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!

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.

Erin Leckie

Erin Leckie

Education Manager

Erin has worked with Metro-Vancouver non-profits 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, teacher professional development, youth urban camping, public and private walks, special events, and Nature House exhibits. She has formal and/or informal training in environmental education, system change, adventure tourism and guiding, and personal and organizational leadership. She was born on the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, sel̓íl̓witulh, and sḵwx̱wú7mesh territories and is of Celtic ancestry, with a deep love, respect, and responsibility for the lands and waters that nurture her. 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 cultural communities, activism, drumming, connecting with diverse communities, and collaborating on education and climate initiatives.

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.

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.