Board of Directors
Malcolm Inglis – President
A long-time visitor to Mayne Island, Malcolm retired here in 2010 from a long and varied career in information technology, having worked in the private sector and at all levels of government. On Mayne, Malcolm gets to indulge his love of the natural world by working on restoring the natural state of his own property as well as helping out with the Conservancy’s restoration and invasive-species removal projects. He also coordinates the production of the Conservancy’s annual newsletter.
Adrienne Brown – Vice President
Adrienne Brown is a Landscape Architect, garden designer and Mayne Island resident who believes in the importance of reconciling the biophysical aspects of a site with programming that addresses social and cultural requirements. The climate crisis has prompted her to better understand changes already occurring in the distribution of plant species in BC and threats to the quality of our soils. Adrienne’s goal as a Director with the Mayne Island Conservancy is to help strengthen the human community, establish respect for and reciprocity with the natural world in all its glorious complexity, and to take advantage of the unprecedented number of opportunities for societal change we see today.
Alison Martin – Treasurer
Alison moved to Mayne Island from Vancouver in December 2017. She and her husband found the beauty of the Gulf Islands suited their love of the quiet outdoors. A committed environmentalist and animal rights advocate, Alison took an immediately interest in the work of the Conservancy. Alison’s background is varied, she began her career in public television, and went on to work in a variety of small organizations, often taking on the role of bookkeeper, as well as her other duties, before starting her own accounting and software training business. Conservancy’s missions are in line with Alison’s dedication to environmental causes
Nancy Gibson – Secretary
Nancy lived on Mayne Island part time for 15 years before moving here full time in 2019. She joined the Conservancy board because protecting the ecology of the island is important to her, and she wanted to volunteer alongside others with similar values. Nancy has been an amateur bird watcher and nature-lover for many years. Her work experience has been varied: she has owned and operated several small businesses, and was a school librarian for a period of time. As well as being on the Board, she contributes ideas and articles to the Oystercatcher and Mayneliner newsletters, regularly helps with Conservancy events, and enjoys meeting new members at the Saturday market booth.
Helen O’Brian – Fundraising Chair
Helen has lived on Mayne Island since 1998, a steward of one of the original Japanese farms and has been a director of MICS since year one. She has a MA in Children’s Literature, co-founded the Vancouver Storytelling Society and is the author of Fin’s Swim, a book about the Fraser River. Helen believes that through land conservation, mindful stewardship and education our planet will be a healthier place for all the life it supports.
Deb Foot – Director at Large
Deb came to Mayne Island in 2007, initially as part-time seasonal resident. It was not long before island life got the better of her and she became a part-time Surrey resident, focusing her time on Mayne Island based initiatives.
Deb’s passion for community and for the health of the environment, made her a natural fit for the Conservancy Board of Directors, currently serving as Vice President, Chair of the Programs Committee, and Secretary of the Governance Committee.
Coming from a background in the Distribution and Retail Organic Food Sectors, Deb has brought with her a diversity of skills and a willingness to apply them where they best fit.
Don Enright – Director at Large
Don has been a full-time Mayne Islander for the last five years. He has been the Conservancy’s volunteer webmaster during the time he served on the Conservancy Board from 2016-2020 and beyond contributing countless hours to its functionality. He also produces the Oystercatcher, creating all those simple links to the website. Don is a past president of Stanley Park Ecology Society and a former trustee of Village Point Improvement District. Don works as a consultant to parks, science centres, and museums doing exhibition and program planning, and is a lifelong birder, hiker, and naturalist.
Peter Robinson – Director at Large
Peter Robinson and his wife Kristine Webber own Hedgerow Farm, where they are combining sustainable agriculture and restorative land stewardship in their vision for the property. Prior to moving to Mayne Island, Peter led the David Suzuki Foundation through a decade of work focussed on climate change and sustainability. Before his work with DSF, he was the CEO of both Mountain Equipment Co-op (when it was still a co-op!), and BC Housing. He began his career as a park ranger, during which he was decorated for bravery by the Governor General of Canada. Peter has a long history of humanitarian work, including monitoring prisons with the International Red Cross in Rwanda. He holds a Doctor of Social Sciences and a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management.
Doug Aberley – Director at Large
Doug and his partner Joan recently made a permanent move to Mayne Island after residing in Alert Bay for sixteen years. While in Alert Bay Doug concluded a forty-year career as a regional planner and town administrator in Northwest BC, educator at UBC, community-based mapping mentor on four continents, and bioregional planner with several Indigenous Nations. While the technical skills required for this work were acquired from universities in California, British Columbia and Scotland. It was through decades of grassroots practice in settler and indigenous communities that Doug achieved a far more important experience-based education.
Michael Dunn – Executive Director
Michael worked for 30+ years for Environment Canada, retiring in 2007. His experience was varied ranging from coastal mapping to wildlife habitat conservation. As a life-long learner and avid naturalist, he has been engaged in learning about and communicating the wonder and lessons of nature for over 40 years.Michael had been president of the Conservancy up to the beginning of April 2013 but has now undertaken the hands-on direction of the Society’s activities and will answer emails addressed to email@example.com
Rob Underhill BSc RPBio – Biologist
Rob joined the conservancy in September 2011. His previous work experience is varied and includes work in hospitality, landscaping, forestry, and resource conservation. Rob has an educational background in tourism, horticulture, and botany. He completed a certificate of Travel and Tourism at Kwantlen University in 2002, a certificate in Landscape Horticulture at Capilano University in 2004, and a B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Victoria in 2010. Before coming to Mayne Island, Rob managed an ecosystem restoration project for Parks Canada at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. He can trace his love of plants and nature to family vacations on Pender Island, and entering a plant collection in the Pender Island Fall fair when he was nine, in which he placed 2nd due to an incorrect spelling of “Arbutes menziesii”. Contact Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Kushneryk – Restoration Technician
Katie is an avid nature lover with a background in ecosystem monitoring and restoration. She has worked in public education and outreach in a variety of environments, from Galiano Island to Rwanda, and enjoys working with diverse groups of people. After graduating from the University of Victoria with a BSc in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies, she worked with Parks Canada to manage invasive species and document Species at Risk throughout the Southern Gulf Islands. Katie is passionate about environmental stewardship and is incredibly grateful to live and work in the traditional territories of the Coast Salish First Nations.
Maddy Litster – Restoration Technician
Maddy is passionate about our beautiful planet and all it does for us. She has a background in ecosystem restoration and invasive species management and hopes she can do her part in protecting our home. Following her graduation from the University of Victoria with a BSc in Geography, Maddy worked for the District of Saanich in their Natural Areas section. Her work involved restoration, urban forestry, and managing invasive species. Additionally, Maddy has experience working with school groups and volunteers, with one of her favourite memories being a class of Grade 3’s singing, “I Will Survive” during a Chum salmon fry release. When not working, you may find Maddy digging in the garden or frequenting the forest with sticks in her hair and seeds in her pockets.