Facilitators and Advisors
Doug has been a facilitator with the Sustainable Living Leadership Program since its inception in 2002. He worked full time on parks and wilderness and BC land use issues for 13 years. In 1990, he spearheaded the campaign to protect the Cariboo Mountains. He was also involved in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, Robson Valley and Lillooet Land Use Plans. Doug has a degree in Education from the University of British Columbia and is a teacher in Vancouver.
Middle Fraser section
Bio to come.
Upper/Middle Fraser sections (2016 graduate)
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.
Upper/Middle Fraser sections (2013 graduate)
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.
Lower Fraser section (2016 graduate)
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.
Lower Fraser section (2016 graduate)
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.
Fin founded the Rivershed Society of British Columbia in 1996 and co-created the Sustainable Living Leadership Program in 2002 with Sharman Learie. His passion for the environment stemmed from his University of Victoria philosophy studies. He has been an advocate for sustainable living for more than two decades. He has twice swum the 1,400 km length of the Fraser River, and made more than 600 presentations to over 65,000 people in 150 BC communities. Fin was a Coquitlam City Councillor for seven years; he is now the Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Coquitlam, Anmore and Belcarra. Fin lives in Coquitlam.
Sharolise is member of RSBC’s Board of Directors, and has been with the RSBC since 2000. She has been a strong supporter of the Sustainable Living Leadership Program since its inception in 2002. She has been involved with the Fraser River Fisheries for many years, having worked with Fisheries Renewal BC, the Habitat Conservation Stewardship Program, the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and now with her own Nation, Stellat’en. Sharolise lives in Fraser Lake.
Jacquie is an environmental educator, writer and artist who is passionate about facilitating programs that inspire creative encounters with the outdoors. After receiving her B.A. and B.Ed. from SFU she has worked in a variety of educational settings, teaching high school and elementary grades, running a one-room school, and working for wilderness camps. As an avid outdoorswoman, Jacquie believes getting people outside and re-connected to the natural world has the potential to create lasting social change by producing stewards who are keenly aware of the environmental challenges we face.
Jacquie fell in love with the Fraser on her first SLLP trip down the river in 2012, and spent the next four summers as a facilitator for the program. She has now retired from this position to work towards building a homestead and raising a family on Haida Gwaii. She hopes to inspire others to learn about small-scale food production and to care for their local watersheds.
Sharman co-created the Sustainable Living Leadership Program, along with Fin, in 2002. He is an instructor at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in the Adventure Tourism Department. He has worked fifteen years in the Outdoor Adventure Industry doing Leadership Development, Hiking, Whitewater rafting/canoeing & Kayaking. He is a graduate of the Adventure Guides and Tourism Management programs at the University College of the Cariboo. He recently completed his Masters degree (at Royal Roads University) focusing on evaluating the impact of the Sustainable Living Leadership Program. Sharman lives in Kamloops.
Jane graduated from the Sustainable Living Leadership Program in 2008 and served on the RSBC Board of Directors for 2 years. She is passionate about connecting children with nature, gardening and animal welfare. Jane works for the Provincial Health Services Authority and the PIPE UP Network and is Chair of the Colony Farm Park Association where she is also a community gardener. Most importantly, she is a mother to three young children and lives with her family in Port Coquitlam.