President IHEA Canada & Saskatchewan Representative– Shawna Bellavance
Shawna Bellavance has worked for the Saskatchewan Association for Firearm Education(SAFE) since 2009. As General Manager, she works closely with a BOD to deliver the Firearm Education/Hunter Safety course for Saskatchewan. Her job brings her closer to what is important; nature, conservation and proper use of our natural resources, while maintaining a safe environment for everyone involved. She works closely as well with the IHEA Canada Board, to help bring all jurisdictions, worldwide included, together to understand and educate the importance of the future of our wildlife.
Treasurer IHEA Canada& New Brunswick Representative- Peter Palmer
Peter Palmer’s background in hunting started in 1959 when he was taken on a hunt by his father on the prairie outside Winnipeg. He took his Hunter Education course in 1964 and has held a hunting licence just about every year since. Peter has a background as a gunsmith and with over 33 years experience is now the armourer for New Brunswick Regional Operations and in a repair and alteration capacity for the 300+ training firearms in the Canadian Firearm Safety Course(Restricted and Non-restricted) in New Brunswick. He also manufactures the training ammunition used in the Program.
Peter was hired by the Dept. of Natural Resources in 1998 to code their web pages and administrate the database for the Conservation Education Program and now coordinates the Program for the Province. The Conservation Education Program includes the Atlantic Provinces Hunter Education course, Canadian Firearms Safety Course(non-restricted) the Atlantic Canada Bowhunter Education Program, the Atlantic Provinces Trapper Education Program, and the Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators Program.
Conservation Education is a demand-based responsibility and Peter is proud of the network of volunteer and staff instructors who so ably meet that demand.
Zone Volunteer Instructor Representative for Eastern Canada-Len Dickinson
This area includes Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland & Labrador as well as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Len was born and raised in the small village of Ferguson’s Falla, Ontario. He is a writer, photographer, and passionate sportsman. Len has dedicated most of his life in promoting his hunting heritage and inspiring people to appreciate the beauty that is all around them. He graduated from Algonquin College with a Diploma in Information and Technology and then started working for the Federal Government in Ottawa. During that time he continued his education and earned a Bachelor of Environmental Studies through Waterloo University.
Zone Volunteer Instructor Representative for Western Canada-John Lawson
John Lawson was one of the founding members of Saskatchewan (SK) Association for Firearm Education (S.A.F.E.) as a separate entity in order to provide the hunter education program for this province. He has been the president or on the executive of Meadow Lake Pistol Club for over 30 years.
John is a Master Instructor for the federal non-restricted and restricted instructor train the trainer program; as well as a master instructor for the Saskatchewan provincial hunter safety train the trainer program.
With over 45 years teaching in the education system and 43 years as a hunter education instructor (both youth and adult) John has a demonstrated his intense and continued commitment to the education of new hunters and shooters as well his other activities in the shooting and hunting sports. His past work to create curriculum and educational materials also helps to further the hunter education cause in terms of course content and delivery. John brings with him his many years of experience and expertise to help others in the understanding of the teaching skills required to pass on the important hunter education information to students and help other instructors improve their skills.
Northwest Territories Representative-Stephanie Yuill
Stephanie has spent almost 20 years with her first love: teaching in the outdoors. From Texas to Alberta to Ontario to the NWT, she’s made people fall in love with mother earth. When she’s not at work, she and her dog Eliza can be found canoeing and skiing the vast wilderness that is her northern home.
She’s also the current Education Coordinator for the Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Part of her job is to help teach hunters in the NWT to remain safe and respectful.
British Columbia Representative-Jack O’Halloran
Jack O’Halloran has worked in the nonprofit world for approximately 15 years, and thoroughly enjoys working towards something meaningful. Jack has been following this passion for the outdoors and the environment as the Assistant Director of the BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF). The BCWF is British Columbia’s largest conservation organization with over 43,000 members who are passionately committed to protecting, enhancing and promoting the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations helping BCWF to grow strategic partnerships with sponsors to develop future programs. He believes in what the BCWF is all about. Providing a voice for the membership with government officials, to create a province where conservation and a long heritage of hunting compliment each other.
His goal is to help make BCWF a leader in Canada when it comes to its programs and practices to ensure that our hunting practices are safe and ethical, and that environmental conservation of our wetlands and forest habitats are first and foremost on everyone’s mind. Jack works with the clubs and partners to show others how they can enjoy the outdoors and provide safe practices, that will leave a legacy and an environment that will be enjoyed by generations to follow.