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Board of Directors
Stan has extensive experience in the field of organizational development and behavior. He has worked with government and non-government organizations ranging from the Human Resource Development Agency in Saskatchewan; the Public Service Commission, Yukon Government; the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon; to the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC. He has worked in the areas of public governance, land claims and self-government, education and training and as a consultant in the field of energy conservation and energy efficient construction. Stan received his Journeyperson Certificate in Carpentry in 1982 and has owned and managed a construction company, which has over the years built residential and commercial projects throughout Saskatchewan, Yukon and British Columbia. Stan did his BA at the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters of Public Administration, University of Alaska Southeast and has taught management development and leadership courses through the college system in Saskatchewan, Yukon and British Columbia.
Murdith McLean is a semi-retired professor of philosophy, who continues to publish academic articles on alternative business models. Murdith taught courses in professional and business ethics at the University of Manitoba, was the head of St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba for 17 years, and more recently taught at the University of Victoria where he has been actively engaged with issues regarding religion and the solidarity economy. Currently, he is leading a research project on the role of liberation theology in the social economy. Murdith’s life-long experience as a co-op member has given him a special interest in the potential of co-operatives and organizations based in common property to produce socially preferable outcomes.
Fay Weller is a community organizer, homesteader, writer and researcher with a PhD focused on social transformation. She is involved in the development of local investment and energy co-operatives as well as a broader cooperative network. She has been involved in the creation and implementation of a community bus system, turning waste vegetable oil into fuel and soap, and other community enterprises. She worked in the Green Economy Secretariat, Cabinet Policy, and Community Partnerships within the BC government prior to moving to Gabriola Island where she lives with her partner, three sheep and numerous chickens. She has just released her first book entitled Changemakers: embracing hope, taking action and transforming the world.
Michael is a long-time resident of Galiano Island. He earned a Ph.D in ecology from UBC and is a retired provincial civil servant, former university professor and secondary school science teacher. He was the founding chair of the CRD’s Southern Gulf Islands Economic Development Commission and currently chairs the Gulf Islands Centre for Ecological Learning. Other current community activities include serving as the vice-president of the Galiano Community Loan Fund Society and vice-chair of the Galiano Parks and Recreation Commission.
Scott is a scientist, entrepreneur and co-founder of Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt. He is passionate about wholesome food, land stewardship and the thoughtful uses of technology. Scott‘s scientific work has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Genome Biology. Scott is very lucky to have co-founded a business with his wife Merissa and still be excited to see her at the end of the working day. He has two awesome boys and enjoys building lego, practicing piano and mountain biking when he’s not working.
Penny Pattison’s background is in Information Technology and Project Management, with a degree from the University of Waterloo. Penny has spent 35 years as a member and almost two decades as an active volunteer with Servas International, a world-wide peace and travel organization which is completely run by volunteers. She also spent several years on the Board of Directors of the Western Canada branch of Oikocredit, an international financial cooperative. As President, she was intimately involved in analyzing options for facilitating local investment.
During the 4 years that Penny spent as a board member of the Community Social Planning Council, she was part of a group that initiated the process that culminated in VICIC, and is a founding member.
Crystal Tremblay is an Assistant Professor in Geography and Special Advisor on Community Engaged Scholarship at the University of Victoria. She is a community-based scholar with over a decade of international experience in the field of environmental sustainability, participatory governance, and community-based economy. Her work is strongly rooted in supporting community-driven social and eco-economy, and she is passionate about cultivating spaces for creative citizen engagement and the co-creation of knowledge leading to environmental and social equity. She is the academic lead of the emerging Knowledge 4 Change Salish Sea Hub, an initiative of the UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research, which will provide training in community-based research, ethics and impact asessment. She is an Associate Editor for the journal Research For All and an International Advisory Board member for the Journal of Community Development.