Meet Our Forest Management Team
The Clinton and District Community Forest is governed by a Board of Directors, approved and appointed by the Village of Clinton. The Board currently consists of seven (7) Volunteer Directors who are all residents of the community. The Board seeks to benefit the local area through programs such as the Firewood donation program, the Scholarships and Bursaries Program and the Community Funding Program.
Director Fennell moved to Clinton in the spring of 1978 with his wife, Blanche, and feels lucky to have resided here ever since. A former Village of Clinton Councillor and Mayor, Director Fennell was asked to be a member of the Committee tasked with researching and obtaining a Community Forest Tenure for the Village of Clinton. After helping to form the Clinton Community Forest (CCF) Director Fennell wished to be a part of the exciting venture and was appointed to the Board in 2014, upon incorporation of the CCF. Director Fennell served as Chairman of the Board from 2014 to 2022, leading the Board to success with his excellent leadership, before taking a step back in 2022.
Working in places such as Likely, Riske Creek, 100 Mile House and Clinton Director Fennell spent 35 years of his career working for the Ministry of Forests. His duties at the Ministry included Silviculture, Cruising, Protection and Range, providing him with well-rounded experience in the forest industry. Currently retired, Director Fennell enjoys volunteering and serves on the Boards of many volunteer organizations and spent 12 years as a Director on the Board of Integris Credit Union.
An outdoors enthusiast, Director Fennell enjoys Cross Country Skiing, Atving, Camping and Hiking. The Director also recently took up Kayaking, though he says he is still to master the art of consistently catching a fish. The great outdoors are usually enjoyed with his family, including his wife, 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.
Director Henk Hanemaayer has resided in the Clinton Area for the last 55 years and joined the Clinton Community Forest Board of Directors in May of 2017. Presently Director Hanemaayer is semi-retired, though still active in the business community. Director Hanemaayer and his wife, Willemina, have successfully raised three children in the area and are proud residents of the TNRD/Cariboo region.
Over the years Director Hanemaayer operated a service station/Restaurant and he and his wife owned and operated a residential home and school for the special needs population in BC. After retiring from this vocation, Director Hanemaayer became active in the education system as a substitute teacher and as a full-time shop teacher for a few years.
As Director Hanemaayer believes strongly in the principle that you are never too old to learn new things, in his 50’s he successfully took up the profession of Realtor. Director Hanemaayer retired as a realtor 14 years ago, in order to concentrate on authoring and publishing. Presently Director Hanemaayer publishes a number of titles of his interest as an “ePub” Publisher.
Over the last 25 years Director Hanemaayer has served as a Director on the Board of the Living Waters Christian Fellowship in Clinton and is currently serving on the Board of the Integris Credit Union. Director Hanemaayer served as the Vice-Chair of the Community Forest Board for several years, before taking up the role of Chairman of the Board in June of 2022.
Moving to Clinton in 1976, Director Dyck has lived and raised a family in Clinton over the last 44 years. Director Dyck began working in the logging industry at 16 years old, learning how logging operations were run, from falling trees to loading them on trucks. Over the years, Director Dyck has worked as a Buckerman, Skidder Operator, Loader Operator and even spent a short time as a Processor Operator.
At one time, Director Dyck owned a skidder and loader, employing 5 to 20 people at a time producing fence posts and rails for a local sawmill. In 1991 Director Dyck was employed by the Chasm Sawmill and was promoted to a management position a few years later. His position at the Chasm Sawmill has provided Director Dyck the opportunity to learn all aspects of sawmilling and instilled a great deal of respect for BC’s forests and proper Forest Management.
Director Dyck joined the Board of the Clinton Community Forest (CCF) in 2016 and feels privileged to have the opportunity and ability to give back to the Forest and the Community in a small but satisfying way. Benefitting the Village of Clinton and local non-profit groups through the CCF has been a very rewarding experience for Director Dyck. After serving as Treasurer of the Board for several years, Director Dyck was elected Vice-Chair in 2022.
When not Volunteering, Director Dyck enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with his children, Grandchildren and his wife of 33 years, Daniela.
