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Leslie AdamsRegional Branch Director
Golden Outreach Coordinator
Leslie has lived in the Kootenays almost her whole life, growing up in Castlegar and now residing in Golden where she has been for almost 30 years. She loves the wilderness and spends as much time as she can outdoors; camping, hiking, swimming and cross-country skiing. Leslie has 7 grandchildren and it is important to her that they are able to enjoy the wilderness as much as she does forever.
Morgan BlakelyRegional Board Treasurer
Morgan Blakley works at Ecojustice as a public interest environmental lawyer. Morgan grew up in Wilmer and now lives in Vancouver. He is deeply interested in environmental issues generally and particularly in environmental issues in the Kootenays such as keeping Jumbo wild and maintaining the Columbia Valley Wetlands.
Casey BrennanRegional & Elk Valley Director
Casey and his family live work and play in Fernie in the heart of Canada's beautiful Southern Rockies. Casey managed Wildsight's Southern Rockies Campaign for a decade and is grateful for the opportunity to continue to support progress on conservation and community sustainability through volunteering with Wildsight.
Daryl CalderKim/Cran Branch Director
Graduated 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.
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.
Jillian CochraneInvermere Director
Jillian & her family happily made Invermere home in 2013. An avid trail runner and lover of the outdoors, she is delighted to live in such a beautiful place for exploring and raising a family. She has a Masters in Architecture and blends her passion for design and advocacy for the environment as Principal of Cochrane Design Studio, where she designs healthy, sustainable spaces and places throughout the Columbia Valley. Jillian is grateful for the opportunity to learn about the Kootenays through Wildsight’s important work
Brian ConradRegional Chair
Brian Conrad moved to the Kootenays in the mid 1970’s after living in England, the United States, Mexico and Colombia. The grandeur of the region inspired an intensified consciousness of environmental excitement and concerns. As a teacher at Mt. Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook, Brian joined a team of colleagues and ran an Environmental Awareness Program for Grade 11 students for many years.
Mary CosmanPresident -- Wildsight Elk Valley
Mary Cosman has been a grower-member of Seeds of Diversity Canada since the early 1990s. She was a member of the Prince George Community Garden while living there, and has been a director of Fernie’s Community EcoGarden since moving here in 2005.
Sharon CrossKim/Cran Branch President
Since 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.
Rachel DarvillGolden CWWS Program Biologist
Rachel is a registered professional biologist who developed and currently coordinates Wildsight Golden's Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey and Community Invasive Plant Program. At the top of her class, she graduated with a Master of Science degree in Environment and Management in 2014, and has a Bachelors of Science degree (biology major) from the University of Victoria. She has worked as a field and conservation biologist with several universities and agencies on multiple projects over the past two decades.
Joan DolinskyGolden Branch President
Joan has been volunteering with WIldsight Golden since it’s inception in 1989. She has been the branch president for many years, spearheading and supporting many initiatives and projects Joan finds it a privilege to work with the great people that are part of Wildsight and to live and play in such a wild and wonderful place.
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.
Cam GilliesInvermere Branch Vice President
Cam grew up in the Columbia Valley and is thrilled to return and call it home. He has a PhD in Biology and his passion for birds and the environment comes from a life of enjoying the outdoors since he was a child. Living in Windermere, he runs Eagle-Eye Tours, which provides an opportunity for travel to remote and wonderful corners of the world. He has also been involved in several wildlife research projects from leopard frogs to wolverines.
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.
Jill HollandGolden Branch Treasurer
Margie JamiesonRegional Vice-Chair
I feel fortunate to have lived in the Rocky Mountain Trench for over 30 years and have been able to play and work in my front-yard, the Rocky Mountains and my backyard, the Purcell Mountains. My history with Wildsight is as old as the organization. As a founding member, I have been a proud supporter for many years. I have worked on many campaigns but am most proud of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy campaign successes.
Jessie KingInvermere Branch Secretary
Jessie moved to Invermere in August 2016 from Crawford Bay in the West Kootenays. She now works as a Wildsight Environmental Educator, and at Eagle-Eye Tours. Her favourite spot in the Columbia Valley is her garden, followed closely by Wilmer Wetlands and any number of local hiking trails.
Meg LangleyGolden Branch Director
Biologist Golden Rocky Mtn Sheep Proj.
Woody MaguireRegional Board Director
Kim/Cran Branch Secretary
Baiba MorrowInvermere Branch President
Baiba Morrow has navigated much of her working life as a freelance writer, photographer, and dabbler in documentary film making. In partnership with her husband, Pat Morrow, she has travelled and explored the mountain world, especially the Himalayan region, and found inspiration from ancient cultures. Since moving back to the East Kootenay in 2007, Baiba continues to find joy in her community, the mountains, and her garden.
Marty MusserKim/Cran Branch Director
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.
Adam PickettInvermere Treasurer
Driven by his love for the outdoors and skiing, Adam moved to Canada from the UK in 2016. He is a qualified CPA, with 5 years experience of working in a international financial institution and currently works as Finance Manager at Panorama Mountain Resort. He became involved with Wildsight after watching the Jumbo Wild documentary prior to moving to Canada and then by chance ending up living in Invermere.
Nadine RakeKim/Cran Branch Director
Once 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.
Hanna Sander GreenGolden Branch Director
Hanna is an avid gardener, a mom to two young boys, and an environmentalist. She loves cooking for her family, finding treasures at thrift stores, and spending time on her skis or bike. She moved from her hometown of Kimberley, BC to Golden ten years ago. She has a BSc in Physical Geography, has worked extensively in the outdoor recreation industry, and also has experience in bookkeeping. Moving forward, she plans to pursue further education and work in the environmental field.
Taoya SchaeferInvermere Director
Taoya Schaefer moved to Invermere in 1985, and has been a member of Wildsight since its inception (as the East Kootenay Environmental Society). She is a retired physiotherapist, and along with her husband has raised two sons. She is passionate about preserving the natural environment and loves all manner of outdoor pursuits, especially ski touring in the winter and hiking, biking, and whitewater kayaking in the summer.
Sonja SeherKim/Cran Branch Vice President
Verena ShawProgram Asst - Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey, Golden Branch Director
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.
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.
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