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BC Marine Trails: Preserving BC coastal access for small craft users.

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Mailing Address:

B.C. Marine Trails Network Association
3285 Roper Road
Ladysmith, BC V9G 1C4

 

 

Treasurer's address is:

B.C. Marine Trails Network Association
3285 Roper Road
Ladysmith, BC V9G1C4

 Donations:

Donations support our efforts. We can issue a charitable receipt upon request.

Our charitable number is: 812142826RR0001. You can donate here.

 Our board:

Paul Grey - President

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Paul has been a kayaker for twenty years and has paddled a number of locations around Vancouver Island, Thailand and Hawaii. He has his Paddle Canada I and II and level 1 kayak guide training and certification. He has worked for the BC Marine Trails as a volunteer for approximately seven years in a number of capacities.

He is also the co-author of Easykayaker: A guide to laid-back paddling and Kayaking Vancouver Island.

Paul is a fourth generation islander with his roots in the Nanaimo-Extension area. He also enjoys hiking, traveling (Paul is on the left with a guide for the Inca Trail) and reading. 

He has received awards in 1993 and 1996 from the Prime Minister of Canada for his work in education; Paul is a recipient of a Royal Bank of Canada fellowship to Queen's University.

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Louise Thompson - Director; Stewardship Committee Chair; Vice-President

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Louise was born and raised in Prince Rupert and developed a great love of being on the water. She did some kayaking with her friends in Rupert on long trips but didn’t seriously get into kayaking until a few years ago when she bought her own kayak.

She has Paddle Canada Level 2 Certification and is a member of the Nanaimo Paddlers. She has worked in various management positions, including senior management, has a Masters in Business Administration and a 1 st Class Power Engineers Certificate.

She has always been dedicated to preserving the environment and believes the more people that can get out to see our beautiful coast the more voices there will be for its preservation.

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Kirsten Hathaway - Secretary; Co-chair of Communications Committee

kirsten hathaway As a relatively new resident of British Columbia, Kirsten is a keen student of the BC coast’s wonders and marine trails. With a number of multi-day canoe trips under her belt while living in Eastern Canada (Quebec), Kirsten has now embraced the BC lifestyle, eager to do anything that involves water, including kayaking and team sports such as dragonboat and outrigger canoeing. A communicator with more than 20 years of experience in journalism and public relations, Kirsten is Co-chair of BCMTNA’s Communications Committee and Secretary of the Board of Directors. 
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Stephanie Meinke - Past President

stephanie meinke Stephanie Meinke is a retired teacher whose favourite pastime is paddling the BC Marine Trails. She was president of the BCMTNA from its inception in 2009 to her retirement from the position in 2016. She is hoping that now as the ‘past president’, she will have significantly more time to explore the trails as others continue to make them grow. She and her orange NDK Pilgrim are heading out on the water to check out all those sites! ( And will be sending in lots of Site Condition Reports along the way).
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Nick Heath - Director; Data Manager

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Nick lives in Coquitlam and is a founding director of the BCMTNA with broad experience gathering and field checking site data.  He has a long history in the outdoors both on land and water, with 22 years service as volunteer in Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue, sailing, canoeing, mountaineering, cycling, hiking and kayaking. He was a certified Provincial Search Master and Rope Rescue Team Leader. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford and Simon Fraser University in philosophy, political science and economics. Retired from university administrative roles, he now prefers hand-on tasks, but inevitably gets caught up in never-ending paper and screen work instead.

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Gene Gapsis - Director

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I have been a resident of Coombs for 35 years, and enjoy kayaking, sailing, hiking, camping, and organic gardening. I feel very blessed to live in such an extraordinary place, and feel passionately about protecting and preserving it, as more and more people come. The BC Marine Trails Network Association is a grassroots organization, run by volunteers like myself, who hope to preserve the natural integrity of our home for generations to come. I have enjoyed doing site assessments and beach cleanups with other members, and look forward to more time after retirement to devote to stewardship projects, and the development of marine trails.

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Steve Best - Director

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Steve moved to Vancouver in 1980, and shortly after bought his first sea kayak which he used to commute to work, four miles across Burrard inlet. Since 1995 he has been paddling the outer coast of BC in mostly solo two to three week trips. So far he has covered the outside of the Central Coast and Vancouver Island from Bella Bella to Tofino and Barkley Sound. More recently he has been exploring the west coast of Haida Gwaii, and became active in the BCMTNA as Haida Gwaii Region Manager and a member of the Trail Development Committee. Recently retired from his career as an architect and relocated to Squamish, Steve is looking forward to devoting more time to kayaking and to his new role as a director of the BCMTNA.

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Martin Ryer - Director; co-chair of the Communications Committee

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Martin lives and paddles on Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley and surrounding areas. Surrounded by not only the coastal and inland mountain ranges but also the Pacific Ocean, countless lakes, rivers and streams and the rainforest he feels most at home on the island. Its beauty and tranquility is unsurpassed in his mind; a place he calls home. 

Martin is inspired by and dedicates his efforts towards all those who know what it means and how it feels to paddle through the fog, ride the swell and land a kayak on a remote shoreline on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

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Jerry Kaye - Director

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Jerry has been paddling and sailing the B.C. coast for 35 years, including a two-month sea kayak expedition from Bella Bella to Tofino with his wife Julee. After collecting B.Sc. and MBA degrees from UBC, Jerry worked as a corporate banker handling large corporate and government accounts for a major financial institution for 30 years. An avid paddler, Jerry has been contributing to the BC Marine Trails and its predecessor from their origins. Jerry has introduced his three sons to kayaking and hopes to help spread the BC Marine Trails message to a younger generation of paddlers.

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Les Hudson - Director

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Fred Pishalski - Vancouver Island Region Manager

 Fred 6  I have been a an ocean kayaker since the early 1990s and have paddled extensively all over Vancouver Island plus trips along the central coast and Haida Gwaii. I have been fortunate enough to have kayaked along the Baja in the Sea of Cotez plus short paddles in Hawaii, Cuba, Viet Nam, Costa Rica, Colombia and a few other places. I am an active member of the South Island Sea Kayak Association, live in Victoria and retired.  
 Trails Development Committee Member; Vancouver Island Region Manager

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Technical issues with membership and the website

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Paul Grey

Membership inquiries

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Paul Grey

Secretary

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Kirsten Hathaway

Treasurer, temporary

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Paul Grey

Operational Assistant; Discovery Islands Project Manager

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John Kimantas
Director, Stewardship Committee member

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Gene Gapsis
Chair, Trails Development Committee

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Robert Holley

Director, Stewardship Committee Chair, Vice-president

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Louise Thompson

Director, Co-chair Communications Committee

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Martin Ryer
Director, Member of Stewardship Committee

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Les Hudson

Director, Stewardship Committee member

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Stephanie Meinke

Director, Trails Development Committee Member, Data Manager

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Nick Heath

South Coast Mainland Region Manager

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Mick Allen

Director, Haida Gwaii Region Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Steve Best
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