The Western Environment Centre is guided by the expertise and experience of a volunteer board of directors. WEC projects and committees are run by a combination of paid staff and dedicated volunteers. If you would like to volunteer with the Centre as a board member, committee facilitator or committee member, please contact us.…
Board of Directors
Glen Keeling, Chair
Born in Ontario and raised in Nova Scotia, Glen has lovingly called Corner Brook home since 2008. Currently studying Environmental Studies at Grenfell Campus, his research interests are mainly in environmental policy and he focuses on local decisions that contribute to global issues. He spent two years with the Grenfell Campus Student Union as Vice President External and Chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee. Hoping to help spread a community culture of sustainability, Glen joined the Board of Directors in fall 2012.
Simon Jansen, Director
Simon Jansen is originally from Germany and moved to Corner Brook in 2001. He joined the Western Environment Centre in 2007 and became Chair of the Board of Directors in 2008. His main areas of interest are energy efficient building methods, alternative energies and climate change. Also, he and his partner are advocates of the local and organic food movement. During the school year, he teaches math and physics. In the summer he guides and teaches sea kayaking along the coast of Newfoundland.
Rebecca Shea, Membership Coordinator
Becky originally became involved with the Western Environment Centre as a community gardener and member of WEC’s Community Garden Committee. In June 2013, Becky joined the WEC Board of Directors with particular interest in food security and protection of the marine environment.
Becky holds a BSc degree in wildlife management from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California and has been freelancing as a marine mammal biologist, primarily in Alaska, for the past seven years.
Edwin Bezzina, Newsletter Editor
Edwin Bezzina has been with the Western Environment Centre since May 2008 and brings to the organization eight years of environmental volunteer experience. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors, Edwin is the editor of WEC’s newsletter. Edwin also helps organizes WEC events in collaboration with many community organizations including the First United Church of Corner Brook. He also has written discussion reports on the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on the west coast of Newfoundland. Edwin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and currently teaches European History at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Laura Simms, Director
Laura Simms first joined the Western Environment Centre in the fall of 2011 after being impressed that the organization had several concrete community projects such as the West Coast Farmers’ Market and Blow Me Down Community Garden. In January 2011, she joined the Outreach and Communications Committee (OCC). In May of 2011, Laura joined the Board of Directors.
Mikaela Wilson, Secretary & Treasurer
Mikaela was born and raised in Coquitlam, BC. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree at Vancouver Island University, she dropped everything and drove across the country in September 2014. Mikaela brings extensive experience in conservation groups to the Western Environment Centre, with work experience at such non-profit organizations as the Georgia Strait Alliance and the Vancouver Aquarium. She joined the Board of Directors very recently, in May 2016, and looks forward to adding even more amazing experiences with non-profits to her repertoire.
Emma Bocking, Director
Emma moved to Corner Brook from southern Ontario in the summer of 2015 to start a job with Ducks Unlimited Canada, where she works with other local DUC staff to coordinate wetland stewardship and conservation projects across the province. She started volunteering with WEC last fall through volunteering at the Wonderful Fine Market, and has been on the board of directors ever since. Through WEC, she hopes to learn more about the grassroots environmental movement in Newfoundland and Labrador. Emma has a MSc in peatland hydrology, and is quite happy that her job involves spending time talking about, and visiting, so many wetlands. She also enjoys hiking, baking, reading and gardening.
Katie Temple, Executive Director
Katie Temple has been a Western Environment Centre volunteer since the summer of 2010 and became a Board member in May 2011. She originally became involved with WEC as a community gardener and has been passionately growing vegetables ever since. She now helps out with many of WEC’s food projects, with the goal to spread the joy of growing and eating good food far and wide. In September 2013 she began working with the Garden Committee on developing their new community greenhouse. Katie used to write a regular column about food and gardening for the local blog CornerBrooker.com, and you can read her archived articles here: http://cornerbrooker.com/author/katie/. In June 2016, Katie became WEC’s first Executive Director.
