Our Staff

The Cowichan Green Community Foundation is made up of a dynamic group of community members.

Board Members

Chris Hall

Chris Hall

President

Chris is a long time Vancouver Island resident, having spent time exploring as much of the Island as possible. Most of his career years have been involved with local governments, notably Campbell River and North Cowichan where he provided oversight to the respective Planning and Development Departments. More recently, he works part time as a consultant on land use and development projects.
He currently serves on the boards of Social Planning Cowichan and the Cowichan Housing Society

Patricia Gray

Patricia Gray

Director

Patricia has lived in the valley for 37 years and have been involved mostly in the Equine side of agriculture. She owned and operated a small farm raised cattle, pigs, chickens as well as breeded horses and taught horse management to young people. She recognises how important food security is and the need to support our local farmers.
She is looking forward to being involved with the Cowichan Green Community.

Staff

Laura Boyd-Clowes

Laura Boyd-Clowes

Manager, KinPark Youth Urban Farm and Outdoor Education Center

Laura is a gardener who moved to the Cowichan Valley in 2017 after years of too-short growing seasons in Quebec and Alberta. Throughout her education in Philosophy and Ethnobotany, she spent summers working in landscaping and farm management, and now prefers to keep her hands dirty full-time. Laura is inspired by small farmers around the world, and is dedicated to making water-efficient, biodiverse, food-secure cities a reality. She is eager to share her enthusiasm for unusual vegetables and further explore the rich web of of people-plant relations in Duncan.

Kat Brust

Kat Brust

Incubator Seed Farm Supervisor

Kat is a recent graduate from Vancouver Island University’s Horticulture Technician Foundation program. She has had a long standing passion for working with different plants, her favourite being edibles. Being born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, working for Cowichan Green Community has been a goal of Kat’s for years. Becoming a farmer for our Incubator Seed Farm is a real dream come true. Kat is excited for the opportunity to meet and work with so many inspiring people.

Jennifer Dorby

Jennifer Dorby

Program Coordinator, Food Security Coalition Coordinator, Facilitator

Jennifer Dorby
Returning to the Cowichan Valley, Jennifer is excited to be working with a team dedicated to positively impacting our region! Jennifer graduated from VIU in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Tourism Management Major Recreation. Her current dream is to give back to the place that gave so much to her growing up through promoting active lifestyles, community connectivity, and nutrition.

Heather Kaye

Heather Kaye

Supervisor, KinPark Youth Urban Farm

Heather Kaye
A long-time locavore, Heather is keen to be putting her skills in agricultural communications back to work with CGC. When she’s not talking to farmers, she can be found hiking with her family, puttering in the garden and drawing up plans for a wood-fired pizza oven on her property.

How Can I Get Involved?

The Cowichan Green Community Foundation is a registered non profit that relies on the hard work and generosity of volunteers and donors. If you would like to contribute, consider donating either time or money. Volunteers are needed throughout the year, please apply here.

Members of the Cowichan Green Community Foundation receive discounts on select events and workshops, voting rights at our Annual General Meetings, and empower the Foundation to create engaging and supportive initiatives, workshops, and demonstration sites throughout the Cowichan Region.