The Board and the entire membership would like to thank both Elaine Steele and Pat Kuffner for their time, energy and contributions during their time on the OCTRA Board of Directors. Elaine is happily staying on as both the Distance Reward Program & Ride Liaison Chairs as well as the CTR Chair. Pat Kuffner is continuing on as a volunteer at rides and hopefully we will see her on trail. Thank you very much to both for their past and ongoing support of our group.
As well, we all thank Doug Price for his many years of service as Ride Manager and OCTRA volunteer extraordinaire, the past six years as OCTRA President. Doug is taking a much deserved rest but I am sure we will see him on trail with his happy smile and a twinkle in his eye.
A big welcome to our “newest” Board of Director members. All are well known to our membership as none of them are strangers to being OCTRA volunteers from Ride Managers to Webmaster. Thank you very much to all for taking their turn at the plate. Sue Downing is our new President and has years of experience to share with us and take us into our 50th year and beyond. Everyone knows and loves the events she and hubby Mike have hosted over the years on the beautiful trails of Dufferin Forest – Aprilfest, Summer Solstice and Oktoberfest. She brings to her position not only her experience but her energy, vision and love of our sport. David Morgan, although fairly new to our Association and our sport, is well known to most as the banjo playing co-partner of Great Leads ‘n Reins along with his wife, Kate and of course Maggie, their adorable pup. David of course successfully took on the challenging role of Webmaster last fall and now is bringing his knowledge to the Board. Nancy Beacon is definitely known to all of us as she is one of our Founding Mothers. She brings with her a vast knowledge of long distance riding and the history of our association, all of which will be extremely valuable as we head towards our 50th celebrations in 2018.
The current Board is rounded out with Lysane Cree, Vice President, Michelle Bignell, Treasurer, Sharon Anderegg, Secretary, and our Directors Rose Danko, Judy Durst and Michelle Watling. Feel free to contact any Board member at any time with questions, suggestions or requests. We are all simply OCTRA members working together to make our Association something we can all be proud of and enjoy together.
And a big thank you to all our volunteers without whom OCTRA simply would not exist.