In Memory

In Memory of Severin Iseli 

The Timber Structure built in 2016 was recently dedicated in memory of long-time director & volunteer

Have you noticed the new structure at the JJ Collett Natural Area?  It’s on the east side of the natural area where trail #4 meets trail #6.  It’s a perfect spot for a picnic lunch, or to stop for a rest, or just to sit and enjoy the world around you.  

The timber framed open structure was donated to JJ Collett Natural Area by Red Deer College Carpentry Department;  the result of a group professional development project involving college instructors last September. 

With the help of Daniel Iseli-Otto of Bluffton, the six instructors (Larry Berge, Sam Church, Gary Halvorson, Walter Loov, Dwayne Rausch and Jim Thomson) learned about 3D software timber frame joinery and cutting as well as actually raising the structure at the Nature Area northeast of Lacombe.  All of the layout, cutting, dry-fit, sanding and finishing was done at RDC’s Carpentry shop and then transported and raised on location at JJ Collett. 

Once complete, the wooden structure was oiled and a metal roof was added.  



In Memory of Roger Stawart  

Roger spent countless hours grooming trails, removing deadfall off the trails,  and as a board member. Roger was an expert at building benches, and spent countless hours building them, you will see many of them on the trails.   His dedication to the JJ Collett Natural Area will always be remembered and appreciated. 

In Memory of Joan Meeres

Joan was a long time board member, and contributed for many years to our natural area!   She lead walks, assisted with trail maintenance and make the best cookies for our meetings!





In Memory of Gail Hughes

Gail became a director of JJ Collett Foundation in 2005.  Her contribution to the area has been immeasurable, and her love for the area has been an inspiration to all.

 Gail served as Secretary on the board for 5 years, lead and educated members on spring and fall walks, and participated in plant and species counts, which was submitted to the provincial government.

 Her knowledge of the plants, fauna, and wildlife in the area taught us all the importance of how special our natural area is, and inspired the  preservation and utilization of this area for educational and environmental purposes.

 Her inspiration will always be remembered and treasured by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.