SLLP Facilitator – Upper/Middle Fraser sections
Oliver grew up in the Cariboo Chilcotin and currently calls Williams Lake home. When not out snowboarding in the winter, he’s a diligent advocate of waste management and education. He teaches at the Regional District about recycling and the effects of waste on the environment. He also works at the Potato House Sustainability Centre where he gets his hands dirty and oversees the city’s only food-waste collection program, turning kitchen leftovers into beautiful soil additive. There’s also a local community garden, where he teaches people different gardening practices, water-collection systems, the benefits of bees and the beauty of heritage. He was a participant of the SLLP in 2016.
Melissa Chaun is an ecologist with a passion for all things sustainable. She began her environmental career in the US and upon returning home, pursued a certificate in Sustainable Community Development at SFU. Having worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors, her interests in evidence-based policy-making and public outreach/education continue to grow. She is excited to be part of the RSBC team as the Events Coordinator. When not sitting still, she tries to keep her bicycle well-greased and her feet wet by kayaking this incredible coastline.
A graphic designer since 1997, Richelle has worked with the RSBC since 2005 on a wide range of projects, including marketing and advertising campaigns, website design and content development, communications and social media. Her company specializes in working with eco-minded organizations, with a focus on branding and print design. Richelle manages the RSBC’s creative direction, including the website, and coordinates much of RSBC’s outreach and marketing efforts.
SLLP Facilitator – Upper/Middle Fraser sections
Candice is from Nxwísten (place of foaming water), also known as the Bridge River community within St’át’imc Territory. She is a student/teacher of St’át’imc traditional skills with a passion for medicinal and food plant use. Her work has been wide-ranging from farming, a Xwísten Experience tour guide, an environmental/fisheries technician, and a Coordinator of traditional skills workshops for the six Northern St’át’imc communities, and is a proud member of Lillooet Food Matters.
Candice’s involvement with the SLLP was inspired by the original Three Stones Alliance, who are the grassroots Ucwalmicw (People from the land) of the St’át’imc/Tsilhqot’in/Secwepemc Nations. She is continually motivated to bring her nsnekwnukwa (family and friends) out in the backcountry to enjoy and protect their harvesting grounds, and build awareness of industries that have negative impacts on the land and water within their Territories. She is committed to bringing people who love and respect Mother Earth together.
Bookkeeping & Administration
Carol Hamshaw, BA Honours English, completed her accounting degree at UBC’s Sauder School of Business after nearly a decade as Managing Editor of The Capilano Review. Now a freelance consultant to small businesses, sole proprietors and non-profits in the areas of accounting, finance, tax, marketing, administration and capacity development, Carol is also experienced in nonprofit administration and arts and culture grant writing. She is VP of Financial Resources for Asian Heritage Month Society and helps organize the tri-cities Writers in Our Midst reading series at Gallery Bistro in Port Moody.
SLLP Facilitator – Lower Fraser section
Petra was born in Brno, Czech Republic, and raised in the Lower Mainland. She is currently a student at SFU, working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Throughout her life, Petra has been highly involved in her local community, taking on a variety of teaching, coaching, and mentorship roles. She believes that one of the keys to creating lasting change is for citizens to have an active role in their communities, and hopes to inspire this year’s participants to do the same. After her SLLP trip in 2016, as part of her post-trip project, Petra acted as a guest speaker in college classrooms to share her experience and bring awareness to issues surrounding the Fraser. She is excited to be back to help facilitate the program.
Justine is currently pursuing an M.Ed in Education for Sustainability at UBC, creating educational programing on food waste for Lupii Community Cafe, and has a B.A.A Honours in Criminology from KPU where she focused on green criminology (environmental crimes). In addition to grant writing for RSBC, she works as coordinator for a variety of nonprofits focused on environmental stewardship and protection. When she’s not out in the community organizing or obsessively working on her computer, she can be found walking her dog, being climbed on by her niece and nephew, or exploring the natural world or a good book.
