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James (Jim) Posynick, Chair
I was born in Vancouver, B.C. I am a graduate of the University of Windsor (LLB., 1991) and Royal Roads University (M.A. Conflict Analysis and Management, 2009). I have a broad range of law practice experience in providing advice to and representation for individuals, public, private and first nations organizations. My practice included conducting arbitrations, mediations and human rights adjudications. Currently I am a non-active member of the N.W.T. and B.C. Law Societies. I am a former director/treasurer of Valley Community Services. I am a long term director on the board of the Erickson Community Association. From personal experience, I have a deep appreciation for the need to learn about, maintain and protect our remaining wildlife habitat. I also feel it is important to encourage and acknowledge the valuable contribution of industry toward achieving those goals. By working together we can achieve our goals and inspire others to be responsible corporate and individual citizens and preserve our natural heritage for generations to come.
Greg Baker, Treasurer
I was born in Nelson, BC and completed my education there. I graduated with my Chartered Accountant designation in January, 1975. Following that I became a partner in an accounting firm, in Creston. After selling my practice I worked for the Town of Creston as Chief Financial Officer. I retired in 2008. I have been a member of the Creston Valley Rotary Club for 26 years. My wife and I continue to reside in Creston, B.C.
Donna Carlyle, Secretary
I enjoyed careers in the fields of lab technology and nursing. I have work experience in the health, forestry, tourism, hospitality, education and employment industries. As a volunteer I have helped develop the organizational and fundraising capacities of a number of non-profit boards and organizations including those dealing with environmental issues, stewardship of earth resources, food security and social consciousness. I have enjoyed an active outdoor life in the Kootenays as a kayaker, swimmer, hiker and camper. Those activities have given me a balanced perspective on the connectivity between and among humans, industry and our natural environment and the need for environmental education to protect and preserve the wonderful biological diversity of our wetlands and the Kootenays, generally.
I was born in Marburg, Germany and immigrated to Canada after I obtained my Ph.D. in biology from the Justus-Liebig-Universitaet in Giessen. I am married and have 2 grown daughters that live in Terrace, BC. We discovered the beautiful Creston Valley in 2011 in the search for milder climate and I am currently working as a Realtor for Re/Max.
Previously, I worked for 21 years as a researcher with a forestry company (Alberta-Pacific) in Northern Alberta. I liaised with various universities and other research organizations to study the impact of forestry on biodiversity and ecosystem health, and we developed new paradigms such as ecosystem management modeled after natural disturbance. I held the position of adjunct professor with the University of Alberta for over 10 years.
I am versed in developing new projects through organized brainstorming sessions; project management; funding applications; public speaking at conferences; and business plan development.
I am an environmentalist at heart and a member of the Wildsight Creston Branch Executive Committee. I strongly support conservation of sensitive habitats and realize the importance of educating upcoming generations since maintaining biodiversity will be an increasing challenge with population growth and climate change.
Dr. Colin Yerbury
I grew up in Creston Valley and it would be fulfilling for me to contribute some of my skills and knowledge back to my home community. My particular strengths are fund raising, conceptualizing and initiating programmes, establishing institutional linkages and partnerships, project management and research, and so forth. Details may be found in my profile. As an anthropologist, I am also very familiar with the cultural groups such as the Ktunaxa and Doukhobor peoples, and I have published articles/chapters about both groups.
Former Dean of Continuing Studies, Dr. Colin Yerbury is the Project Director for the Tier 1 Project: Adult Education for Economic Development (Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR) and the Tier 2 Project: Reducing HIV Stigma by Education - Ghana. Prior to his Deanship, he held the position of Director of the Centre for Distance Education for 18 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from SFU and his major research interests are in international development, distance education, ethnohistory, urban anthropology, and criminology. He has served the Office of International Development unit in his role as Project Manager of the CIDA-funded South Pacific Islands Nutrition Training Project (1987-1996), the Cuban Tourism Project, the CIDA-funded Ghana Distance Education Project (1995-2001), the CIDA-funded Philippines Distance Education Project (1996-2001), and three SEAMEO Regional Centre Projects. He has also been involved in consultancy projects in the Caribbean, Botswana, Ghana, the Philippines, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands
I am a native of Creston and it has been my home for 70 years. I am married and Carol and I have 3 children and 11 grandchildren. I am currently the Dealer principal at Kootenay Peterbilt who are the franchised Peterbilt Dealers in the East and West Kootenays.
I have a deep love for the Creston Valley and believe I can bring several things to the table to move our project forward:
1) I am a Pilot and have enjoyed the unique privilege of flying over the wetlands for 53 years so I am sure I know them as well as anyone.
2) I have a history of community service being a charter member of the Creston Valley Rotary Club, and board member of Creston Chamber, and Creston Valley Blossom Festival.
3) I have a large group of friends and associates I can access for help and advice.
4) I call myself a “schemer and dreamer” I always look at what could be accomplished and then figure out how, always thinking positively and long term. I was in on this project from the start and will do everything I can to move it forward.
I resided in the Creston Valley between 1986 and 2016 where I owned and operated land development and site preparation companies. I previously worked in the logging and auto marine industries and attended the (Swiss) Institute of Technology in Bern Switzerland for 22 months graduating with a diploma in Hydraulic Engineering. Between 1999 and 2016 I chaired the Yaqan Nuki Wetlands Friendship Society. The society was formed to fund raise, restore and protect wetlands on the Goat and Kootenay Rivers. I worked with the Ktunaxa Lower Kootenay Band, Ducks Unlimited and CVWMA in that successful venture. I now reside in Louis Creek, B.C.
Carla Ahern, Senior Manager
With a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria and a love of natural spaces and wildlife, Carla has put her passion towards conservation and education endeavors related to wild spaces. She has worked in the field of conservation biology studying such animals as the desert tortoise, northern spotted owl and northern leopard frog and has developed and delivered environmental education programs to youth and adults in a variety of settings and geographic areas.
Carla worked for the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) as their Education and Communication Coordinator for more than 10 years. This involved the operation of the Wildlife Interpretation Centre and its programs and events as well as promotions, marketing, advertising and fundraising. She is so excited to continue to deliver and develop wetland education programming at the CVWMA as well be part the process of developing a new Discovery Centre in her role as Senior Manager with KCDCS.
Carla is currently a Director with Wetland Link International, International Selkirk Loop and Member of the Creston Valley Bird Festival Committee and Creston Valley Tourism Advisory Committee. Carla has called Creston home since 2005 and happily lives “out in the sticks” with her husband and two kids.
Seasonal Wetland Naturalists
Seasonal staff join us from May to August to assist in the delivery of wetland education and awareness programs.