Our board of directors are dedicated and active volunteer members of the FVC community. They help guide and oversee the direction of the organization in addition to supporting fundraising and outreach events.
John Vissers has been a resident of Abbotsford for 30 years, and is well-known throughout the valley for his tireless dedication to protecting the environment. In addition to serving on the FVC board for the past 10 years, he is the past chair of the Abbotsford Environmental Advisory Committee and currently serves on the Abbotsford Development Advisory Committee. His commitment to the environment has earned him the Order of Abbotsford, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, as well as the Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship. He lives on a rural property on Sumas Mountain where he appreciates the natural values of his surroundings.
Matthew Redekop (B.Sc. Hon.) lives in the Fraser Valley, and is excited to have the opportunity to facilitate land conservation and promote good environmental stewardship through the work of the FVC. Matthew has considerable experience with non-profit organizations having had worked as manager and director of programming in the area of international community development for close to 15 years. This work involved many prolonged partnerships with a variety of organizations in order to implement projects that benefited communities worldwide. His studies focused on environmental management issues. Matthew has been serving on the FVC board since 2014.
Pérry Iqubal (M.Sc.) has a unique blend of diverse experience in Community Environment, Wildlife & Finance. Pérry started his career in Ornithological research from the foothills of Himalayas and worked in conservation projects with organizations such as Centre of Wildlife & Ornithology, India & World Pheasant Association and International Trust for Nature Conservation UK. After finishing his Masters in Environmental Management, he worked with The Waterfowl and Wetlands Trust in Washington, UK. Pérry moved to Siskiyou National Forest, Oregon and worked with United States Forest Service where he was involved in variety of conservation projects related to Biodiversity, ecological restoration and Community Environment Awareness programs. Inspired by strong ethical values and corporate social responsibility, Pérry joined Vancity Savings Credit Union and has been working with Vancity for over 12 years. Pérry came onto the board of FVC in 2014 and enjoys working with the high-spirit team here.
Jeanne Hughes (B.Sc., R.P. Bio) is a resident of, and contracting biologist in, the Fraser Valley. She has 15 years experience as a field biologist conducting wildlife surveys including raptor and breeding bird, amphibian, winter track, browse-pellet, and small mammal surveys. She also has many years experience with various not-for-profit organizations and was the coordinator for Bird Studies Canada’s BC programs, the Lower Mainland coordinator for the Wildlife Tree Stewardship Program, and currently coordinates the Fraser Valley Invasive Plant Council. In these capacities, she collects data, corresponds with funders, manages contracts/contractors, and coordinates land managers involved in invasive plant management. Jeanne has great respect for the land protection, stewardship, and education programs undertaken by the FVC and is excited to be involved with this organization. Jeanne has been serving on and contributing her expertise to the FVC board since 2011.
Zoey Slater (B.Sc.) is a biologist who graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley and lives and works in the Fraser Valley. She has been involved in stewardship activities focusing on species at risk for nearly 10 years. She has also been involved in invasive plant work and stream protection. She is passionate about preserving land so that biodiversity will flourish throughout the Fraser Valley. She has previously worked for the FVC, delivering the outreach program, and became a board member in 2012 so she can continue to spread the word about the importance of conserving natural habitats in the valley for future generations to enjoy.
Tamsin Baker (M.Sc.) has been involved with the Fraser Valley Conservancy since 1999 when she was The Land Conservancy of BC’s Lower Mainland regional manager. She has experience with land acquisitions, conservation covenants, stewardship initiatives and partnership building. Since 2012, she has been the Stewardship Coordinator for the South Coast Conservation Program (SCCP) where she has been coordinating stewardship activities including landholder contact for Coastal Sand Ecosystems on the South Coast and Species at Risk in the Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley. She joined the FVC board in 2014, and while she lives in Vancouver, she enjoys frequent visits to the Fraser Valley to appreciate its many natural areas.
If you are interested in being considered by the nominating committee to sit on our board, please see the attached Board Member Roles and Responsibilities document. If you have a matter you wish brought to the board’s attention or would like to be considered for a position on our board, they can be contacted via email.