Allie Ferguson, Interim Executive Director
MSc Candidate Biology, BSc Environment and Geography

My love of flowing water began running along the rocky shores of the French River, ON and has deepened while spending time on the meandering Elk River. I am fascinated by the complexity and diversity of river systems and thrilled to be part of a community of people working collaboratively to keep the Elk River healthy.  I strive to communicate water science in a meaningful, engaging way to inspire inclusive discussion between all river users.



Lee-Anne Walker, Founder & Senior Advisor
MA Environment and Management

As a nature-based tourism guide, environmental educator and interpretive naturalist, I see the Elk River as the connector of all life.  Water is a unifying element bringing together community resident’s, industry, agencies and visitors who want to collaborate ensuring healthy water is a legacy worthy of inheritance.  Whether paddling, fishing, swimming or drinking from my well water, the Elk is part of my life-blood.  I want to channel my professional and local knowledge into a water decision-making process that is informed, active, and thoughtful.


bethcontra2.pngBeth Millions, Program Manager Restoration and Stewardship 
MSc Environmental Science

Whether paddling the rapids in the Elk River canyon or sampling the benthic invertebrate populations in one of its many tributaries, I feel most at home when I am outside and near the water. I work to combine my passion for the outdoors with my background in scientific inquiry and education to help protect wild spaces. Working with ERA has been extremely gratifying and varied; our work involves everything from reclaiming eroded stream banks to educating youth on riverine ecosystems to developing a flood strategy for the Elk Valley. There is never a dull moment with this organization! 


Ayla Bennett, Program Manager Water and Education
BSc Earth Science

I am passionate about conserving and exploring our beautiful mountains, free-flowing rivers and wild spaces. I am happiest when I'm outside discovering nature through the eyes of my children. I strive to empower fellow community members to care for our watershed through hands-on, informed action. I feel that community-based water monitoring projects and citizens have an important role to play in guiding decision-making. I have been involved with the ERA since 2011 and feel extremely grateful to work with this amazing group of people who make such a positive impact--through
outreach, restoration and generally sharing their enthusiasm and love for the Elk watershed!

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