Shannon Frank

Executive Director

Phone: (403) 330-1759

As Executive Director since August 2011, Shannon is proud of how she has grown the OWC by investing in fund development and communications and outreach. Under her leadership, the OWC has doubled its revenue and tripled its staff, boosting its ability to engage citizens in improving the health of the watershed. 

Shannon’s passion for the environment stems from growing up in the boreal forest outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario and studying Environmental Science at the University of Lethbridge. Her past work experience for MULTISAR and the City of Lethbridge focused on environmental education and engaging communities, which she believes are most critical to achieving sustainability. 

In 2016 Shannon was nominated to the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Top 40 under 40 for her contributions to the community.

Shannon and her husband spend their time building their home in Lethbridge and enjoy fishing and kayaking on rare days off. 


Kallie Desruisseaux OWC


Office Manager

Phone: (403) 849-1346

The Oldman Watershed Council has a new Office Manager: Kallie Desruisseaux. As Office Manager, Kallie is available to help with many aspects of the Council, including dealing with new and renewing memberships, donations, tracking in-kind volunteer hours, and more.

Kallie was born and raised in rural Southern Alberta. Kallie attended the University of Lethbridge, graduating with a BA in Philosophy (Honours with Great Distinction) in 2008. She wrote Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Uniform Final Evaluation in 2013, achieving the National Honour Roll.

Kallie married her husband Wallie Desruisseaux own and operate their family business, Kapow Ltd., Comics & Games, which continues to grow and operate in Downtown Lethbridge. Kallie and Wallie have a young son, Oliver, who is quickly growing out of his toddler years and is becoming a full-blown kid.

As someone who grew up on an riverside acreage serviced by well water, Kallie appreciates the importance of water management. Kallie is excited to be a part of Oldman Watershed Council, and hopes to help make a positive difference in promoting the health and resiliency of our shared water, land, and wildlife.

Sofie Forsström

Education Program Manager

Cell: (403) 382-8974
Email: General:

A believer in lifelong learning, Sofie is eager to share her passion for education and the environment. Her experience as an educator will contribute to the projects at OWC by finding ways to creatively engage watershed residents and stakeholders, in order to promote environmental literacy and cultivate a strong sense of place.

Prior to joining the team at OWC, Sofie worked as a bilingual science educator at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. She has also worked as an interpreter for Alberta Parks, and has conducted pasture research,  fuelling her fascination with southern Alberta.

Having grown up in rural Alberta, the outdoors is a large part of her life. Sofie spent two years abroad for her graduate studies, working with an international cohort of students and exploring ecosystems as diverse as the Baltic coast of Germany, the Fenno-Scandinavian arctic, and the semi-arid rangelands of Central Asia.

Sofie earned a Master of Science in Applied Ecology from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of Alberta Augustana Campus in Camrose.



Restoration Specialist

Phone: (587) 225-5972

More at home in the backcountry than the city, Elaine is very excited to take on the role of Restoration Specialist with the OWC and collaborate with the community to improve the health of the Oldman Watershed. Her experience in southern Alberta’s mountains and rangelands will be a great asset to restoration projects in the Oldman River’s headwaters.

Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Elaine graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. in Environmental Science, major in Ecology. However, she moved west as soon as she got the chance, drawn to the wide open spaces, dramatic mountainous landscapes, diverse wildlife, and ample opportunity for outdoor adventure.

She has travelled throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, Montana, Nunavut and the Yukon, working for a variety of organizations including the Canadian Wildlife Service, the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, and private environmental consulting. She has always been passionate about conservation and specializes in range management and ecological restoration.

Outside of the office, Elaine spends as much time as she can hiking, climbing, camping and photographing out in the mountains with her dog Clover.


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Outreach Assistant
(Summer 2018)


Outreach Assistant
(Summer 2018)


Robinson Taylor

Program Assistant
(April 2016 - February 2018)


Jayme Cabrera lopez

New Media Intern /Communications Assistant
(April 2017-September 2017)


Nata de leeuw

Seasonal Outreach Assistant
(Summer 2017)


Reuben middel

Seasonal Outreach Assistant
(Summer 2017)


Francisco Samayoa

Seasonal Outreach Assistant
(Summer 2017)


Ryan Bell

Seasonal Outreach Assistant
(Summer 2016)



Political Science Intern
(Fall 2015)


Riley sawyer

Communications Intern
(Fall 2015)



Seasonal Outreach Assistant
(Summer 2015)


Seasonal Outreach Assistant
(Summer 2015)