Meet the Board
Dr. Michael Jackson - Executive Director Outside of the work that Michael does with the Lagoon Society, he runs two other companies related to conservation and environmental management. Culex Environmental Ltd. researches and applies methods of sound biological and environmental control of mosquitos across Canada and Costa Rica. Bluewaters Environmental Ltd. offers innovative ideas for the management and conservation of delicate wetland ecosystems. Despite his busy career, Michael still finds time to relax by bird watching, visiting the many local swimming holes of Pender Harbour, and preparing (and enjoying) a delicious meal from his recipe repertoire. For extended information about all the exciting things our Chair does, read his full bio here.
Ian Gladman - President. Ian is a retired school administrator and he is dedicated to providing additional opportunities for educational experiences for children and adults on the Sunshine Coast.He also has an avid interest in ensuring our next generation inherits a sustainable, healthy and vibrant natural legacy. He is proud to be part of the Society and help promote efforts on these important initiatives to preserve and enhance biodiversity of the Sunshine Coast. Ian lives in Secret Cove with his wife Jane, where they enjoy boating, cooking and hiking in the woods with Tessa, their border collie.
Robert Hynd - Vice-Chair. A graduate in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan, Rob went on to study dentistry and moved to the Sunshine Coast ten years ago where he has since established a booming dental practice. Robert and his family have been great supporters of the Lagoon Society since they moved here and they love to bring their children up to the centre to learn all about the natural world around us. He says he has yet to find one detractor to the PODS Enterprise and he gets to talk to many of us up close! He is passionate about PODS and is determined to bring the project to fruition for the good of generations to come.
Dr. John Field - BOD Secretary. John was a Science and Biology instructor at Capilano College Campus in Sechelt, and is a well-known local natural history expert. He is experienced in course design and programming, nature guiding, and field instruction. He has a passion for conservation, and - having been a resident of the Sunshine Coast for more than 20 years - has been heavily involved with conservation efforts close to home.
Douglas Dunn - Director. Douglas studied at BCIT in Business Marketing and Communications in the late eighties and received an MBA in Business from SFU in 2000. Douglas has a wealth of business management experience and has worked for dozens of non-profits to help with fundraising and marketing campaigns. He is also an expert in green energy and in particular in solar power generation. He lives with his family in Vancouver but comes to the coast most weekends to stay at his cottage in Halfmoon Bay. He is very excited to be part of the Lagoon Society and is delighted to be able to join the PODS team.
Billy Griffith - Director. Billy has been a resident of Egmont B. C. for almost 70 years. As a fisherman he has experience catching ling cod, black cod, halibut, herring, prawns, and salmon. Billy is heavily involved in his community, being a member of the Egmont Community Club, Pender Harbour Wildlife Society, Lions Club, Skookumchuck Heritage Society, Pender Harbour Health Centre, Community Health Council, Fisheries Renewal, and the Lagoon Society.
Anne Clemence - Director. Anne trained as a Registered Nurse in London U.K. before coming to Canada in 1961 where she was employed at the Garden Bay Hospital. She left her nursing career thereafter to join her partner in the log salvaging business and has travelled much of the BC Coast through her work and for pleasure on her sailboat. She loves the wilderness and would like to see more protected areas. As the past President of the Pender Harbour Wildlife Society she was an important support in establishing the Iris Griffith Centre and her continuing support includes sharing the results of two passions, baking and gardening.
Charlie Park - Director. Charlie Park trained as a professional engineer in the United Kingdom and emigrated to British Columbia in 1965. He spent most of his working life designing and constructing facilities for the transmission and distribution of natural gas in BC. Since retirement, Charlie has volunteered for several organizations in the Pender Harbour area including the Garden Bay Waterworks District, Power Squadron, Lions Club, Music Society, Garden Bay Sailing Club, and the Pipe Band.
Beverley Saunders - Director. An expat from the US, Beverly has been a part time resident of the Sunshine Coast since 1998. Beverly is editor of Sustainable Coast magazine and a director of Rhizome Up! Media, a community contribution company. A journalist and small business owner, she has also worked in the corporate and non-profit sectors in public relations, been a columnist for local newspapers, contributed to web-based publications and volunteers her skills to non-profit organizations on the coast. Beverly and her husband Jim live off-grid in Jervis Inlet. Besides writing, Beverly loves music, film, photography, gardening, hiking and boating.
Diana Rae - Treasurer. Diana is a Chartered Professional Accountant with management accounting as her main focus and with extensive experience in accounting for non profits and registered charities. As a CPA, she is committed to strategies for organizational growth and development, collaboration, and innovation. She has a keen interest in everything outdoors and spends a lot of time in her boat on the ocean and hiking local trails with her dog. A 35 year resident of Pender Harbour and Nelson Island, Diana and her husband operated an oyster farm, ran a marina, and lived off grid for 13 years. As well as being treasurer for the Lagoon Society, she is a trustee of the Pender Harbour Fire Protection District and an active member of RCMSAR (Marine Search & Rescue).
Walter Kohli - Director. Walter is the Manager of the Painted Boat in Madeira Park and has been responsible for numerous environmental initiatives at other resorts around the globe, including the establishment of the Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo. Walter was brought up on a farm in the beautiful mountains of Switzerland and has had a lifelong association with the outdoors ever since. Walter is committed to the environment and he believes that businesses are well placed to make a major contribution to sustainable living.
Jim Cameron - Director. Jim was born in Pender Harbour and has is very proud to have lived here ever since.He graduated in Biology from SFU in 1984 and has been a commercial fisherman in Pender Harbour for nearly thirty years. Jim is also a highly experienced professional biologist and has been helping to secure the survival of the Sakinaw Lake Sockeye populations for many years. He brings a huge amount of knowledge of our oceans and the amazing marine life of our coast to the board table.