Meet the People

JOJI KUMAGAI
President

Joji has a background in ecology and business and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. He currently works for the City of Port Moody as the Manager of Economic Development and has been involved in community development initiatives with various organisations for over 15 years. This is his second stint with the Port Moody Ecological Society, having volunteered there during university, and also serves on the board of OneEarth and Loco BC.

DAVE BENNIE
Vice President (also Director of Special Events & School Programs)

Dave has been a member of the PMES for around 25 years and is one of our most valued members. He has received two environmental awards for his volunteer work with the hatchery and other organisations in the Tri-Cities. One of his personally treasured key roles is as the Director of the Fingerling Festival and as the co-ordinator of the hatchery, helping to ensure that our volunteers are always having fun and enjoying themselves.

JOHN ANDREWS
Treasurer

John is very much a key part of our society and one of the longest serving members. He ensures we are on track to achieving our short and long term goals. John has been an integral part of setting up the bursaries and the ongoing operations of the Noons Creek Hatchery. He is very experienced with the fiduciary requirements of Societies, through his role as an Accountant with the BCSPCA.

KRISTEN PECK
Secretary
TBA - Hatchery Operations
SIGRID FELLAND
Water Quality Lab

Sigrid grew up on a farm in the mountains of southern Norway surrounded by creeks, rivers and lakes. The family grew up rod and net fishing in the lakes and the rivers, using a row-boat only. Rainbow trout were the main catch and she remembers that it’s reddish meat tasted delicious.

Never forgetting those days, when she retired as an LPN for Fraser Health in 2017, she wanted to volunteer with fish, so joined the Port Moody Ecological Society in 2018. Quickly becoming comfortable with our volunteer activities at Noon’s Creek hatchery, she has become a key resource doing fish husbandry and water quality testing. In another coincidence, the chemical analysis of the water from local creeks reminds her of her nursing days; checking lab reports for the residents/patients as well as regular urine tests for infections.

She also volunteers for Burke Mountain Naturalists as a hike leader and assists with nest box cleaning in the Spring. She is a Scandinavian Dancer, a member of the board for the dancers and helps out at festivals and gardening work parties. Besides snowshoeing, skiing and hiking she is very concerned about the future and the health of our oceans and waterways.

BRIAN WORMALD
Membership (and Past President)

Originally from Australia but moved to Vancouver in 2006, Brian has about 12 years of hatchery experience and is a valued, active member of our Society. He has been a volunteer for most of his youth and adult life in various capacities for a wide range of organizations – in several countries. He assisted with the development of Bennies Trail with other core volunteers in 2012 and in his role as President for 2015/16/17, saw an opportunity to work more closely with the City of Port Moody to increase community connections and engagement, whilst encouraging the community to get involved and add much value through culturally diverse ideas and local area pride. Brian is also a Rotarian (Director of Environment Service - Port Moody) and Vice President of the Burke Mountain Naturalists.

ELAINE GOLDS

Elaine has an outstanding depth of knowledge of the local surroundings and is very happy to share this with our volunteers and members of the public. She has been a vocal and active member of the Port Moody Ecological Society since the beginning and we have been blessed to have her continue as a member of the board. Elaine has written nature and environmental columns in the Tri-City News. She is also a member of several other high-profile environmentally based organizations, often serving in Director positions. A very well respected member of the Provincial environmental landscape and is often sought out for commentary on topical issues.

NANCY BECKETT

Nancy has been volunteering at Noons Creek Hatchery for two and a half years. She is a retired (almost) landscaper/gardener and wanted to continue working outdoors. Her interests are horticulture, herpetology and of course, salmon. Nancy enjoys research in these and other fields and is happy to share that knowledge with others.

EMMA DUNBAR

Emma is an Environmental Science student at Simon Fraser University, aiming to graduate in 2021 to work in the field of ecology and sustainability. She has been volunteering at the Noons Creek hatchery since 2017, and recently joined the board of directors. She has a number of years of volunteer experience removing invasive species on Vancouver Island, where she grew up, as well as with the Lower Mainland Green Team.

BRIAN WORMALD

Originally from Australia but moved to Vancouver in 2006, Brian has about 12 years of hatchery experience and is a valued, active member of our Society. He has been a volunteer for most of his youth and adult life in various capacities for a wide range of organizations – in several countries. He assisted with the development of Bennies Trail with other core volunteers in 2012 and in his role as President for 2015/16/17, saw an opportunity to work more closely with the City of Port Moody to increase community connections and engagement, whilst encouraging the community to get involved and add much value through culturally diverse ideas and local area pride. Brian is also a Rotarian (Director of Environment Service - Port Moody) and Vice President of the Burke Mountain Naturalists.

In addition to the Board members, other volunteers play a key role in the success of our Noons Creek Hatchery, including water quality testing, hatchery management, help with the Fingerling Festival, amongst other things. Our volunteers come from all over the world including Australia, Russia, Korea, Japan and China. We love our volunteers!

We believe that recognition is key to retaining our volunteers and ensuring a happy environment throughout the year. We recognise our volunteers in a variety of ways including our bursaries, pancake breakfasts, National Volunteer Week activities, and invitations to events organized especially for our regular volunteers.

Many of our volunteers are students seeking volunteer hours, new immigrants looking to meet friends and become involved in their local community (including one of our past Presidents Sandra Niven, Ben Mackereth and Brian Wormald from Australia), and retired professionals. Our acknowledgement that everyone leads very busy lives makes us an ideal place for volunteers who cannot make a weekly commitment – students can leave for weeks at a time to study for exams then return, for example.

We are very proud to recognize and celebrate our lifetime members:

  • Bill Nicol
  • Brian Wormald
  • Cliff Gilfillan
  • Dave Caan
  • Dr. Jutta Haunerland
  • Eric Olsen
  • Heather Washburn
  • Jacob Klaver
  • Jim and Theresa Spurr
  • Joanne Bartlett
  • John Dunn
  • Marg Carr-Hilton
  • Mike Bender
  • Rick Simpson
  • Sandra Niven
  • Brian and Margaret Waite
  • Brooke Marshall
  • Dave Bennie
  • Donna Otto and David Spence
  • Elaine Golds
  • Harry Burgoyne
  • Holly Butterfield
  • Jane and Trevor O’Neil
  • Jim Mattson (deceased)
  • John and Helen Andrew
  • John Grasty
  • Melanie Mattson
  • Nancy Aichberger
  • Ron Simpson