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SPEC Staff                                                                         


Executive Director
Oliver Lane

Before joining SPEC, Oliver worked for several non-profit organizations in his home country of Argentina, in the areas of environmental education, integrated water management, poverty reduction and micro-finance. Oliver earned a master's degree in sustainability planning from the University of British Columbia, a graduate diploma in non-profit organization management, and a BA (Hons) in business economics. Oliver loves walking, running and cycling in the Pacific Spirit Park with his family and friends.

Email: oliver@spec.bc.ca



Nikoo

School Gardens Program Coordinator
Nikoo Boroumand
Nikoo is a food and environmental educator, with many years of experience growing food and medicine on organic farms and gardens. She is passionate about teaching children and youth about food, nutrition, growing food, edible weeds, soil, composting, and all things related. Nikoo is a registered nutritional practitioner and a chartered herbalist, with an undergraduate degree in environmental sciences from the University of Guelph and a master's in public administration from the University of Victoria. She is a former grad and an instructor at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, where she teaches the course, Nutrition and the Environment. She is also an avid all-season cyclist.

Email: 
nikoo@spec.bc.ca











Climate Change + Renewable Energy Workshop Facilitator
Rebekah Parker

Rebekah Parker is an educator who lives, works, and plays on unceded Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territory (Vancouver). For the past three summers she has been a Program Coordinator with Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership  - a 3-week leadership program with 100 youth from around the world. She has worked as an educator in a variety of contexts, from teaching bicycle safety to Grades 4 and 5 students, to facilitating workshops with Check Your Head, to developing one-page infographics on gender diversity issues for Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology. Last year she deeply engaged in sustainable transportation by biking 10,000+kms with her partner from Vancouver to Cancun, Mexico. Rebekah completed her master's in Ecojustice and Sustainability Education at UBC. She is excited to join SPEC and help encourage conversations and curiosity about sustainable lifestyles and futures that are possible!

Email:climatechange@spec.bc.ca








 
Climate Change Adaptation for Small Scale Farmers Project Coordinator
Olga Lansdorp

Throughout her Bachelor of Science degree in Agroecology, Olga spent her summers working as a field study assistant in exciting places, such as the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the grasslands of Montana, and the Kipuka forests of the Big Island of Hawaii. Her combined passion for birds as well as sustainable agriculture brought her to the Metro Vancouver area in the summer months, to study Barn Swallows as a part of her Master of Science research at Simon Fraser University. Now, at SPEC in her role as Program Coordinator, Olga is discovering the many challenges that small scale farmers face, and has a lot of respect for their curiosity, creativity, and work ethic. She hopes to bring her passion and sustained interest for living systems to the project.

Email:agricextension@spec.bc.ca


 




Outreach Facilitator
Robin Hadac


Robin is a recent UBC graduate with a degree in Psychology and Political Science. She has been SPEC’s outreach facilitator since January, helping run SPEC’s social media and communication channels. Her particular interests are environmental politics and sustainable health, including how the environment plays a factor in mental health and well-being. In her free time, Robin enjoys skiing, hiking, and traveling. Some of her past travels took her to Tanzania, where she worked with small-scale coffee farmers to learn about organic and sustainable farming.

Email: robin@spec.bc.ca

         SPEC Board of Directors




President
Dr. Carole Christopher

Carole has a doctorate in nutrition and has developed and taught university and adult education courses for 40 years, promoting local, sustainable, and just food. She’s been a SPEC director since 1996, and adds her experience being on community boards to the SPEC Executive. She is the past-chair of the Vancouver Food Policy Council, advising City Council on food security, a master gardener, with 35 years of organic gardening experience, and an enthusiastic camper and creative cook with her partner Rick. She speaks and offers workshops on a range of topics that pertain to food security and gardening, is an avid jazz and gospel singer, and is a dedicated meditation practitioner.

 
Kate Menzies

Vice President
Kate Menzies

Kate is a project manager for a B.C forest management company that works in partnership with First Nations communities in northwest B.C. Kate earned a BSc in global resource systems from UBC, focusing on food systems and the environment. She worked at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (UBC Farm), as the Agroforestry Coordinator, and was involved with SPEC, in 2009, when she and Tara Moreau conducted a research project on soil amendments for container gardening. Now, as a board member, Kate looks forward to collaborating on many more great initiatives. She is a cyclist, loves basically anything outdoors, and follows the words of Edward Abbey who says "It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it".


