Co-Founder and President
Long time Oakville resident Bill Smith is a life long photography enthusiast and co-founder of the Oakville Camera Club with Kieley Hickey.
When not taking pictures, Bill is a marketing communications consultant, digital strategist, blogger, writer, sometime traveler and jazz fan.
Bernie has been a photography enthusiast since 1974, when he received his first SLR camera. Over the years, he has gained experience in outdoor and landscape photography, which he has successfully combined with his love of the outdoors, including pursuits such as mountain biking, hiking, alpine touring, snow shoeing, and backpacking. Most at home in the mountains of the Canadian Rockies, Bernie loves to travel, and has been fortunate enough to use these opportunities to photograph on several continents.
Lesley has always appreciated photography and decided to get serious about it when she got her first DSLR in 2013. After taking some photography courses at Sheridan, she joined OCC in 2014 to meet other photographers and be in an environment that promotes continuous improvement and fun! While still a beginner, Lesley has already learned a lot and sees positives changes in her pictures. Retired after a long career with Shell Canada, Lesley loves to travel and take pictures of the places she visits. She loves capturing street scenes and people.
Mike has been an avid photographer for 20+ years. He enjoys a wide variety of photography including Portrait, street and landscape. In recent years, vacations have taken the form of hiking / photography adventures. Mike still enjoys the challenge and creative process of shooting film and developing black and white negatives at home. Mike strives to bring an educational aspect to the club outings.
Photography has become more than just a hobby for me. I look at it as a passion which allows me to combine my strong technical, scientific and environmental skills and interests while opening up a creative side of me that has always been hidden away in my work life. While my photography interests are broad, my focus is in landscape, nature and wildlife, and travel photography. I bring to the Challenges position strong technical, analytical, communications, leadership and computer skills and enthusiasm to share what I have learned in photography with others.
For Rafal, Photography is a passion a job and a hobby. It inspires him to discover and to learn. Rafal is a web developer by day and a photographer the rest of the time. Rafal graduated from the Sheridan College Digital Photography Certificate program.
Director of Ambasadors
I have been active in OCC since 2010. I got my first Digital SLR in 2005 and have been a loyal Canon shooter since then. In my time with the club I have had the opportunity to interact with many of our members and ambassadors. I have enjoyed mentoring many members within the club and enjoy answering questions, and technical exchanges. During my few years with the club I have had my images win both club challenges and had images place in Capture Oakville. I enjoy both landscape and portrait photography, and I love to travel.
A retired high school teacher & devoted marathon runner, Thomas has been involved in both amateur & professional photography for 40 years. His business was in portraiture & weddings. He brings a polish to OCC memberships with his assertive organizational skills.
Director Communication and Member Engagement
Stephanie has always had an interest in photography but it was only recently that she decided to formally work on improving her skills. In 2015 Stephanie enrolled in the Sheridan College continuing education Digital Photography course. In that same year she also joined the Oakville Camera Club to meet other photographers in an effort to learn and share in new ideas and experiences. Stephanie enjoys various styles of photography and looks forward to her continued improvement. She is excited to be on the Board and is looking forward to being able to contribute to the club in this role.
I was first introduced to Photography by my Dad who taught me to use his Nikon Fe when I was little and attending classic car shows with him. Soon after I received a pink and grey Polaroid camera from my grandparents to match the one my Grandad used. The rest is history. I briefly attended Humber College in 2011 for Photography but bumps in life took me a different path. Through Logistics and supply chain management to now working for a Canadian owned and run metal processing plant as a shipping receiving coordinator. I discovered last year on a lone trip out West with my dog Marty, that I have never stopped doing and seeking out Photography. Not once, no matter the bumps in the road. Photography is not only my passion, it is a compulsion that drives my future and excites me! It has aligned me with some amazing friends and mentors through studies at George Brown, Sheridan College and the Oakville Camera Club.
Juan Gil Niehorster
Industry Experience: A seasoned industrial engineer with wide-ranging experience planning and leading operations involving different sized environments
OCC Volunteer Experience: As an OCC volunteer, Juan represented the Club at the Greater Toronto Council of Camera Clubs (GTCCC) Meetings where he had the chance to confirm that only ‘active participation’ is the key for success.
Photography Experience: Joined OCC in 2010. Always searching for travel business opportunities to expand his vision of the World through Photography. Juan has been fortunate to capture people, places, landscapes, and wildlife on four continents. Honourable Mention - Portrait Category, Capture Oakville 2017.
Co-Founder and Past-President
An entrepreneur and passionate photographer from St. John's, Newfoundland, Kieley specializes in wedding and portrait photography. Her love of the photographic industry and her journey to Ontario led to co-founding the Oakville Camera Club and Capture Oakville, Oakville's annual photography competition.