Friends of Fundy Board of Directors

President

Arthur Allan

Vice-President

Paul Burns

Treasurer

William MacCallum

Secretary

Susan A. Dean

Director

Catherine Rhyno

Director

David Christie

Director

Edmund Dawe

Director

Jennifer Hawkins Forbes

Director

Kevin Bulmer

Director

Melissa Wilbur

President

Arthur Allan

Arthur Allen is retired from an executive position at Transport Canada where he shared responsibility for the development and implementation of the national aviation oversight program

Arthur has a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Dalhousie) and a Certificate in Aviation Safety Management (USC).  Also, a commercial pilot for many years and holds an Airline Transport Pilot License.

Arthur is an active member of the Board of Greater Moncton International Airport as well as the Fundy Guild Inc. Previously served on the Board of the Co-Op Centre Ltd and was the Chair of the Atlantic Regional Aviation Safety Council.

Arthur has spent many years volunteering as a Leader with Scouts Canada and as an Instructor/Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.

Vice-President

Paul Burns

Paul is currently an Agent /Manager with Century 21 in Greater Moncton. Originally from Alma NB, Paul lives in Riverview with his wife, Gail and they have three adult children. Paul has a degree in Survey Engineering and his background includes time as:

  • President of the Greater Moncton Real Estate Board – 2009
  • President of the New Brunswick Real Estate Association – 2012 – 2014
  • Director and Co-chair of the Greater Moncton Immigration Board 2006 – 2008
  • President and co-founder of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Moncton – 1994- 2004
  • Founding Board Member and President of the Riverview Business Improvement Corp 1989-1995

In his spare time he writes and is the published author of two children’s books to date.

Treasurer

William MacCallum

William MacCallum spent over thirty years in the field of education in a number of different roles from International Baccalaureate senior mathematics instructor to curriculum consultant. He earned a Master’s degree with an award-winning thesis in math, science and technology curriculum from Queen’s University.

Currently he and his wife own and operate Falcon Ridge Inn B&B in Alma where they have been focused on lowering the business’s carbon footprint since they purchased it three years ago. They are avid travelers and hikers, often taken the road less traveled. Besides being treasurer for Friends of Fundy he also sits on the board of the Chipoudy Communities Revitalization Committee.

Secretary

Susan A. Dean

She has worked as an environmental educator, classroom teacher and literacy mentor in Canada and abroad, and more recently as a consultant and writer with the NB Department of Education and Early Childhood Development on their Growing Readers and Building Blocks of Reading initiatives. Susan presently works with the Aster Group Environmental Services Cooperative, editing/writing environmental reports and educational documents, including the ‘Great Minds Think Outside, Educator Resources Guide’ (New Brunswick Environmental Network).

Over the years Susan has sat on various boards and volunteered with community groups— Interpretation Canada, Ontario Council of Outdoor Educators, Scouts Canada, Friends of Irishtown Nature Park, Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, Frye Festival, Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton Area, Riverbend Community School, New Brunswick Environmental Network Team PD, Moncton Public Library Board, and as an executive board member for the Aster Foundation and the Friends of Fundy.

When she’s not exploring the trails of Fundy National Park or canoeing Atlantic Canada’s waterways she spends time writing stories for children and adults that include her observations of the natural world.

Director

Catherine Rhyno

Originally from Saint John Catherine Rhyno and her husband Dean, currently live in Alma N.B. Together, they have raised two sons, Tommy and Tim, who with their partners live in Paris, France and Ottawa respectively. 

Catherine’s career began in the area of Business Technology as office manager for the provincial Benjamin Moore dealers, and then continued to thrive with learning at the Colour Institute in Cleveland and the New York School of Interior Design. Shortly thereafter, Catherine started her own consulting company. 

Catherine earned a bachelor’s degree at UNB Fredericton in education and then developed the Residential Interiors program that was accepted by NBCC in Saint John and also at Eastern Trades College. 

Throughout her working career, Catherine has offered to volunteer for many organizations during her time in Saint John as well as local special events; namely Alma Celebration Days and the Fleet Launch. She currently holds a seat on the Board of Directors at Forestdale Nursing Home.

Today, Catherine spends her time cultivating a field of haskap bushes and trying to emulate a sustainable way of living.

Director

David Christie

Director and founding member of the Fundy Guild Inc. / Friends of Fundy David resides at Mary’s Point along the picturesque route 915. A naturalist, a birder and a protector of the natural and historic assets in the Fundy Region, David was an original founder of our organization along with Mary Majka, a pioneering conservationist devoted to protecting wildlife environments, preserving historic sites, and educating Canadians about the natural world.

Director

Edmund Dawe

During Edmund’s 32-year academic career, he was Head of the Department of Music at Mount Allison University from 1997-2003, and Dean of Music at the University of Manitoba from 2007 – 2018. Edmund is an accomplished pianist with several recordings and two ECMA nominations to his credit. He has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In 2018, Edmund and his wife Karla, an organist and university instructor, retired from the University of Manitoba and now reside in the beautiful village of Alma, NB. Edmund was recently appointed Dean Emeritus at the University of Manitoba.

Director

Jennifer Hawkins Forbes

Jennifer grew up surrounded by lots of family that enjoyed camping and being together and is still happiest surrounded by family outdoors. After completing high school she decided to see what “big city life” would be like and attended Saint Mary’s university and studied sociology and gerontology.

After university Jenn started work at Costco Wholesale in 1995 and is still a proud Costco employee over 25 years later. Her years at Costco have seen her in various management positions and she now enjoying learning in a clinic environment within the hearing aid industry and truly feels blessed to be able to work with people on something so life changing for them. Her husband reintroduced her to Alma and Fundy Park when they met and she instantly fell in love with the whole area. Having a year-round cottage in Alma she started to feel a sense of community in the area and was intrigued by the offer to become a board

 member for the Fundy Guild “Friends of Fundy”. Almost 3 years later she happy to see the work being done, the growth in the community and to still be a part of a great group working towards the goal of making the entire region stronger.

Director

Kevin Bulmer

A native of New Brunswick, and a graduate of Acadia University, Kevin has spent most of his career in the area of economic development. He has also worked in the IT and telecom industries. Besides the Friends of Fundy, Kevin has volunteered in many sports capacities, with the Red Cross, with a Syrian refugee family, and with several other organizations.

Director

Melissa Wilbur

Melissa is an accomplished marketer, chef and entrepreneur living in New Horton and working in Alma. Most recently Melissa worked as the Senior Brand Manager for the recreational cannabis portfolio at Organigram in Moncton. Prior to that, she worked with Moosehead breweries in both Saint John and Toronto. 

This year Melissa left her corporate job to focus on her and her partner’s business in Alma, Tipsy Tails Restaurant. Melissa’s background in the culinary Arts (Culinary Institute of Canada graduate) paired with her experience managing multi-million-dollar brand budgets means she has the experience to help carry the business forward in uncertain times such as this. 

Melissa continually seeks new opportunities to further her business acumen and is actively looking to engrain herself in the local economy and community.