ISCBC staff work as a team and with Board of Directors, Standing Committees and Advisory Committees, as well as regional organizations from around the province to deliver on a wide variety of ISC programs, initiatives and events.

Staff 2013
ISC Staff (L-R): Gail Wallin, Danielle Toperczer, Stephanie Woods, Sue Staniforth, Dixie BallantyneJodi Romyn, Julianne Leekie, Evan Rafuse, and Maggie Cahoon.  Absent: Coleen Hougen and Jennie McCaffrey.

(listed in alphabetical order)

Dixie BallantyneDixie 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

Maggie CahoonMaggie Cahoon, Administrative Assistant

Maggie Cahoon has worked with the ISCBC since April 2010, providing administration and technical support. She lives in Williams Lake and her interests include snowmobiling, camping, crafting, and spending as much time as possible with her four grandchildren. Contact Maggie

Coleen Hougen, ManagerColeen Hougen

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 LeekieJulianne 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

jennieJennie McCaffrey, Training/Outreach Coordinator (Maternity Leave)

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.

Evan Rafuse2014Evan 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 RomynJodi 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 Staniforth2014Sue 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 Toperczer2013Danielle 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

gailwailinGail 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, Coordinatorstephanie

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

In Your Words...

  • “Thank you for orchestrating access to the Hot Spots crew for GINPR.  This crew allowed us to move the restoration project on Princess Margaret ahead by months if not by years.”

    Wayne Bourque, Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Parks Canada

  • “Parks Canada and Canadians have benefited from the partnership to have on-the-ground Hot Spots crews, and we would be happy to work with a crew in the future at one of our many national parks and national historic sites that are in need of invasive plant management.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

  • “Our crew has finished their work at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. I want to thank you, on behalf of Parks Canada, for providing the crew to us. They were well-trained and got a lot of important restoration work done in our nationally-important heritage areas.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

  • “I am impressed with the coverage of the GIS mapping data now available. I will be developing an Invasive Species Management Plan for Pacific Spirit over the next several years and these maps will help as a coarse indication of current conditions, and in guiding initial inventory and monitoring efforts.”

    Markus Merkens, Pacific Spirit Park area manager, Metro Vancouver

  • “Working with the Hot Spots crew in Saanich in 2010, we practiced different methods to treat knotweed with glyphosate using the injection gun on several sites. With these skills I was able to implement Saanich's first knotweed eradication pesticide treatment program for private properties.”

    Donna Wong, Environmental Stewardship Officer, District of Saanich

  • "We had a great hike at Kenna Cartwright Park. The kids built a snowman and we all enjoyed the views. The outreach worker showed us some plants that don't belong in the park, gave us info about them and what to do about them, and gave us all some cool gifts from the Invasive Plant Council. Thank you!"

    Susan Hammond, Kamloops Young Naturalist Club

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