Meet the Board
The Society is served by a dedicated Board of Directors, elected by and from the general membership at the Annual General Meeting held annually. All are volunteers.
I have many years of work experience and training in the environmental and health/wellness fields. I have a strong interest in reshaping our understanding of the human-nature relationship and working collaboratively with others to ensure our urban-based ecosystems are healthy and life sustaining now and in the future.
My background is in financial direction and Human Resources management. My interest in supporting the Nature Sanctuary lies in conserving these lands for many future generations so that people living in our urban environment have a chance to learn about the natural world. I have served on the Board for 4 years as Treasurer, Board Chair, and now past Chair.
I am a retired accountant from the Yukon and who lives near Swan Lake and visits the area frequently. Therefore I have an invested interest in the welfare of the Nature Sanctuary. My experience includes working in finance for a bank, hospital, government, First Nations and a women's transaction home. I have been on several volunteer boards.
Secretary, Governance Committee Chair
My background is in natural area conservation and parks management. I'm interested not just in how natural areas are managed today, but in how we can use sustainable approaches to ensure a healthy future for an ecosystem in an urban setting. I have served on the Board as a member at large for four years.
Director, Ecosystems & Facilities Committee Chair
I recently retired from a career as Early Childhood Educator and Executive Director of a not-for-profit centre. I am passionate about connecting children, families and all members of society with nature. I joined the Board in October 2020 and look forward to contributing to an organization that supports education and stewardship of these lands for future generations.
Director, Finance & Community Relations Committees
As a new Director, I’m pleased to volunteer my time, energy and ideas to support the Nature Sanctuary’s mission to foster community understanding and appreciation of nature and provide an urban sanctuary bringing people and nature together. I’ve served on several non-profit Boards besides a career in public service. I’m interested in natural areas conservation in our community and have got my hands and knees very dirty in that pursuit.
I am a practicing professional biologist in the field of terrestrial ecology. I am a new board and executive committee member. I am interested in supporting ongoing and future exploration of the urban ecological function of Swan Lake to ensure that it is enjoyed by others for as long as possible.
I have 40 years of IT systems experience encompassing a broad range of technologies. Starting with proprietary microcomputer systems in the 70's then progressing through minicomputers and the explosion of Unix, Linux and Microsoft Windows; I have built a wealth of knowledge and a unique skillset applicable to both small and large organizations. I currently put my knowledge and skills into practice as the Technology Manager for Lekker Food Distributors Ltd. and as a volunteer providing technical consulting and support to serveral charitable organizations. I sit on the Community Council of the Stan Hagen Centre and am a past Director and member of the Board's Executive Committee at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary.
My background is in biology with a particular focus on terrestrial invertebrates (land animals without backbones). My interest in supporting the Nature Sanctuary lies in ensuring that nature has a place of refuge, even in heavily urbanized areas. The Sanctuary supports incredible biological diversity, including rare and endangered species. I have served on the Board since 2013.