 





Director
Alison Krahn

Alison is a certified teacher who specializes in environmental, experiential and community based education. Ali is currently working as an instructor at Vancouver Community College, and has previously taught for Tsawwassen First Nation and the Vancouver School Board. She has eight years of professional experience in designing environmental curriculum and coordinating school programs, and she is dedicated to inspiring learners of all ages to move forward with their own passions and actions. Ali earned a B.Ed from UBC, where she completed an enhanced practicum in school garden programming with the Orchard Garden project. She also has a M.A. in Educational Studies, where she completed a community based research project designed to enhance school learning for vulnerable students. Ali is an avid cyclist and hiker, and is slowly working up to knitting her first sweater.


Art Bomke
Director
Dr. Art Bomke

Art was raised on a small farm in Illinois and has an academic background in soil and crop management. His career at UBC’s faculty of land and food systems (formerly agricultural sciences) focused on soil science, agroecology, and food systems. Since the 1970s, recycling and reusing organic waste materials has been a central focus of his. As a Professor Emeritus, he helps support local, small scale and new farmers. Art is a car co-op member, an avid cyclist, and has been car-free for nearly 24 years. Since retirement, he has been attempting to improve his home garden and his ability to prepare the food it produces. He, and his partner Carol, have lived in the Riley Park/Little Mountain area of Vancouver for 40 years. They are grateful to be members of an interesting and vibrant urban community.


 


Director
Chris Gooderham

Chris is a technology integrator and  project manager with a passion for technologies that simply make sense. He works to provide local residents with expertise in resolving their technology needs, from solar cells to bicycles. He enjoys teaching youngsters of all ages how technologies work, with hands on activities. Volunteering at the Ponheary Ly foundation in Cambodia, to help school children keep their bicycles on the road, was one of his first initiatives. With over 30 years of experience in IT, he has managed projects from garden sheds to data centers. Chris holds a B.Sc in Electronics and is a certified Project Management Professional. 





Director
Eyal Lebel
Eyal has more than 25 year of experience as a waste management coordinator and consultant. For the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, he has volunteered on its waste committee for 27 years, holding the lead role for over a decade. Eyal also sits on the board for Car Free Day Vancouver, and has been coordinating its Green Team for the last 2 years. As a volunteer on SPEC's Zero Waste Committee, he was part of the team that developed and launched SPEC's Master Recycler Vancouver program in 2015. Eyal is a Dr. of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, as well as a master herbalist in western herbal medicine. He works in his private clinic in Vancouver.

 Director
Magali Vander Vorst


Magali is a communications professional with a Master's degree in scriptwriting. Currently a marketing content manager at NuData, she brings to SPEC her experience as a scriptwriter and media producer for award-winning social documentaries. She is also a freelance copywriter and digital strategist who collaborates regularly with environmental non-profits. She uses her advertising experience and storytelling skills to engage the audience and seamlessly promote the ideas she truly believes in.

When she is not hunched over a notebook writing, she is hiking, rock climbing, or braving the rain on her bike.


 


Director
Paul Crosby

Paul is a fundraiser who specializes in corporate giving, sponsorship, and community development. He currently serves as Community Development Manager for Diabetes Canada where he oversees corporate giving, foundations, and major gifts for BC and the Yukon. From 2013 to 2014, he served as Senior Development Officer, Corporate Relations for the BC SPCA, where he directed the organization’s sponsorship, employee giving, corporate donations, and cause marketing programs for BC. He moved to Vancouver in 2007 for a position with the International Triathlon Union. Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Brunswick, and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). In his spare time, he participates in endurance sports and enjoys hiking.

 


Director
Shelby Kitt
Shelby is a passionate environmentalist with a degree in Psychology, and is currently at BCIT completing her Advanced Specialty Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership. She is involved with several nonprofit organizations in Vancouver where she works and learns about sustainable business and urban conservation efforts. She also works with an organization that facilitates responsible investing practices with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors in mind. Shelby spends her free time maintaining her blog ‘The Modern Treehugger’ (www.themoderntreehugger.com), playing with her dogs, and volunteering both locally and abroad. She spent the summer of 2016 volunteering with an NGO in Honduras helping with conservation efforts of sea turtles, and becoming an advanced specialty SCUBA diver!





Director
Dr. Tara Moreau

Tara is the Associate Director of Sustainability and Community Programs at the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden in Vancouver Canada. She is co-chair of Vancouver’s Food Policy Council and has been a board member at SPEC for over 10 years. She has worked internationally as a consultant with the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization. Her publications, presentations and educational programs relate to climate change, food systems, sustainability education, agriculture, pest management and food policy. Her ideal Vancouver day involves biking to Spanish Banks and spending low tide skim-boarding with her family and friends. She has been car-free since 2006.








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