November marks the arrival of winter in the Okanagan Valley, and with it comes three new staff members at the OCCP.
Welcoming New Staff Members to OCCP
Winter has arrived in the Okanagan and it has brought with it some changes to the OCCP staff roster.
Claudie Pageau, Special Projects Coordinator - Ecosystems Connectivity Initiative
Two years ago, Claudie moved to BC from Chicoutimi, Quebec to complete her Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Thompson Rivers University where her research focused on the moulting patterns of song birds. Claudie has collaborated with organizations worldwide on conservation initiatives for mountain goats, smallmouth bass, and loggerhead sea turtles. Claudie recently moved to Kelowna to join the OCCP team as the project coordinator for the wildlife corridor initiative.
Chevy Demulder, Special Projects Coordinator - Okanagan Lake Responsibility Planning Initiative
Chevy is a recent graduate from the Natural Sciences program at the University of Calgary and has a strong background in fisheries management. Prior to joining the OCCP, Chevy worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Bella Coola on a Chinook recapture program to document their life- histories. Chevy has also worked for Parks Canada in Banff National Park on projects to balance conservation and tourism experiences and worked for the Columbia Lake Stewardship Society in managing programs, communications and environmental outreach. Chevy moved to Kelowna to help coordinate the Okanagan Lake Responsibility Planning Initiative -a project that is being co-led by OCCP, Okanagan Nation Alliance and the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program
Shruti Suresh, Conservation Researcher
Shruti is a conservation researcher and communications specialist with a multidisciplinary background in Psychology, English Literature and Communications Studies. She also holds a Master’s degree in Conservation and Biodiversity from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom where her research focused on the complex relationships between lions, the Maasai and Kenyan Wildlife Service. Shruti has worked with WWF in Cambodia to raise environmental awareness for Irrawaddy dolphins and developed communications strategies for an elephant rehabilitation program in India. Shruti currently splits her time working for OCCP and working on a human-wildlife conflict initiative to protect snow leopards in the Himalayas.
Make Conservation a Priority in Your Community
Upcoming events impacting conservation efforts in the Okanagan Valley.
The City of West Kelowna is looking for their second round of public feedback for the Draft Community Vision - the municipality's first step in updating their Official Community Plan (OCP). The City of West Kelowna will be holding two online workshops with city staff experts and community stakeholders next month to discuss the Draft Community Vision. The dates and times for those workshops are:
December 1, from 12:00 - 1:30 pm
December 2, from 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Organizers ask that participants register for one of the workshops in order to accommodate as many participants as possible. If you are unable to join one of these workshops, The City of West Kelowna has created a 'choose your own adventure' feedback portal to provide as many different feedback options as possible. The window for the second round of community engagement ends on December 18, 2020. Click the link below for more information on how to register.