Board of Directors

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Jim Beattie

Jim has been a farmer, farm representative for government, and farmworker advocate. He represented Penticton as an MLA in the 1990s. Active in the South Okanagan Environmental Coalition, he fought against pesticide use in Okanagan Lake. He is a member of a Naramata Truth and Reconciliation Group and Musaic Vocal Ensemble.

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Michael Healey

Michael is a retired scientist and academic specializing in marine and fresh water fisheries ecology. Interpreting science for policy makers, he became interested in the implications of climate change for ecosystems. He now devotes time to raising public and political awareness about the ecological, economic and social consequences of climate change.

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Kathleen Davies

Kathleen taught high school in Australia, and was a lawyer practicing in Edmonton before retiring to the South Okanagan. Kathleen enjoys music, dance and reading, and is passionate about being physically active and outside in nature.

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Margaret Holm

Margaret has worked in outreach and education for cultural and conservation organizations as a researcher, writer and program facilitator.  She now devotes time to climate engagement, environmental conservation, gardening, and staying active.

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Sue Kirschmann

Sue grew up in Penticton and feels fortunate to be back in the Okanagan, where she helps run her family’s vineyard and farm. She has degrees in Biology and Health Information Science, along with a love of the natural world that has taken her to many remote corners of BC. She is happy to have found FTFO, and is committed to turning her concern about climate change into action for positive change.

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Cameron Baughen

Cameron received a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Philosophy. He worked for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for over 16 years focused on waste reduction and opened a consulting company in 2021. He is interested in public policy and how local governments can adapt and help mitigate climate change.

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Leanne McDonald

Leanne has a BSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. Living in Summerland, Leanne has worked in agricultural research, BC Parks, Osoyoos Desert Centre and now works as an Environmental Consultant in Kelowna. She is passionate about wildlife, nature and sustainability, and volunteers with the Burrowing Owl Society of BC and Vaseux Migratory Bird Observatory.

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Lori is an ESL teacher and former business owner who cares about social justice. She is a world traveler who has known extreme air pollution in China and Nepal. Lori is active in the community volunteering with seniors and animals, striking for the climate, and encouraging others to participate for a future of climate justice. She loves birding, hiking the Penticton hills and waterways, and learning languages.

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Khati is a recently retired family physician with a strong interest in community health and the environment, especially forests. She worked in immigrant health centres in California, bought a hybrid car in 2001, and moved to the Okanagan in 2004.  She has been distressed to see the predicted climate changes accelerating, and is keen to mobilize people to do all we can for a better future. Interests include exploring nature, drawing and always learning.

Meet The Team