Staff & Contractors
Helena BargerBookkeeperHelena Barger
Andrea ChapmanBranch ManagerAndrea 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.
Darko GojsicSustainability AssistantDarko is originally from Calgary but grew up spending a lot of time on Vancouver Island, the Kootenays, and Vietnam. He moved to Cranbrook full-time about a year ago for school and skiing and started working with Wildsight Kim/Cran this fall. Darko is a big outdoors enthusiast and has a passion for wildlife and conservation, which just so happens to be what he’s studying in school. He is really looking forward to getting...
Corrine HighwoodMeadowbrook Educator, Wildsight Kimberley CranbrookI moved to Kimberley in the summer of 2019 with my husband, dog, and 2-year-old daughter and am here to stay. I bring 14 years of environmental and outdoor education experience on three continents, along with a deep passion for promoting nature connection and wild adventures.
Chad KileSustainability CoordinatorPreviously an urban farmer, Chad is interested in creating strong local food economies.
Trixie PacisCommunications and Fundraising CoordinatorTrixie is an incredibly talented writer, filmmaker and digital creator who is driven to share stories that celebrate our connection to the environment. After many years of travelling the world and capturing the beauty of diverse cultures and landscapes, she is excited to responsibly explore and passionately advocate for the wild corners of the Kootenays.
Kim UrbaniakEducatorKim lives in Kimberley, where she brings plenty of enthusiasm and passion for outdoor activities and connecting people with the natural world. She has a MA in Environmental Education and Communications, and a varied background in community engagement, program development, and volunteer management.
Board of Directors
Daniel BauerTreasurer - Kim/CranDaniel grew up in Cranbrook skiing, backpacking, climbing, and enjoying the outdoors every opportunity he could get. After graduating from Royal Roads University, he returned to the Kootenays eventually moving back to his home mountain of Kimberley. Daniel currently works as an accountant for Nupqu (proudly owned by the communities of the Ktunaxa Nation), while also working on his CPA Preparatory Courses. He also volunteers as the Treasurer for the Columbia River-Revelstoke BCNDP....
Daryl CalderDirector - Kim/CranGraduated UVic 1978, BSc Physical & Resource Geography. Built energy efficient home near Cranbrook in 1983. Self employed, with a variety of jobs according to the season. Active member of Rocky Mountain Naturalists, South Star Recreation Society, Kootenay Christmas Tree Association. I like birding, paddling, making things from ‘scratch’ and figuring out how to improve my community.
Sharon CrossPresident - Kim/CranSince the late 1970’s, I’ve been active locally, regionally and nationally in environmental and social issues. Jim Campbell and I were the EKES team that started recycling in Cranbrook. I am actively involved in: Kootenai River Network, Inc. (Montana), Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook Society, EK Network for Humanity, Social Planning Society, Grow It Eat It Task Force, Cranbrook Food Action Committee, the Cranbrook Community Forest Society, and Yasodhara Yoga Cranbrook.
Woody MaguireRegional Director
Vice President - Kim/CranWoody’s involvement with Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook has mainly taken place behind the scenes through his work on the Board of Directors. His strong pragmatism has helped to guide Wildsight programming since 2013. His involvement is inspired by the value he places on local food security and stewardship/protection of local ecosystems. He also has a passion for local arts and culture and sees how Wildsight activities help to create a strong social fabric within our...
Linda McVettyDirector - Kim/CranLinda has lived in the Kootenays since 1991, attracted by its natural beauty and diverse recreational opportunities. Linda works as the Safety and Training Coordinator for Nupqu, a Ktunaxa owned resource and land management company. She worked in environmental education and outreach for many years for the BC Invasive Species and East Kootenay Invasive Plant Councils. She has recently been certified as a Forest Therapy Guide, through the Association of Nature and Forest...
Nadine RakeDirector - Kim/CranOnce the coordinator for Cranbrook Composts and the Clean Bin project, Nadine now brings her educator background and fresh perspective to the Wildsight Kimberley Cranbrook Board of Directors. Passionate about waste reduction and diversion, Nadine is doing her best to reduce her household waste to zero, and blogging all about it! Check out her work on the Zero Journey Blog.
Sally RuossDirector - Kim/CranI am a young outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about making a difference.
Craig StephaniDirector - Kim/CranCraig has been working in the environmental education and community outreach industry for more than a decade. His passion for engaging children and young adults to become environmental stewards in their community eventually led him from Winnipeg to the Kootenays. In his free time you can find him camping, playing volleyball, exploring the mountains with his two dogs or volunteering with Search and Rescue.
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.