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.

Core Staff

Position: Interim General Manager


Hometown: Delta, BC

Education: Simon Fraser University BSc. Environmental Science – Professional Specialization Certificate, University of Victoria, Ecological Restoration – Graduate Certificate, Restoration Ecology, Auburn University, Master of Natural Resources, Auburn University (ongoing)

Professional Background: Nikolai has worked for the Society since the summer of 2018. He was first hired as the Education and Communications coordinator. In March of 2019, he was promoted to the Research and Stewardship Coordinator role where he managed projects such as riparian restoration and species-at-risk monitoring. In addition to this, Nikolai was responsible for the hiring and supervision of the Society’s summer staff. Now, as Interim General Manger, Nikolai oversees the Society’s operations and identifies ways to engage the community for the betterment of Burns Bog. Nikolai has developed citizen science initiatives, stewardship, and restoration projects to create opportunities for the community to connect with their local environment.

Personal Background: Nikolai grew up just a few short blocks away from Burns Bog. As a child, he spent most of his time outdoors, either walking through the bog, or playing sports. He attended Gray Elementary, followed by Sands Secondary. Following high school, he received an athletic scholarship to Simon Fraser University to play football. It was at SFU where he was able to rediscover his love for nature, as he pursued a degree in Environmental Science.

Hobbies/Fun fact(s): In his free time, Nikolai enjoys coaching football, hiking, spending time outdoors, and lifting weights.

Position: Accountant


Hometown: Surrey, BC

Education: Certified General Accountant РDouglas College, Accounting Diploma РBCIT 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.

Board of Directors

Executive Positions

President: Derek Zeisman
Vice President: Liz Walker
Secretary: Nancy McLeod
Treasurer: Ed Brown
Past President: Vacant


Beverley Bly
Christopher Durrant
Laurie Haliburton
Pixie (Beverly) Hobby
Lynne Mackenzie
Angela Rebrec
Robert Saito

Student Staff


Madeleine Smiciklas


Christopher Pan

Matthew Wong

Vincy Zhou

Rachel Mehling

Maya Hart

Daniel Wang


Natalie Appel

Sandi Yang

Prachi Brahmbhatt

Freya Carson

Keira Gray