Team

 

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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.

lee-anne@elkriveralliance.ca



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! 

beth@elkriveralliance.ca 

 

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 education, outreach, restoration and generally sharing their enthusiasm and love for the Elk watershed! 

ayla@elkriveralliance.ca

 

Brett Elmslie, Project Coordinator - Flood, Fish and Fish Habitat
BSc Marine and Freshwater Biology, MSc Biology

Ever since I can remember I have always been drawn to water. From fishing, swimming and paddling in the Elk River to studying aquatic species in remote locations; I have spent a good portion of my life surrounded by this element. I strive to combine my passion and education to help preserve the Elk River’s beautiful watershed for future generations. Through the Elk River Alliance, I am able to work with like-minded individuals from the community, industry and government to implement initiatives that positively impact our environment. I am grateful to work for such a great organization!

brett@elkriveralliance.ca

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