Red Maple Grove formed sixteen years ago in 1999. We have had roughly ten to twelve ADF members over much of that period and a number of other people identifying as Red Maple and various others participating in our activities. That remains so today with new members and participants replacing some earlier ones who have moved on, some to other groves in the Ottawa area. Current members wishing to have a bio here are invited to let me know and send me their bio.
According to our bylaws, elections are held at our Annual General Meeting on or around Samhain, and terms are for two years, from Samhain to Samhain. Those currently serving the Grove in leadership roles include Green (Michael McKenny) as Senior Druid and Sheila Woodgold as Scribe.
Green (Michael McKenny) was born in Ottawa and has lived up and down the Ottawa Valley. He joined ADF at Imbolc 1999 and has been with Red Maple since its beginning around that time. His academic background includes an Honours BA in Latin and Classical Civilization. He is a voracious reader and student of human archaeology, anthropology, spirituality and literature. Some of his encounters in these fields may be observed at: http://www.alsandor.net/solarguard/index.html.
Farrell McGovern (Tecchno Druid)ADF member since 1997 and Red Maple Grove member since 2002, Farrell’s hearth cultures are Celtic and Greek. He has served on the ADF Mother Grove, first as Chronicler (Editor-in-Chief of Oak Leaves, then as the first Regional Druid for Canada. Previous to being in Red Maple Grove, he was member of Silver Fox Grove in Montreal. You can read more about him here
Erin has been a member in good standing of ADF since October 2008 as a member of Red Maple Grove, Ottawa. She has identified as “pagan” since 1993. She helps maintain the grove’s website and writes liturgy for the grove. She was Eastern Canada’s Deputy Regional Druid for the last 6 months and has just been elected Regional Druid for Eastern Canada. Currently, she is working on her Dedicant’s Path. She also coordinates Ottawa’s Druidic Monthly Brunch/Lunch. She was on Red Maple’s mediation triad, and was on the grove’s public outreach triad. Previously, she helped organize Ottawa’s “Fire in the Hearth” conference in July 2009 whose featured guest was Isaac Bonewits. She was the facilitator of the children’s activities at Kaleidoscope Gathering (the largest pagan gathering in Canada located near Eganville, Ontario) for several years. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Anthropology and a B Ed. as was a teacher for 7 years in the elementary and middle school Catholic and Public School Boards. She is bilingual in French and English. She is also a recent cancer survivor of 3 stage 4 cancers.