Below is a brief description of our Association’s Committees. You may also want to refer to Lake Wah-Wash-Kesh Conservation Association’s Conflict of Interest Statement PDF format (367 KB) or Committee Policies PDF format (409 KB).

Fish Enhancement Committee

The original mandate of our committee, established in 1997, was to review the closure of Lake Wahwashkesh to ice fishing, and to make a recommendation to the Association about whether or not the closure should continue. Since then we broadened the mandate to include working with the MNR to assist in various data gathering techniques. We are actively working to determine the species, size, and number of fish, so that we can continue to improve sport fishing on our lake.
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Water Quality Committee

Maintaining a high quality of water in Lake WahWashKesh is central to the core mandate of the WWKCA, and to all of our enjoyment of this most special place in Ontario (and the world).

The Association voted, at Virtual AGM 2021, to have water quality testing done twice a year through a third party, with funds raised through memberships and permits. The program honours Mike Maceina by:

  • Acknowledging the significance of Mike’s past body of work in this area
  • Engaging resources needed to continue water quality monitoring and measurement at a professional level
  • Generating general awareness of the critical importance of water quality as primary measure for health and well-being of the Lake, its ecology, and ability of cottage owners’ enjoyment.

Please contact John Gardner, at, or Don Comrie, at, if you are interested in supporting the program with your time or treasure.

WQ Terms of Reference
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Planning and Development Committee

In January 2000, we became part of the Municipality of Whitestone, and our Association has contributed significantly to the development of the Municipality’s Official Plan. Land use planning is very important to Lake Wahwashkesh, and the outcome of good planning must be to safeguard our beautiful waters and natural shorelines.
Co-chairs: Helen Mallovy Hicks  & John Mallovy
The Municipality of Whitestone Environmental Stewardship Committee is pursuing the creation of lake plans. Some cottage associations are developing lake plans due to the diverse spectrum of interests in cottage country. The Lake Plan approach was presented to Association members in 2002, and Association Directors asked that the Whitestone Official Plan contain language that would allow us to take the Lake Plan approach in the future, if we so choose.

WWKCA is currently interested in developing a lake plan. Recruitment of interested volunteers has begun.  Contact Lynn at

Lake Plan Committee members: TBA

PAD Terms of Reference
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Stewardship Committee

Lake Stewardship means protecting the environment for current and future generations. On our lake, this involves using volunteers and often non-legislated actions and programs. The Directors of our Conservation Association consider themselves the stewardship committee for Lake Wahwashkesh. Our specific stewardship efforts are focused on the following activities: communication, education, fish enhancement, analysis and testing of our waters, community and lake shore planning, maintaining access to our waters, support for special reserves, maintaining water levels, keeping our lake shores clean and natural, protecting endangered flora and fauna, and as individuals providing proper septic systems. This stewardship approach is the fundamental principle underlying almost all that the Lake Wah-Wash-Kesh Conservation Association does for our beautiful piece of Ontario. top ↑

Projects and Volunteer List

Membership Drive – Project Manager: Lynn Brennan
Dock & Parking Areas Taskforce – Taskforce members: Mayor Comrie, Jeanine Ferris, Steff Rauh, Beth Gotham-Matthews, Ed Bennett

Loon Raft – Project Manager: Don Comrie

Permit & Membership Mailing – Project Manager: Barb Cribbett

Water Quality Testing – ​​Project Managers: John Gardner & Don Comrie

Task Force-Water Level – ​​Project Manager:  Jennifer Materne

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