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.

Do you have the following: legal expertise, financial acumen, biology background, fundraising experience, instructional design, or an understanding of Not-for-Profits?

The Society is always seeking enthusiastic new board members with experience in one or more of these areas.

Nominations are now open until April 21, 2021 4pm for election at our

June 10, 2021 Annual General Meeting.

Please contact Christine Morissette, Chair of the Nominating Committee, if interested:

cmorissette @


Board Chair – Fallon Lindsay

Fallon Lindsay

Board Chair

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 and now as Board Chair.

Vice Chair - Sharon Daly

Sharon Daly

Vice Chair, Community Relations Committee Chair

I have many years of work experience and training in the environmental and health/wellness fields. I am a new board member with 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.

Treasurer - Hugh Carruthers

Hugh Carruthers


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 and I have been on several volunteer boards.

Secretary - Christine Morissette

Christine Morissette

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 - Kalina Noel

Kalina Noel

Director, Ecosystems & Facilities Committee Chair

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.

Director - Lynn Young

Lynn Young


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 - Mary-Ethel Audley

Mary-Ethel Audley


I have worked in a number of areas, including law enforcement, legislation, finance, treaty negotiations and land management. I enjoyed taking my daughter to Swan Lake when she was younger and would love to ensure it is here for many families to enjoy in the future.  I joined the Board in 2020, and look forward to meeting and working with all of you.

Rick Marshall - Director

Rick Marshall


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.

Director – Claudia Copley (VNHS)

Claudia Copley


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.