Project Management, Promotions and Media
Mari-Lou has thirty years of marketing and media expertise. She is Principal of InHouse Media + Marketing and her team has worked with the RSBC for years to help bring awareness to the health of the Fraser River and BC Salmon. She has two decades of experience as a Corporate Marketing Director, a Principal of her own Marketing & Media firm, a Global Media Manager and a Manager for Canada’s largest entrepreneurial program. Mari-Lou loves targeting markets, creating promotional campaigns and working with the media, social media and the public. She has been on both sides of the negotiation table as a buyer and seller of marketing and media services, and has taught and consulted at some of the largest educational institutions and corporations in the Lower Mainland. She puts a lot of emphasis in her marketing practice on integrity, sustainability and social responsibility.
Senior SLLP Facilitator
Doug Radies worked full time on parks and wilderness and land use issues in British Columbia from 1989-2002. In 1990, Doug spearheaded the campaign to protect the Cariboo Mountains of BC, which led to a moratorium and ultimately a 130,000 hectare protected area between Bowron Lake and Wells Gray Provincial Parks in the central interior of BC.
He participated in the Cariboo and Robson Valley Land Use Planning Processes and, in 1995, co-founded the Quesnel River Watershed Alliance, a Cariboo-based grass-roots conservation group working to protect and maintain the overall health of the Quesnel Rivershed, the most productive sockeye salmon producing tributary of the Fraser River. Doug conducted extensive research and fieldwork in BC’s interior, producing tabloids, reports, magazine articles, posters, brochures, slide shows, and videos about the environment.
From 1999-2002, Doug coordinated the Lillooet conservation campaign for the Sierra Club of BC. Doug has a degree in Education from the University of British Columbia.
SLLP Facilitator – Lower Fraser section
Megan grew up in the city of Port Coquitlam, but was fortunate enough to spend many days in the wilderness of BC. She is passionate about creative expression, the outdoors and sustainable projects. Last year Megan completed her certificate in Project Management and is working as a project coordinator for a design-build engineering company. Her goal is to become an Environmental Project Manager that connects people in her community to bring green initiatives to life.
Fraser Watershed Initiative Co-Creator
Kevin is the co-founder of RSBC’s Fraser Watershed Initiative, a multi-year campaign to work with First Nations, NGO’s, and local governments across BC to ‘heal & protect’ the Mighty Fraser Watershed. Kevin began his career with a small, non-profit organization that successfully protected what is now the largest ecological complex and World Heritage Site in the world. He worked to protect North America’s wild spaces and wildlife, providing leadership to the negotiating team that successfully established thirty-five new protected areas, representing over 1,500,000 acres, in southwest British Columbia. Working as the Co-Executive Director of the Canadian Endangered Species Coalition, Kevin helped develop the national campaign strategy, which lead to the passing of Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Kevin worked with the Nlaka’pamux First Nation in BC’s Fraser Canyon to protect the 250,000 acre Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park, which become a World Heritage Site in 2018. Kevin worked for Defenders of Wildlife, one of the top-ten conservation organizations in the world, to establish and manage an autonomous sister organization in Canada – Defenders of Wildlife Canada – which he established and ran for five years. During this same period, Kevin co-founded WildCanada.Net (WCN), Canada’s first internet based environmental organization. Since the early 2000’s Kevin has worked as a consultant to charities and private sector organizations through North America and Europe focused on wildlife, wilderness and environmental issues. Currently, Kevin is also working on issues in the Canadian Boreal.
Social Media Coordinator
Born in Manitoba, then growing up in Alberta before moving to BC in her twenties, Robbin Whachell now calls Coquitlam home after living in The Bahamas for 15 years. There she created TheBahamasWeekly.com, a news and events portal, which she still manages today. Upon returning to life in Canada she ‘fell in love’ with her homeland, began exploring her Metis lineage, and became actively involved in watershed work. As a director of the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society she’s involved in hands-on work in the riparian area, in-stream and hatchery salmon enhancement work, and helped bring public awareness of the work done by the society by creating and managing their facebook page, a new website and newsletter. For this Robbin was acknowledged in 2015 at Coquitlam’s Environmental Awards. In her spare time, when she’s not hiking, playing soccer or paddling with the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team, she likes to walk in nature or roam around her community taking photos or video, and writing about what she sees and feels.
Jeremy is an independent filmmaker and award-winning photographer, specializing in remote wilderness productions. His films have been broadcast on CNN, CBC, satellite TV, and community TV. His photos have been published in many books, magazines, and newspapers, including the New York times, and the Vancouver Sun. Jeremy works with groups and communities committed to solutions for a peaceful, sustainable world.