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

Stephen Bishop

Stephen Bishop

Director

Stephen retired from a career in health care and education to the Cowichan Valley in 2017, and with his wife Margaret has been working to build a life with friends, interests and community involvement. His interests include anything to do with the ocean - sailing, diving, and paddling for instance. Being married to an artist and cook, art and food are also passions, as is their very large garden.

Amanda Vance

Amanda Vance

Director

Amanda recently moved to Vancouver Island from Vancouver and enjoys sharing food, exploring the island by bike, and reading on beaches around Cowichan. She currently works as the executive director of the Downtown Duncan BIA and is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia’s MA in political science program. While studying for her undergraduate degree, Amanda interned in the human rights and communications departments of the non-profits the American Civil Liberties Union and the United Nations Association, respectively. She enjoys work and volunteer experience that includes community organizing and storytelling.

Jane Nares

Jane Nares

Director

Staff

Judy Stafford

Judy Stafford

Executive Director

Born in Vancouver, Judy took a long detour through life and other countries before she was enticed back to this gorgeous Valley. Blessed to be living on a float house and working in a fabulous organization that fuels her creative and environmental fire, she’s reminded how much more inspiring life is when working in a place that is aligned with her passions.

Alyssa Krawchuk

Alyssa Krawchuk

Program Coordinator

Born and mostly raised in Ontario, Alyssa moved out to beautiful British Columbia in 2008. With her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care, Alyssa’s passions lie in working with children, youth, and families to create an inclusive, safe, and vibrant community celebrating the gifts and strengths of all people. On the side, she thoroughly enjoys playing music, creating art, and taking in the beauty of Vancouver Island by going on mini adventures and hikes.

Lauren Bosch

Lauren Bosch

Project Lead, Garden Education Centre

Lauren is Medical Herbalist and plant-tender. She has a deep connection to plants and a desire to share them with others to meet their specific needs. Lauren is eager to continually integrate new plant-related arts to her repertoire, such as (herbal) medicine-making, ethical/sustainable wildcrafting, gardening, photography, etc. She has taken a range of courses on Botany, Horticulture, and Gardening and has expanded those to practical knowledge by getting her hands in the soil. Her role at the Cowichan Green Community is to pilot the Plant Nursery project, focusing on Medicinal and Native plants.

Naomi Kulhawy

Naomi Kulhawy

Farm Manager, KinPark Youth Urban Farm

From a young age, Naomi has been passionate about the environment and growing food. After receiving a degree in Geography, her thoughts turned towards the future. She started to dream about living sustainably and growing most of her own food herself. Returning from a year away in Grande Prairie, Naomi started working in a 2-acre greenhouse as a “temporary” employee, staying for the next two years to learn as much as she could about farming and local food. In her final year she managed the greenhouse, further deepening her appreciation for local food growth. Returning to the work force after a year at home with her now toddler, Naomi is eager to learn all she can about permaculture and urban gardening. She is particularly excited to teach kids and youth about food production, and is hoping she can inspire young people to become just as excited about gardening as she is!

Tessa Stiven

Tessa Stiven

Supervisor, Inclusive Farming Project

Tessa is happiest with her hands in the soil, growing food, playing and learning from the land. She has spent the past decade working as an outdoor educator, guiding wilderness trips, building school gardens and creating community programming. Tessa believes that gardening is not only amazing for the soul, but also an important means to building healthy, ecologically-regenerative communities. Tessa is thrilled to be working on the Inclusive Farming Project at the Garden Education Centre.

Tony Monk

Tony Monk

Kitchen Manager, Meals on Wheels

Julien Lemerise

Julien Lemerise

Kitchen staff, Meals on Wheels

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.