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Mike Tanner
LOC President
Mike has had a lifelong interest in the outdoors, from hiking and youth hosteling in his native England to camping and hiking since immigrating in 1976. After a career as an Engineer and entrepreneur, retirement has given him opportunities to spend more time outdoors, especially cycling which is his new passion, and paddling. Winter he dons snowshoes or downhill skis. Widowed, with three married daughters and seven grandchildren, he is active in his church, and an avid gardener. 2018 will mark his third year as President; the Club is building on the success of the past 25 years to embrace new ways to organize and be a vibrant asset to our community. Mike is also filling the role of newsletter editor presently.

Les McDermott
With three university degrees and four professional designations, Les had provided personal financial planning and management advice for over 30 years before retiring in 2012. Since that time, his primary focus has been on enjoying all the activities he had little time for during his career, as well as to hopefully extend both the quality and quantity of his retirement life. Those objectives led him to join the Lambton Outdoor Club where he could join like-minded individuals participating in a variety of organized activities including cycling, hiking, paddling and skiing. Les is currently the Vice-President, and holding the Cycling Chair role until the fall AGM.

Donna Suffield
Past President
Having just moved to Sarnia from the East Coast, Donna was pleased to have stumbled on to Hobbyfest where she was introduced to the Lambton Outdoor Club. The club helped Donna set down roots in her new city making lasting friendships that continue to grow. Past experiences had taught her that giving back to the organization with which she was involved was immensely rewarding. Subsequently, Donna put her management skill sets to use when she took on the roles of Vice President and President of LOC. Donna enjoys cycling and hiking with LOC and continues her outdoor activity in winter by climbing the Sonoran mountains in the Arizona desert. Donna presently holds the LOC past president position.

Joan Elliott
Recently retired from a career as a Registered Nurse in health care, Joan has a strong interest in physical fitness, and outdoor and social activities - all of which the LOC provides. She likes to learn and explore new places and activities, and enjoys the numerous and varied opportunities that the Outdoor Club provides. A keen cyclist, Joan has explored kayaking this year and much enjoyed the instruction, encouragement and inclusiveness the club provided. Joan believes that it is important to be involved in an organization and give back to the community, and is currently serving as Secretary for the LOC.

Rod Richmond
Retired from a long career as a Financial Controller, Rod has belonged to LOC for about 12 years. Post-retirement he has consulted with smaller companies and helped them modernize their financial systems. He enjoys the variety of events offered by the club, the interesting places this has lead him, and the many friends and acquaintances he has made. He has been a member of the Hiking Committee, led hikes on the Maitland Trail, and co-led Bruce Trail hikes. He has also served as President and is currently the club Treasurer.

Membership Chair
Larry taught in the Business Department at Lambton College for 28 years until he found the best job of his life – retirement. Larry has belonged to the LOC for 7 years. He enjoys the beauty, and in the right location, the tranquility of the outdoors, and has some favourite spots for meditation on the Bruce Trail. He also plays an active role while wintering in AZ, both leading and participating in desert hiking. The LOC is also important to him to as a way to maintain health and fitness. Larry is currently serving as the Membership Chair.

Dave Druiett

Chris Richmond
Retired in 2016, Chris has been an LOC member for about 12 years. She continues to be amazed at the locales the LOC has introduced her to over the years that she would never have ventured to on her own, the many very interesting and nice people she has met and continues to meet, and the goals she has accomplished while belonging to the club like the completion of the Bruce Trail and taking part in her first Gran Fondo ride. She has held past roles of Social Chair, Publicity, Newsletter Editor and currently serves as Webmaster.

Lori Clancy
Recently retired, and always active with gardening, outdoor activities and nature clubs (OFO, Lambton Wildlife, Bluewater Ski Club, GLYSKA) Lori is always looking for a reason to be outside, despite the season. Lambton Outdoor Club offers so many opportunities to learn and to meet like-minded people. People working together, sharing and comparing ideas and seeking new adventures makes the LOC board a wonderful organization to be a part of. Lori organizes Winter Activity events and is currently the Publicity Officer.

Kim Smith
Social Chair
Working at NOVA Chemicals in Supply chain for 20+ years, Kim has been an LOC member for 11 years. Participating in and enjoying club activities gets you outside to enjoy the outdoors, and she's met and made many LOC friends. An avid hiker who has completed more than half the Bruce Trail, she also participates in club cycling events, and many fundraiser rides including the the weeklong RAGBRAI ride. Kim has always volunteered with any organization and organized the recent fall camping trip. She hopes to have more time for LOC events when she retires. She has served as Secretary and is presently the Social Chair.

Greg Hogan
Hiking Chair
Greg came to LOC after retiring when he was looking for an activity that would get him moving. Running and cycling have never captured his attention, but he did realize that he enjoyed walking. So LOC was a natural fit offering the walking aspect along with the camaraderie of the group. Group hiking led to his becoming a member of the Hike committee and then the Chair.  He is over 90% of the way to completing the Bruce Trail.

Judy Mahoney
Paddling Chair
Judy is a retired nature enthusiast who loves the outdoors. She likes to paddle almost anything but mostly a canoe. She spends her summers on week-long canoe trips where she and her friends paddle, canoe, hike, swim and bake in the outdoors. She is very accomplished at dehydrating foods for wilderness trips. The LOC has given her access to friends and activities who share her love of being in the open air.

Brian Seabrook
Winter Activities Chair
Retired since 2015 and an LOC member since 1999, Brian was committee chair for Paddling for around 15 years before volunteering to take on the winter activities section. He's always been interested in the outdoors, especially in Northern Ontario. After studying geology at Sault College, he worked for Hudbay Mining in mineral exploration for six years. During that time he spent 10 months per year living in tents all over Northern Ontario and N/W Quebec, as well as four months in the Yukon, 60 miles NW of Dawson City. He joined the club after buying a kayak from John Elliott, who told him about the LOC. He too, likes the principal behind the club and that's to get like-minded people together to do outdoor activities in a social atmosphere.