Director Lawrence moved to Clinton with her family in October of 2016 and has since become heavily involved in community events and groups. Director Lawrence has worked in several different industries and positions including as a Care Aide and a Hall Manager for an Arts Group. Though her background is in healthcare and Technical Theatre, Director Lawrence has always taken an interest in forestry, as her husband has worked in the industry for years. Since moving to Clinton in 2016, Director Lawrence has started her own business and is now the sole proprietor of Bubbles Blossom Design. The Local florist was nominated for, and placed in the top five, for Best Community Impact in the 2021 Small Business BC Awards.
Director Lawrence took notice of the Clinton Community Forest and admired how the CCF was constantly adapting and being proactive, overcoming challenges while still benefiting the Community. Appointed to the Board in April 2021, Director Lawrence looks forward to helping govern and lead the community forest in its endeavors to benefit Clinton and the local area. Director Lawrence served on the executive of several different non-profit groups over the past several years and brings with her vast community experience.
When not juggling her growing business, busy volunteer schedule or her two young daughters, Director Lawrence enjoys playing hockey, cross country skiing, painting, and knitting. Living on nature’s doorstep is one of Director Lawrence’s favourite things about Clinton and she loves exploring the area with her husband Jordan and their lovely daughters.
Christine RivettVillage of Clinton Councillor
Director Rivett and her husband, Jim, took early retirement and moved to Clinton in 2008. Christine has owned/ridden horses for 50+ years and therefore has a great appreciation for the outdoors and its landscape.
In 2018 Director Rivett was elected to Council for the Village of Clinton and The Clinton & District Community Forest became part of her portfolio. Director Rivett brings years of administrative management to her position as a Director and although her knowledge of forestry is limited she continues to learn and is an active participant in all meetings/activities.
Director Rivett believes the Community Forest plays an integral part in the community. Yes there is a financial gain to the village but the scope is much broader than that. Through selective harvesting of trees, the community forest ensures our forests are healthy and a healthy forest is a valuable asset to any community. A well a maintained forest is appealing not only to the eye, but community wise it also attracts tourists for biking, hiking, riding, walking which in turns will increase the demand for accommodates, eateries, shops, gas and groceries in the Village of Clinton.
Director Paquette operated a convenience store for several years before moving to Clinton with her husband in 2014. Over the seven years she has lived in Clinton Director Paquette has spent most of her time volunteering and exploring the local area. As a member of the Clinton and District Outdoor Sportsmen Association, Director Paquette has explored and marked over 30 local trails, to help the public navigate while walking, biking, and horseback riding.
Director Paquette has always been interested in the protection of Forests and enjoys that the Clinton Community Forest benefits local non-profit groups through grants. Appointed to the Board of Directors in April 2021, Director Paquette looks forward to learning about and being part of forestry planning and protecting the local forest. Director Paquette brings to the board her love of the outdoors and extensive knowledge of the local trails and back country.
When she is not busy volunteering, marking trails and caring for family Director Paquette enjoys Camping, riding her ATV and hiking local trails. Crafts are Director Paquette’s favourite pastime when she is not out enjoying the great outdoors with her husband and friends.
Director Alexander moved to Clinton with his wife, Sandra, in 2017 and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2019. Director Alexander has always been involved in the forest industry, whether it being in logging or remanufacturing. Spending seven years in the logging industry, Director Alexander did everything from conventional and high-lead to horse logging.
For over 20 years, Director Alexander worked in the wood remanufacturing industry focusing on finger jointing and laminating wood products. Director Alexander held positions from a Lumber Grader, Foreman to Plant Manager and helped in the development process of cold cure finger-jointed edge-glue structural lumber and has developed and built many specialized woodworking machinery.
Though Director Alexander is currently self-employed with his own wood work shop, he enjoys being a productive member of a team which drew him to join the Clinton Community Forest Board of Directors. Director Alexander was elected Treasurer of the Board in 2021.
Fishing, hiking, and woodworking in his own shop and spending time with his grandchildren are among Director Alexander’s Favourite pastimes. Director Alexander looks forward to contributing his experience to the betterment of the Community Forest, which he believes is a valuable resource for the Community and Area.