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.
Sharon has many years of work experience and training in the environmental and health/wellness fields. She has 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.
Hugh is a retired accountant from the Yukon who lives near Swan Lake and visits the area frequently. Being our neighbour, Hugh has an invested interest in the welfare of the Nature Sanctuary. His experience includes working in finance for a bank, hospital, government, First Nations and a women's transition home. He has been on several volunteer boards.
Lynn recently retired from a career as Early Childhood Educator and Executive Director of a not-for-profit centre. Lynn is passionate about connecting children, families and all members of society with nature. Lynn joined the Board in October 2020 and looks forward to contributing to an organization that supports education and stewardship of these lands for future generations.
Kalina is a practicing professional biologist in the field of terrestrial ecology. Kalina is a new board and executive committee member. She is interested in supporting ongoing and future exploration of the urban ecological function of the Nature Sanctuary to ensure that it is enjoyed by others for as long as possible.
As a registered professional biologist (MSc), environmental conservation activist and outdoor activity enthusiast, Jim has developed a strong life-long attachment to the land and ocean including Swan Lake and Christmas Hill. His career has been varied primarily managing protected areas including Canadian National Parks, BC Provincial Parks and North Shore Municipal Parks where he led an effort to create 23 new parks. More recently, he 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. His Cuthbert Consulting Services work has focussed on environmental surveying, impact assessment and monitoring and film supervision in protected areas. He has 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, he was instrumental in protecting vast Mountain and Cove Forests on Mt. Seymour and he has extensive experience volunteering on nonprofit community service Boards, including award-winning Parkgate Community Services Society in North Vancouver.
As a Director, Rick is pleased to volunteer his 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. Rick has served on several non-profit Boards besides a career in public service. He is interested in natural areas conservation in our community and has gotten his hands and knees very dirty in that pursuit.