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Meet our hike leaders!


VÉronique Charbonneau

EXPLORE Sudbury Program Manager

Neighbourhood(s): Downtown / Donovan

Hike Leader Style: Hiking for fitness or rehab, contemplative strolls, birdwatching, special events

When and where I like to hike: anywhere, though I prefer locations I can walk or bike to

Why did I become involved in EXPLORE Sudbury?: I am a huge advocate for holistic health, and always looking for ways to encourage a balanced lifestyle and outdoor exposure...and what better way than by exploring our surroundings with our neighbours!


ALbert Sieve

Neighbourhood: Donovan/Flour Mill

Hike Leader Style: Bushwhacking, adventuring, exploring

Where and When I Like to Hike: Everywhere! Though I prefer discovering little known trails in our own backyards

Why did I become an EXPLORE Sudbury hike leader: Because I believe passionately in this cause. I think our community is too car-oriented, and I’d like for people to see that there are other ways to get around; walking, cycling, etc… and help more people feel good about themselves and the city that we live in, although I find more and more people are beginning to saying just how awesome it is to live in this Sudbury!


Allison Easton

Neighborhood: New Sudbury.

Hike Leader Style: Urban Poling. I get the workout done but don’t forget to stop once in a while and notice the beauty around us. I simply love nature and watching the seasons change!

Where I like to Hike: I lead hikes in New Sudbury, but I will hike anyplace that has trees, even better with a climb and a view and great company. Exploring all the trails and routes our city has to offer truly is like an ongoing adventure close to home.

Why did I become an Urban Poling instructor? After joining the Judy & Muffie's group a year ago with my mom, I enjoyed the activity so much I decided to become an instructor. Finding an exercise program that offers a total body workout with the component of fresh air, discovering new places and meeting new faces seemed like a great idea, and I love to see people get excited about something new.


Amie Skilling

Neighbourhoods: Wahnapitae, Coniston, Garson, South End.

Hike Leader Style: Hiking primarily for exploring, exercise and good ol' fresh air.

When and Where I Like to Hike: I'll hike any day at anytime with proper notice.I love to explore trails outside the city and encourage others to do so in their areas.

Why did I become an EXPLORE Sudbury hike leader: I want to encourage my peers to keep an active, balanced life style and also to advocate the beauty of nature and wildlife that Sudbury has to offer. I also want to be a good example for my family. So let's go, Sudbury!


Chantel Desrochers

Neighbourhood: Flour Mill

Hike Leader Style: An Easy-Going Power Walker!

Favourite Quote: “Only when the last tree has died, and the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we cannot eat money”

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Daniel Barrette

Neighbourhood: Robinson Playground

Hike Leader Style: In-your-backyard-hiking, utilitarian trail use, family walks

Message to Participants:My feet are my favourite mode of transportation. I tend to be more of a utilitarian hiker but I've learned to enjoy the classic hike just as much. It allows you to enjoy the slower pace of life and the simple beauties.


Neighbourhood: Chelmsford

Hike Leader Style: Urban Poling. I’m the curious one always wanting to know what’s beyond the next hill, what's down that road?

Why did I become an Urban Poling instructor?: To age and help others age gracefully. Urban Poling is a great way to maintain a positive attidue and good physical health. It definitely has helped my improve coordination, balance and core strengths!


Ella Proulx

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Crystal Majury

Neighbourhood: I live in Minnow Lake and my favourite place to hike is on the trails around my neighborhood.

Hike Leader Style: I'm a casual hiker, I just love being outdoors.

Why did I become an EXPLORE Sudbury hike leader? As a first time mom I was looking for fun things to do outdoors with my son and joining Explore Sudbury as a volunteer was the perfect place to start. I'm looking forward to leading baby-friendly walks and hikes this summer!



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Katrina Monaghan

Neighbourhood: Grew up in Garson, moved to Flour Mill now I’m on Whitewater Lake in Azilda.

