Board of Directors

The Temagami Community Foundation is administered by a board of volunteer directors. Board members accept three year terms and serve in many ways from assisting with reviewing grant applications to providing investment and governance advice to providing important links into the respective communities to which they belong.

CG Stephens | Chair

temagami community foundation board chairClay G. Stephens (C.G.) first came to Temagami in 1974 as a camper at Langskib Canoe Camp in Sharprock Inlet. His experiences that first summer hooked him on Temagami and using canoe trips as a way to help young people navigate the challenges of adolescence. C.G and his wife, Jodi Browning own and direct Northwaters and Langskib Wilderness Programs, providing canoe tripping programs for several hundred youth ages 10-17 each summer. In the off season C.G. and Jodi and their children Grace, McKenzie and Hudson make their home in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern NY. C.G. has degree in Economics from Hartwick College, he is founder of the Deepwater Experiential Education Project, a volunteer firefighter and consummate outdoor adventurer.

Victoria Calverley | Honorary Board

Victoria has been a summer resident on Lake Temagami for over 40 years – she and her family continue to summer on Island 968. A resident of King Township just outside of Toronto, Victoria is a Chartered Accountant, co-founder and partner of Capital C, a marketing services agency in Toronto and a past Board member of the Toronto Community Foundation. Victoria joined our Board of Directors in 2008 as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee and looks forward to giving back to a community that has shaped her life from an early age.

Walter Ross | Honorary Co-Chair

Walter is a retired partner of Ernst & Young, Chartered Accountants. He has held leadership positions in a number of Canadian charitable organizations and is a founding Director of the Temagami Community Foundation. He is currently the Chair of the Audit Committee of the Temagami First Nation. Walter and Joanne, and their children Sara, Graham and Elissa, can’t imagine not being in Temagami during the summer.

Bob Farr

Bob is originally from Cooks Mills, a small town near Niagara Falls, Ontario. He spent five years in the banking industry before moving to Lake Temagami in 1971 after meeting his future wife, Gladys Twain. For over 30 years he owned a successful building and contracting business operating from their home on Cattle Island. In 2004 he and Gladys bought their present home on Bear Island where they now enjoy the year round pleasures of Lake Temagami.



Debbie Nixon

Debbie lives in Mississauga, where she works as a clinical psychologist in private practice. She does both individual and marital psychotherapy and has been in this field of work since the early 1980’s. Debbie is the mother of three grown children – Andrew (30), Dave(26) and Katie(20). Debbie was first introduced to Temagami when she and her husband Sandy visited the lake for a honeymoon canoe trip. Sandy had gone to summer camp at Camp White Bear, in the southwest arm. When their children were small, they tended to rent cottages in the Muskoka area but rented in Temagami when Katie was around 12, and fell in love with the beauty of the lake. Since that week they were on a mission to find their own property and were fortunate enough to do so a few years later. Debbie and Sandy purchased their cottage (Island 850 in the South Arm) about 6 years ago. Since then they have been going up regularly for blocks of time in the summer months and have met many great people who also love and revere our Canadian north.

Vince Hovanec

Vince first came to the Lake in 1956 as a staffer at Keewaydin. After finishing university, he was a journalist, diplomat and international PR director before retiring for the last time in 1998. He returned to Temagami in 1997, the memories of that summer of years ago still strong, and since then has spent 2-3 months on the lake each summer. Over the years, he has been a director, and then president of the Temagami Lakes Association. For a time, he also edited the Temagami Times.

Shelley Timms


Jessica Lewis


Paul Middleton



Honorary Board Directors

  • Victoria Grant (Victoria is still active with the TCF as a Committee Member)
  • Walter Ross FCA (Walter is still active with the TCF as Co-Chair)
  • Richard P. Lewis III
  • June Keevil
  • Lorne Pacey (1915-2007)