In 2011 the SRWS Board of Directors met to review how the organization currently meets it's organizational mission, shared what they are passionate about, what motivates them to be involved, and how the organization will continue to be accountable to its members, partners and community. Here is the outcome:
A Strategic Report was completed in 2017 to identify the key priorities and directions for the next 5 - 10 years. A copy of the document can be found below.
email@example.com Bio: Ms. Francesca Knight is a registered professional biologist with more than 20 years of experience as an Environmental Scientist, with particular expertise in the fields of environmental impact assessment, aquatic biology, and ecological risk assessment. Ms. Knight has managed a variety of environmental projects, including a long-term and complex amphibian risk assessment, numerous aquatic biological monitoring programs for evaluation of adverse impacts to aquatic biota resulting from physical habitat disturbances and /or contaminant discharges, land development feasibility studies, and habitat evaluations for land development / infrastructure project applications. Her experience also covers work in environmental policy, specifically in the area of environmental policy development at the local government level. She has served on the emergency response team for the District of Squamish, providing technical support to District Council, community, and senior environmental agency staff during two significant environmental disasters: a sodium hydroxide spill in a highly productive salmonid river, and a Bunker C oil spill in the sensitive Squamish estuary. Her role extended beyond response for these two events, and continued through to long-term monitoring and recovery of these ecosystems. Most recently, she has been serving in the capacity of senior habitat biologist with DFO, out of the Lower Fraser Area office, conducting review of a variety of development projects for compliance with the Fisheries Act, and in accordance with DFO’s Habitat Management Program and operating policies. In particular, Ms. Knight has been involved in the evaluation of effects to fish and fish habitat resulting from the operation of independent run-of-river hydroelectric projects.
Randall Lewis, Vice President
firstname.lastname@example.org Bio: Randall Lewis is the Environmental Co-coordinator with the Squamish Nation. Randall helped form the SRWS in 1998 and was President of the society until 2017 at which time he stepped aside to take on the role as Vice President. He continues to bring his passion for the environment, improvements to salmon, herring, eulachon, and other habitat and sharing his extensive knowledge and expertise.
Jennifer Buchanan, Secretary
email@example.com Bio: Jennifer Buchanan, Ecological Restoration BCIT Student Jennifer received a summer internship through the BCIT River's Institute and SRWS after completing her first year in the Ecological Restoration Program at BCIT. She holds a science degree in microbiology from UBC but decided to pursue ecology after helping a masters student with their fungal ecology research project. She travelled to Peru where she lived and worked on ecological reserve dedicated to restoring farmlands back to jungle habitat. Her ultimate goal is to complete her ER degree and work towards becoming an Registered Professional Biologist.
Shelagh Thompson, Treasurer
firstname.lastname@example.org Bio: Shelagh graduated from Simon Fraser University's School of Resource and Environmental Management in 2009 where she received a Master's Degree in Resource Management (MRM - Planning). Her graduate work focused on tourism and water resource management. She currently is eligible for membership with the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) and the Canadian Institute of Planning (CIP). At present she is employed by Swim BC as the Office Manager.
Jordan Uittenbogaard, Director
Jordan.Uittenbogaard@dfo-mpo.gc.ca Bio: Jordan graduated from University of the Fraser Valley in 2009 obtaining a Bachelors of Science with major in biology and a minor in Chemistry. He furthered his education with a diploma in the fisheries and wildlife program offered at the Vancouver Island University. Early in his career, Jordan worked various fisheries contracts through DFO stock assessment, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, and lastly the DFO Salmon Enhancement program. Jordan is currently a fisheries technician for the Tenderfoot Creek Salmon Hatchery in beautiful Squamish, British Columbia.
Kimberley Armour, Director
email@example.com Bio:Kimberly has been involved with the Squamish River Watershed Society since 2006 in various capacities, stemming from her keen interest in watershed management and restoration. Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, a Masters of Arts degree in Environmental Education and Communication, and completed a graduate thesis focused on sustainability planning using Squamish as a case study. Kimberly currently works as an Environmental Coordinator with the City of Richmond, and has previously held positions with the District of Squamish. When visiting Squamish Kimberly can be commonly found wandering the Squamish River Estuary, which she believes to be her native habitat.