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 leading SPES!

Dacyn HoIinda

Conservation Projects Manager

Dacyn joined the SPES team in May 2022. He grew up in Calgary Alberta and moved to Vancouver to complete a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with an emphasis on Ecology, from the University of British Columbia. Dacyn has experience working in the fields of conservation, habitat restoration and environmental consulting through past employment in both the private and public sectors. Dacyn is keen to share his passion for preserving biodiversity with the community and to help play a part in contributing to preserving the ecological health of Stanley Park. Dacyn is looking forward to exploring the variety of ecosystems that Stanley Park has to offer, including all the interesting organisms that call the Park home.

Tamara Likte

Education Manager

Tamara Litke joined the SPES team in August 2022. She has a Masters of Education in Sustainability and has worked with school education programs in elementary schools, sustainable farms and botanical gardens.  She has been a guest lecturer for UBC Teacher Education Programs, written biodiversity and conservation curriculum and worked with BC experts on place-based curriculum.  She has been a guest speaker for volunteer organizations such as Master Gardeners of Vancouver, as well as public speaking at community events such as the BC Home and Garden Show.  She has worked on national native plant nursery inventories and collaborated with the Parks Board for residential home owner garden improvements.  Her current writing is focused on Ecology and changing our current climate.  Tamara has led successful businesses, coordinated volunteers and created curriculum that enhances the Education goals for the Stanley Park Ecology Society..

Ray Lam

Fundraising, Development, and Communications Specialist

Ray joined SPES in June 2022 with over 20 years in the non-profit and charitable sector in progressive leadership roles including 5 years as Executive Director for a queer rights organization and neighborhood economic development association. In his role as Fundraising, Development, and Communications Specialist, Ray combines his background in education as a teacher of technology education with his business sense as a life-long learner specializing in integrated marketing strategies to translate complex scientific topics into engaging educational stories and experiences – ones that he hope will encourage and inspire support for the important work of SPES. As a Vancouver native, it is an honour and a pleasure to be part of the team stewarding and educating children and the public in one of the world’s most beautiful and natural urban parks, one which Ray has spent over a decade planning community events and fundraisers in.

Andy Ferguson

Stewardship Coordinator

Andy joined the SPES team as the Stewardship Coordinator in March 2022. He grew up in Southern California and moved to Vancouver in the fall of 2015 to study at the University of British Columbia where he received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation, with a major in Global Perspectives. Andy has worked with a mix of private sector, non-profit, and governmental organizations in environmental restoration efforts throughout the Lower Mainland of BC. Most of his work experience is in invasive plant management, having spent time working on tidal and terrestrial invasive plants throughout Metro Vancouver. Andy is also very interested in understanding how the goals of the Environmental Justice and Decolonization movements can be incorporated into the core of conservation work. Outside of work, he enjoys walking around the city, reading, playing old video games, and occasionally joining in alumni events with UBC’s Thunderbird Marching Band. Andy is excited to join SPES and assist with their ongoing restoration of Stanley Park’s beautiful ecosystems.

Marisa Bischoff

Conservation Technician

Marisa joined the SPES team as the Conservation Technician in March 2022. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria concentrating in Marine Biology, and a Bachelor of Science in Ecological Restoration from BCIT. Marisa has worked mainly with local environmental non-profit organizations focused on bird conservation, and as a result has developed a love for birds. She is passionate about conservation, restoration, and connecting with volunteers, and is interested in the natural intersection between decolonization and conservation. In her free time, Marisa enjoys reading, playing classical guitar, and spending time with friends, family and sweet dog Henry. She looks forward to diving into the natural history of Stanley Park, and learning more about its ecosystems.

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.

Abbey Clancy

Environmental Educator

Abbey joined the SPES team in December 2021. She has a BSc. in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of British Columbia and has held various Co-op positions in the non-profit sector and in government. Her passion for the outdoors has led her to travel throughout the province and internationally in India. Having grown up on the coast, she adores exploring the sea shores around Stanley Park and hiking in BC’s beautiful forests. In her spare time, you can find her walking her border collie Delilah or playing the guitar. Abbey loves learning from others, exploring Vancouver and sharing her knowledge about the natural world. She is excited to be a part of the team and is looking forward to exploring new ways of delivering environmental education.

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.

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!

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.

Sarah More

Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah was thrilled to join SPES in July 2021 as Volunteer Coordinator, having moved to Vancouver the year before from the UK. Following the completion of a MSc in Sustainable Development and a BSc in Physical Geography, Sarah has held a number of roles in the UK’s non-profit sector, including in volunteer coordination and in the delivery of volunteer-led social action campaigns. Working with volunteers in the fields of conservation, education and community empowerment has always been a passion of Sarah’s. She is looking forward to engaging with SPES’ dedicated volunteers who generously donate their time to support the conservation of Stanley Park as well as empowering the future generation of environmental stewards. Still being relatively new to Canada, Sarah spends her free time exploring the mountains and regional parks of BC and learning how to ski.

Rachel Green

Clubs and Camp Coordinator

Rachel joined the SPES team in March 2022 as the Clubs and Camp Coordinator. Rachel has a Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia. Before joining SPES she worked with kids in a variety of different spaces, including as an educator at Terra Nova Nature School and as a horseback riding instructor. Rachel loves learning as much as she can about her local wildlife and sharing outdoor spaces with others. When not in Stanley Park Rachel enjoys reading, spending as much time outdoors as possible, and watching the local birds that pass through her neighbourhood. Rachel is looking forward to finding new ways to connect with visitors to Stanley Park and seeing children discover their own interest in nature.