Pat Sloan

Pat Sloan

Director at Large

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

Alisha Drinkwater

Director at Large

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 Carlstrom

Lyle Carlstrom

Director at Large

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 Castleden

Don Castleden

Estuary Working Group Chair

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 Bowen

Dan Bowen

Research and Technical Working Group Chair

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 Heath

Bill Heath

Mapping Service Chair

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.

Bill Heidrick

Bill Heidrick

Vice-Chair and Comox Valley Conservation Strategy Representative

Bill moved to the Comox Valley in 2011 after living on the west coast of Vancouver Island for 35 years and working at a variety of jobs in the forest industry. He has had a passion for outdoor recreation and nature all his life and was involved in the Zeballos River estuary as a Volunteer Warden and through the Coastal Waterbird Survey for many years. He served for 8 years in local government, including 4 years as a director for the Regional District, and was involved in the formation of a Community Forest License in Nootka Sound. He sat on the Nootka Resource Board for several years as a municipal representative and was active in the formation of the Zeballos Fish and Wildlife Association. He completed the Streamkeepers course while in Zeballos and is currently working with interested individuals to create a stewardship group for Glen Urquhart and Mallard Creeks, the main waterways feeding through agricultural lands and into Dike Slough. Bill has been a member of the Comox Valley Naturalists for several years and is active in the birding group and wetland restoration/invasive species removal.

Brian Storey

Brian Storey

Treasurer

Brian Storey, a Chartered Accountant, was the Business Manager of The Edmonton Journal for 25 years before he became a self-employed professional accountant in 1996. From 1996 to 2009, he provided business advice and assistance to a number of enterprises: public, private and not-for-profit. Since coming to the Comox Valley, Brian has been, and still is, involved with the Rotary Club of Courtenay, the Comox Valley ElderCollege and now Project Watershed.

Kathy Haigh

Kathy Haigh

Fundraising and Outreach Chair

Kathy moved to Comox in the fall of 2015 after being a life-long Albertan (except for 2 years in Texas). Soon after moving in, Kathy joined the Comox Valley Newcomers Club to meet people and familiarize herself with goings-on here. At one of the Newcomers meetings the speaker was from Project Watershed, and she made a big impression on the audience, especially for Kathy, who was considering environmental volunteering opportunities.

The outdoors figure greatly in Kathy’s activities. She especially enjoys gardening, kayaking and walking her dog on the beautiful local forest trails and beaches. Kathy’s education is in Human Resources Administration and Communications Studies. The vast majority of her work has been charitable volunteering. During numerous community, school, support and service group projects Kathy has enhanced her volunteer management, leadership and organizational skills to the point that she is careful how much volunteer experience she reveals to people for fear of getting roped-in yet again. And then Dan and Paul asked her to be on the Project Watershed Board of Directors to use her skills…