Our Staff and Board

 

Staff

Kate Emmings
Acting Manager

Among the most recognizable faces at the Islands Trust Conservancy, Kate's often found on the islands, visiting with property owners, giving public talks about land protection or coordinating conservation planning with partner conservancies.  Having lived in the islands since she was 16 years old, Kate's our resident expert on the ecosystems so unique to this region.   Kate joined us in 2007 after working for other local and regional non-profit land trusts in the islands.  Today, she splits her time between our office in Victoria and her home office on Galiano where she can keep a close eye on her young son.

 

Nuala Murphy
Acting Ecosystem Protection Specialist and Property Management Specialist

Nuala joined us as an auxiliary secretary in 2008.  Previously working as a project officer at TLC The Land Conservancy of BC, Nuala's experience and expertise in land conservation were a great asset to the Islands Trust Conservancy, and she was soon promoted as our Property Management Specialist in 2009.  When not out exploring the secrets of our island ecosystems with landowners and conservancy partners, Nuala can be found rediscovering the magic of the ocean and beaches near her home with her three children.

 

 
Crystal Oberg
Communications and Fundraising Specialist

Crystal joined us in 2016 after working in regional and provincial conservation, most recently in the Climate Action Program at the Capital Regional District. Crystal has over five years' experience promoting sustainability programs and securing funds for organizations, including coordinating the CRD greenhouse gas inventory and Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) grant. Previously, Crystal had an exciting career in parks and protected areas working as a researcher, park naturalist and park ranger in locations as diverse as Victoria, Haida Gwaii, Baja California Sur, Wells Gray and the Rocky Mountains. Crystal brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for protected areas and is often found visiting the Gulf Islands – with a mission to see the remaining three on her list!

 

Alexandra Trifonidis

Acting Administrative Assistant

Alexandra is the newest member of our team joining our office in September 2018. Alexandra and her family have recently made the move to Victoria from Galiano Island where they have resided for the past 15+ years. Previously working at the Galiano Medical Center for over 12 years as Team Lead Medical Office Assistant, Alexandra brings a multitude of organizational skills as well as a strong love for the Gulf Islands. Over the past many years Alexandra and her family have made wonderful memories exploring the Gulf Islands together and enjoying each Islands natural diversity and beauty. Alexandra looks forward to supporting the Islands Trust Conservancy Team and learning more about the work they do in the coming months.

 

 

 

Jennifer Eliason

Manager, On temporary assignment with BC Parks

 

 

 
Corlynn Strachan

Administrative Assistant, On temporary assignment with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

 

 

Board

The board of the Islands Trust Conservancy consists of three Islands Trust trustees (two elected by the Islands Trust Council, and one appointed as a representative of the Islands Trust's Executive Committee) and up to three members of the public appointed by the Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing.

 Susan Morrison
Susan Morrison 

Susan is serving her second term as one of two elected trustees for Lasqueti Island.  Susan joined the board because of her belief that the work of the Islands Trust Conservancy is crucial in realizing the basic purpose of the Islands Trust - to preserve and protect.

Susan was the founding chair of the Friends of French Creek Conservation Society in Parksville in 2003.  From that role, she brings public relations and communications expertise to her work with the Islands Trust Conservancy.  Susan has served on the Islands Trust's Trust Program Committee and Financial Planning Committee.  She and her husband currently preserve forty acres of Coastal Douglas-fir forest and wetlands on their own property.

 

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Kate-Louise Stamford

Kate-Louise Stamford comes to the Islands Trust Conservancy board in her second term as a Trustee on the Gambier Island Local Trust Committee.  Kate has been a full-time resident of Gambier Island with her biologist husband and their young daughter for 12 years now.  Gambier is one of the least populated islands within the Islands Trust Area, but one with the largest area of natural and public forest lands.  She has found the growing profile of Howe Sound as an ecological centre-piece for southern BC incredibly exciting but also daunting in the face of competing uses.  Kate brings her experience in non-profit management and community engagement to the table.

