Meet Our Executive Directors

The association holds monthly Directors meetings from November to May. The Annual General Meeting is held the first week of March. Meetings are open and new members are always welcome.

Tim Handforth
Tim HandforthPresident
Since returning from Alberta in 2008, I have been involved with ARA as Secretary, a Board Member and now President. I started fly tying in 1967, the same year I caught my first salmon on the Glenholme River. Five years after that I took up rod building. My passion is swinging large flies for Atlantic salmon. I am excited about the direction ARA is taking, with our focus being on river habitat and restoration. Hope to see you on the river!
Malorie Crispo
Malorie CrispoVice President
With a love of nature and all living things stemming from a young age, Malorie gained a newfound appreciation for her local rivers and river dwellers when she started tying flies over the winter months of 2013. This appreciation grew and evolved into a desire to protect and preserve such a precious and priceless resource. A member of The Antigonish Rivers Association since 2014, and entering her second term as Vice President, Malorie is proud to be involved with such an active group of wonderful, passionate and caring members that do such important work for our local rivers and our community.
Leo Callahan
Leo CallahanSecretary
An Antigonish native and long time angler of trout and salmon. I’ve been a member of ARA for ten years and recent member of the NSSA. I am keenly interested in the maintenance of local fish habitat and the health and welfare of local fish species. I am serving a second term as ARA secretary and very proud of the accomplishments of ARA.
Nicholas MacInnis
Nicholas MacInnisPast President
Somewhere around the time I learned to walk I started trout fishing on Brierly Brook behind my family home and not long after that I began tying trout and salmon flies. My passion for angling led me towards pursuing a career in fish habitat restoration. Currently I work for the Nova Scotia Salmon Association as a Habitat Biologist where I work with community groups such ARA everyday to help them complete river restoration projects and other Atlantic salmon recovery activities. I have been on the Board of Directors for a decade and I’m amazed at the dedication of my fellow directors and their long term commitment to watershed stewardship.

Directors at Large

Gerry Doucet

Dr. Don Wescott

David MacNeil

Ken MacAulay

Sandy Horne

Liam Fulmore

Chris Chisholm

Our By-Laws

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Created in 2007 – Updated in 2023

“Our success is the result of our membership and the community that supports them.”

“Our success is the result of our membership and the community that supports them.”

The history of our organization is the story of a small group of concerned citizens working for a better tomorrow.

We Accept Donations.

The ARA is a non-profit organization but does not have charitable status. Anyone interested in donating money to the organization that wishes to receive a tax receipt can make a donation on the NSSA web site. Please indicate that you would like the money to be used for work by the ARA.

Fishing Regulation and Season Information.

One of the key roles of our organization is education. To help your quickly connect with the most essential information we have prepared a page with all the most critical links on regulations and seasons.