Meet Our Team
The Burns Bog Conservation Society staff go above and beyond their job description every day
On top of their regular duties, the Society has an open-door policy where volunteers and members can drop by anytime; whether that be for a chat about what the Society is up to, or helping out around the office. Each Society staff member has their own unique background, but their commonality is working for the community to ensure Burns Bog is safe for years to come.
Hometown: Surrey, BC
Education: Certified General Accountant – Douglas College, Accounting Diploma – BCIT Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Management
Professional Background: Evelyn owned her own accounting practice for several years and contracted for other professionals for a few years. She has many years of experience working with non-profit and charitable organizations, as an accountant/auditor, a volunteer and as a Board member in various capacities including Treasurer and President. She served as a Provincial Governor of the Certified General Accountants of British Columbia for 6 years. In 2002, Evelyn focused her career on consulting for non-profits and charities, analyzing and upgrading their accounting systems. During this time, she also taught 2 credit courses at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, part-time studies. She re-wrote both course materials and converted them to on-line learning.
Personal Background: Evelyn has 2 children and 9 grand-children and lives in Surrey, BC, sharing a home with her son and daughter-in-law and 4 of their 7 sons. Her daughter, son-in-law and their two children live in Ferndale, Washington. Evelyn joined the Society as a part-time accountant in December 2014. Over the past 5+ years she has assisted the Society in a variety of roles. In June 2021, Evelyn was appointed General Manager of Burns Bog Conservation Soceity.
Hobbies/Fun fact(s): Evelyn loves to read, play online games and being a Grandma. She travelled to Scotland & Ireland in 2016 and visited two Irish bogs while there, and met with the Executive Director of the Irish Peatland Conservancy Council and toured their Education and Restoration facility.
Hometown: Langley, B.C.
Education: High School, then lots of hands on experience
Professional Background: Linda worked as a Child Care Worker in Fort Rupert Elementary then moved on to the Port Hardy High School. There she worked with students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 who needed a little bit of extra help with academic or social skills. After 20 years she left the north island and went to work for an Accountant doing bookkeeping for the accountant’s clients. From there she moved on to work for a towing company doing the Accounts Receivable and Payroll. Next she moved on to the Fraser Health Authority and for twelve years worked as an Accounts Payable Clerk. Finally … Retirement! Not so fast! Retirement was not her “cup of tea” so when she was offered a chance to work as the office assistant for Burns Bog she said “Yes, yes, yes!”
Personal Background: Linda has experienced living in multiple cities and towns in our province: Vancouver, Surrey, Quesnel, Terrace, Prince George, Port Hardy and Delta before finally moving to Langley where she now lives with her daughter. Her son and daughter-in-law and her granddaughter live in Surrey. She has another granddaughter and three great-grand children living in Red Deer, Alberta.
Hobbies/Fun fact(s): Linda loves reading, playing online games and working on her scrapbooks. After losing her husband of 50 years, Linda retired and went on a cruise through the Panama Canal. Of course, she made a scrapbook of her trip!
Board of Directors
President: Derek Zeisman
Vice President: Liz Walker
Treasurer: Ed Brown
Secretary: Nancy McLeod
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