Our Board Members
Fin is the Chair and founder of the Rivershed Society of British Columbia. Between 1990 and 2000, Fin twice swam the 1,400 km length of the Fraser River, and made 12 other environmental marathon swims, covering more than 3,200 kilometres in BC’s rivers, lakes and ocean to draw attention to the health of these water bodies. Since 1995, he has talked to over 60,000 people in hundreds of BC schools and communities about the need to live sustainably. In 1997, Fin was named Iyim Yewyews, by the Squamish Nation, for his stewardship work. In 2002, Fin was elected Councillor for the City of Coquitlam. In 2009, Fin was elected Member of Parliament for New Westminster-Coquitlam, and in 2015 was re-elected as MP for Port Moody-Coquitlam. As NDP Fisheries & Oceans critic, he introduced legislation to ban oil tankers off BC’s north coast; transition West Coast fish farms to closed containment and ban the importation of shark fins to Canada. Fin has a Philosophy degree from the University of Victoria. He grew up in Port Moody, and now lives with his wife, Lynda in Coquitlam.
Board Vice Chair
Siobhan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation research focuses on sustainable community development planning and the role of socialization practices, in relation to community-based capacity building models, to foster local level democratic engagement. She has a keen interest in pursuing unlikely sources of social change and is actively engaged in advocating collaboration amongst community-based sustainability initiatives.
Neal is a practicing chartered accountant in Coquitlam. He is an active community member, having been involved with the Evergreen Cultural Centre Board, the Douglas College Board, the Advanced Education Council of BC, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Society, and the BC Seniors Games. He is serving for the third time on Coquitlam City Council and looking forward to re-election in 2014. Neal lives in Coquitlam with his wife Barbara, not far from their children and grandchildren.
Originally from Port Coquitlam, Kareen was born and raised in the Pitt River watershed and has grown up along the Coquitlam River. A communications professional working in the non-profit sector, she is a graduate of the Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP) in 2009. Kareen is passionate about storytelling, grassroots change, forward ecological thinking, and community leadership. Inspired by her experience with the SLLP ’09, Kareen holds a BA from SFU in International Studies with a specialization in development, economic, and environmental issues. Now an East Vancouverite, she spends as much time as possible outdoors: cycling, paddling, hiking, and camping.
Susan joined the Rivershed Society in 2016. She has been a long time resident of Port Moody and Coquitlam and loves hiking in the area with her family. Susan is an active member of her community and the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce. Her web agency, New Earth Marketing supports many conservation organization and non profits in the GVRD to help them create awareness and have a web presence. The team at New Earth Marketing strives to promote sustainable practices and donates time and money to select programs. NEM actively seeks out conservation and sustainability based projects and is committed to creating projects that reflect harmony between man’s natural progress and the sustainability of the environment.
Bette was born in Manitoba and was raised on a farm. She and her family eventually moved to Williams Lake where she worked at Scout Island Nature Centre for several years. She was a founding member of the Williams Lake Environmental Society some 16 years ago. In 1996 she met Fin at a Water Institute conference in Kelowna. A couple of years later Fin came to Williams Lake to swim it to raise awareness of the San Jose Watershed. From funds raised, a video was produced about the watershed, and a new group, the San Jose Watershed Group was founded. Bette has been a strong supporter of Fin’s endeavours ever since.
Kim is a member of the Lillooet Naturalist Society. Kim coordinates and implements restoration, stewardship and sustainable living education projects in the Lillooet area. Passionate about life, learning and community capacity building, Kim enjoys hiking, swimming, kayaking, and of course, she loves the Fraser River, having lived beside it for over 30 years.
Olga is Legal Assistant at Glen Orris, Q.C. Law Corporation in Vancouver (33 years). Her interest in watersheds developed during her early years around the Niagara River and its surrounding agricultural environment. She is presently influenced by the Capilano, Seymour and Coquitlam Rivers and the environment of Mount Seymour and Indian Arm, and of course, the dominant Fraser River. She has a Degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of British Columbia. Olga is currently on the Advisory Board of the Burns Bog Conservation Society, and sits on several consultation working groups or committees: The National Pollutant Release Inventory Work Group (EC), and the Environmental Effects Monitoring Sub-Group of the Federal Metal Mining Effluent Regulations Review. She has worked on public consultation committees with federal government representatives and industry on the following issues: Upstream Oil and Gas Emissions, Toxic Substances as classified under CEPA, the National Agriculture and Environment Standards Initiative, Particulate Matter and Ozone within the Construction and Demolition Industry, Fish Habitat and the Fisheries Act, the preservation of the Agricultural Land Reserve, Food Security and water quality and legislation Issues locally and provincially.
Coree Tull has been leading and specializing in issue-based and electoral campaigns to grow public awareness for over 6 years. growing up surrounded by lakes and watching streams in her neighbourhood come alive with spawning salmon every year,she learned quickly about the connectivity of our water systems and the important role water plays in our lives–a source of recreation, health, wealth and connection for our communities. Coree is the Organizing Director for the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and believes passionately about engaging community members to be collaborative stakeholders in the decisions that impact their social, economic and environmental health and wellness.