I'm a Forester based out of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. My passion for the outdoors was sparked when I was just a little kid and my father introduced me to his old aluminum canoe on family camping trips throughout central Ontario. There was something about the first weightless moment away from the shore that I couldn’t get enough of even back then. My love for paddling deepened when I moved to the east coast where I truly learned to paddle in this land of rocky rivers and lakes.
Kevin is a retired teacher who has been "messing around in boats" since he was a teen. Kevin taught canoe and outdoor skills for 20 years in the N. B. school system as well as for N. B. Ground Search and Rescue. He has paddled extensively in northern Quebec and Labrador and also teaches at the Maine Canoe Symposium each June. Kevin's current Paddle Canada and CKNB certifications include Big Canoe Instructor, Moving Water Instructor as well as Instructor Trainer status for Flat Water, Lake Water and Canoe Poling. "Keep the open side up!" -Kevin SIlliker
Native Saint Johner, Member of the 1st class at UNBSJ, the only girl in science, Speech Language Pathologist for 43 years. At first I was the only SLP in NB, Semi-Retired but still see a few clients, Work as a Simulated Patient at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, Avid Quilter and Opera Buff, Sailor since 1981, learned to sail in the Cheddar Reservoir in Cheddar, Somerset, England and Toronto Harbor, Taught my Girl Scout troop to sail in a Gator invested lake in Florida, I have a Ph. D. in Communication Processes and Disorders from the Univ. of Florida so the Dr. part in my nickname is real,taught university in Atlanta Georgia. My office overlooked the Coke-a-Cola headquarters. Met the guy who is the model for the Coke Santa and had a front row seat for the 1996 Olympics. Was the Professional Development Coordinator at the Jeddah Institute for Speech and Hearing, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Caught a shark in the Red Sea. (There is a story behind that). Love to travel especially with a backpack and a friend. Walked the Great Wall of China—well a few feet of it anyway I was suffering from food poisoning at the time. Got to see the Pyramids of Egypt just before the Arab Spring revolution occurred and had to be evacuated out. Spent 10 days in Haiti with a rehab team from the Stan Cassidy Centre.
Plans for CKNB:
Getting CKNB's budget under control.
Making sure we get our grants.
Skills I Can Contribute:
I have always been a bit of a math geek so I am comfortable with budgeting and spread sheets.
I did all my own stats for my doctoral dissertation on Excel.
Personal Future Plans
Have a hard time getting back in a boat by myself so still working on getting my Level 1 in Kayaking.
Always trying to improve both my Canoe and Kayak strokes so I’m not the slowest boat in the pack.
Peter, a native of Saint John West, has a professional background in Civil Engineering and Medical Equipment Technology.
An avid canoeist since the late 70s, he still enjoys learning when opportunities come his way.
Peter has been a member of Scouting in Canada for nearly 50 years and is a current member of Scouts Canada.
Through Scouting, he has developed advanced outdoor skills which he continues to share with youth and adults as an Outdoor Skills Trainer/Facilitator. A person of many skills, Peter claims to be master of none, nor an expert on anything.
Peter is an active member of the Fundy Paddler’s Club, Tumblehome Paddlers and is a member instructor of Canoe Kayak NB and Paddle Canada.
His Paddle Canada certifications include; Tandem and Solo Lake Water Canoeing and Tandem Moving Water. He is a certified Paddle Canada instructor for Tandem Canoeing, Lake Water.
Gig and his wife Denise are both outdoor educators with over 50 years of combined teaching experience. They have won various awards for woodlot management, forest stewardship education and canoeing. Gig and Denise have national instructor certification in canoeing and kayaking. Gig is CKNB's long standing Technical Director, and we need him!
For as long as I can remember I have been tramping around the outdoors and getting into any activities that allowed me to stay out longer. My younger years of blazing trails with a hatchet and running my home river, the Gaspereau, transitioned into canoeing whitewater. I do not claim to be an expert in anything outdoor-related, but I love to tell stories around wilderness campfires.
Born and raised in Fredericton, Daniel studied civil engineering at the University of New Brunswick and the University of Waterloo. In his professional life, he deals with protecting water quality in working for a company that designs and builds wastewater treatment systems for industrial customers.
His regular paddling activity is kayaking on the rivers around Fredericton—although he’s always happy to mix in some canoeing or sea kayaking.
Skills I Can Contribute
Writing (reports, website content, etc.).
I know my way around computers pretty well.
My knowledge of water science, should the need arise.
Personal Future Plans
Take a course or two to improve my skills on the water.
Explore the waterways of some protected areas in NB (e.g. Portobello Creek, Loch Alva).
Kayak on the Bay of Fundy.
Do part of the Circuit.
I enjoy long romantic paddles on the sea and quick paddles on swift rivers. You can find me at the campground giving a sea kayak course or just playing around on the Nepisiguit River.