British Columbians understand, enjoy, and sustain healthy ecosystems through stewardship.
Our mission is to strengthen ecological stewardship in BC by providing educational, technical and capacity programs and resources to organizations, governments, the private sector and the general public through collaborative partnerships.
The following principles guide the operations and initiatives of the Stewardship Centre for BC:
Information presented is credible, knowledge-based, accessible and responsive to the needs of stewards in BC.
Programs are partner-based, inclusive and non-partisan.
Initiatives respect the interests and rights of all participants.
Operations are conducted in an effective, efficient and accountable manner.
After over a decade of producing technical resources for stewards, the SCBC was incorporated as a non-profit society in 2006, and held its first AGM in February 2007.
Since then, we have developed tools, workshops, courses and programs on ecosystems, and habitat and species at risk to help to sustain our natural landscapes and watersheds and educate the public on stewardship practices.
These tools, which include training and planning resources, are designed for landowners, land use professionals, the development community, local governments and local conservation organizations. The Stewardship Series – a peer reviewed, science‐based series of 19 guides for environmental stewards, including local governments – is one of SCBC’s cornerstone initiatives.
DG has been SCBC’s Executive Director since 2010, providing leadership and facilitating collaborative stewardship initiatives with partners in government, industry and non-governmental organizations at the community, regional and provincial level. DG also coordinates and delivers stewardship projects and resources to audiences throughout British Columbia. Additionally, she provides technical expertise in environmental education and outreach for many of SCBC’s projects.
DG loves living on a small island off the coast of BC – telecommuting to work on SCBC projects across the province. She can be reached at email@example.com
Jennell started part-time at SCBC in January 2017 and works on our website, social media platforms, e-newsletters and more. She brings over 25 years of experience in public education and communications to her work at SCBC. She has worked with non-profit organizations, First Nations and other governments in BC and the Yukon. On the education front, she has a degree in Communications, a Masters in Adult Education.
Jennell works from her office in Courtenay, BC and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laurie Stott provides IT support and assists the SCBC with their website development and multimedia needs. She has worked with SCBC for over a decade and enjoys the opportunity to work with the BC stewardship community and participate in the development of the digital tools and resources that support stewardship work in BC and Canada.
Laurie also has a background in resource management and is currently working as an instructor in the Renewable Resource program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Lonnie first got involved with SCBC in 2003 as a volunteer and became a board member in 2005.
After many years, Lonnie changed hats and became SCBC’s Financial Manager overseeing all things financial including grant writing, budgeting and financial reporting.
Sean Sharpe has extensive experience in ecosystems research and management, particularly related to environmental management, monitoring and audit programs spanning over 25 years across Canada. Sean has been lead in baseline wildlife and habitat work for numerous environmental assessments, as well as the agency lead for regulatory review on a number of mine, pipeline and transmission corridor projects.
Sean has proven experience working with First Nations, regulatory staff and industry related to transportation, hydro, oil and gas and mining industry activities. Sean’s current interest and expertise is in research and management related to wildlife ecology, fisheries and habitat assessment, mitigation and reclamation.
Joanne Day is a Community Liaison Biologist with Fisheries & Oceans Canada. She coordinates the Community Involvement Program — over 350 groups throughout province active in stewardship and education.
Tracy is consultant who works with Baker Creek Enhancement Society, Ministry of Environment and the Quesnel Air Quality Roundtable initiating, developing, and managing programs in the areas of Environmental Education, and Stewardship and Restoration Services. She also owns and operates Achieve Advertising a promotional products business.
Tracy loves nature, animals, and creative pursuits. Tracy spends most of her time off with her dogs or horses exploring the beautiful Cariboo Chilcotin. Tracy is an active member of the Quesnel Chamber of Commerce (Vice Chair).
In his nearly 18 years with Environment Canada, Ken has held a variety of positions including Manager of the Ecosystem Coordination Office, Head of Habitat Conservation, as well as a variety of stewardship, EC and policy roles. Ken is currently Head of Protected Areas and Stewardship for the Canadian Wildlife Service. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from McGill and Master in Environmental Studies from York.
Mike is a Registered Professional Forester working for the BC Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (BC Timber Sales) as a Practices Forester. He is based in Port McNeil, BC. He has an (Honours) undergraduate degree (HBscF) in Forestry from Lakehead University and has worked in natural resource science, management, enforcement and policy development in Provincial government and in the private sector in both Ontario and BC. He is a member of the Association of BC Forest Professionals and sits on their Professional Practices Committee and the Climate Change Subcommittee.
Mike is a member of SCBC’s Conservation and Stewardship Practices Committee. He is also a proud Métis of Ojibway/French heritage (his ancestors were trading furs in Upper Canada 400 years ago).
Oana is an Environmental Protection Officer with the BC Ministry of Environment and holds an undergraduate degree in Microbiology and her Master’s degree in Environmental Toxicology. She has worked for MoE for over 10 years, specializing in hazardous waste management and policy analysis.
As well, Oana is a waste management specialist and an Environmental Unit Leader with the Ministry’s Incident Management Team, which is tasked with responding to oil and petroleum spills. Oana is a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio), a Professional Agrologist, and the Chair of the Professional Practice Committee for the BC Institute of Agrologists.
Val is the Academic Administrator of the Restoration of Natural Systems Program at the University of Victoria. He explores urban ecosystems, urban agriculture, the impact of nature in the city on physical and emotional well-being and the role of invasive species and ecological memory in creating novel ecosystems. Details of Val’s restoration projects and environmental stewardship can be found on his website urbanecology.ca.
Midori has a B.Sc. from Simon Fraser University and is the Fisheries Manager for the Musgamagw Dawada’enuxw Tribal Council in Campbell River, BC. The focus of her work is to increase First Nations capacity & stewardship regarding lands and aquatic resources.
Over the past ten years she has worked as a consulting biologist, land and marine resources director, and a coastal planner for Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Christine Callihoo, MSc, RPP, MCIP, is a graduate of the University of Northern BC Natural Resources Management graduate program. She is a senior community resilience planner who has been working with communities throughout western Canada for the past 20 years with a focus upon building community resilience (economic, ecological, social, governance).
Christine has been an environmental and social justice advocate her entire adult life and volunteers with a number of non-profits that enable her passion strategically assisting communities. She also brings to the Board of the Stewardship Centre for BC her knowledge and experience drawn from both her professional and volunteer work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
In her free time, Christine loves to get out from behind the keyboard and go hiking, fishing, hunting, and any other activity that gets her out in the great outdoors. Learn more on LinkedIn.
Stewardship is about taking responsibility to promote, monitor, conserve and restore ecosystems for current and future generations of all species.
There are three types of environmental stewards:
1. Doers help out by taking action on the ground.
2. Donors help by donating money, land or other resources.
3. Practitioners work to steer agencies, scientists, stakeholder groups or other groups toward a stewardship outcome.