Past Board Members
Erin Fletcher, Director
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April Muirhead, Vice-Treasurer
April is originally from Charlottetown, PEI and came to Corner Brook for school. During her time in the area she received her BSc in Environmental Science (Biology) from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University and also completed the GIS Application Specialist program at College of the North Atlantic. She is currently working with Ducks Unlimited Canada as Newfoundland and Labrador’s Conservation Program Specialist. April joined WEC to become involved with environmental activities in the community.
Danielle Fequet, Director
Danielle is originally from Labrador but has since settled into life on the island portion of the Province. She joined the Western Environment Centre’s Board of Directors in 2011 and is also a member of the Blow Me Down Community Garden, one of WEC’s ongoing and highly successful initiatives. Danielle is particularly interested in ecological sustainability and conserving biodiversity. She holds a B.Sc. in Psychology/ Biology and an M.Sc. in Environmental Science, both from Memorial University.
Brittany first became involved with WEC through the effort to revitalize the West Coast Farmers’ Market in late 2012. Shortly afterwards, she joined the Board of Directors in hopes of becoming even more involved.
Brittany is originally from PEI, but moved to Ontario when she was eleven. She moved back to eastern Canada to take a position with Go Western Newfoundland, where she is in charge of online marketing, among other things. Brittany hoped to use her experience to enhance WEC’s online presence through its website and social media channels.
Brittany holds a BSc in Zoology from the University of Guelph and also has completed the Tourism Management diploma program at Humber College in Toronto.
Stephan Walke is originally from the small town of Paisley, Ontario. He is currently studying sustainable resource management at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. His experience traveling and volunteering on organic farms in Eastern Canada and Europe have developed into an interest in sustainable living and food security. His love of wide and wild places made him fall in love with Western Newfoundland. He became a board member of the Western Environment Center in the fall of 2012 and enjoys the opportunity for grassroots participation in shaping the sustainability of our community’s future, however large or small each contribution. Every conversation counts.
Nick Mercer was born and raised in Stillwater Lake, Nova Scotia and moved to Corner Brook in 2010. Nick attended Grenfell Campus where he majored in Environmental Studies, and is now a graduate student within the Environmental Policy Institute. Nick spent a year as Vice-President External of the Grenfell Campus Student Union, where he chaired the Environmental Affairs Committee and was an organizer with the Farmer’s Feast Local Food Soup Kitchen. Nick’s main areas of interest include wind energy policy, small-scale alternative energy sources, and outdoor environmental education. Nick joined Western Environment Centre’s Board of Directors in 2014, with hopes of promoting environmental awareness in Western Newfoundland.
Rosie got involved with the Western Environment Centre as a Farmers’ Market volunteer in 2009 and then became the Market volunteer coordinator in 2011. In January 2012, Rosie joined the WEC Board of Directors with an interest in focusing on event coordination and outreach. As a child, Rosie enjoyed exploring the woods and beaches surrounding her hometown of St. John’s, and she believes that her interest in environmental issues was solidified when she won an Earth Day poster contest in grade 5. Rosie graduated from the English program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, in May 2011.
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Kate Edwards grew up in Owen Sound, Ontario, with much of her time as a child spent exploring the rocks, woods, and streams of the Niagara Escarpment. She’s an ecologist by trade, but as a citizen is also interested in sustainable living and building community resilience. Kate was introduced to the Western Environment Centre when she attended their Farmers’ Market in August, 2010, having just moved to Corner Brook. As a new board member Kate is excited to help WEC be a positive force for sustainable living in the Corner Brook region.
Representing the Model Forest of Newfoundland & Labrador (MFNL) on the Western Environment Centre’s Board of Directors, Peter Davison brings with him an educational and employment background focused on fish, wildlife, and forest management. Peter was elected onto the Board of Directors in May 2011.
Representing the MFNL, Peter is working to promote capacity building and diversification within Newfoundland and Labrador’s forest based communities.
Erin traveled to western Newfoundland from her home state of Oregon in 2010 to work as a post-doc at the Environmental Policy Institute at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. She joined the Western Environment Centre after a lovely afternoon at their farmers’ market in summer 2010. In addition to being a board member, Erin is on the Outreach and Communications Committee as co-assistant editor of the WEC newsletter.
Erin is interested in contributing to provincial discussions regarding land use and natural resources.