Board of Directors


Steven Malborough, Chair

Steve has a BSc in biological sciences. He has worked and travelled extensively throughout the world. His professional background is in oil & gas, mining and infrastructure. Steve and Andrea have 3 young children and are happy at last to call Fernie home. The family enjoys skiing, biking, climbing and working on their acreage. Steve is also an auxillary with Fernie Fire & Rescue. 


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 nonstop. He was responsible for getting legislation passed designating the Elk River non-motorized around 2001.


Stella_(1).JPGStella 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. 


Matt Noseworthy, Director

Matt graduated from College of the Rockies Mountain Adventure Skills Training (MAST 2001).  He is a white water raft guide on the Elk River (Trip Leader, Swift Water Rescue, EMP Level 3 First Aid), Canadian Avalanche Association Ski Operations Level 2 and Professional Member, Red Seal Carpenter.  Matt is a member of the Elk River Alliance, and Fernie Trails Alliance.  He wants to protect the Elk River ecosystem.

 Marie Wilfong, Director

Marie is a retired educator. She has always been involved in outdoor pursuits: kayaking, skiing, hiking, biking. Consequently, she is passionate about promotion, responsible stewardship and protection of the environment. She is keen to put her passion into action and give back to the community.

Marie has been on the Fernie Trail Alliance Board for 4 years. Since her move to Fernie, 8 years ago, she has actively participated in the maintenance and building of trails as well as volunteering with the ERA. She is also an active member of Canadian air Search and Rescue as a spotter.


Carla.JPGCarla Fraser, Director 

Carla Fraser moved to the East Kootenays (Fernie) in 1997 after studying forest resource management at the University of British Columbia. She started her career as a professional forester hiking around the Rockies. Passionate about sustainable resource development and continuous learning, Carla decided to move into the mining industry in 2005. Currently focused on all things water related from monitoring to compliance within the Elk River watershed. In her free time, Carla loves everything the Kootenay lifestyle has to offer with her husband and two kids.


Alexa Hurdal, Director

Originally from Elkford, BC where I spent my childhood rafting and canoeing on the Elk River. I finished high school and university in Alberta where I got my degree in Human Resources, before moving back to the Elk Valley. I settled in Fernie and started working for Canyon Raft Co. as a shuttle driver and then a raft guide. I also work in Human Resources at the ski hill, where I get to utilize my degree. I enjoy spending my summers rafting and kayaking on the Elk river, where I can share my love for the river and its amazing ecosystem. I believe it is important to support sustainability efforts for our environment and to engage with the community on environmental issues. 


Margie Sutherland, Director

After 17 years as a Treasury Analyst then Contracts Analyst, in the natural gas industry, Margie was thrilled to move to Fernie in 1998 with husband Mark.  Recently retired from her dream job of 15 years in the horticulture industry, she's excited to have the energy and time to give back to this amazing and beautiful community. Avid gardener, skier, SUP'er, biker, newbie climber, Margie and her faithful dog Finny walk along the Elk daily, always in awe of the river’s beauty.




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