Tricia Collingham

Tricia Collingham

Executive Director

Tricia joined SPES as its new Executive Director on May 10, 2021. Tricia’s first experience with SPES, though, was over two decades ago when she volunteered as a school programs 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. She is thrilled to be joining and leading SPES! exec@stanleyparkecology.ca

Ariane Comeau

Conservation Projects Manager

Ariane first joined the SPES team in 2015 as an Environmental Educator with the School Programs Department and transferred to the Conservation Department in 2017. She grew up in Montréal and moved to Vancouver shortly after finishing her master’s degree in Biology with a specialization in Evolution and Development at the Université de Montréal. Ariane has experience working in the field of habitat restoration and conservation. At SPES, Ariane loves to share her passion for the natural world with the community and to work on projects that make a difference for the Park’s ecology. She also loves skiing, freediving, mountain biking, and playing drums. conservation@stanleyparkecology.ca

Erin Leckie

Erin Leckie

Education Manager

Erin has worked with Metro-Vancouver nonprofits and schools delivering impactful environmental education for the last fifteen years in roles such as: program designer and manager; executive director; consultant; workshop facilitator; and collaborator. Erin joined SPES in August 2019 and manages SPES’s education programs, including our school field trips, youth urban camping, public and private walks, special events, and Nature House exhibits. She has formal and/or informal training in adventure tourism and guiding, environmental education, system change, and personal and organizational leadership. Erin is excited to join SPES’s dedicated knowledgeable team in providing opportunities for youth and community members to foster a meaningful reciprocal relationship with the urban wild and hopes to nurture innovation, creativity, and capacity. In her spare time, Erin can be found befriending birds and other wild ones, canoeing rivers or exploring mountain tops, participating in indigenous ceremonies, activism, drumming, connecting with diverse community, and collaborating on education and climate initiatives. education@stanleyparkecology.ca

Kathleen Stormont

Kathleen Stormont

Fundraising & Communications Specialist

Kathleen joined SPES in early 2014 following a 25 year career in natural history interpretation, radio and television production, and exhibit development for science centres and museums in the Middle East and United States. In her role as Fundraising and Communications Specialist, Kathleen combines her scientific curiosity with her innate ability to translate complex topics into engaging stories and experiences – ones that she hope will encourage support for SPES’ important work. Having traveled the world for work and pleasure, this native Vancouverite is thrilled to be based in one of the world’s most beautiful and natural urban parks. sponsors@stanleyparkecology.ca

Justine Kaseman

Justine Kaseman

Environmental Educator

Justine joined SPES in May 2019. She has a BSc in Biology with a specialization in Ecology and Conservation Biology. She recently moved over to SPES from the Vancouver Aquarium where she worked as a marine mammal trainer. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Justine spent three years living on the tropical island of Guam, researching the invasive brown tree snake. Aside from her interest in snakes, Justine also loves frogs and spent six months “herping” and traveling through Southeast Asia and Costa Rica. She is stoked to be back in a rainforest- but this time a temperate one! educator@stanleyparkecology.ca

Thuja Quickstad

Environmental Educator

Thuja Quickstad joined the SPES team in November 2021. In 2018 they completed a MSc/MF in Forestry and Conservation, during which a project studying tree rings on the territories of Carcross/Tagish, Kwanlin Dün and Ta’an Kwach’an Nations, in what is colonially known as Yukon Territory, led them to consider more deeply what it means for settler scientists to conduct research on Indigenous land. They continue to be committed to reconciliation and decolonization in the conservation and environmental field. 

