Board Members of the Gorge Waterway Action Society - 2017
Brad Procter (President/Treasurer)
Brad is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Deep Cove Ventures Inc., a private real estate company in Victoria, BC. Prior, he co-founded Highstreet Ventures Inc., a real estate development company in Western Canada. Prior to entering real estate, Brad practised law at Baker Mckenzie LLP. He holds a Commerce degree and a Law degree from the University of Victoria, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada (the Ontario Bar Association). He is also a director of the South Island Disc Golf Society, a non-profit organization, and a member of the Shawnigan Lake Trails Committee. At GWAS, Brad focuses on fundraising, finances, strategy and administration.
Laura Kravac (Vice-President/Program Coordinator)
Laura Kravac, from Burnaby, BC has loved the ocean ever since she dissected her first salmon in grade 4. Since then, she has completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Victoria and worked throughout Canada as an environmental consultant on marine projects. Laura now works as Project Director at World Fisheries Trust, a partner NGO based in Victoria BC. Laura leads the Seaquaria in School initiative, runs educational programs, manages the Gorge Waterway Nature House, and gets her hands wet doing oyster and herring research. She joined the GWAS board in January, 2016 and directs education programs, outreach projects and fundraising initiatives.
Jillian Martin (Secretary/Outreach Coordinator)
Jillian graduated with honours from the University of Toronto in 2014, with a double major in Environmental Studies and History. She volunteered in Toronto with Evergreen and the Toronto Environmental Alliance, and completed an internship with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Citites Initiative. Jillian has moved to Victoria in order to return to school to pursue a diploma in Environmental Technology at Camosun College. She worked for GWAS in 2016, helping to revitalize the Nature House and increase the online presence of GWAS. Jillian has joined the board and serves as both the Outreach Coordinator and Board Secretary.
Tiffany Robinson (Volunteer Coordinator/Restoration Technician)
Tiffany has completed a double major in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. She continues to work towards her Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma in the Continuing Studies Division of the University. She has spent time volunteering with Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, BC SPCA Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre (Wild ARC), and has worked with the Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS) in the summer of 2015. Over the summer of 2016, Tiffany assisted the Gorge Waterway Action Society in coordinating restoration events, revitalizing the Gorge Waterway Nature House, managing volunteers, and working on collaborative restoration projects with other local ENGO's. Tiffany has joined the Board and continues to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator and Restoration Technician.
Henry Kamphof (Board Member)
Henry has recently retired after 36 years working in Canada's social housing industry, in senior positions, with four different levels of Canadian governments. Presently he is serving as President of an affordable housing company, headquartered in Victoria, promoting an international patented technology. Henry also has served as and executive board member of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, and the local Capital Region Urban Development Institute. He has served on the Gorge Waterway Action Society Board of Directors since 2000.
Nicole Puckett (Board Member)
Nicole completed her M.A with the department of Geography from the University of Calgary, where her research focused on volunteers in environmental organizations. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Environmental Management. In addition to her work with GWAS, Nicole has volunteered with the World Fisheries Trust, the Toronto Humane Society, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and with a number of NGOs in Tanzania in both the environmental conservation and community development space.
Holly Neate (Board Member)
Holly, born and raised in Victoria, has an undeniable passion for the ocean and its waterways, including the conservation issues that surround it. A degree in Biology and Earth & Ocean Science from the University of Victoria gave her experience in research, hands-on field work and the opportunity to teach people about the unique ecosystems that she calls home. After having volunteered and worked with World Fisheries Trust as the Education Coordinator for two years, she is now an Outreach Educator in Vancouver. Holly joined the GWAS board of directors in January 2015.
Francis Recalma (Board Member)
Francis grew up on the East coast of Vancouver Island on the Qualicum First Nations Reserve. His deep love for nature and the ocean has brought him to become more involved in environmental conservation. Francis moved to Victoria from Qualicum Beach to study Theatre and Anthropology at the University of Victoria. Currently, Francis is in the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program with the BC Public Service, and works for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. Francis also has experience in museum design from his time as an intern with Andre and Associates Interpretation and Design, and working with the Qualicum Beach Museum. Francis joined the board in January, 2017 and hopes to bring an indigenous perspective, and his design skills to assist GWAS in Nature House management and design.