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. 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.
I am a retired accountant from the Yukon 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 transition home. I have been on several volunteer boards.
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.
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.
As a 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.
As a registered professional biologist (MSc), environmental conservation activist and outdoor activity enthusiast, I have developed a strong life-long attachment to the land and ocean including Swan Lake and Christmas Hill. My career has been varied primarily managing protected areas including Canadian National Parks, BC Provincial Parks and North Shore Municipal Parks where I led an effort to create 23 new parks. More recently, I’ve served the Western Canada Wilderness Committee as National Field Office Director, Conservation Manager for The Islands Trust, Conservation Biologist for The Land Conservancy (TLC) and Natural Study Tour Coordinator for Capilano College. My Cuthbert Consulting Services work has focussed on environmental surveying, impact assessment and monitoring and film supervision in protected areas. I have also served as a community activist leader during numerous environmental campaigns from Eagleridge Bluffs in West Vancouver to Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew, as well as the environmental lead as North Vancouver District Councillor for eight years. Finally, I was instrumental in protecting vast Mountain and Cove Forests on Mt. Seymour and I have extensive experience volunteering on nonprofit community service Boards, including award-winning Parkgate Community Services Society in North Vancouver.