George Greene, Chair
George Greene has worked since the early 1970s on conservation and sustainable development issues at the interface between resource industries, NGOs, governments, and Indigenous nations and groups. George specializes in environmental governance, and in the design and implementation of collaborative initiatives to address environmental and social issues in the natural resources sectors. He is active as a volunteer in the nature conservation community in the Elk Valley, in Canada, and internationally.George’s passions include being on the snow in winter, and biking and being on the water in the summer. He is a member of the volunteer ski patrol at the Fernie Alpine Resort.
Ashlee Jollymore, Vice Chair
Gary Walker, Treasurer
Retired from managing community services in Sparwood, Gary is a full time recreationalist - skiing, mountain biking, paddling, as well as fixing things whenever he can. He was responsible helping to get legislation passed designating the Elk River non-motorized around 2001.
Alexa Hurdal, Secretary
Alexa is originally from Elkford, BC where she spent her childhood rafting and canoeing on the Elk River. Alexa finished her education in Alberta where she received a degree in Human Resources before moving back to the Elk Valley. Alexa settled in Fernie and started working for Canyon Raft Co. as a shuttle driver and then a raft guide for fun, and then in Human Resources at the ski hill, where she puts her degree to work. Alexa enjoys spending her summers rafting and kayaking on the Elk river, where she can share her love for the river and its amazing ecosystem. She believes it is important to support sustainability efforts for our environment and to engage with the community on environmental issues.
Stella Swanson, Director
Stella has a Ph.D. Limnology, BSc. Honours Biology and is a Registered Professional Biologist. She is a Member of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Canadian Association of Water Quality, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. She has been the chair of the Elk Valley Selenium Management Task Force and Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework.
Ayla Bennett, Director
Ayla Bennett lives with her family in Fernie, BC. She is passionate about conserving and exploring our beautiful mountains, free-flowing rivers and wild spaces. Ayla has worked with environmental non-profit organizations for nearly a decade. For 8 years, she was a Program Manager with the Elk River Alliance, and led community-based water monitoring (CBWM) and education programs. Ayla strives to empower her fellow community members to care for their watersheds and feels CBWM projects and citizens have an important role to play in guiding decision-making. She holds a BSc of Earth Science from the University of Calgary.