Who We Are

Get to know the BCLSS

What We Do

Lake Monitoring and Training of Lake Stewardship Groups

The BCLSS is assisting its member lake groups to conduct scientific water quality monitoring of the lakes they represent. This is a great concept as it enables volunteers to gather scientifically significant data, contributing to the data pool that helps develop policy, protecting our waters in BC.
The enthusiasm for this project is catching around the province. The more data the better! Get involved by contacting us at: 1-877-BCLAKES or click here for more information on this program.

The BCLSS is also collecting Ice On and Ice Off Data. If you would like to observe your lake for signs of freeze and thaw, click here for a data collection sheet.


Community Education

Educating the community about lake issues is an important objective at the BCLSS. Participation in community events, attending school events, giving presentations and hosting conferences are just some of the ways that the BCLSS promotes lake stewardship in BC. If you would like the BCLSS to give an educational talk or presentation in your area give us a call at: 1-877-BCLAKES.


Restoration

Looking to restore your shoreline? The BCLSS is a valuable resource to landowners who want to make their property ecologically sustainable.

Take a look at some of the PROJECTS the BCLSS is currently implementing or has completed in the past.

Our Board
of Directors

Proud of Our People

At BCLSS, we are grateful for the hard work and dedication of our Board of Directors. We value the insight and individual passion that each Director brings to the table. Through strong leadership, solid strategy planning and passionate collaboration, BCLSS will continue to keep BC Lakes beautiful. Read on to find out more about each Director and how to contact them.


Emily Gutenberg

emilygutenberg1@gmail.com

(Lower Mainland)

Emily is a young, aspiring environmental professional in Metro Vancouver. After she obtained her B.A. in Communications from SFU, she worked as the Communications Coordinator at the Alouette River Management Society (ARMS) in Maple Ridge, B.C. Although she has since decided to return to school full-time, she currently sits on the board of directors at ARMS where she is both a member of the Personnel Committee (creating staff and Human Resources policies) and the chair of the Membership Committee (developing membership and marketing strategies).

Emily is currently completing a diploma in Environmental Protection Technology at Kwantlen University while also working on a diploma in ecological restoration at the University of Victoria by distance education in her spare time. Emily is passionate about community empowerment through environmental education, and is especially interested in the wildland-urban interface.


Irene Calbick

icalbick@telus.net

(Lower Mainland)

Irene has been a BC Lake Stewardship Director since 2001 and is also a Director of the Gun Lake Ratepayers Association. She has been involved in lake stewardship for about 45 years when a group of Gun Lake residents became concerned about potentially harmful effects on the watershed. She was involved with establishing the Gun Lake Ratepayers Association in 1980 to protect the watershed and promote good watershed practices.


Hamish Kassa

hkassa@csrd.bc.ca

(Columbia-Shuswap)

Hamish is the Environmental Services Coordinator for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD).  He currently manages the Eurasian Water Milfoil Control Program, the region’s mosquito control programs,  the Noxious Weed Control Program, groundwater monitoring functions, and inspections and maintenance of CSRD dikes. He is the current Chair of  the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society, Chair of the Canadian Columbia Basin Invasive Species Steering Committee, Technical Representative for the Shuswap Watershed Council, as well as past Director of the Western Aquatic Plant Management Society and Canadian Association of Nordic Skiers BC.  Hamish has previous career experience with the Okanagan Basin Water Board, Ministry of Environment, Taranaki Catchment Commission, and the North Okanagan Regional District in a variety of positions related to water quality, protection, management, and invasive species. He also has extensive underwater experience logging more than 4000 hours on SCUBA as well as receiving underwater photography awards while working  in New Zealand.  During the winter Hamish can be found sliding on fluffy powder snow with friends and family.


Darryl Arsenault

darsenault@golder.com

(Okanagan)

Darryl grew up in Salmon Arm, BC, spending summers on Shuswap Lake when not working on the farm. He received a diploma in aquaculture and fisheries technology in Nanaimo and then went on complete a BSc in biology, moving from Nanaimo, to Victoria, then to Saskatoon. He started working in the environmental consulting industry in northern Saskatchewan and went back to school to complete an MSc in fisheries ecology. He now works at Golder Associates Ltd., an employee-owned environmental and engineering consulting company based in Canada but with 6,800 employees world-wide. His primary expertise is in fish habitat protection planning, an important part of permitting for most developments located in and about water. Fish habitat protection planning is based on a solid understanding of aquatic and riparian habitat values and the ability to educate developers about those values. In this day and age, many development sites are on land that has been previously altered. This often presents an opportunity to restore and enhance altered habitats such that developments end up producing a net gain in fish habitat and fish production.


