About Us

Our Mission

Working cooperatively with NCC management at Gatineau Park, the Friends, a registered charity, foster understanding, appreciation, enjoyment and stewardship of the Park’s natural and human heritage.  We do so by providing group interpretation sessions and/or outings to schools, organizations or individuals; hands-on participation, educational material and research grants. These compliment the activities undertaken by the Park’s management.

Support research in the Park

Contributions to our Cameron-Purenne Fund help the Friends support research projects in the Park. You are also invited to attend our Annual Research Forum to learn about recently gained knowledge of the Park.

In 2014, the Annual Research Forum took place on November 23. Here is the program poster for the eight annual research forum and a link to the outcome.

In 2013, the Friends have renewed and expanded the Annual Research Forum program to underline the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Park. It took place over 3 consecutive saturday afternoons in November. Here is the complete program  and poster for the 2013 event. Finally, here is a link to the outcome of this very successful Research Forum.

In 2012, the Annual Research Forum has taken place on November 17. Here is the program poster for the eight annual research forum.


Annual Reports

Highlights for the year 2015-2016

  • Implementation of the revised Agreement with the NCC
  • Pilot-project on Fall Rhapsody
  • Transition to the new accountant program
  • Cumulation donations top 100 000$
  • 7 specifics projects completed
  • Parks Day first edition

Annual report 2015-2016

Highlights for the year 2013-3014

  • Continued with Implementation of the Strategic Plan
  • Volunteers trained to lead Snowshoe under the Stars outings
  • Adopt-a-Trail expanded in trail restoration initiative
  • Assisted the NCC in celebrating 75th  anniversary of the Park
  • Speaker series proving popular

Annual report 2013-2014

Highlights for the year 2012-2013

  • Continue with the Implementation of the Strategic plan
  • Website move to New Host Provider / Server
  • Trail restoration and clearing activities under the Adopt-A-Trail Program
  • Increased level of outreach activities – Assisting NCC’s initiative of visiting schools
  • Assist NCC in staffing McKenzie-King Estate Interpretation Activities
  • Utilization and allocation of new volunteer vests (Adopt-A-Trail)

Annual report 2012-2013

Annual report 2011-2012

Annual report 2010-2011

Financial Statements

See the full financial statements

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is composed of up to  twelve members, including a representative of the National Capital Commission. It provides leadership and supervision to all the activities of the organization. Its members are elected at the annual general meeting for a two year term. The Board holds meetings of approximately two hours in length eleven times a year while the Executive Committee (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer) meets every month.  Members of the Board usually devote five hours a month to this work.

IMG_1053President: Sarah Crowe brings her public sector management experience and her great passion for the Park.


Vice President
:   Graeme Roderick, one of the foundingIMG_1088 members, brings experience in voluntary sector financial management.  He has been recognized by the City of Ottawa as a community builder.

Paci-Chris-01wSecretary:  Chris Paci has previously volunteered with Friends, most recently last winter leading snowshoe under the stars. He has previous Board experience as Vice President Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife. Chris has an interdisciplinary doctorate from the Natural Resources Institute University of Manitoba.

Treasurer: Diane Schreiner is our new Treasurer. She comes to the position after serving a year on the Board, her passions are citizen science and park interpretation.



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