Outside of SPES they can be found appreciating all the wonderful natural life present on the land of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh) and Tsleil-Waututh (səlilwətaɬ) Nations, which they and their settler-colonist family have called home for several generations. Thuja also makes collaborative queer theater and makes occasional appearances in local community performances. educate@stanleyparkecology.ca

Chandehl Morgan

Chandehl Morgan

Stewardship Coordinator

Chandehl joined the SPES team in April 2018. She has an MSc in natural resources and environmental science, and a BSc in environmental science and aquatic science. Chandehl grew up in Chilliwack, where she developed a passion for the outdoors while spending time in the local mountains, lakes, rivers and forests. She loves to share that passion with young people, and to show youth what it means to care for the earth. She spent ten years living and exploring in Northern BC, and is happy to be back in the temperate rainforest of the Lower Mainland. Chandehl loves the ocean and hiking in the mountains. In her spare time she likes to paint, read and explore. She loves going on adventures and travelling, and has spent time in Zimbabwe, Kenya, and China. stewardship@stanleyparkecology.ca

Nadia Xenakis

Urban Wildlife Programs Coordinator

Nadia first joined the SPES team in June 2021 as the Urban Wildlife Programs Coordinator after completing her Master of Science degree in Applied Animal Biology at the University of British Columbia. Her research focused on using avian contraceptives to manage pigeon populations at TransLink SkyTrain stations to attempt to humanely reduce human-wildlife conflicts. Nadia has previous experience working in animal shelters, veterinary clinics, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and has collaborated on research projects aimed at mitigating human-wildlife conflicts. Nadia is passionate about research, coexistence, and making outdoor spaces and science accessible to everyone. In her free time she loves to walk her dogs, knit, read, garden, and be outside. urbanwildlife@stanleyparkecology.ca

Alyx Coulter

Alyx Coulter

Outreach Coordinator

Alyx joined the SPES team in April 2017. While completing a Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, she developed an interest in the way cities and natural areas interact. She took on a variety of co-op and volunteer positions that taught her about environmental education, GIS mapping for international development, and event planning for the university. After graduating and yearning to explore, she moved to Asia which introduced her to the ocean and fresh mountain air. She’s excited to be back on home turf with a greater appreciation of Canada’s natural diversity and the opportunity to explore the west coast. In her spare time, she likes cooking elaborate dishes, enjoying some fresh air, and getting lost in new places. outreach@stanleyparkecology.ca

Anna Bondartchouk

Public Environmental Educator

Anna joined the SPES team in September 2021. Growing up in Burnaby, she started volunteering with SPES in 2015 and fell in love with ecology! She completed a diploma in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation and a BSc in Ecological Restoration, allowing her to travel and see incredible ecosystems around British Columbia – as well as consider which conservation/social justice issues face these areas. From Haida Gwaii to Costa Rica, she has worked in tourism and enjoys starting conversations with love and humour! Her favourite pastimes are movie marathons, making soup, drawing, and napping with her scruffy dog. She is so excited to learn from anyone willing to chat and ponder with her – that’s what education is all about! publiced@stanleyparkecology.ca

Olga Lansdorp

Olga Lansdorp

Conservation Technician

Ever since getting her first taste of field work researching warblers in the Rocky Mountains, Olga has been enthusiastically exploring the world through the lens of a biologist. She has studied honeycreepers on the Big Island of Hawai’i, examined the vegetation and bird life in the sweeping grasslands of eastern Montana, and chased bumblebees in western Alberta. These experiences taught her to see the world with new eyes, including her hometown of Vancouver, where she completed a Master of Science studying Barn Swallows. She is thrilled to be applying her field work skills in Stanley Park. She also loves cooking up a storm, spending time with friends and family, biking, running, hiking, and swimming in the ocean at all times of year. technician@stanleyparkecology.ca

Michael Murray

Michael Murray

Development Assistant

Michael joined SPES in August 2017 after serving as communications volunteer for the past year and a half. With a B.A in Geography from UBC and a certificate in Fundraising and Non-Profit Management from BCIT Michael has enjoyed a varied career in the non-profit sector working as a fundraiser and program coordinator for The Land Conservancy of BC, and The Heart and Stroke Foundation among others.  When not at work, this Vancouver native can be spotted hanging out at English Bay, spending time with his dog Rhylee (the world’s cutest westie) and exploring all that Stanley Park has to offer. He is excited to join SPES and help people further connect with nature. contact@stanleyparkecology.ca

Sarah More

Volunteer Coordinator

vols@stanleyparkecology.ca