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.
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.
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.
More at home in the backcountry than the city, Elaine is very excited to take on the role of Restoration Specialist with the Oldman Watershed Council 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. 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.
Elaine 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 as a private environmental consultant. 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 in the mountains with her dog Clover.
Fund Development Specialist
Diane has lived in Lethbridge for the past 28 years and has been working with nonprofit organizations around Lethbridge in a variety of roles. She grew up on the Willow Dale Hereford Farm just outside Stavely before marrying her husband, George Herrick, 33 years ago. Together, they raised two children and are enjoying grandparenthood to two boys. Summers are spent appreciating the outdoors as they hike, camp, and photograph nature.
As the Fund Development Specialist for the Oldman Watershed Council, Diane is excited to meet with community members, representatives from the agriculture and business sectors, keen environmentalists, and volunteers to discuss how they can contribute to the Oldman Watershed Council. She welcomes you to drop by the office, or make an appointment by emailing email@example.com, or by calling (403)892-8660.
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