Board of Directors
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: 2020-2021
President: Keta Kosman
Keta is an avid camper and outdoor enthusiast who has lived beside the UBC forest since 2003. Keta graduated from UBC with a BA in political science and philosophy in 1989. A graphic designer, Keta started using her camera to photograph the bald eagles’ nest site at Jericho Park and, in summer, at low tide at Spanish Banks. In 2007 Keta started fliming video of this top wildlife predator. Keta is also in the Point Grey Business Association, and on the Board of the West Point Grey Community Center Association.
Vice President: Joyce Leung
Joyce first became interested in park stewardship when she joined the Bristol University Conservation Group during her undergraduate studies in the UK. When she returned to Canada in 2013, she joined EcoTeam, then known as the Holly Haulers, and she has been an integral member of the group ever since. During her time with the society, she has also been involved with the EcoWatch program, where she enjoys witnessing the evolution of past EcoTeam sites previously over-run by invasive plants. Joyce is passionate about sustainable pest management practices, and when she’s not out on weekends pulling invasive plants, she is helping tackle the challenge of reducing pesticide usage as a data technician at a precision agriculture company.
Secretary: Jenny Young
Jenny has lived near Pacific Spirit Park for much of her life and its proximity has been a formative force. This is especially true as she grew up in Tokyo and had limited opportunity to experience wilderness.
Jenny is a volunteer with the Camosun Bog Restoration Group and is an eagle nest monitor. She jumped at the opportunity to become involved in PSPS as soon as she retired from a long career in health care, most recently as a bioethicist and formerly as a social worker and health care manager. Although Jenny does not have formal training in environmental science, she believes that there are important similarities between health care ethics and environmental work, both offering a voice and assistance to those individuals/life forms/systems who do not have a voice or whose voices are not heard.
Jenny is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the PSPS Community and looks forward to many years of “giving back” to the Park she treasures and visits daily.
Treasurer: Micheal Jerowsky
Mike joined the Pacific Spirit Park Society in 2015, is a past-president, and has been involved in the development of PSPS’ restoration, citizen science, and education programs. He is also a director with the Pacific Parklands Foundation.
He is currently a PhD Candidate in the Geography Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he works with local communities and land managers to co-create open-source environmental education materials using virtual and augmented reality. He is interested in understanding how these different approaches to environmental education promote connection to nature, ecological literacy, and pro-environmental behavior in children with different levels of access to green space. His Masters work was conducted alongside Pacific Spirit Park Society, Burnaby Lake Parks Association, Wreck Beach Preservation Society, Belcarra Beach Keepers, and Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. He explored barriers that these groups were facing in the co-management of urban parkland.
Mike is grateful for the opportunity to work and play in Pacific Spirit Regional Park, located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.
Director: Ian Clague
Ian has lived near to what is now Pacific Spirit Park for the last 40+ years, enjoying biking and walking the many trails and observing the myriad wildlife and plants. For the past number of years, he has regularly volunteered with EcoTeam removing invasive plants and planting native trees and shrubs. Ian continues to volunteer with the Jericho Stewardship Group doing similar restoration work in Jericho Park.
As climate change will continue to adversely affect both us and the environment, Ian strongly believes that it is important for each of us do our part to mitigate those effects. Protecting and enhancing our green spaces will be ever more important in the future, so they can continue to benefit everyone.
Director: Matthew Shields
Director: Miku Yamada
Miku is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia and is pursuing a Honours Bachelors of Science: Environmental Science. Miku started volunteering with the Pacific Spirit Park Society in 2016 and loves spending her time outdoors connecting people and nature. Miku has been a member of the Camosun Bog Restoration Group for five years and has helped out with the social media page and hands-on work within the bog. She is an avid photographer and loves taking photos of the beauty within Camosun Bog and the Pacific Spirit Park. Miku has participated as a volunteer and leader in PSPS’s Invasive Mapping Team and EcoTEAM events; she has also been a long-term member with Catching the Spirit Youth Society. Through her volunteer and leadership work, Miku hopes to connect more youth with nature and to encourage all citizens of the world to become environmental stewards.
Director: Judy Williams
For 51 years as the Chair of the Wreck Beach Preservation Society (WBPS), Judy has advocated for Wreck Beach and its surrounding cliffs, beaches, and foreshore. At one point UBC wanted to shame nudists by cutting 144 acres of forests to install viewing platforms with telescopes aimed at the beach! We have fought over the years to keep Wreck Beach and its environs nude and natural, stopping roads, bridges, a ferry, a truck crossing from Richmond, millions of gallons of jet fuel from being barged past Wreck, weekly, and even an island from being built with high rises right in front of the main beach. The mighty Fraser River flows past Wreck at its mouth. As Co-Chair of the Fraser River Coalition, Judy has participated in Pacific Spirit Regional Park since it formed which brought her in conflict with anti-nudity prejudice of UBC and its neighbours. Today, Judy continues to defend the Fraser’s estuary including Wreck’s rich forage fish surf smelt fishery. As the Government Affairs Officer for the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) since 1994, Judy has represented Canadian Naturist rights to raise their children as naturists to Parliament’s House of Commons and fought for naturist rights on public lands through TERA (Topfree Equal Rights Association), the FCN, the Naturist Society (TNS), the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) and the Naturist Education Foundation (NEF). Judy obtained her Master’s from UBC and taught high school journalism and special education for 41 years. Judy earned her wings in 1975 and formed the first branch of the BC 99’s, a world-wide women’s pilot group begun by Amelia Earhart in the 1920’s. Judy loves flying, animals, silver-smithing, water colour painting and PNW ethnobotany. Judy operates a plant nursery, garden nude and reside beside a ravine, home to coyotes, a bear, deer and spawning salmon. Judy lives with five cats and her Shorky dog, Callie.
Director: Rafael Narciso
Sparked from time spent in the forests with CTS Youth Society as a kid, Rafa Narciso is a long-time outdoor and nature enthusiast and is excited to be a part of the PSPS board. His passion for the environment has brought him to a variety of different life paths. After completing an engineering degree in Waterloo with the hopes of pursuing a career in sustainable energy, he returned to BC and joined the Pacific Spirit Park Society as an EcoWalks leader after spending a summer immersed in the Pacific Spirit forest as a camp supervisor with CTS Youth Society. Reigniting his love for sharing the natural spaces that are so close to home, he is now the Program Coordinator for CTS Youth Society and joins the PSPS board in order to bring in his knowledge on youth engagement and outdoor and experiential learning. Constantly curious and forever inquisitive, Rafa has a variety of experiences from software development for PV cell inspections to Early Childhood Education training, working with youth ranging from teaching 3 year olds to bike to guiding future leaders to become stewards of their environment and communities. He hopes to combine all of this in his contributions to the PSPS board and well continue to inspire and ignite people’s relationship with their natural environment.