Our new ED!

SPES is excited to introduce our new Executive Director Tricia Collingham. Tricia joined SPES on May 10, 2021 to overlap for three weeks with our outgoing ED Dylan Rawlyk who, for the past year, has been supporting SPES remotely from Kingston, Ontario. As Dylan settles into his new life back east with his partner beginning her PhD at Queens University, Tricia is busy familiarizing herself with the multiple initiatives SPES continues to pursue in Stanley Park and beyond. 

Tricia first encountered SPES over two decades ago when she joined the school programs team for a year as a volunteer program leader. Since then, Tricia honed her leadership skills in senior positions in the not-for-profit sector including time at Science World, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, BC Centre on Substance Use and most recently as ED with the BC Borstal Association. SPES is looking forward to Tricia’s contributions to strategic leadership, human resources, finance, operations, and change management. She is known for outstanding employee relations, developing strong stakeholder relationships, collaboration, communication, and delivering exceptional results.  

With her passion for nature and our connections with it, Tricia is focusing her experience and skills on driving SPES’s mission to promote awareness of and respect for the natural world through collaboration in education, research and conservation.

Welcome to the team, Tricia! And, Dylan, we thank you for dedicating six years to SPES, creating exciting new directions and opportunities for our organization and Stanley Park. Best of luck in your future endeavours in Ontario!