The Saugeen Rail Trail Association Board

Our people

For over 25 years, volunteers have maintained and improved a safe, accessible and non-motorized park across Saugeen Shores. These are the volunteers who donate their time and expertise to help to keep our dream alive.

SRTA volunteers

Dela Avle


Dela moved to Port Elgin from the Toronto in 2009. Dela loved to bike the trail systems in the GTA, and was very happy to discover the trail system here in Saugeen Shores. Dela and his wife live in Port Elgin, and both can be frequently found walking or biking along the various trails in the area all year round. Dela is a practicing corporate lawyer.

Ann MacKay


Ann and her family have a strong connection with the Saugeen Railtrail. Her father, Bill Colborne, worked with area Councils encouraging them to purchase the abandoned trail while working on the development of a trail system. Ann is proud to continue his dream and to see the increased usage on the trail.

Carol Rencheck


As a new resident of Saugeen Shores, I was looking for opportunities to meet people and become involved in the community. My husband and I love riding the trails and meeting the great group of people that work so hard to maintain them. Along with volunteering with the Rail Trail, I am also a member of the Huron Shores Hospice Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity GreyBruce Board of Directors, deliver Meals on Wheels and make breakfast for the students at Port Elgin Saugeen Central one morning a week.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Spanish from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA.

Joyce Scammel

Public Relations

Retired school teacher/principal, avid community person and trail enthusiast, and one of the early trail founders (1990).

Bob Hunter

Director At Large

Born in Kincardine in 1960, worked for 30 years with Ontario Hydro, OPG and Bruce Power as Instrument Technician. Retired in 2012. Married for 32 years. One daughter who is a school teacher in Port Elgin and one son who is in the military. Member of the Port Elgin United Church where currently Property Chair. Enjoy camping, travelling, running, skiing and generally being active.

Gerry Boucher

Director At Large

Fifteen years of experience on the Saugeen Railtrail Association Board. Avid cyclist/hiker. Passion for developing and maintaining trails.

Larry Van Wormer


I came to Port Elgin in 1971, as an engineer working at BNPD, retiring in 2004. Saugeen Shores has been my home for quite a while. I’ve used our trail system for as long as it’s existed, it’s a big plus to the community, and it certainly has improved a lot over the years, providing much value to the community. I’m pleased to have done a bit to help.

Bruce Alexander

Trail Manager

I am a 35 year resident of Port Elgin with a yard that backs onto the Trail. I have been a volunteer of the SRTA for 20 years filling roles of kiosk builder, maintenance manager, president, Bruce County rail trail SRTA rep and currently maintenance director working with the town, Bruce County and developers to build and maintain the SRTA portion of the parks and trails master plan. My project involvement includes: River street kiosk, Louis street loop, Southampton memorial garden link, Albert street trail, Port Elgin paving project and Bruce County Trail links including Mill creek bridge, stone dust to CAW road with Walmart link and parallel trail south to Saugeen Shores boundary.

John Kain


Coming soon

Beatrix Smith

Student Volunteer

Beatrix is a student volunteer and helps with the minutes.