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Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)
PO Box 46, Invermere, BC  V0A 1K0

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Duncan Whittick
Executive Director
Email: info@cbeen.org

Duncan is based out of Invermere in the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc (Shuswap). He has been CBEEN’s Executive Director since 2011, and enjoys connecting the dots between people and organizations, looking for pathways to positive systemic change, and finding ways we can all work better, together.

Duncan is also on the board for the BC Classrooms to Communities (C2C) Network Society, and is the Co-coordinator for the Kootenay-Boundary Environmental Education (KBEE) Initiative. He was also recently the Communications Coordinator for both the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) and the Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP). In 2018 he was the recipient of the Canadian Environmental Education ‘Outstanding Individual in an Organization’ Award.

Prior to working in the Columbia Basin, Duncan enjoyed working as a park interpreter and environmental educator for a variety of organizations including Cypress Hills Inter-provincial Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park, the National Trust for Scotland and the Jane Goodall Institute. He holds a degree in Communications & Culture, and a diploma in Environmental Science.

 

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Jade Harvey-Berrill
Outreach and Events Manager
Email: outreach@outdoorlearningstore.ca

Jade lives in Revelstoke, on the traditional lands of four nations: the Sinixt, the Ktunaxa, the Secwepemc and the Syilx.

Born in the UK, after obtaining her BSc 1st Class HONS in Physical Geography, Jade spent several years travelling the world, skiing, mountain biking and teaching science and outdoor education at various schools. Five years ago she found and made beautiful BC her permanent home. 

Alongside her CBEEN role Jade runs a youth educational business, Stoked on Science. As a qualified ACMG Rock Climbing instructor she hosts youth rock climbing and outdoor skills camps, is a Level 1 Professional Mountain Bike Instructor and also runs science workshops and field trips for K-12 in schools. Jade writes scientific articles for numerous publications and educational programs for various institutions.

Jade is a passionate educator and communicator of science. Building on a love for bringing people together as a mechanism for growth and forward thinking, this role encompasses organizing events to develop the best opportunities for professional development, networking and educational outreach – engaging students, teachers and decision makers alike.

 

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Mia King
Wild Voices Program Manager
Email: wildvoices@cbeen.org

Mia lives in Revelstoke, on the traditional lands of the Sinixt, the Ktunaxa, the Secwepemc, and the Syilx.
Once Mia realized she could combine her passion for nature (developed while growing up on a farm, through environmental studies, and a lot of hiking/biking/camping), with her enjoyment of teaching (realized when she moved to Japan for a couple of years to teach English as a second language), she has since been involved with environmental education in many different forms. Whether creating informational signs on aquatic species at risk or leading a group of school-aged students through the forest on an interpretive hike, Mia enjoys helping people learn and connect with their local environment.
With over 10 years as a community environmental educator and program manager, Mia is proud to be part of the CBEEN team and loves to help facilitate the delivery of environmental education in the Columbia Basin via the Wild Voices program.

 

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Chris O’Shaughnessy
Administration
Email: admin@outdoorlearningstore.ca

Born on Vancouver Island Chris travelled the world before coming for a ‘quick’ visit to the East Kootenays where Mountains claimed her.

She now calls Invermere home and is raising two amazing cutie pies whilst furthering her education to become an Education Assistant.

She has kick-ass organizational skills, compassion, and humour that she has used to whip Canada’s Outdoor Learning Store fulfillment center into shape.

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Natt Forrest
Communications
Email: comms@outdoorlearningstore.ca

Natt came to Invermere for a month to visit after College – that was 23 years ago.  She travelled around for a few years but realized that her favourite part of travelling was having time to enjoy the wind and breeze, and the peace it brought her. So she stopped travelling and started digging into why that was so important to her.

She completed her Ph.D in Applied EcoPsychology and started combining that with her decades of teaching/training in  Therapeutic Movement and Yoga, and wove the two together to create EcoYogaTherapy(TM). She wrote her first book: Yoga With Nature to help students build a Nature Based Yoga.

She brings her love of learning, Nature and education into her role at OLS – where she does whatever needs to be done. Weaving together and filling in where needed: at the fulfillment center, building website pages, helping with communications, and outreach.

Check out Natt’s EcoYogaTherapy

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Katie Wells
Financial Management
Email: finance@cbeen.org

Katie is based out of Invermere in the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc (Shuswap).

After graduating from Engineering at UBC, Katie worked in pulp and paper and then management with Procter & Gamble. Moving back to BC in 1993 she co-founded Basecamp Enterprises (Rigging for Rescue) and Basecamp Innovations Ltd (Rescue Equipment design). When Rigging for Rescue was sold to a US team in 2002, she started her own consulting practice and was later the CEO of KRIC while considering hew next move.

Over the past 15+ years, Katie has found a niche using her multidisciplinary entrepreneurial skillset with her P.Eng. and her specialties in business, finance and systems to help entrepreneurs and non-profits move their goals and dreams forward. Her firm, Turning Point Business Advisory Services Inc., is based out of Invermere where Katie has lived for the past 27 years. She enjoys family, being outside and tiny house living.

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Laurie Klassen
Donor Relations
Email: giving@cbeen.org

Laurie is based out of Windermere in the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa and Secwepemc (Shuswap).

She is the former Executive Director of the Columbia Valley Community Foundation, and is currently also an instructor at the College of the Rockies, and is a non-profit consultant. She has worked for many organizations in many places over the years, and having lived in so many places throughout her life, she believes in giving to the community where you live and she volunteers much time as much as possible.

Laurie values hard work and determination, but believes that the greatest satisfaction in life comes from accomplishment that is a result of honest effort. The joy is in the journey, so she also believe in having a positive attitude. I have a have favourite quote that really sums this up: “The real measure of success is how we cope with disappointment…success is trying. It is not that the uncertainty of the future matters less, it is that we can face that uncertainty with more acceptance. A positive attitude will create positive changes around you.”

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