Board

The Yellow Point Ecological Society is a registered non-profit society, founded in 2017.

President: Guy Dauncey

Guy is an ecotopian futurist who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future, and to translate that vision into action. He is founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, and the author or co-author of ten books, including Journey to the Future: A Better World Is Possible. He is an Honorary Member of the Planning Institute of BC, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. His websites are www.earthfuture.com, www.journeytothefuture.ca and www.thepracticalutopian.ca.

Vice-President: Bill Carter

Bill has made beautiful Yellow Point his home with his wife Jean for 27 years, and it affords them the good country lifestyle. An avid lover of nature and the great outdoors, he believes passionately in wise, sustainable growth for the future of our region. He has owned and operated Bastion Jewellers in downtown Nanaimo with Jean for 30 years. A Master Goldsmith and Designer, he has built his reputation on a passion for family, community, integrity, friendliness and creativity.

Secretary: Priscilla Brewer

Priscilla is a Certified Permaculture Designer, Horticultural Technician, and multi award winning Landscape Designer. Yellow Point has been her home for almost a decade, where she enthusiastically gardens, wild-crafts,  and teaches hands-on, educational workshops with a strong focus on reducing our ecological footprints, promoting the use of native plants,and growing food sustainably.

Treasurer: Carolyn Herriot

Carolyn left Victoria after 25 years of operating The Garden Path Centre and moved to Yellow Point in 2014 with husband Guy Dauncey. She left her seed business Seeds of Victoria (since 1991) behind. She is the author of 3 books, The Zero-Mile Diet, The Zero-Mile Diet Cookbook and A Year on the Garden Path. She has a regular column in Take 5 magazine. Carolyn teaches EcoNutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Nanaimo. Guy & Carolyn are co-owners of Deep Roots Farm on Barney Road, where Carolyn runs a programme called ‘Grow Your Own Farm’ with farmer Goldenrose Paquette.

Directors:

Jain Alcock-White

Jain is an environmental professional with over 10 years experience in aquatic and terrestrial and resource management coupled with compliance and enforcement.  Jain currently works in the private sector and previously worked for federal and provincial governments in fisheries and aquaculture, and parks.  She has worked with governments, industry, stakeholders, First Nations, and NGOs to support conservation and compliance initiatives through public education and awareness, field monitoring, and implementation of regulatory requirements.  Jain is a mountaineer and nature enthusiast who supports local conservation efforts and who believes in rewilding on a large scale and individual scale.

Erik Piikkila

Erik is a BC Forester in Training with Ecoforestry experience in BC, Finland, the US Pacific Northwest, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Redwoods of California.  He was trained by the world renowned ecoforester Jerry Franklin.  At the BC Ministry of Forests, his work involved assisting 10 Major Forest Companies with 30 different operations, BC Timber Sales and Woodlot Licenses implement the BC Forest Practices Code.  Most recently he has been offering a 4Seasons Eco School to K – 12 students, providing eco tours of Wildwood to University students, and is involved with several watershed groups in the Cowichan Valley.

Diane Coussens

Diane has lived in Yellow Point for over 40 years. She loves Yellow Point’s rural lifestyle, forests, wildlife and wetlands. She and her husband were commercial fishers, owner/operators of a salmon troller. They initiated the community action that created and preserved Yellow Point Park. She continues to endeavour to protect Yellow Point’s natural beauty and resources.

Jeni Pinnington

Jeni and her husband Chris moved to the Yellow Point area in 2009. Going through breast cancer treatment and the sudden loss of her father all in one year, it was a no-brainer decision to leave the stressful rat race of Vancouver to seek a future of health, peace and quiet and much happiness. They very soon fell in love with the area and have since become avid outdoor enthusiasts hiking the many local trails with their dog Benny. Having just bought acreage to build their dream home in the heart of Yellow Point, they are determined to help protect and preserve this beautiful home to creatures and things, big and small for many generations to come.

Ross Shepherd

Ross has been visiting Yellow Point Lodge with his wife Pamela Walker, for almost 25 years. Through the years, they came to love the area, and in 2006 they purchased a 34-acre blueberry farm on Yellow Point road. Not a new adventure to Ross, who owned a 20-acre organic mixed farm in Port Alberni, they embraced the challenge to create a viable and sustainable piece of property that mirrored the aesthetic sensibilities that they held about this area. A bridge builder by trade, Ross is happy to be help steward the land and the people of the area. As a writer, his wife Pamela is also pleased to lend a hand where she can for this optimistic group of committed enthusiasts.

Nadine Henderson

Nadine is a physician who moved from Toronto to Yellow Point in 2016. Raised on a hobby farm in rural Saanich, care of the environment and conservation are life-long passions. After obtaining a biology degree with a focus on ecology and evolution, she worked as an assistant toxicologist for two years with the BC Ministry of Environment, and then went on to study medicine. While living in Ontario she volunteered with the Wildlife Centre, and the Habitat for Humanity salvage crew. She enjoys exploring locally and is a member of Nature Nanaimo.

Rachel Cooper

Rachel has lived in the Yellowpoint area for 26 years and is concerned about the rapidly disappearing forest in the area. She and her partner operate Living Soils Farm, at the top of Doole Road.