Our Staff

Contact: evelyn@burnsbog.org

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 Delta, B.C., sharing a home with her son and daughter-in-law and 5 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, at the request of the former Executive Director. She has, over the past 5+ years, assisted the Society in a variety of roles.

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.

Student Staff

SUMMER 2020

Natalie Appel

Sandi Yang

Prachi Brahmbhatt

Freya Carson

Keira Gray

2021 Summer Staff Biographies

Contact: alison@burnsbog.org

Hometown: White Rock, BC

Education: Bachelor of Arts at UBC, with a major in International Relations

Professional Background: Alison has experience in marketing analytics, social media and content creation due to her past work experiences. She has previously worked as a Social Media Creator (specializing in short-form video drafting and production), as well as being a Social Media Coordinator. She has experience with Canva, the Microsoft Suite, the Adobe Suite, Later, Hootsuite, Google Ads and more. 

Personal Background: As a child, Alison would often visit the Bog with her family, or through school trips. She viewed the Bog as a part of her neighborhood, and was consistently amazed by the vast environment, full of various plants and animals, that just happened to be a 20-minute drive away. When she saw that this position was available for the summer, she had to jump on the chance to connect again with her inner child that loved the Bog dearly. 

Hobbies/Fun fact(s): In her free time, Alison loves journaling, yoga, going to the gym, baking and getting brunch with friends. A fun fact about Alison is that she has one leg longer than the other!

Contact: katelyn@burnsbog.org

Hometown: Surrey, B.C. 

Education: Katelyn recently (April 2021) finished her Bachelors of Science Natural Resources Conservation, with the Faculty of Forestry at UBC.

Professional Background: 

Katelyn has worked as a nature educator at a number of camps throughout the Lower Mainland. These positions have focused on making the outdoors accessible and exciting for kids, through wilderness skills development, outdoor recreation, and environmental science education. She has also worked for the Surrey Natural Area Partnership, as a Habitat Restoration Team member, removing invasive plant species within the City of Surrey.

She has also volunteered with a number of non-profits and volunteer organization in the Metro Vancouver area, including as an Animal Care volunteer with the Wildlife Rescue Association and a youth volunteer with the Invasive Species Council of BC.

Personal Background: As a current resident of North Delta, The Delta Nature Reserve has become one of her favorite places to explore. She is passionate about urban ecology and the relationship between people and city greenspaces and has a particular soft spot for places that have historically been overlooked. Through her time with the Burns Bog Conservation Society, she hopes to better understand other’s perspectives on parks, and learn how to better communicate the value of natural areas to the public.

Katelyn is also particularly interested in wetland ecology and the protection of native amphibian populations. In the future, she hopes to complete further education related to wetland ecology, and hopes her time with the society will give her further insight into the field.

Hobbies/Fun fact(s): Katelyn enjoys painting, textile arts, rock climbing, and hiking. She usually has 3 different plant and fungi guidebooks on her at all times (which has led to her becoming a very slow but happy hiker). She also has an interest in mosses and lichens and hopes to become more familiar with the species in the Delta Nature Reserve. 

Contact: lauren@burnsbog.org

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Education: Lauren is going into their third year of undergraduate studies at UBC, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Geography (Environment and Sustainability).

Professional Background: Lauren has volunteered for the last 8 months with Learning Buddies Network, where they worked with a buddy twice a week to develop and improve the buddy’s reading and comprehension skills. The past two summers, Lauren worked first as a Wading Pool Attendant and then as a Wading Pool Supervisor with the City of Ottawa, ensuring a fun and safe environment for patrons. Lauren has also worked as an introductory piano instructor and volunteered to teach the basics of skating for many years, where they helped to build the confidence and technical skills of students.

Personal Background: In their first year of university, Lauren enrolled in a course titled ‘Our Changing Environment: Climate and Ecosystems’ to fulfill a degree requirement. Lauren was fascinated by what they learned in that classroom, and wanted to expand further upon their knowledge. Thus, they declared a minor in Geography and continued to take courses that cover topics such as sustainability, globalization, and the current state of the earth. Upon learning about Burns Bog Summer Day Camps, Lauren was excited about the opportunity to apply their volunteering and teaching experience to help children learn about the environment around them, climate change, and more sustainable actions they can undertake in their day-to-day lives. 

Hobbies/Fun fact(s): Lauren enjoys reading YA fiction (their current favourite book is “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Sandy Nelson), figure skating, and playing tennis with friends. 

Contact: gurleen@burnsbog.org

Hometown: Delta, British Columbia 

Education: Gurleen is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation within the Faculty of Forestry.

Professional Background: Gurleen has an extensive background working with children through her volunteer work for both the City of Surrey and Delta. She currently works with the Misdiagnosis Association and Research Institute as a research mentor for local and international high school students and on the weekends, she can be found working as a referee for the BC Soccer Premier League. 

Personal Background: Gurleen first experienced the magic of Burns Bog as a child when she, herself attended one of the many summer day camps hosted by the Burns Bog Conservation Society. Soon after it became one of her favorite places to be and ultimately led to her love for conservation and her perusal in a conservation degree. Gurleen wants to be able to give the experience and more to others so that they too can understand the importance of wetland ecosystems and experience the magic that the bog has to offer. 

Hobbies/Fun fact(s): In her free time Gurleen loves to explore the Lower Mainland with different hikes, however when she is not hiking, she loves to experiment in the kitchen. She loves baking and experimenting with new recipes for her friends to try!

Contact: emmie@burnsbog.org

Hometown: Tsawwassen, BC

Education: Emmie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Sustainability (Geography) with a minor in commerce. 

Professional Background: Emmie has worked with children in Family Resource Programs for the past three years. She will be returning to UBC in the fall to earn a Bachelor of Education and is looking forward to a career working with kids as an Elementary school teacher. 

Personal Background: Emmie has a passion for everything to do with nature. She strives to learn about and encourage learning of the Bog and BC’s environments. Emmie spends as much time as she can outside and on walks through the Bog.

Hobbies/Fun fact(s): Her love of nature takes Emmie on hikes, skiing and sailing adventures, and rock climbing.