Board of Directors

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nicolas Stulberg

Before moving to Penticton in 2011, Nicolas received his BA (Political Science, URegina) and Renewable Resource Management diploma (Lethbridge College). While in school he ran as a candidate for the provincial and federal Green Party, developing a strong desire to support social and environmental causes. Nick is currently a member of Penticton’s Community Sustainability Advisory Committee. He enjoys spending time with his family (wife Morgan; daughters Merryn and Elody) and building relationships with members of the community.
“My goal in everything I do is to make the world a better place. With the Climate Emergency at our doorstep I feel that FTFO is the best organization to promote meaningful climate action within our community.”

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.

Lori Goldman

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.

Barry Loewen

Barry is a retired educator who taught in northern BC in First Nations and in remote communities. After his two sons were born, the family moved to the Okanagan where they taught in local schools. IHe's taught Band and Music as well as most other subjects, mainly in Middle School.. Barry enjoys gardening, hiking, travel, reading, learning and being part of a group that wants to help make a better future for all of us.

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First Things First Okanagan is a non-profit society encouraging the public and all levels of government to take actions to halt climate change.