Showing: Staff & Contractors
Courtney BakerElk Valley Branch Coordinator
John BergenskeConservation Director
John was a leader in the 20-year process to create and complete the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. He has been instrumental in designation of protected areas and parks in the East Kootenay, coordinated environmental appeals against industrial polluters, worked to establish the Southern Rocky Mountain Conservation Area, the Columbia Wetlands and East Columbia Lake Wildlife Management Areas.
Andrea ChapmanKim/Cran Branch Manager
Andrea loves everything outdoors, be it a microscopic plant or heartwarming snowfall against a colourful sunset. She brings experience with education, research, and management to the Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook branch, and is excited to be working within the communities she calls home.
Lindsay CuffCommunications and Development Manager (on maternity leave)
Lindsay has always had a deep love of both words and wilderness. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and her essays have been published in literary journals and magazines in Canada and the US.
Rachel DarvillGolden CWWS Program Biologist
Rachel is a conservation biologist who developed and currently coordinates Wildsight's Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey. She also manages water quality monitoring and invasive plant projects for Wildsight Golden. She has worked as a wildlife field biologist on multiple projects across the globe for nearly two decades. From elephants, to grizzlies and seabirds; her passion for researching wildlife and protecting the ecosystems they need for survival continues to grow.
Dirk de GeusKim/Cran Food Sustainability Coordinator
Dirk is the sustainable food coordinator for Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook. Born and raised in the Netherlands, he loves the vast nature, tranquility and wildlife here in the East Kootenays. He has been involved in food all his life in one way or another.
He wishes that the human collective only use what they need, have enough food for everyone and leave a wonderful planet for generations to come.
“It is great that teachers here in Kimberley and Cranbrook bring their students to the garden to learn about gardening. But it is even better to see the children having a great time in the garden. They are after all our future.”
Dawn DeydeyBeyond Recycling Coordinator
Founder of the Rocky Mountain Education Series, Dawn Deydey brings the experience and understanding of five years of Beyond Recycling coordination and development to the table. As Community Program Coordinator for the Wildsight Elk Valley Branch, her ability to weave environmental education and community action into successful programming that moves our community towards sustainability has been proven repeatedly.
Bryan DuffettManager of Finance and Administration
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Bryan has an instilled love for beautiful places. When he's not number crunching, he's outside hiking, biking, golfing, or skating. Bryan joined the Wildsight team in 2017 after working 10 years as a Financial Accountant on The Rock.
Robyn DuncanExecutive Director
Jumbo Wild Campaign Lead
Robyn is the Executive Director of Wildsight and the campaign lead for Jumbo Wild. Born and raised in Kimberley, BC, Robyn fell in love with the mountains at an early age. Her work is driven by her passion for wilderness and wild places and a strong belief that we can minimize our footprint on the planet. She has been with Wildsight since 2006. Her university studies have taken her far and wide, leaving her with a combined MSc-MA in Global Economics from the London School of Economics and the University of Vienna, and a BA in International Development from Dalhousie University.
Kat HartwigLiving Lakes Canada Director
Kat has been working on environmental advocacy issues in BC since 1983 and joined Wildsight in 1991. With a degree in Commerce Kat has applied her business experience throughout her environmental work. Kat was a manager for Wildsight’s backcountry recreation program where she developed multi-stake holder regional and provincial coalitions that worked co-operatively on conservation issues. She has worked internationally to promote awareness of endangered species such as the Mountain Caribou and the impacts of unsustainable, industrial tourism practices.
Stephanie HirnOffice Manager & Education Assistant
Stephanie was born in a small town in Germany and raised surrounded by mountains, lakes and forests. She has called Kimberley her home since 1995. In her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, climbing, biking and photography. She believes in the importance of protecting and teaching our children about sustainable biological systems. She is thrilled to be able to unite her extensive administrative experience with her passion for nature.
Heather LeschiedWater Program Manager
As Wildsight's Water Program Manager, Heather as been involved in stewardship efforts in the Columbia Basin for more than a decade. She works with individuals and groups to increase capacity and knowledge to better protect our watersheds. Under this guidance, Wildsight's water programs have won awards from foundations and industry, and have been recognized by the federal government as a best practices example in community based monitoring.
Linda McVettyKimberley Farmers' Market Manager
Linda has lived in the Kootenays for many years and enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family sailing, camping, hiking and kayaking. She grew up on a small orchard and hobby farm and is passionate about sustainable agriculture. She also has background in marketing so managing the Kimberley Farmers' Market is a very good fit.
