Rick is delighted to lead the Long Point Basin Land Trust and continue contributing to biodiversity and conservation efforts in this region. He has been president of the Long Point Bay Anglers Association and the Long Point Biosphere Region and was the project coordinator for the Long Point Causeway Improvement Project. Rick currently serves on the Board of Directors of Nature’s Calling Environmental Education and the steering committee of the Silver Lake Revitalization Project in Port Dover.
In 2020, Rick’s work was recognized by Ontario Nature with the Ian Shenstone Frazer Memorial Award for making a significant contribution toward a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Ontario. He brings more than 40 years of experience in public relations, project and non-profit management and science outreach to local organizations and projects. Rick has a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario and is accredited with the Public Relations Society of Canada.
Rick enjoys fishing on Long Point Bay, building and racing radio-controlled sailboats, and military history.
Sandy works part time supporting the staff and Board of Directors at Long Point Basin Land Trust. She retired in 2019 from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) in her role as Corporate Sponsorship and Major Gifts Manager and moved to Norfolk County to immerse herself in the ecological beauty this area has to offer. Not being one to sit idle, she followed her passion and spent the first three and a half years in her new home working for the Long Point Biosphere Reserve. She joined the team at Long Point Basin Land Trust in November of 2021.
Sandy loves to take long walks with her dog, reading and travel.
Jackie Ellefsen, CFRE
Senior Development Manager
Jackie is thrilled to join the Long Point Basin Land Trust (LPBLT) as Senior Development Manager. Her principal role is to raise funds to support the organization’s mission to protect and preserve areas of ecological value and high biodiversity in the Long Point Basin area. She is also managing the LPBLT’s communications and community outreach efforts.
Jackie joins LPBLT with fifteen years’ experience in fundraising management and led the Thames Valley Education Foundation to build capacity for education equity within the Thames Valley District School Board. Previously, she led a multi-million dollar Cardiac Care Campaign at London Health Sciences Foundation. Jackie has held a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation since 2014 and currently teaches fundraising and non-profit writing at Western University. She is also a proud graduate of Queen's University in 2019, obtaining a Masters in Professional Education.
Jackie enjoys hiking the beautiful Ontario trails, food and BBC mysteries.
Stewardship and Outreach Technician
Victoria is overjoyed to be embarking on her summer journey with the Long Point Basin Land Trust as the Stewardship and Outreach Technician. Her role involves organizing the Explore the Outdoors events, overseeing social media activities, maintaining trails, coordinating volunteer-led studies, and immersing herself in the realm of conservation.
Currently pursuing a BSc Specialization in Environmental Science at Western University, Victoria brings a wealth of experience in management and event planning. Her previous engagements as the VP of events for the Western Wildlife Conservation Society, her involvement in environmental education, and her successful venture teaching private swim lessons have equipped her with valuable skills.
During her free time, Victoria indulges in reading, hiking, swimming, and cherishing moments with loved ones.