As a regional planner, Pat began her career evaluating flood plains all over BC. The Comox Estuary was her first project. After further work in government policy and strategic planning she is now retired and stays busy dedicating her skills to her Strata Council and especially, fundraising and strategic planning for Project Watershed.
Alisha Drinkwater is an environmental biologist with the federal government, starting her government career in 2001. She has worked with Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and National Defence. Alisha brings a strong background in environmental risk evaluation and mitigation for vulnerable ecosystems. She has experience in intertidal bivalve management, environmental enforcement, environmental emergencies, environmental assessment and protected areas evaluation. She graduated with specialized honours in wildlife biology from the University of Guelph. Alisha is interested in ecosystem dynamics where the components of a system have a value ecologically and are critical to ecosystem function. Alisha is from northern B.C. having great exposure to the balance between resource use and preserving wild spaces. She relocated to her spouses hometown in the Comox Valley with their two children in 2015. She recognizes the absolute beauty and species richness here and has joined Project Watershed to help ensure that these attributes are sustained and enhanced in perpetuity.
Lyle Dennis Carlstrom was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He grew up on a farm at Bear Canyon and received his high school education in Fairview. After graduation, he attended the Grande Prairie Regional College and obtained a Diploma in Liberal Studies. In 1982, Lyle received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, and in 1986 he graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1987.
Along with public legal education Lyle has served in numerous other volunteer capacities. He has been involved with the United Way, the United Church, the Canadian Bar Association, Fairview Community Support Services, and the Fairview, Sexsmith, Grande Prairie and Comox Valley Chambers Of Commerce. Additionally, he has served on the Board of the 1995 Canada Winter Games Host Society, the Community Foundation of Greater Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie Regional College Alumni Foundation, The Arctic Winter Games Society, as well as Advocis.
He believes that legal professionals need to be involved in their community and is pleased all firm members share that value.
Lyle is the proud father of Emily, Joshua and Zachary.
Don became involved in environmental education in the mid 90’s when he was asked to develop a national First Nations training program in Environmental Impact Assessment after he had previously developed an award winning program for First Nation managers in Community, Economic and Organization Development at the University of Manitoba where he was an Assistant Professor (Continuing Education) and an Adjunct Professor (Native Studies).
Don has been on the Board of Project Watershed since 2000 and was finished his term as Chair in 2011. He proposed the ‘Heart of the Watershed’ Symposium on the Courtenay River Estuary which proved to be a catalyst that has engaged individuals, organizations and local political leaders in a community wide effort to protect and restore this outstanding feature of the Comox Valley.
Dan was born and raised in the Comox Valley, and has a passion for protecting the Valley’s flora and fauna from the bottom of the ocean to the top of the mountains. Dan worked for the Ministry of Transportation as an engineering assistant, overseeing numerous road construction projects on Vancouver Island. In 2010, Dan started applying his expertise to the aquaculture industry, specifically sustainable hatchery and tenure development and operations. In 2011, Dan was asked to become a director on the Project Watershed board in the Comox Valley and has been working on several committees including the Blue Carbon project. With Dan’s background in the shellfish industry (solid carbon sequestering) and eelgrass gardens (oceanic carbon sinks), he is an asset to the Project Watershed team and the Blue Carbon committee.
Bill is an Aquatic Ecologist who retired from Public Service with the Province of BC after 22 years in 2012. As a Shellfish Biologist, he was active in water quality management as Chair of the Baynes Sound Roundtable on Water Quality and in research on environmental interactions of shellfish aquaculture. In his later role as Aquatic Ecologist, he conducted stream and river surveys for trout and salmon populations and related habitat for the Province. Bill is currently the Project Coordinator and Biologist for the Hornby Island Bull Kelp Restoration Project of the Nile Creek Enhancement Society, an initiative to rebuild local kelp forests that provide habitat for juvenile salmon and many other marine species. He and his family have lived in the Comox Valley since 1990. Bill was recently invited to become a director on the Project Watershed Board and is interested in working on environmental issues such as climate change and carbon sequestration by aquatic primary producers such as kelp forests and eelgrass meadows.