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

Contact

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
1414 Balmoral Avenue
Comox, BC V9M 2R8

 Donations:

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

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

 Important emails:

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Membership inquiries

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Paul Grey

Secretary (currently open position)

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Nick Heath

Treasurer

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Mark Richardson

Operational Assistant

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John Kimantas

Our board:

Paul Grey - President

paul grey 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 six 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 and reading. 
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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 - Trails Development Committee Chair

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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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Roxanne Rousseau - Stewardship Committee Chair

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From Vancouver, I'm a kayaking enthusiast privileged to to have seen many places of the southern BC coast by way of my hand made wooden kayak. Since the launching of that boat in Spider Lake almost 20 years ago, I have enjoyed countless kayak trips and know the value of accessibility! I am a member of SKABC and in addition to learning about safety on and off the water, I have volunteered to help with the governance of the club as president. Kayaking combined with a degree in biology (SFU) and a recently completed 25 plus year career in medical research (UBC) allowed me with confidence to "raise the hand" in the call for volunteers for the stewardship portfolio of the BCMTNA. Recently in my first year as a director I assisted with the organizing of the Chained Islands clean up and was so impressed with the memberships call to action I have stayed on. As one of the directors of the newly elected board I'm looking forward to a productive year involving a cleanup or two, reviewing site reports and strengthening our commitment to leave no trace best practices. I look forward to hearing from our members!

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 Mark Richardson - Treasurer

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Mark moved to Comox in July of this year. He is a member of Paddle Canada (with a Level 2 Ocean Certification), the Comox Valley Paddlers and a former Prairie member of the Nanaimo Paddling Club. Mark brings a passion for kayaking along with experience serving on not-for-profit Boards of Directors and working as an Executive Director for two large non-profit organizations.

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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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Louise Thompson - Director

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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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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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 Email directory:

Role E-mail Contact

President, webmaster, Communications Committee Chair, Governance Committe Chair

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Paul Grey

Membership inquiries

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Paul Grey

Secretary (currently open position, filled pro tem)

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Nick Heath

Treasurer

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Mark Richardson

Operational Assistant

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John Kimantas
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Director, Stewardship Committee Co-Chair

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Stephanie Meinke

Director, South Coast Mainland Region Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mick Allen

Director, Trails Development Committee chair, Central, North Coast, Discoveries & Mid-coast Region Manager

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Nick Heath

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Director
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Janice Weninger

Director, Haida Gwaii Region Manager

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Steve Best

Vancouver Island Region Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Fred Pishalski

 

 

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