As Executive Director since August 2011, Shannon is proud of how she has grown the OWC by investing in fund development, 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.
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 and 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 and her husband, Wallie Desruisseaux, own and operate their family business, Kapow Ltd., Comics & Games, which continues to grow and operate in Downtown Lethbridge. Their young son, Oliver, is quickly growing out of his toddler years and becoming a full-blown kid.
As someone who grew up on a riverside acreage serviced by well water, Kallie appreciates the importance of water management. She 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.
Sydney was born and raised in Saskatchewan, spending the majority of her life on an acreage in the southwest corner of the province, near Maple Creek. After graduating high school, she moved to Lethbridge and earned her diploma in Renewable Resource Management. Sydney spent the past two years at home in the Cypress Hills working as a park ranger and recently travelled to New Zealand over the winter. She is thrilled to return to school to earn her degree in Ecosystem Management with a focus on fish and wildlife after completing her tenure as an OWC Outreach Assistant.
Sydney feels the most at home when she’s surrounded by wide-open, native prairie grasslands; she is eager to share her passion with everyone who has yet to find their love of wide-open spaces. She thinks there’s nothing better than being able to watch pronghorn run across an open field as you drive down a gravel road!
When she’s not working, you can find Sydney sitting in a lawn chair by the fire with a good book, painting, participating in sports, or playing fetch with her dog. She is excited to be involved in the community, share her passion for maintaining the health of riparian areas in the prairie ecosystem, and create meaningful relationships with people and the wildlife of the Oldman watershed.
Originally from Ontario, Quiche joined the OWC team after a brief stay at the Prairie Pitbull Rescue. Quiche went to school in Lethbridge and is dedicated to daily training, doing her best to be a Good Dog. Her special skills include learning new tricks, hearing a cheese wrapper from the next room, and getting the zoomies. When she’s not at the office, Quiche enjoys napping in the sun, swimming, canicross, and skijoring.
Education Program Manager
Since joining the team in 2015, Sofie has been managing the education and outreach for OWC, including the Engaging Recreationists project, in order to promote watershed literacy and cultivate a strong sense of place. She is also a Project WET Canada facilitator.
Prior to joining the team at OWC, Sofie worked as a 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.
As Communications Specialist, Jon brings a wealth of creative expertise and communications experience to the Oldman Watershed Council. He is excited to build on the work that has been done by the OWC and contribute to watershed literacy, health, and stewardship.
Growing up in the Southern Alberta prairies, Jon’s interest in the environment features in his soundscape compositions, where sounds from the natural world are captured and used as the source material for musical works. His past positions at the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge College, Green Recording Company, and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery have focused on media-based education, technology, creative development, and communications, and inform his strategic approach to information dissemination and community engagement.
Jon completed his master’s degree at the University of Lethbridge and was awarded the graduate Medal of Merit for academic excellence for his work in psychology and electroacoustic music composition. His work has have been featured in film, television, ad campaigns, gallery exhibitions, and conferences, including an installation at Burning Man Festival in the Black Rock Desert, at the National Music Centre in Toronto, and in a permanent exhibit at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. He is inspired by travel, creative potential, innovative processes, and research in the field of cognitive psychology.
Rebekkah was born in Kelowna, British Columbia and raised in Ponteix, Saskatchewan. She moved to Kipling, Saskatchewan for high school and spent most of her summers at Pasqua Lake in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. Throughout high school, Rebekkah volunteered at local organizations and participated in many outdoor activities. In addition to participating in track and field events and soccer games, she helped run a parks and recreation program and was a camp counsellor at Springside Children’s Camp near Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
After graduating, she spent five weeks in Baie-St. Paul, Quebec strengthening her French language abilities and hiking/climbing in the region of Charlevoix north of Quebec City. These experiences fostered her love of both mountain and prairie-grassland landscapes and led her to pursue a diploma in Renewable Resource Management at Lethbridge College. after a summer of being Park Ranger in Echo Valley Provincial Park and Katepwa Lake near Fort Qu’Appelle.
This is Rebekkah’s first summer in Alberta. She is looking forward to connecting with people throughout southern Alberta, educating residents about the importance of watersheds, and practicing environment conservation.
(April 2016 - February 2018)
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New Media Intern /Communications Assistant
(April 2017-September 2017)
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Seasonal Outreach Assistant
Seasonal Outreach Assistant
Seasonal Outreach Assistant