Who We Are


Board of Directors


Matt Foy
Chair

Matt Foy was born, raised and resides in Langley in the central Fraser Valley. After graduation with a BSc in Zoology from the University of British Columbia, he pursued a career in the protection, restoration and enhancement of salmon habitats and populations throughout British Columbia. Recently retired from Fisheries and Oceans after 35 years, he continues to be very interested in salmon ecosystem restoration and protection, with a lifelong goal of staying outside, connected to rivers and salmon.

Matt shares his 35 years of experience with us through 10 short stories as part of the International Year of the Salmon -Salmon on the Rough Edge of Canada and Beyond.


Detmar Schwichtenberg
Vice - Chair

Detmar Schwichtenberg is a writer and resource manager who lives on a dairy farm in Agassiz, BC.

His area of expertise is using incentives and knowledge transfers to promote stewardship of private forest and agricultural land.


David Urban
Treasurer

David is an outdoor recreation planner with over 15 years of experience at the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD). Throughout his career he has been focused on regional matters that relate to vibrant, distinct, and sustainable communities that are committed to protecting the environment to ensure a high quality of life for all.  As the FVRD project lead for the Experience the Fraser project David is thrilled about the limitless connections that will be created to reconnect people in an outdoor recreational manner to the one of the most beautiful areas of the province.  

He is also an active outdoors person enjoying photography, native plant identification, cycling, and skiing.


Debora Soutar
Secretary

Debora is a professional forester with a lifelong passion for sharing nature with others. From exploring ponds as a young girl to interpreting wetland biology, she has developed a deep appreciation for the importance of wetlands. Debora is a professional forester with a lifelong passion for sharing nature with others. From exploring ponds as a young girl to interpreting wetland biology, she has developed a deep appreciation for the importance of wetlands.

Her expertise is in forest recreation and public education. Over the past 35+ years, she managed Madrone Environmental Services in Abbotsford, was the first coordinator of the Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, worked for the BC Forest Service and BC Parks, and has taught hundreds of students about forest ecology. In our part of the world, watersheds, wetlands and waterways are a very important part of forest ecology.

Debora enjoys walking on the Rotary Trail, hiking the local mountains, and hanging out at Harrison Lake.


Bruce Clark
Director at Large

Bruce is a long-time resident of the lower mainland, and an active community volunteer. He is a registered professional biologist (R.P.Bio.), with over 40 years experience specializing in environmental assessment, with particular focus on aquatic ecosystems. He spent over 30 years as a biologist with the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Habitat Management Program, focussing largely on evaluation of development proposals and related environmental effects, and biological support for compliance/enforcement activities. He was also a DFO national staff trainer. Much of Bruce’s DFO work was within the lower Fraser River and lower mainland areas.

Bruce is now a self-employed consultant.


John Vissers
Director at Large

John has lived on a rural wooded acreage on Sumas Mountain near Abbotsford for 23 years. He owns Custom Insulation, with 6 – 8 employees, specializing in commercial, energy efficient (LEED) building projects. An appointed member of Abbotsford’s Environmental Advisory Committee, he also chairs the “Rail For the Valley” lobby group, attempting to revive the electric inter-urban train service that linked all the Fraser Valley communities 100 years ago.

John is currently president of the Straiton Community Club on Sumas Mountain, and is active with the Mission Folk Music Festival Society and Envision Twilight Concert Series.

 


Christina Toth
Director at Large

A resident of the Fraser Valley for most of her life, Christina Toth was a journalist for 23 years at community newspapers (the Abbotsford News, 1990-1995 and the Abbotsford Mission Times, 2001-2013) and as a freelance writer. She’s always had a strong interest in the natural world, ecological issues, the impacts of humanity on the environment and how the two might continue to live together harmoniously. She now applies her local knowledge and experience in her work as an assistant regional manager in the Fraser Valley region for the Fraser Basin Council, a non-profit organization promoting environmental, economic and social sustainability in the river’s watershed regions.

Contact her at ctoth@fraserbasin.bc.ca


Geoff Hughes-Game
Director at Large

Geoff is a Professional Agrologist with over 40 years experience working in the agriculture sector. Raised in the Okanagan he began his career working in orchards then moved on to begin his formal agricultural education and work experience in Alberta before returning to BC. His education and experience have focused on irrigation, soil management, agri-environmental risk assessment and adult education. In 2016 he started a new phase of life; retiring from the BC Government after 29 years and entering the realm of private consulting and program management. Over his career with he Ministry of Agriculture he co-authored several soil management publications as well as the core materials for the BC Environmental Farm Plan Program. When not at work, Geoff can be found running the roads and trails of south western BC or in one of his many garden plots.

He hopes to be able to bring a strong agricultural perspective to his time on the FVWC Board

 

Staff


Natashia Cox

Natashia Cox BA. EP. RBTech 
Program Director
Natashia @ fvwc.ca | 604.855.8274

Natashia is a Registered Biology Technologist and qualified environmental professional. She holds a professional certification in Ecological Restoration from the University of Victoria. She has a Bachelor of Arts in physical geography and ecology concentration from the University of the Fraser Valley. She is dedicated to resource management and watershed planning. Her goal is to conserve natural assets and create opportunities for communities to connect with nature. As an experienced project manager, she leads complex projects and programs including designing and implementing habitat restoration projects, sensitive habitat inventory mapping, radio-telemetry, and bio-engineering. She is a volunteer director with TD Friends of the Environment Pacific Region. As an outdoor enthusiast, you might see her mountain biking, kayaking and hiking.


Rachel Drennan

Rachel Drennan BSc. PAg.
Operations Manager
Rachel @ fvwc.ca | 604.791.2235

Rachel is a Professional Agrologist. She graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Science degree, biology major. She holds a professional certification in Ecological Restoration from the University of Victoria. She has worked for FVWC since June 2009, organizing meetings, developing riparian restoration plans, environmental monitoring, coordinating volunteers, and managing the FVWC field crew. She is committed to restoring and monitoring riparian areas and has experience completing salmon habitat restoration projects, and streamside bioengineering. In her spare time, she enjoys mountain biking, horseback riding and small-scale farming.

 


Winter Moon


Winter Moon
 BSc.
Restoration Field Crew Lead
 

Winter Moon graduated from University of the Fraser Valley with a BSc (Hons) in Physical Geography with a concentration in Ecology. She has worked as a field technician with the FVWC since 2013, and acquired the position of Restoration Crew Lead in 2014. Winter is dedicated to leading the field crew in carrying out habitat restoration projects including site maintenance, planting of native species, bioengineering, and site monitoring. She has experience working with sensitive habitat inventory mapping, species at risk inventories, salmon habitat restoration, and environmental education and outreach. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, golfing, fishing and spending time with her family.
 
 
 

Field Technicians

Bridgette Knowlan · Michael Gaultier  · Leah Alexis 

Past Technicians
Ashley Gibson · Elizabeth Penner · Alanna Strangway · Petra Wykpis · Kelly Mills 
Andrew Barnass · Kevin Scharffenberg · Jocelyn Herbert · Garret Macklom-Harron

Past Summer Students
Krystal Brennan · Stephen Cara · Nyssa Fremming-Garfield

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