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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.

 


 

Torin Kelly, Williams Lake Youth Facilitator
Torin is originally from Maple Ridge BC and moved to Williams Lake in 2018. Torin attended BCIT for forestry and natural areas management, then specialized in invasive species. Torin is passionate about teaching, and helping people gain new skills and tools to make a difference in their community. Contact Torin

 

 


 

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

 

 

 

Marley Lightfoot, Japanese Beetle Ambassador
Marley recently completed her degree in Urban Forestry and Recreation Planning at UBC. She is continuing her studies in GIS this coming fall, specializing in climate change projections. Through her education she has found a passion for sustainability and climate change adaptation, with interest in the impact of invasive species and climate change across Canada. Outside of work you can find her walking her dog, painting, and enjoying any activity in the sunshine. Contact Marley

 

 

 

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




 

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





 

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







 

Diane Watson, Japanese Beetle Ambassador
Diane, born and raised in Ontario, fell in love with BC when she made the move 5 years ago. She rediscovered her passion for snowboarding and is learning to discover the many hidden gems the province has to offer. After 10 years in the restaurant industry, Diane found a way to immerse herself in the natural world and attended BCIT for Forest and Natural Areas Management and will be continuing her education there this fall in the Ecological Restoration program. She loves having the opportunity to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds, educating herself and others on environmental issues and sustainability practices. Contact Diane



 

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

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