The Yellow Point Ecological Society is a registered non-profit (2017).
Acting Chair: Guy Dauncey
Guy Dauncey 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.
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 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 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.
Priscilla Brewer 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.
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.
Treasurer: Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart has been a fisherman since he was a toddler, catching his first rainbow trout as a 3-year-old at Kootenay Landing near Nelson, B.C. His interest continued into his adult years, and led to a life-long interest in hiking and camping. After a 30-year career as a high school science teacher he is pursuing his passion for fly fishing on a regular basis, and hiking in all kinds of weather up to four times a week. He is Treasurer of the Island Water Fly Fishers, and actively involved in club activities.