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2015 Award Winners

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Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Yellow Hawkweed

Also orange, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »


STAFF (listed in alphabetical order)

Dixie Ballantyne, Finance and Administration

Dixie has been a bookkeeper with ISCBC since September 2009, and joined the Williams Lake office as administrative support in September 2010. She lives in Williams Lake with her husband and teenage son and daughter. She enjoys spending time walking, reading, camping, gardening and crafting.
Contact Dixie



Shelina Gwaduri, Fund Development Officer

Shelina has been working with ISCBC since 2014 and is a key contributor in the creation of a Fund Development Program.  She has experience in developing and managing fundraising campaigns, specifically annual campaign, as well creating partnerships with public and private sector funders.  She has spent the past 10 years in the non-profit sector in Canada, the USA, Africa and Asia. Shelina lives in Vancouver where she enjoys volunteering in community events, outdoor activities and traveling.
Contact Shelina

Coleen Hougen, Manager

Coleen has been with the Council since 2009, coordinating projects such as the Hot Spots Program, the Invasive Species Strategy for BC, and Take Action (Clean, Drain, Dry). Her past work experience has included invasive plant management, habitat conservation, and fish and wildlife studies. Coleen lives in Kamloops, where she and her family enjoy spending time outdoors fly fishing, camping and ATVing.
Contact Coleen


Julianne Leekie, Communications

Julianne has been with the Council since 2008, and has contributed communications-related work involving project coordination, writing, graphic design, media relations, and photography. Julianne spends much of her time outdoors, and enjoys music festivals, hiking, kayaking, competitive races, and gardening.
Contact Julianne


Jennie McCaffrey, Training/Outreach Coordinator

Jennie has been with the Council since August 2012. She has experience in education management, specifically Environmental Education, as well as professional development and training for teachers. Jennie lives in Kamloops where she enjoys volunteering at the BIG Little Science Centre, and spending her time outdoors gardening, camping and hiking.
Contact Jennie


Evan Rafuse, PlantWise Program Facilitator

Evan has been involved in both the PlantWise and Clean, Drain, Dry programs, and brings professional experience as a wildlife biologist, landscaper, environmental technologist and permaculturist. Evan lives in Coldstream where he enjoys spending time with family, organic farming, beekeeping, outdoor pursuits, and animal husbandry.
Contact Evan


Jodi Romyn, Senior Manager

Jodi has been with the Council since 2005 and is currently managing human resources and operational projects including planning and reporting. Her background is in natural resource management with a focus on working with stewardship groups and non-profits. Jodi, her husband, and two young children operate a dairy farm in Sorrento, BC and are active in sports and outdoor activities.
Contact Jodi


Sue Staniforth, Education & Outreach Coordinator

Sue has been with the ISCBC since 2013, and has experience in curriculum development, teacher professional development and evaluation. Sue is developing and promoting province-wide educational programs on invasive species. She lives in North Saanich with her husband and daughter, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, and raising chickens.
Contact Sue


Danielle Toperczer, Manager

Danielle has worked with the Council since 2010, and manages large ISC projects and fund development. Her past work experience includes fisheries surveys, range management and not-for-profit work. She is a Professional Agrologist and lives in Coldstream where she enjoys hiking, camping and gardening with her husband and children.
Contact Danielle


Gail Wallin, Executive Director

Gail has been involved with the Council since inception and is responsible for overall management and Board communications. Gail is an experienced facilitator for industry and government on complex resource management and land use planning issues across BC. Gail calls Williams Lake home where she enjoys time outdoors and travelling.
Contact Gail


Stephanie Woods, Coordinator

Stephanie has been involved with a wide variety of Council’s programs and projects. With a background in Conservation Biology and Environmental Management, her professional career has included working with the public on invasive species, species-at-risk and human-animal interaction projects. She also has experience working with invasive plants in the gardening industry and getting her hands dirty in the landscaping and tree planting business. In her free time, she is a nature enthusiast, enjoying the outdoors and all that it has to offer.
Contact Stephanie