Dixie Ballantyne, Manager, 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
Lindsay Barnett, Fund Development
Lindsay grew up on a ranch outside of Williams Lake where managing invasive plants was a daily chore, so she is delighted to be a part of the ISCBC team and reconnect with her “roots”. A graduate student studying Community Development at the University of Victoria, Lindsay brings experience in fund development, program design, and evaluation to her role as the Fund Development Coordinator, and is committed to connecting donors with the impactful work they make possible through their support. Located in the Sea to Sky region, Lindsay loves to read, is a big fan of croissants and enjoys a host of outdoor adventure sports like kayaking, mountaineering and climbing. Contact Lindsay.
Tina Benard, Office Coordinator
Tina joined the Council in November 2015. She has a background in administration and gives support to the other members of the Council as needed. She lives in Williams Lake and enjoys baking, painting and gardening. Contact Tina
Katelyn Bissat, Kamloops Youth Facilitator
Katelyn has a Diploma in Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Technology and has been working in the environmental education and volunteer management industry for over 10 years. She is passionate about engaging children and young adults to become environmental stewards in their community. Katelyn’s love for nature is not only fulfilled in her career but also in her free time; she is often out hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing and geocaching. Contact Katelyn
Allyson Blake, Events & Communications Coordinator
Ally has developed skills in marketing, communications and event management through positions across three continents: learning and development in UK and Singapore, sales and marketing in the UK and most recently in tourism development in Canada. Ally loves being close to nature in the mountains and on water, enjoying snowboarding, skiing, rowing, canoeing and kayaking with her husband and dogs. "Through my work with the Invasive Species Council of BC, I am able to help protect the beautiful landscapes and communities we all enjoy across this amazing province." Contact Ally
Serena Bonneville, Youth Program Coordinator
Serena is a born and raised British Columbian, passionate about sustainability, youth engagement, outdoor-ed and all things nature. She worked as a strategic communications specialist for three years in various countries around the world, collaborating with youth and supporting sustainable development initiatives and projects. She now currently works at the ISCBC as the Youth Coordinator and hopes to continue to support the council’s initiative to expand the youth network and amplify our impact. Contact Serena.
Ksenia Kolodka, Outreach Coordinator
Ksenia has her Bachelor of Arts in Information and Media Studies, and Master of Environment and Sustainability both from Western University. She has experience working in the non-profit environmental sector, marketing, and graphic design. Ksenia is passionate about connecting with different audiences on environmental issues and new sustainability initiatives. In her spare time she enjoys crafting, fitness, and exploring local hiking trails. Contact Ksenia
Brittany Lowden, Communications Coordinator
Brittany returns to the council after a role as JCP supervisor in 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science Biology from Carleton University. Her background is diverse, ranging from at sea commercial fisheries work to the world of web design. She enjoys snowboarding, crafting and spending time with her many farm animals. Contact Brittany
Corbin Manson, Vancouver Youth Facilitator
Corbin received his BSc. in Natural Resources Conservation from UBC in 2019 and joined the Council soon after. He enjoys the challenge of somehow uniting his background in performing arts, his prior career in hospitality, and his passion for outdoor recreation into his new role: facilitating youth leaders to take action against invasive species in their communities. Based in Vancouver, Corbin can often be found rock climbing in Squamish or enjoying a novel and a cup of coffee at home. Contact Corbin
Allison McCabe, PlantWise Coordinator
Allison holds a BSc in Horticulture from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and a Master of Land and Water Systems degree from the University of British Columbia where she completed her capstone on the phytoremediation of mine tailings. She has experience working in both edible and ornamental horticultural production, as well as in environmental coordination, outreach, and community education. Allison lives in Chilliwack with her two dogs, two cats, and fiancé, and can usually be found gardening, drawing, or swimming.
Nadine McCosker, Education and eLearning Coordinator
Nadine was born and raised in Perth, Australia. She moved to Kelowna in 2007 and loves British Columbia. She has a B. Sc. in Biology and a diploma in Graphic and Digital Design. She has worked in Agriculture and Quarantine in Australia and more recently in education; creating, developing and building eLearning programs and courses. She enjoys travelling, crafting and reading especially with her 2 daughters. Contact Nadine
Lara Phillips, JCP Salmon Arm Supervisor
Lara joined the ISCBC after moving from Golden, where she has been working in the forest industry. Originally from southern Ontario, she has an educational background in forestry and ecosystem management. After graduating from Fleming College, she headed straight for the mountains of western Canada, where she’s been able to blend her love of the outdoors into a meaningful career. Lara enjoys a long list of outdoor pursuits, especially in the backcountry, and has a lifelong reading addiction. Contact Lara.
Willie Poll, Indigenous Liason
Willie is originally from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, but has worked with First Nations in the North West Territories, the Yukon, Ontario, and BC. Willie has a passion for Indigenous and land-based education as well as Indigenous archaeology and traditional ecological knowledge. She holds a Bachelor of arts in Indigenous studies and a Master of Arts in Archaeology. She enjoys being on the land picking and learning about traditional medicines, dog mushing, kayaking, and trying new things! Contact Willie.
Dave Ralph, Manager, Operations
Dave joined the Council in May 2015. He has worked extensively with land managers and the agriculture industry in developing invasive plant management strategies and carrying out research for invasive plant control and management recommendations for pasture, range and intensive crop production. His current role with the Council is training and project coordination. Dave, his wife and son live in Kamloops where they enjoy the seasonal outdoor recreational activities.Contact Dave
Jodi Romyn, Director, Operations and Finance
Jodi has been with the Invasive Species Council of BC for 15 years and functions as Director of Finance and Operations, managing finances, 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 community non-profits. Jodi, her husband, and two children operate a dairy farm in Sorrento, BC and are active in sports and outdoor activities. Contact Jodi
Sue Staniforth,Manager, Education and Outreach
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, Director, Programs & Communications
Danielle Toperczer manages and works on key ISCBC projects including program development and communications. She has a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, majoring in Land Reclamation. Her work experience is diverse and includes a range of natural resource management projects including hydrology, fisheries, range management and not-for-profits. She is a Professional Agrologist and lives in Vernon, BC. Contact Danielle
Yonathan Uriel, Insect Ambassador
Yonathan joined the Council soon after completing a Masters of Pest Management at Simon Fraser University in 2020. His background is primarily in entomology research, with splashes of education, data science, and financial management. As Invasive Insect Ambassador, he collects data on invasive insects, creates online educational resources, and generally works to improve awareness of invasive insects throughout BC.
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
Nick Wong, Research and Projects Coordinator
Nick has diverse experience working previously in Pacific salmon and herring fisheries in BC, and has a PhD in Marine Ecology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Nick is passionate about teaching and creating engaging opportunities for people to learn and understand the role they can play in the prevention and mitigation of invasive species. Nick has been extensively involved in the coordinated response to the Japanese Beetle invasion in Vancouver in 2017. Contact Nick
Brandon Wright, JCP Williams Lake Supervisor
A Heavy Equipment Mechanic by trade, Brandon was looking for new opportunity after the forestry downturn this spring. He changed gears to focus on re-educating, with a focus on Occupational Health and Safety through UNBC and the University of New Brunswick. He started with ISCBC as the Williams Lake JCP supervisor, using his time with us to focus on his program development skills in the office, while using his experiences as a tradesman to help his team develop their work and hazard analysis skills in the field.