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.
As Executive Director of the SCBC since 2010, DG provides leadership and facilitation of collaborative stewardship initiatives with partners in government, industry and non-governmental organizations at the community, regional and provincial level. She is the SCBC’s Project Manager: coordinating and delivering stewardship projects and resources to audiences throughout British Columbia; including the Green Shores, Species at Risk Primer, and Environmental Stewardship Community of Practice projects and Stewardship Practices Demonstration Project. DG also 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
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.
Liana Ayach, is an environmental technologist with the City of Surrey’s Engineering Department. She has been involved in environmental protection since 2001 when she co-led the inaugural year for an agricultural stewardship team with the City of Surrey’s Salmon Habitat Restoration Program (SHaRP). She now manages the SHaRP youth watershed stewardship program full-time along with developing other stewardship themed education programs for the City. Liana is a mother of two young boys, the second of which recently joined the family, so she is currently enjoying more family time with them while off on maternity leave. She has completed programs from the environmental protection technology program with Kwantlen and the Environmental Engineering program from BCIT.
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.
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.