Richard is a graduate of BCIT (Business Administration) and a retired Chartered Professional Accountant. He brings extensive financial, management and communications expertise to the board. An avid cyclist and life-long angler, Richard has a longstanding interest in habitat conservation and restoration. He is a past director of the West Vancouver Streamkeeper Society, Victoria Festival of Authors Society and International Association of Business Communicators of BC.
Born and raised in Victoria, Michael comes from a long line of sea captains. After 10 years managing construction projects throughout BC, he returned to commercial fishing in 1978. Michael captained the deep sea sablefish vessel Ocean Pearl starting in 1995, fishing the north Pacific for the next 20 years. Michael has consulted on fisheries with Australian fishing companies in the Indian Ocean, and with Russian fishing companies in South Korea. He later served as fleet manager for Finest at Sea until retiring in 2016.
Craig grew up in Alberta and moved to Victoria in 1992. As a professional accountant, he worked at BC Ferries in finance and strategic planning, and at Islands Trust as Treasurer and Director of Administration. He is an active volunteer, removing invasive plants at Gorge Park and Swan Creek Park in Saanich, and at the BC Provincial Cowichan River Park. He also sits on the board of Friends of Swan Creek Watershed.
Bill’s background is as a Behaviour Sciences Research Technician. He served as Major with the Governor General’s Horse Guards (RCAC), retiring in 1992. He later worked as Senior Research Associate for Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and as Executive Committee and Vice Chair of St John Ambulance Toronto Branch. He is a member of the Westcoast Fly fishing Association, Gorge Waterway Initiative, Vice President of the British Columbia Wildlife Federation Region One (Vancouver Island), and a Director of the Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association.
John holds a Diploma in Business Administration (Marketing Management) from St. Lawrence College. He enjoyed a successful career in the building supplies industry, holding senior management positions with Beaver Lumber Co Ltd. and West Fraser Building Supplies Ltd. John later owned and operated several building supplies, trucking and sawmill businesses, as well as land development companies. He is a past director of the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF), past Chair of the PSF Annual Gala Dinner & Auction Fundraiser, and a former director of the Union Club of BC.
Mary has been a Saanich resident for 48 years, a small business owner and a teacher. Together with her husband, Bernie Bowker, she has raised four children and has eight grandchildren. She has volunteered continuously for over 60 years for organizations such as Parent Participation Pre-Schools, Girl Guides, Esquimalt Neighbourhood House, Prospect Lake Community Association, Peninsula Streams Society and Friends of Tod Creek Watershed. Mary holds a B.A. (English and Zoology), a Diploma In Special Education, and an M.A. (Curriculum Studies).