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.

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.

Pronouns: She/her

Contact: katelyn@burnsbog.org

Hometown: Surrey, BC

Education: BSc. Natural Resource Conservation: Major in Science and Management, UBC (2021)

Professional Background: Katelyn has worked as a nature educator in various youth programs throughout BC. As a volunteer, she has spent time caring for injured birds at the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC,  listening to frogs with BC’s Marsh Monitoring Program, and collecting salmon eggs with Streamkeepers groups throughout BC. Through her work with the Burns Bog Conservation Society, she hopes to support research and restoration projects that benefit both local communities and ecosystems. 

Personal Background: Katelyn’s access to urban greenspaces while growing up in Surrey sparked her interest in the outdoors. She feels lucky to have been given opportunities to explore and learn within nature at a young age. Today, she strives to facilitate these opportunities for others, and increase the accessibility of conservation work and natural spaces. As a settler in BC, she also aims to act as a responsible steward for the land she works on, and support the work of local rightsholders. 

Hobbies/Fun fact(s): In her spare time, find Katelyn making art, climbing rocks, or identifying moss and lichens in local parks. If you want to chat about cool nature finds, or learn more about the unique place that is Burns Bog, feel free to email her at katelyn@burnsbog.org.

Pronouns: She/They

Contact: zohreh@burnsbog.org

Hometown: Tehran, Iran; Unceded Kwikwetlem First Nation Territories.

Education: BSc. (Hons) Natural Resource Conservation: Conservation and Resource Management, UBC (2021)

Professional Background: Zohreh has worked as a facilitator and environmental educator focused on youth empowerment and equity with organizations such as ISS of BC and Metro Vancouver’s Youth 4 Action team for over five years. In addition to her facilitation work, Zohreh worked as a research assistant at the UBC Farm with both the Biodiversity Monitoring Program and Experimental Crop Rotation Group. 

Personal Background: Zohreh spent her early life growing up on her own traditional territories in Iran, as well as living as a settler in Canada. Their experiences of diasporic Indigeneity, racialization, and queer identity inform much of their work and interest in environmental conservation and justice. After graduating from UBC in 2021, Zohreh joined the Society as Education and Outreach Coordinator. She cares deeply about environmental accessibility and justice, hands-on learning, and reconciliatory approaches to conservation.

Hobbies/Fun fact(s): Zohreh loves knitting, reading, and looking for critters in tidal pools. In her free time, you are likely to see Zohreh walking her dog, Ocean, on local trails. If you ever need some educational resources, want to chat about field trips and workshops, or just want to say hello, you can reach her at zohreh@burnsbog.org.

Pronouns: He/him

Contact: mark@burnsbog.org

Hometown: Ottawa, ON

Education: BSc. Biopharmaceutical Science, University of Ottawa (2019); MA Sociology, University of Ottawa (Awaiting conferral).

Professional Background: Mark has worked in chemistry labs, a government office, university classrooms, and more. Throughout his career so far, he’s picked up knowledge and interest in many different areas. Alongside his work, Mark has been a volunteer in many places, cooking free food for students, educating people about food waste, mentoring students, administering student government, and helping out with a student-led anti-racism initiative. Since arriving in Vancouver, Mark has volunteered with the Burns Bog Conservation Society and the Stanley Park Ecology Society, getting to know our local ecology while getting his hands dirty.

Personal Background: Mark grew up in Ottawa, ON, on unceded Algonquin territory. Having spent many years living a stone’s throw from the woods, he’s grown a deep love for its quiet liveliness. Many of Mark’s life choices have been guided by his love of the woods, leading to his position with the Burns Bog Conservation Society, where he can help young people get directly involved with nonhuman communities – whether through restoration, art-making, recreation, or more.

Hobbies/Fun fact(s): When he’s not reading, playing guitar, or playing with his cat, you’re likely to find Mark out on a walk. He’s notoriously distracted by all kinds of things… birds, trees, plants, clouds, animal tracks, you name it! If you want to chat about youth stewardship programming, or just about the things he’s been seeing, hearing, and smelling, you can reach him at mark@burnsbog.org.

Contact: accounting@burnsbog.org

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 daughter live in Surrey. She has one 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 scrap book of her trip!

Student Staff

SUMMER 2020

Natalie Appel

Sandi Yang

Prachi Brahmbhatt

Freya Carson

Keira Gray

SUMMER 2021

Alison Macfarland

Katelyn Colwell

Lauren Roberts

Gurleen Dhami 

Emmie Dykstra

Board of Directors

Executive Positions

President: Derek Zeisman

Vice President: Liz Walker

Treasurer: Ed Brown

Secretary: Nancy McLeod

Directors

Beverley Bly

Laurie Haliburton

Pixie (Beverly) Hobby

Clare Hurst

Kirsty Peterson

Angela Rebrec