Kristi Carter

thecarters@shaw.ca

(Okanagan)

Kristi Carter is the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Faculty of Management at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Prior to that she worked as a Project Coordinator for the BCLSS from 2004 – 2015. Although her career has shifted from the non-profit world to the academic sector, she remains passionate about environmental protection and she presently serves as a BCLSS Director, sitting on the executive committee as Treasurer. She lives in the Okanagan and in her spare time she likes to travel, exercise, read, and above all else, spend time with her husband and two children.


Heather Leschied

heather@livinglakes.ca

(Director at Large)

Heather has been involved in community-based watershed monitoring and stewardship in the Canadian Columbia Basin for over 10 years. As Program Director for Living Lakes Canada, she works with individuals and groups to build knowledge, and implement citizen science monitoring programs that inform policy, in order to better protect our watersheds. Heather is Chair of the Kootenay Lake Partnership and East Kootenay Integrated Lake Management Partnership, and through these roles has been involved in Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping projects for 13 lakes in BC, Alberta and Manitoba.  Heather holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Geography, and is a certified Streamkeepers Instructor and field lead for the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network.


Marge Sidney

marg.sidney@gov.bc.ca

(Thompson – Nicola)

Marge received a diploma in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation from BCIT in 1976 and a BSc from SFU in 1980.  She is an RPBio who is now in her 39th year with the Ministry of Environment and has been with the Kamloops office since 1980.  Her background is Fisheries, working on many lake management projects such as lake inventory, lake classification for land use planning, lake aeration and lake treatments using Rotenone, to name a few.  She was then slotted into the Environmental Protection Section, Water Quality Program and is currently working on projects in conjunction with the Shuswap Watershed Council, wetland construction/restoration with the Ecological Restoration Program from BCIT at Logan L, the BC Lakes Network and lake groups with BCLSS.  She loves and has worked on small lakes in the BC Interior for most of her career.  The BC Lake Stewardship Society became a natural fit for her as she became the liaison between the Ministry, BCLSS and the lake groups in the Thompson Nicola around 2005 and was able to bring her background knowledge on various lakes to the general public and assist them with their questions and data collection.  Through this she found that she really enjoyed working with the public.  In 2010 she joined the BCLSS Board of Directors.  In 2015 she moved home to Armstrong, is able to work out the MoE office in Vernon but it still ultimately based out of Kamloops.


Brian Nickurak


Rick Nordin

rick.nordin@shaw.ca

(Vancouver Island)

Rick was born and grew up in Northwestern Ontario with summers spent at the family cottage on Lake of the Woods. During three summers during university he worked as a fishing guide on Lake of the Woods. His academic training is a B.Sc in Biology (1970), a M.Sc (1971) in fisheries / limnology both from the University of North Dakota and a PhD from the University of British Columbia (phycology / limnology) in 1974. Rick worked for the BC Ministry of Environment from 1974 to 2002 as the provincial specialist in limnology and water quality – job title for most of this period was Provincial Limnologist. He was involved with projects in all areas of BC with particular emphasis on eutrophication and drinking water protection. He taught part time  at the University of Victoria from 1989 to 2016 and had an appointment as an adjunct professor in the biology department and taught a number of courses, carried out research programs, and supervised graduate students. From 2002 to 2008, he worked as senior research scientist in the Environmental Management of Drinking Water Program at UVic. He has been a board member of BCLSS since it was formed (1997) and has also served on the board of directors for the North American Lake Management Society.


Eric Bonham

ebonham@shaw.ca

(Vancouver Island)


Deb Epps

deb.epps@gov.bc.ca

(Vancouver Island)


Norm Zirnhelt

norm@environmentalquality.ca

(Cariboo)

Norm is a biologist and was head of monitoring and impact assessment for the Ministry of Environment for over 20 years before starting an environmental consulting firm in 2010.  Norm started working with volunteer lake stewards in 1982 on Dragon Lake and while at MOE he oversaw a Volunteer Lake Management Plan of over 25 lakes in the Cariboo.  Norm’s dedication to volunteer stewardship is evident by his work with the BCLSS – over 10 years as President.

Our Staff

Employees are the backbone of any organization and at BCLSS it is no different! Our staff work tirelessly to keep us organized, provide information to the public and lend invaluable support to all BCLSS projects.  If you would like to become a member or have general questions regarding BCLSS objectives or programs, please contact our staff at info@bclss.org.


Skye Wolfe

info@bclss.org

Skye is a part-time Project Coordinator for the BCLSS.  Skye is a Professional Agrologist (currently on leave) and has Diploma in Environmental Planning from Selkirk College and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Northern British Columbia.  She has a variety of work experience, including water quality sampling, lake stewardship, silviculture research, and terrestrial vegetation management.


Dawn Roumieu

info@bclss.org

Dawn Roumieu is acting Project Coordinator at the British Columbia Lake Stewardship Society in Coquitlam and also works for YMCA Community Health. She previously worked with the BCLSS from 2003-2005. Dawn’s career has moved from environmental non-profit work to health and recreation but she remains committed to conservation efforts.