Ferguson Forest Centre Corporation Dog Park Committee
“Off leash dog parks promote good canine physical health and socialization, reducing nuisance behaviors and making dogs better canine citizens.”
I believe that community involvement by citizens promotes a better society. A community is sustained by volunteers who give of their time and experience with no thought of remuneration. Having recently retired, I find myself in a position where I can now, more than ever, enhance my community giving. I have held leadership positions as a senior Naval officer in the Royal Canadian Navy and as Vice President of government relations for a large multi-national Information Technology firm. I currently hold the position of President, Ferguson Forest Centre Corporation and President of my Condominium Corporation.
I have proven leadership ability working in a team environment to make things happen. I strongly encourage everyone to find a cause and volunteer; not only will you be helping others, you will be helping yourself as well.
Andre is a retired Chartered Accountant and moved to Kemptville Ottawa a year ago. He has always been very active as a volunteer in numerous not for profit organizations, and eventually completed the Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-For-Profit Organizations administered by the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management. Andre and his mini golden doodle, Myles, were so pleased to discover the Ferguson Forest Dog Park that he became a member and was enthusiastic to be elected to the committee.
Tom is a professional Engineer who works for the federal government. Born and raised in Montreal, he has lived in Kemptville for over 20 years, and is a long-time member of the North Grenville Concert Choir (NGCC) where he also sits on the NGCC’s Steering Committee.
Tom currently has two German Shepherd dogs, Jax and Tara, who are both in Competitive Obedience and on their free time, enjoy running and playing in the back yard. To benefit all dogs in North Grenville and to encourage dog owners to meet and share their love of dogs, Tom has been a passionate volunteer throughout the planning and deployment of the North Grenville Dog Park, and looks forward to being involved for many years to come.
Wayne B. Corrigan
I have always enjoyed seeing dogs run and play in a safe environment. As a volunteer, for the past 19 years have been with the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind and currently am responsible, along with my wife, Lou, for the Guider Dogs (plastic donation dogs) in Kemptville.
I am a corporate bookkeeper, and work from my home in Kemptville… where I let my dog in and out of the backyard 472 times a day. I was born and raised in Osgoode. I have volunteered for many local groups; including Girl Guides, ROMSA, Osgoode Youth Association. And I have sat as a director on a number of other committees, before joining the NG Dog Park Committee in 2017.
I currently have a two year old Golden Retriever, Roxy, who enjoys outrunning me at Agility class. Roxy is everyone’s friend, and loves all 2-legged and 4-legged creatures equally. In the winter, you will most often see Roxy at the park with my husband or my grown daughter. But once summer arrives, I will be back at the park regularly.
I have been a resident of North Grenville since 2004 but a dog owner for much longer. I have always been an active volunteer ranging from wrestling coach to head of the National Capital Officials Association. As a user of Ottawa dog parks for many years, you can imagine the happy surprise to learn about the launch of new North Grenville Dog Park in 2017, just after choosing my new puppy Maverick. As I had been using this park almost every day and likely twice each day on weekends, it felt appropriate that I volunteer my time and try to give back to something that has been so beneficial to myself and my dogs.
Nancy has been coming to the Ferguson Forest Dog Park since it opened with her German Shepherd. She believes dog parks are vital to dog’s health and well-being. She has been an informal volunteer for years in that she always helped around the park and is very excited to begin this new venture on the committee, and hopes she can make an impact with FFDP.
I have lived in the Kemptville area for 30 years, working, shopping, and playing here. I have raised 2 children with small town values.
A proud dog owner, Dixie and I have enjoyed walking the Ferguson trails with our friends. The thought of a dog park was initially met with skepticism, but our first visit on opening day changed that! We visit the park daily, often twice a day. I have volunteered at the park (poop disposal) for a year and it seemed only a natural progression to join the committee.
I look forward to assisting in keeping the Ferguson Forest Dog Park great!!
“I am a dog lover. I enjoy every aspect of sharing my life with dogs; how they rhythm my days, make me laugh, challenge me, make me take breaks or force me to go for a run. Currently, I have four dogs. There is Marley, my Bouvier des Flandres, which you will not meet at the dog park as, like it is common for Bouviers, she loves her family but not so much other dogs. Then there are the pointer sisters, my two sprint harness racing dogs: M’Opus and M.E.Fhast. You are unlikely to ever see me without my pair of white and black dogs; years of training and racing together has made us one symbiotic organism. Last but not the least is Eden, the quarter in my three and a quarter dogs. Eden is a little terrier mix with all the attitude it takes to live with three big dogs (and two neurotic cats).
Ferguson Forest has been my dogs and I’s playground for over 10 years as we love running together along the trails. Naturally, that also made me a regular dog park user from the opening day. I like to get involved in the community I belong too and I love the idea of a community that includes dogs and the people who share there lives with them.”