Showing: Creston Valley
Brian ChurchillCreston Valley Branch President
Brian has a MSc in Forestry Wildlife and had a career as a Wildlife Biologist for BC Government in Fort St. John followed by 15 years of consulting as an ungulate habitat specialist. Brian has been involved in conservation biology and wildlife research projects including swans, mountain goats, caribou, moose, elk, deer and grizzly bear.
Creston Project Director-Coordinator
Melissa Flint has a background in conservation biology, organic farming, permaculture and environmental consulting - and a love for mountain air and exploration. She loves taking people outside and finding connections in the natural world. Melissa's other work includes design, gardening and workshops in permaculture, sustainability and resiliency, through her company Aurora Edible Designs. Melissa teaches our Beyond Recycling, Classroom with Outdoors, Winter Wonder, and Know Your Watershed programs.
Drew GailiusCreston Valley Branch, Agriculture Liaison
Organic farmer, inventor, alternate energy, farming with less fossil fuels, environmentalist is what describes Drew. Fifteen years in the logging industry opened Drew’s eyes to the environmental impact of clear cut logging. Reducing his environmental footprint are evident in all he does: cycling as transport, inventing his solar tractor, growing/storing/using most of his food, growing and marketing grains and flours to others, and now working on producing energy on the farm through solar and nano-hydro installations. Wildsight is a community for him to share his passion for environmental sustainability in his daily life choice.
Gitte GroverCreston Valley Branch Vice President
I was born in Marburg, Germany and immigrated to Canada after I obtained my Ph.D. in biology from the Justus-Liebig-Universitaet in Giessen.
I worked for 21 years as a researcher with a forestry company (Alberta-Pacific) in Northern Alberta and was part of a team implementing innovative forest management systems. I am passionate about protecting the environment and Wildsight gives me the opportunity to contribute.
Tanna PattersonRegional Director, Secretary Creston Valley Branch
Tanna has volunteered for Wildsight since the beginning of the Creston Valley branch in 1989. As branch president, she has been involved in air quality issues, the initiation of the Community Forest, trail building and environmental education. For the last 5 years, Tanna has chaired the Creston Valley Bird Fest, a celebration of the birds, the art, and the agriculture of the Creston Valley.
Jim SmithRegional Director Creston Valley Branch
Born and raised in rural west central Minnesota, Jim graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Forestry in 1969, married Sandy and headed west. Over the following 30 years he worked various industry and government positions from Prince George and Burns Lake, to Creston and Vernon and back to Creston again. Throughout most of this experience Jim was fortunate to work with people who “saw the forest through the trees.”
Clements VerhovenCreston Valley Branch Secretary
I am retired English and History teacher and have a deep conviction that we need to be committed to stewardship of the web of life that has evolved on this paradise, Earth and Ocean.
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.