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.

Hilary Zeeuwen

Treasurer: Hilary Zeeuwen

Hilary grew up in Calgary and moved to Revelstoke in 2013. She came for the mountains and fell in love with the community. Hilary’s academic background is in business administration and finance. She has experience in investment banking and wealth management. She is passionate about music, dancing, traveling, reading, snowboarding, cedar trees and drinking really good coffee. She is proud to be a new member of the NCES Board, and excited to give back to and learn from the community.

Kristina Welch

Director of Fundraising: Kristina Welch

Kristina moved to Revelstoke in 2011 for the mountains, snow, and small-town quality of life. She holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia and is a PhD Candidate in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, where her research focuses on rural economic development and the role of women in diversifying local resource economies. She has a newly-acquired love of back-yard chickens and a slightly-too-big garden. Kristina is excited to be working with an exceptional group of people on important environmental issues for the community.

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.