 

 

R. Hoops Harrison

Professionally, Hoops Harrison is a Lawyer.  His incorporated law practice focuses on restructuring and insolvency matters and is a Partner with Law Firm of Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP in Vancouver.  In 2015, Hoops was appointed to the British Columbia Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada’s first online tribunal for resolving strata and small claims disputes.  For over 3 years, Hoops has also served as a Board member of Fraser Health Authority, Patient Care Quality Review Board.

Personally, he enjoys kayaking, or at least writing fictional screenplays about him kayaking.

 

 

 

Robin A. Williams

Salt Spring resident Robin A. Williams interest in public affairs came as student politician. Upon graduation from B.C.I.T. where he was student president, Robin was asked to serve as an Executive Assistant in the office of the B.C. Premier W.R. Bennett.  Leaving for the private sector he remained the premier’s principle adviser on youth issues until Bennett’s retirement in1986.

Robin established his first company in 1985, a venture in the rapidly emerging field of microcomputer software. Robin went on to establish a company in Montreal replicating DVD and CD’s for both the software and music industries.

Robin bought his first investment property in the Niagara Escarpment protection area. He is now primarily involved in regeneration of residential properties in both Ontario and B.C., favouring materials recycling over new construction whenever possible.

Actively involved in the local affairs on Salt Spring Island, Robin chairs the CRD Salt Spring Transportation commission and is a member of the Ganges Harbour Walk Steering Committee dedicated to rebuilding the old Ganges Boardwalk and adjacent Peck’s Cove Park.

Robin Williams hold Diplomas of Technology in both Chemical Engineering and Business Administration.

 

Linda Adams

Linda Adams

Linda is an educator, land use planner, local government consultant and the former Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Islands Trust, a position she retired from in January 2016 after a 25-year career in local government. Since her retirement from the Islands Trust, Linda has provided consulting advice to local governments and recently created a general interest course in land use planning for community members.

Linda is currently on the faculty of Capilano University’s School of Public Administration, where she coordinates a course for Chief Administrative Officers in BC local governments. She teaches similar courses in land use planning, local government finance, problem solving and policy development. As a member of the Canadian Institute of Planning and the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC), Linda sits on PIBC’s Professional Conduct Review Committee.

Linda moved to Salt Spring Island in 1986 and lived there for 20 years, raising two children. She and her husband returned to live on their Salt Spring property in 2016, after 10 years in Victoria.

Past Board Members:

Carol Quin (1990-1991)   Diane Cragg (1990-1991, 1993-1996)   Beryl Young (1994-1995)
Graeme Dinsdale (1990-1996)   Melinda Auerbach (1993-1999)   Ann Hillyer (1995-1999)
Larry Holbrook (1993-1996)   Michael Paine (1994-1997)   Susie Washington-Smyth (1998-2001)
Ross Johnson (1994-1997)    Kathy Dunster (1997-2003)   Linda Nowlan (2000-2003)
Tom Ward (1996-1998)   Kim Benson (1999-2005)   Marie Potvin (2004-2007)
Louise Bell (1998-2005, 2008-2011)   David Borrowman (2004-2007)   Sheila Malcolmson (2006-2008)
Barrie Morrison (2004)   Peter Lamb (2006-2008)   Michael Dunn (2008-2011)
Bruce Whittington (2004-2009)   Christine Torgrimson (2008-2011)   Peter Luckham (2011-2014)
Gary Steeves (2006-2008)   Robert Grant (2009 – 2014)   Ron Bertrand (2014-2018)
Nerys Poole (2008-2011)   Dereck Atha (2010 - 2016)   Tony Law (1996-2005, 2011-2018)
Julie Glover (2012-2015)   John Dunfield (1990-1993)    
Nick Gilbert (1990-1991)   Elizabeth Bosher (1993-1996)    

 

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Page last updated: 07/11/18
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