Staff & Contractors
Creston Project Director-CoordinatorMelissa 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.
Board of Directors
Mary Jayne BlackmoreCreston Valley Branch DirectorHaving grown up on the traditional land of the Yaqan Nukiy within the Ktunaxa Territory, Mary Jayne Blackmore is passionate about protecting access to waterways and green spaces for all creatures, which lead to chairing Trails for Creston Valley Society for 5 years. With ten plus years teaching elementary and high school, her focus is to bring kids to have authentic and impactful experiences in natural spaces, so they can better understand that...
Brian ChurchillCreston Valley Branch PresidentBrian 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.
Lindsay DonaldCreston Valley Branch DirectorLindsay Donald is an international award-winning wildlife photographer. Originally from Scotland, he has a degree in zoology and animal behavior from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom. Lindsay started taking photographs to illustrate animal behavior for a research project in the late 1970’s. He has travelled the World in search of amazing wildlife images. In North America he travels from Florida to Alaska and makes frequent visits to Africa including Botswana,...
Gitte GroverCreston Valley Branch Vice PresidentI 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.
Debby JohnsonCreston Valley Branch DirectorMy grandparents' caring interest in the wellbeing of nature influenced me to my core. I raised my family in the Creston Valley because it offers a wholesome, healthy lifestyle. Supporting an environmentally conscious culture is vital for retaining this valued way of life. My business, marketing, communications, and community development background can be an asset to the Wildsight Creston team. I want to help give the land a voice.
Vanessa LozecznikCreston Valley Branch DirectorI grew up in Chile between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean. I moved to Canada many years ago to continue my education at the University of Manitoba. My studies and work focused on transformative learning as a catalyst of action and I had the privilege to work with many Indigenous communities throughout Manitoba. I moved with my family to the Kootenays to enjoy the majestic landscapes and to fulfil my dream...
Don PeelCreston Valley Branch DirectorR. Don Peel, PGeo. MSc, MEd, Hon. FEC. FGC. A lifetime career as a geoscientist, homeschooling my granddaughter (from Grade 6), completing a MSc (Earth Sciences-University of Alberta 2004), and a MEd (Peace Education-University of Hawaiʻi 2014) focused on sustainable development, has turned my passion towards crusading for a paradigm shift in public education, to stimulate full human potential. The future of humanity is dependent on shifting from the current knowledge conformity education...
Jim SmithRegional Director Creston Valley BranchBorn 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.”
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.