President: Joan Hendrick
Treasurer: Anne Russo
Secretary: Jenn Potter
Board Members: Kayla Anderson, Gillian Harvey, Tristan Harvey, Jenn Potter, Anne Russo
Having lived and travelled abroad for 6 ½ years Kayla saw firsthand the destruction of watersheds and aquatic ecosystems. On her return to the South Island she soon realized the wild places and animals she had grown fond of were under threat, and what began as a passion became a cause. Kayla’s desire is to help convey that clean air, water, and a healthy environment are natural treasures that need protection. Kayla describes the Maltby Lake watershed asa jewel in our landscape that shines as a flora and fauna refuge in the midst of the expanding municipality. She believes in natural capital; that there is value in saving natural habitat for species at risk and for people who benefit from its services – services such as regulating our climate, cleaning and filtering our water and air, and providing social opportunities.
Kayla holds a BA in Psychology from the University of the South Pacific (Fiji) and is currently completing studies in community support. Kayla’s goal is to be a positive force for people, communities and the environment.
Gillian is the daughter of Susan McDonald (née Holmes) and the granddaughter of Philip Despard Pemberton Holmes, known to all as Pip and his wife Catherine Holmes (who bequeathed their 35% ownership of Maltby Lake to the TLC with their wish of conservation). Gillian’s passion lays in nature and environmental advocacy. This interest originated for her through having grown up in a family with a longstanding connection to Victoria and the surrounding areas with a history of enjoying, respecting and protecting the environment in this incredible part of the world. At the very heart of this is the pristine Maltby Lake and surrounding watershed.
Tristan has lived around the world and is an avid outdoor enthusiast. This has led him to develop an interest for the environment and conservation especially since moving to BC with his wife Gillian. Tristan In his day job, Tristan works as Information Technology consultant.
Joan moved to the Prospect Lake neighbourhood 10 years ago, after living in the North Peace area for twenty-five years. This region of Saanich is rich in diversity and natural areas, but nothing compares to the wild, pristine Maltby Lake. When Joan first saw Maltby Lake it took her back to her childhood summers spent at an unspoiled Muskoka Lake. Joan joined the Friends of Maltby Lake Watershed Society in order to support the vision to protect Maltby Lake, which forms the headwaters of the Tod Creek Watershed. Joan has volunteered with non-profit organizations and currently works as an arbitrator for government.
In 2005, Jenn moved from the great white north into a green oasis – a house nestled between Francis King Park and Maltby Lake. While completing her Bachelor of Commerce (specializing in the delivery of service excellence) the areas surrounding the Maltby Lake watershed became a favorite place to unwind and get some exercise. It was love at first run… the area’s stunning beauty and teeming biodiversity had her hooked.
When Jenn discovered that land protected by The Land Conservancy could be put up for sale she wanted to donate her spare time towards the protection of the area.
Jenn hopes that her administrative and project coordination experience from the private sector, continuing education in community dialogue and engagement, and committee work for the Royal Victoria Yacht Club can keep the board organized and capable of achieving its goals.
On Saturday, September 17th, 2016 we said farewell to Diane Carr, a founding member and vice-president of the Friends of Maltby Lake Watershed Society. Diane was the personification of an engaged citizen. Bright and articulate, unflinching and unafraid, she was sincere and outspoken. Her compassion and understanding strengthened community and made the world a better place. To honour her remarkable community service ‘The Diane Carr Community Service Award’ has been established by Focus Magazine – Victoria. Friends of Maltby Lake Watershed Society is proud to be a part of Diane’s legacy. She is greatly missed but the impact of her leadership and founding contribution continues to inspire and guide our Society. Read about Diane and the Award here: http://focusonline.ca/node/1137.