The Pacific Spirit Park Society’s Board of Directors is responsible for the administration and programming offered by the society. Directors may serve up to two consecutive two-year terms, and are elected by the society’s membership at its Annual General Meeting.
Board of Directors: 2017-2018
President: Micheal Jerowsky
Micheal is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia, and his research focusses on Citizen Science, and how the Metro Vancouver Park Partners Program has assisted groups in overcoming barriers to success and access that is common in this field. His previous degrees are in Geography, Psychology, and Philosophy, foccusing on ethics, enviornment and sustainability, and human cognition/development. As president of the society his primary focus has been on ensuring proper and long-lasting governance, and supporting the development of our many programs by working alongside dedicated board members, staff, partners, and volunteers.
Vice-President 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, and is an outdoors enthusiast who can often be found walking or running on the trails, or by the beach. As vice-president, Bob supports the president and board in their administration of the society. He has a strong desire to see that the park is protected and there for future generations to enjoy.
Secretary: Florence Godineau
Florence is originally from France where 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! As secretary, Florence is responsible for the day-to-day communications of the society.
Treasurer: James Carolan
James is a professor of physics at the University of British Columbia, and a long-time user and observer of Pacific Spirit Park. He has witnessed the increased use and demands on the Park, and believes it is important for residents to take an active interest in helping to maintain the Park and keep it in a natural state for the benefit of citizens now and in the future. As treasurer, James is responsible for the financial workings of the society.
Director: Doug Crocker
Doug joined the Pacific Spirit Park Society after he graduated from SFU with a Bachelors of Science in Biology in the Ecology and Conservation stream. It was through volunteering at the Pacific Spirit Park Society with the EcoWatch, the Crazy Boggers, the Streamkeepers, as well as with the EcoTeam, that he discovered how much he enjoyed Ecological Restoration and that he wanted to pursue it as a career. That is why Doug am now at BCIT taking courses in Ecological Restoration.
Director: Katie McMahen
Katie has a BSc in Global Resource Systems and over 5 years of experience doing environmental management and land reclamation in the mining industry. She is currently doing her PhD in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at UBC, researching methods for rehabilitating soil in mine reclamation. In addition to her relevant academic and work experience, Katie is an active volunteer with the PSPS EcoTeam and EcoWatch programs. As part of the UBC community and a Kitsilano resident, she is keen to continue giving back to the local park and have an opportunity to share with and learn from other.
Director: Ada Li
Director: Grace O’Connell
Grace recently graduated with a bachelors 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 she 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, she was exposed to Pacific Spirit Park in various ways over the last four years and is excited to be able to take part in maintaining this unique green space for generations to come.
Director: Bev Ramey
Bev has a background as a park planner, and has served on multiple non-profit boards in the Vancouver Area, including BC Nature, and the BC Naturalists’ Foundation. Her primary interest in Pacific Spirit Regional Park is to encourage more people to enjoy nature, especially where families can experience nature hands-on. She is a strong believer in ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People’, and seeks to ensure that the park remains as natural as possible. Additionally, she supports the international Important Bird Areas (IBAs), with Pacific Spirit Regional Park being IBA #BC018, and participates in monthly bird surveys at the nearby UBC Farm and University Golf Course.
Director: Teaghan Smith
Teaghan joined PSPS volunteering event, Holly Hauling about 4 years ago, where she quickly joined the volunteer leader team. Recently she have also become a leader in the mapping and water quality events that are held by PSPS. Teaghan graduated from BCIT’s Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program with Distinction in 2015; after which she she held a contract position with Metro Vancouver’s Regional Park system. Currently she is employed with the Jericho Stewardship Group as an event coordinator where she help run park events with outside agencies, such as Evergreen and the Vancouver’s Park Board.
Director: Wendy Thompson
Wendy enjoys being outdoors and learning about local environments. She has been a regular EcoTEAM and EcoWATCH volunteer for over a year and has first-hand experience of how the volunteer programs at PSPS bring people together, connect them to the park and the local environment, and provide valuable opportunities for learning about and practicing stewardship. Through her volunteer work, she hopes to help raise awareness about and involvement in stewardship in the park and beyond. When she’s not volunteering, she works in English language education.
Director: Judy Williams
Judy has served Pacific Spirit Regional Park since she helped form the inaugural Board in 1998. 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.