Hike Leader Style: Energetic (uphill/ a good workout) and/or practicing mindfulness and relaxation, so more slow paced and easy (depends on crowds interest)

Where and When I Like to Hike: Anywhere in new Sudbury, Azilda, even Killarney if it’s of interest …my schedule changes so I can’t always know “when”

Favourite Quote: "You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection"

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Pat Jackson

Neighbourhood: Crooked lake/South End

Hike Leader Style: Trail Blazer / Bushwhacker

When and Where I Like to Hike: Anywhere. And mornings - I’m a morning person

Favourite Trail/Route: The whole junction creek trail, from Copper Cliff to Maley Drive

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Paul Haynes

Neighbourhood: History knows no boundaries.

Hike leader style: Sharing stories of people, places and events that have shaped our local history while enjoying leisurely walks through urban streets, parks and trails.

Why did I decide to become an EXPLORE Sudbury hike leader: Few cities combine such a fascinating geological history and a colourful modern history. I think it’s a great way for me to share my knowledge and interest in local history and, at the same time, learn from other XPLR Sudbury leaders and participants.

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Peter Case

Message to Participants: Always up for a hike. I love to explore, enjoy nature and discover new places


Ra'anaa Brown

Neighbourhood: Downtown

When and Where I like to Hike: I like afternoon exploratory hikes that lead me into the night. There’s nothing like hiking until sunset, especially in Sudbury.

Favourite Quote: My life mantra is "Everything happens for a reason" which I like to follow on and off the trails. I'm a spiritual person who loves forest bathing whenever I can, so don't be surprised if you see me doing yoga on the trails.

Rachelle Niemela

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Neighborhood: Downtown

Hike Leader Style: I am very accommodating and I am always willing to go where everyone else wants to go. Where I like to Hike: I like to hike everywhere, I do really enjoy a nature walk and taking in the sounds of nature. I also enjoy hiking in urban areas and looking at objects we see everyday and taking them for granted like the downtown murals.

Why did I become involved in Explore Sudbury I am really passionate about fitness and healthy living and I thought Rainbow Routes Association would be perfect for my co-op at Cambrian College. I was lucky enough to secure my co-op wit Rainbow Routes Association and that is how I got involved with Explore Sudbury.

Robert Leblanc

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Sharon Roy

Message to Participants: I was born in Sudbury, raised my children here, and am just returning after an 18 year absence and my Explore Sudbury hikes tend to reflect my own rediscovery of this amazing city. I like to partner with local organizations to design walks that take us to various points of interest along streets we often travel along but rarely have opportunity to look at closely. I also love “forest bathing,” and it was a longing for the sound of the wind blowing in pines and lake water lapping that brought me back to Sudbury.


Stanley Koren

Neighbourhood(s): University - TCT - Lake Laurentian Conservation Area -Minnow Lake - Flour Mill - Gatchell - Little Britain - Coniston - Wahnapitae Hike Leader Style: Develop signature routes that continuously evolve and improve based on feedback. I also love to explore new trails.

When and where I like to hike: Early morning or in evening in Conservation area.

Why did I become an Explore Sudbury Hike Leader?: To help introduce as many people as possible to amazing Sudbury trails at their doorstep and to help promote a healthy lifestyle.

If I could be any animal, what would I be and why?: I would like to be a Raven - because they are super acrobatic flyers, smart, show empathy, communicate by gestures and they can survive all year round in Sudbury at 40 above or 40 below.


Sylvie Grenier

Neighbourhood: I live in Chelmsford but often hike in Sudbury.

Hike Leader Style: I enjoy evening urban hikes with a gathering afterwards, family hikes and exploring new locations.

Interests: I enjoy spending time outdoors, kayaking, geocaching, swimming and hiking.


Toni Calabrese

Neighbourhood: Downtown/Ramsey Lake

Hike Leader Style: Boardwalker

Where and When I like to Hike: Ramsey Lake Boardwalk any time

Why did I become an EXPLORE Sudbury hike leader: I'm an avid walker and would like to share our hidden gem, Ramsay Lake with others.


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