Ryland NelsonSouthern Rockies Program Manager
Based out of Fernie, Ryland works locally and internationally to protect the globally significant landscape of BC's Southern Rockies. He can usually be found skiing, biking, or fishing in the mountains he is working to protect.
Monica NissenEducation Program Manager
A passion for the wilderness and a gift for teaching have drawn Monica into the field of environmental education where she has worked both inside and outside the classroom for the past 15 years.
Eddie PetryshenConservation Assistant
Born and raised in the Cranbrook area, Eddie has a deep passion for the outdoor world and the Kootenays. He has a strong interest in land use issues and protecting biodiversity and wild places. Eddie is excited to continue to learn, explore, and protect the globally significant landscape he calls home.
Dave QuinnKnow Your Watershed and Go Wild! Coordinator, Educator
Born in Cranbrook, Dave is a wildlife biologist, educator, wilderness guide, writer and photographer whose work is driven by his passion for wilderness and wild spaces. His work with endangered mountain caribou and badgers, threatened fisher and grizzly, as well as lynx and other species has helped shape his understanding of the Kootenay backcountry and its wildlife, and help shape his efforts to protect what remains.
Lars Sander-GreenCommunications and Development Manager, Climate and IT
Lars has a BA.&Sc. in physics and a life-long love of data and the stories it tells. His passion is climate solutions: transportation, buildings, energy and waste. Lars loves to turn science into compelling narratives, driven by the love of the wild that we share, and to craft communications strategies that get results. He optimizes Wildsight's capacity by making systems efficient, numbers tell stories and technology sing.
Mary SearchfieldEducation Program Development
While Mary doesn't enjoy writing her bio, she does love the opportunity to adapt and present some of Wildsight's amazing environmental education school programs (Beyond Recycling, Winter Wonder). She started work in environmental education in the last century as an interpreter for the Friends of Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, has degrees in Biology and Education, and is currently working on her Masters in Environmental Education and Communication.
Sonja SeherInterim Branch Manager, Kimberley Cranbrook
A lifetime, passionate environmentalist and community volunteer, Sonja has been getting her hands dirty with Wildsight's Food Sustainability projects since arriving in Kimberley. If she's not making cider from gleaned apples or filling hampers at the local foodbank, she'll no doubt be found on her mountain bike, looping Kimberley's many trails. Sonja is currently filling in for Andrea Chapman, Kimberley Cranbrook Branch Manager, until April 2018.
Verena ShawGolden - Program Assistant - Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey
Verena Shaw is a very passionate naturalist who loves to get outside into the wild and has been birdwatching for many years. Verena has been involved with various environmental projects with some bird related ones being swallow, bluebird, wood duck nest box monitoring, nightjar and marsh bird surveys, a western screech owl study, and various other bird counts. When coming to the Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival two years ago she fell deeply in love with this area and the amazing Columbia Wetlands. She is thrilled to be part of the Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey and looks forward to helping to further protect this area with the help of the many important volunteers involved.
Kristine SolumKim/Cran Branch Summer Student
You may have had the pleasure of meeting Kristine at the Kimberley Farmers' Market or Open Gate Garden. For the last two summer seasons, Kristine has worked for Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook: giving her heart and hands over to our Food Sustainability projects. Kristine's passion is food! When she's not toiling in the garden, she studies Holistic Nutrition.
Corinna StraussGolden Limber Pine Project Coordinator
Corinna takes part in Golden's water quality monitoring program and this summer she will be coordinating a new Limber Pine project in the Golden area! Corinna grew up in Edmonton Alberta, and for the past decade she has been exploring and living in the majestic Rocky Mountains. Her passion for the environment lead her to Selkirk College in Castlegar. She has decided to call the beautiful Columbia Valley home. In her spare time Corinna enjoys being in the mountains, running, climbing, skiing and going on wilderness backpacking trips.
Drawn west by the mountains, Kim feels most at home amongst the trees. Coming from Calgary, and having grown up mostly in Ottawa, she is very excited to have escaped big city life and finally call Invermere home. With a background in environmental education, Kim brings varied experience in community engagement, program development, and volunteer management. Along with an MA in Environmental Education and Communications, her enthusiasm for outdoor activities and passion for connecting people with the natural world, promise to bring a new energy to Wildsight and to Invermere.
Join The Team
Want to protect wildlife, clean water and wild spaces? Volunteer with us! Wildsight volunteers are a very special group of people who give generously of their time to stuff envelopes, attend rallies, help run events, put up posters, keep tabs on forestry practices in their communities and participate in citizen science initiatives.