Wetlands and Jazz Bands

NLT Wetlands Jazz Bands Event June 2016Saturday June 11, 2016

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Riverstone Event Centre – 414 River Road, Welland

Join us for a special event to highlight the beauty of Niagara wetlands and raise awareness of the impact of biodiversity offsetting, as well as enjoy an evening of socializing and musical entertainment.

Following our presentation by Steven Hounsell, Chair of Ontario’s Biodiversity Council and past President of Ontario Nature, our guests will enjoy music by the Holy Cross Catholic High School jazz followed by the masterful jazz-funk-pop sounds of the Deacons of Jazz.

It will be an evening of conversation and entertainment you don’t want to miss!

Tickets include a snack buffet and cash bar. 

Also available will be a silent auction featuring Niagara artists, wines & woodcrafts.

Please consider supporting this event & the efforts of the Niagara Land Trust to build & steward community forests, wetlands & agricultural lands for perpetuity in the Niagara Peninsula. 

Proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of property in Wainfleet & West Lincoln. 

To reserve tickets or a table, please contact:

  • Gary King gking4@cogeco.ca 905-734-8022 or
  • Tim Seburn timseburn@gmail.com 905-871-2577

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Steven Hounsell – Bio

NLT_20_am_HounsellSteven Hounsell, Chair of Ontario’s Biodiversity Council and past President of Ontario Nature, will explain biodiversity off-setting & best practices on applying it to land-use planning. 

Steven is a biologist with over thirty-seven years of experience working with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the former Ontario Hydro. Recently retired, Steve’s career path has included environmental policy development and implementation, environmental assessments, and applied environmental research where his work focused specifically on the effects of forest fragmentation on wildlife. He was responsible for the development and implementation of a biodiversity policy, the first of its kind in the electricity industry. He has made many contributions to woodland conservation in southern Ontario, the advancement of sustainable development and ecological sustainability and climate change adaptation, as it pertains to biodiversity. Steve spent the latter part of his career in the Corporate Sustainable Development Group of Ontario Power Generation, where he managed OPG’s biodiversity programs. Steve understands biodiversity offsetting, has working knowledge of the process, hierarchy & examples in Ontario.

Deacons of Jazz


The Deacons of Jazz came together in the fall of 2003, entertaining guests in a variety of venues including church functions, weddings, and corporate events. Original trumpet ace Randy Brown handed the reins to Paul Fehderau, otherwise the instrument lineup has remained unchanged. The addition of technician Craig Ten Brinke has drastically improved the sound of the band.

Musically the band has evolved from a lounge act into a show band mixing jazz standards (Mack the Knife, Girl from Ipanema) with funk and pop tunes (Just the Two of Us, What a Fool Believes), originals (Love’s not so Bright, You Know) and reworked favourites (The Long and Winding Road.) The band continues to explore, venturing into uncharted musical territories in rehearsal, and occasionally in concert.