2015/16 board of directors:
Jason Jones (Ph.D., R.P.Bio.)
Jason is a terrestrial ecologist with more than 20 years of experience. For the past 5 years he has worked as an environmental consultant, primarily in the energy sectors in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In this capacity, Jason has worked on close to 300 energy, transmission, and mining projects. His responsibilities include experimental design, data analysis, environmental impact assessment and risk analysis, public education, and collaboration with First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples. Jason has had a life-long interest in environmental education and the critical role that citizen science and engagement plays in successful conservation. Prior to his consulting career, Jason spent the better part of a decade as a college professor, and has also worked as a park naturalist in the BC Provincial Park system. Outside of work, Jason is an avid bird watcher, gardener and musician.
Rebecca Duncan ( Tsitsayxemaat) is a Squamish Language Teacher/Curriculum Developer and a Traditional Salish Weaver. She is from the Squamish and Musqueam Nations of the Coast Salish Peoples. Rebecca has devoted her life to preserve the Squamish Language along with the Cultural teachings that have been handed down to her from her late Grandfather and his grandfather and so on and so on since the beginning of time. She applies her sacred language to any and all of cultural activities especially in her weaving. She specializes in yellow cedar capes, tunics, aprons and designs them with meaningful old and contemporary styles of geometric Salish designs. Rebecca is an intermediate level speaker and her goal is to be fully immersed to become fluent. Today we are 4200 strong however, only 7 fluent speakers left with approximately 90 eager learners.
Rebecca has performed worldwide promoting Language and Culture, representing Coast Salish people and practicing protocols with Song and Dance and sharing history with storytelling and weaving workshops. No matter where you are from, it is so important to know your history, your ties to the land, and your culture.
Welcome to unceded Coast Salish Territory, Our history is your history!!!
Susan Gerofsky brings experience in a number of fields to bear in an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to curriculum theory, mathematics education and environmental education. She holds degrees in languages and linguistics as well as mathematics education, and worked for twelve years in film production, eight years in adult education (including workplace and labour education), and eight years as a high school teacher with the Vancouver School Board. Dr. Gerofsky has been involved in interdisciplinary research and teaching involving mathematics education, garden-based education, applied linguistics, and film. She is one of the founders of the UBC Orchard Garden, a project where teacher candidates and experienced teachers learn to teach across the curriculum outside the four walls of a classroom, with a garden as co-teacher.
Karen Barnaby has two great passions: spinning and cooking. She will try to spin anything if it looks spinnable and cook anything if it looks edible.
By day, she works as the Product Development Chef for the Gordon Food Service Strategic Alliance. She is a Vancouver Sun food columnist, popular Lower Mainland cooking teacher and acclaimed author of four cookbooks.
Karen volunteers for Vancouver’s Community Kitchens, sat on the board of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, and is past president of Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter. She is the recipient of a Minerva Award for Community Leadership and the Back of the House Award from the British Columbia Food and Restaurant Association.
Amy Logan is a Vancouver editor and writer with over two decades experience in the educational field. She works as the head English Tutorial Instructor at Columbia College and blogs at hardstare.blogspot.com. She was a singer in the band Revealing Grace for several years and co- hosted a local open stage, and she is a founding member of the Vancouver Finnegans Wake Reading Group . An avid gardener, she lives in a lanehouse in Strathcona and promotes locally-sourced wood projects through photography and social media. On her two-hour daily bike rides around the city, she often forages for flowers and herbs and posts photos of her adventures on Instagram as @hardstare. Her photography has won prizes both with BC Ferries and Amtrak. She is committed to promoting art and community-based activities that support the environment and bring people together creatively.
With a “one mile diet” approach to sourcing art materials, Sharon works to discover the inherent material potential in a local landscape. Involving community in connecting traditional hand techniques with invasive species and garden waste she creates site-specific installations that become ecological interventions. Graduating from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1996 she began working materials from the land in 1999 and has exhibited and engaged communities with her practice in Ireland, Spain, Mexico and throughout the United States. At home in Vancouver Canada, Sharon works with Vancouver Park Board, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Artstarts, Community Arts Council of Vancouver and Environmental Youth Alliance. Sharon is a member of MOPARRC, the artist collective that activates the Means of Production garden -a community garden that grows art materials. Sharon has received Canada Council and British Columbia Arts Council grants and was the 2010 recipient of the Brandford/ Elliott International Award for Excellence in Fibre Arts and Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Studio Design: emerging artist.
Rebecca Graham is an environmental artist who specializes in connecting people with land. As a leader of groups of all ages, large and small, she shines a vibrant light on how ‘sticks and vines’ can become our portals to meaningful connections to human history, culture, and nature. Rebecca’s background includes studies in environmental ethics and agriculture at the University of British Columbia and abroad; she holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a Diploma in Fashion Design from the Blanche Macdonald Centre. In 2016 she was the recipient of a Mayor’s Art Award as the Emerging Artist in Craft and Design