Jody Lownds

President: Jody Lownds

Jody obtained her B.A. (Criminology and Criminal Justice) from Carleton in 2003 and her LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 2006. She worked for Friends of the Earth Canada as their Environmental Justice Campaigner from 2007 until 2009. After moving from Ottawa to Revelstoke in October 2008 and seeing an opportunity for a new law practice in town, she decided to open up her own practice and did so after being called to the British Columbia Bar in October 2009. Jody is an avid skier in the winter and whitewater kayaker and trail runner in the summer.

Vice President and Director of Conservation: Mike Brooks-Hill

Michael grew up in Toronto, but has been calling Revelstoke home for the past 12 years. During that time he has traveled extensively, often times by bicycle, but has recently settled down, built a garden, run for mayor, and become more involved with the community. Michael works as a treeplanter and brusher, and hopes to bring backcountry and community issues to the limelight.

Gina Cawthorpe

Secretary: Gina Cawthorpe

Gina moved from Calgary to Revelstoke in 2011 to enjoy the mountain culture and a simpler lifestyle.  It wasn’t long before Gina and her husband started attending NCES events and ended up with 4 chickens, a huge garden and greenhouse, a cold room full of canned and dehydrated goods, and a bicycle for commuting.  Now Gina would like to give back to this great society.  Gina works as a physiotherapist at Queen Victoria Hospital and spends her free time enjoying the outdoors running, biking, paddling, camping, travelling and snowboarding.

Treasurer: Jenise Lamoureux

Jenise grew up in a small town north of Edmonton and has never looked back since coming to Revelstoke in August 2011. Growing up a gardener under her mothers watchful eye she has grown passionate about anything green- including living. Her educational background is in business administration and accounting, specializing in financial management and cash flow- she is currently pursuing her CPA designation. Jenise is excited to be so warmly welcomed onto the NCES board and can’t wait to give back to the community that provides such a rad lifestyle!

Executive Director: Kate Borucz

Kate is a graduated Environmental Technologist with a long history of environmental advocacy.  She grew up in the suburbs of Ontario, and at an early age began to understand the importance and benefits of interacting with the outdoors and preserving the natural environment so others can enjoy it too.  Her past endeavours include canvassing for Greenpeace Canada, working in the tree planting industry for 7 years, volunteering for various community and on-campus organizations that help to promote sustainable living, and organizing like-minded individuals as part of her role as the Director of Ecology and Environment on her college’s Student Association. She moved to Revelstoke in the winter of 2014 and and decided to stay in an effort to work within the community to help facilitate long term, positive change and provide others with opportunities and resources to get involved.
She has been involved with the NCES now since April 2016 helping to coordinate events and liaise between people and organizations. Feel free to introduce yourself at any of our upcoming events

Agathe Bernard

Director of Communications: Agathe Bernard

Agathe grew up in the mountains north of Quebec City and Switzerland seeking adventure as often as possible and always with a camera in hand. She defines her purpose as sharing her experience and knowledge as an earth scientist in an effort to promote sustainability in our daily lives, and to empower people to live the life they have always dreamed of. Driven by passion, she worked in some of the most remote places on the planet observing and documenting the earth through data collection, field notes and photography.  She is currently enrolled in a Master Degree in Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University.

Her images, film and articles are created with the hope of inspiring people to be responsible, innovative and proactive in their decision-making in order to minimize negative impact and maintain balance between ecological resilience, economic prosperity, political justice and cultural vibrancy to ensure a liveable and lovable planet for all species now and in the future.

When not documenting life on our beautiful planet, she can be found playing in the mountains surrounding Revelstoke, BC.

Sarah Newton

Director and Past President: Sarah Newton

Sarah came to Revelstoke in 2005 after a decade in Fort St. James, and growing up in Nova Scotia. She is an avid conservationist and a lover of the wilderness. Currently she is a grade five teacher at Begbie Elementary School. She has an undergraduate degree in history and geography, and a Bachelor in Education, but her real education has come at the hands of her two children. Sarah loves to cross country ski with her family, run in the mountains with her husband and her biggest pastime is turning their downtown lot into an urban farm.