significance of those activities as acceptable and part of our culture. Our message needs to be heard by government and agencies responsible for management of the resources.
The role of provincial director-at-large has been very rewarding and we have seen many successes. The job is not done and I wish to continue this volunteer work to strengthen the existing network of friends and allies, while building upon our collective wins and being your voice when challenges threaten our pursuits.
- Josef BreckaOFAH Zone BJosef Brecka
I am an avid angler and hunter who has lived and worked in Thunder Bay since 1983. I retired in June 2019 after 24 years as a science and technology teacher with the Lakehead Public School Board. I joined the OFAH in 1986 and became a life member in 2018. I have represented the OFAH on the Dog River-Matawin Citizens Advisory Committee for the past 15 years. This advisory committee works with the MNRF on forest management planning, land use planning and lake issues within the boundaries of the Dog-Mat Forest near Thunder Bay. By ensuring that relevant information on these issues is communicated to the OFAH and its members, I have been able to see that our goals and values are considered for the continued balance between opportunities for angling and hunting, and sustainability of the resources.
- Maya BasdeoOFAH Zone JMaya Basdeo
Born and raised in Southern Ontario, I currently live in Norfolk County. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies (Hons) from the University of Waterloo in 2011. I became a hunter through falconry, and was a Director of the Ontario Hawking Club for seven years. Since 2015, I have served on the OFAH Indigenous Relations and Small Game committees. I was elected by the members of OFAH Zone J to serve as a director, and then by my fellow OFAH Board of Directors to serve as a director-at-large (currently serving my second term).
My personal and professional experiences and interests have afforded me unique perspectives on how to represent the incredibly diverse interests of our outdoors community. I am dedicated to building relationships in the conservation community, and in particular supporting more women and youth becoming (and staying) involved in hunting, fishing and conservation.
All candidates have been nominated by the OFAH PDAL Nominating Committee and have been endorsed by the OFAH Board of Directors.
Voting is now closed, the provincial directors-at-large will be announced during the OFAH Annual General Meeting on April 2, 2020.