Inside Education is governed by a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors representing a diversity of industry, government, education, community and conservation perspectives — valuable and necessary for quality bias-balanced education. Members share their expertise, leadership and enthusiasm with us by providing direction and guidance for the Society’s vision, mission and goals. Allow us to introduce them to you…
We are thrilled to introduce David as the new President & Chair of the Inside Education Board of Directors. People still talk about the presentations David gives for our Teacher Professional Development programs! Once, after noticing a bit of an energy lag prior to another indoor presentation on a sunny day, David gathered all the teachers and challenged them to look at multiple perspectives by changing their perspective with “let’s go outside!” We first met David through his work in wind energy, and his current role with AltaLink continues to provide us insight into an important Inside Education topic area of electricity.
Our past-Prez Patricia led Inside Education from 2011-2015 – four incredible years! In real life, Patricia is Manager of Industry Relations, Mining Relations at Alberta Energy Regulator. We first met Patricia at an Inside Education strategic planning session. We knew that anyone that can be that enthusiastic about Mission and Vision Statements would be a friend for life!
Nadine is delighting in her role as ‘Past’ President, having served as President for the previous 412 years….Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but she has provided incredible leadership to our Society through many fruitful years. Her day job sees her as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for Devon Canada.
A leader in wetlands education in Alberta, Jerry has served on the Inside Education Board of Directors since 2005. We first met Jerry on our first Water Education Institute in 1993. Who knew a field trip to a constructed wetland near Calgary would lead to many years of great fun and learning with and from Jerry! One of the dozens of hats he wears these days is Executive Director for Western Sky Land Trust.
A former President of our Society, Alex is our longest-serving Director. He’s definitely one of the leaders in forest education in western Canada. In addition to speaking to innumerable teacher forest education professional development programs, Alex co-chaired both Alberta-based ForestEDWest Conferences and has provided expert advice in all our forest education programs. His real job is forest education as well – Alex is an Instructor in the University of Alberta’s Department of Renewable Resources.
Meet our newest addition to the Inside Education Board of Directors, Rob Harris. We have known Rob for many years through his role at Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, leading the environmental education team at that Department. In his daily life Rob and his family live on property that his family has farmed for four generations! As he says, this has helped sew the seeds from which his passion for the land, the environment and for education have grown. We are delighted to welcome Rob aBOARD (get it?)