The Pacific Spirit Park Society is composed of hundreds of volunteers and members, meanwhile the day-to-day running of the society and its events is taken care of by our board of directors and our Program Coordinator in.
We want to know what the park’s stakeholder/users think about the park and what we can collectively do to enhance their multi-faceted experiences. The best way for us to do that is to sign you up as a member (it’s free) so we can reach you with important updates and you can reach us when you have an opinion or volunteer hour to spare.
You can download and print out the PSPS membership form. Fill it out, and send it in by regular mail, or send the completed form to our Program Coordinator, Krista Voth: firstname.lastname@example.org
Board Members and Staff:
Chair: Micheal Jerowsky
I hold degrees in environment and sustainability, applied ethics and developmental psychology. Professionally, I work as an IT business analyst and web developer. I am passionate about the benefits of citizen science in maintaining our parks and green spaces, especially in regards to invasive species management. I see opportunity in abolishing organizational hurtles and data sharing barriers between citizen science groups, and will will be pursuing this through my graduate work.
Vice-Chair: Bob Meyer
Bob is a retired IT professional who has lived near the park for 10 years. He volunteers for a number of public service organizations. He is an outdoors enthusiast who can often be found walking or running on the trails, or by the beach. He loves that fact that we have such a large track of nature within our city. Bob has a strong desire to see that the park is protected and there for future generations to enjoy.
Secretary: Florence Godineau
Florence joined the PSPS board in the summer of 2016. Originally from France, she studied agriculture and environmental sciences, before working for non-profits on wildlife conservation and environmental education projects.
She is especially passionate about protecting forests, wetlands and bats, and loves exploring the natural world. There’s always something new to discover! Florence hopes that her knowledge and enthusiasm will contribute to preserving Pacific Spirit Park for humans and non-humans alike.
Treasurer: James Carolan
As a long-term user and observer of the Pacific Spirit Park, I have witnessed the increased use and demands on the Park. I believe it is important for residents to take an active interest helping to maintain the Park and keep it in a natural state for the benefit of citizens now and in the future.
Program Coordinator: Krista Voth
Krista Voth is studying geography at UBC following a ten year career as a Waldorf and Montessori teacher. She has a keen interest in the way urban parks are used and cared for by the public. Beyond her course work in the Environment and Sustainability program, her research focuses on citizen science data collection and social inclusion in public parks. Krista was hired as the PSPS Program Coordinator in March 2016 to develop and support environmental stewardship and educational programming in Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
Director: Ada Li
Director: Grace O’Connell
Grace is finishing a degree in Geography at UBC specializing in Environment and Sustainability, and has a desire to pursue further education and work in GIS and data mapping/management. Born and raised on Vancouver’s North Shore Grace has always harbored a passion for the outdoors, frequently utilizing many of the lower mainland’s parks and nature areas. As a student of UBC, Grace has been exposed to Pacific Spirit Park in various ways over the last four years and is excited to be able to take part in the maintenance and nurturing of the unique nature space in the city of Vancouver so that others have the same opportunity for exploration and discovery as her.
Director: Bev Ramey
My interest in Pacific Spirit Regional Park is to encourage more people to enjoy nature, especially where families can experience nature hands-on. I’m a strong believer in ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People’. My interest is also to ensure the park remains as natural as possible.
My experience with non-profit societies includes serving for 15 years on the board of BC Nature, the provincial non-profit organization that represents natural history clubs throughout BC. Currently I’m president of the BC Naturalists’ Foundation and on the board of Nature Vancouver.
I support the international Important Bird Areas (IBAs), with Pacific Spirit Regional Park being IBA #BC018. I participate in monthly bird surveys at the nearby UBC Farm and University Golf Course.
Director: August Whelin
August has been a part of the PSPS since March of 2016, and is looking forward the learning opportunities and knowledge he will acquire working alongside members of the board. He has a degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, and is currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems diploma program through the University of Victoria. He hopes this diversity in his background will not only open up his career options, but lead to a greater understanding and appreciation for the environment. He enjoys working and being outdoors, and in his spare time loves to explore the many hiking options in and around Vancouver, or simply a quality conversation and hangout with friends.
Director: Judy Williams
Judy has served Pacific Spirit Regional Park since she helped form the inaugural Board so many years ago. In her capacity as Chair of the Wreck Beach Preservation Society (WBPS), Judy has helped keep the beach, foreshore and 144 acres of forested cliffs at Point Grey undeveloped and wilderness-like since 1969. She co-chairs the Fraser River Coalition and serves as the PSPS liaison with UBC with regard to Campus storm water management and land use. In the past six months, two deadly spills of chlorine and ammonia have threatened and killed fish stocks in Booming Ground Creek, and Judy has provided constant vigilance there and in the Estuary where Port Metro Vancouver wants to dump over 100 acres of mud on the regenerating marsh where log booms once grounded.
Director: Terence Wong