OUR STEERING COMMITTEE

The CVCP seeks the advice of its steering committee members, knowledgeable individuals from the community, and environmental professionals.

Partner Members include:

  • Beaufort Watershed Stewards
  • Brooklyn Creek Watershed Society
  • Comox Valley Land Trust
  • Comox Valley Naturalists
  • Courtenay & District Fish and Game Protective Association
  • Cumberland Community Forest Society
  • Cumberland Wetlands Working Group
  • Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society
  • Millard Piercy Watershed Society
  • Morrison Creek Streamkeepers
  • Project Watershed
  • Puntledge River Forest Protection Society
  • Tsolum River Restoration Society

Supporting Members include:

  • Arden Area Residents Association
  • Black Creek Streamkeepers
  • Comox Valley Council of Canadians
  • Comox Valley Sustainability Project
  • Friends of the Comox Lazo Forest Society
  • Friends of Strathcona Park
  • Forbidden Plateau Residents Association
  • Macdonald Wood Park Society
  • Merville Area Residents and Ratepayers Association
  • Oyster River Management Committee
  • Saratoga and Miracle Beach Residents Association
  • Vancouver Island Whitewater Paddling Association
Beaufort Watershed Stewards
Beaufort Watershed Stewards
The Beaufort Watershed Stewards is a recently formed group of local citizens in the Fanny Bay area. The mission of the Beaufort Watershed Stewards is to advocate for a healthy watershed that sustains the quality and quantity of our water for future generations. For more information on Beaufort Watershed Stewards visit our website
beaufortwater.org
Brooklyn Watershed Society
Brooklyn Watershed Society
Brooklyn Creek holds special interest for those that live near it. A small stream that still has a viable Salmon run and has a good cover of old growth forests. Something rare in a residential environment. For more information, please visit the BCWS website
brooklyncreek.ca
Devin Burton
Devin BurtonPuntledge River Forest Protective Society
Devin Burton was born and raised in the Comox Valley. She is now attending Thompson Rivers University to become a veterinary technician. While she has always been interested in helping animals, she has found another passion: trying to protect Bevan Trails and the forest along the Puntledge River. Since learning of the potential for this natural area to be logged, she became involved in the CVCP through the formation of the Puntledge River Forest Protection Society with Graham Hilliar and Jen Alton. Her goals are to finish her schooling and work with local domestic and wild animals, and continue the preservation of the valley’s natural areas
Kathryn Clouston
Kathryn CloustonDirector, Morrison Creek Streamkeepers
Kathryn has been volunteering with streamkeeping groups since her retirement from the Air Force in 2007. While doing this she also spent a few years at North Island College improving her knowledge of biological systems with an Associate of Science in Biology degree. She works part-time for Project Watershed but represents the Morrison Creek Streamkeepers with the CVCP as that is the creek that she lives beside. The Morrison Creek Streamkeepers (MCS), are a group of watershed residents and community members dedicated to preserving, rehabilitating and promoting public awareness of the Morrison Creek watershed. MCS worked for several years gathering biophysical data on the watershed and teamed up with Project Watershed to complete a streamside landowner contact program in 2000. They have participated in all aspects of the work to protect and preserve the endangered Morrison Creek Lamprey and, with it, other species in the Creek.
morrisoncreek.org
The Comox Youth Climate Council
The Comox Youth Climate Council
The Comox Youth Climate Council is a group of dedicated high school, college, and university students in the Comox Valley; persistent in doing our part fighting the climate crisis to safeguard the future of our planet and its inhabitants. The CYCC gathers, works, and grows on the Unceded homelands of the K’ómoks First Nation. It is through an intersectional framework that the CYCC advocates for the needs of youth and meaningful climate action. Connect with us through Facebook, Instagram, and our website or email us.
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Meaghan Cursons
Meaghan CursonsExecutive Director, Cumberland Community Forest Society
Meaghan Cursons moved to the Comox Valley in 1995 and has been working across sectors on community building projects, events and organizational development initiatives ever since. She is currently Executive Director of the Cumberland Community Forest Society, an organization dedicated to purchasing and protecting ecologically sensitive forests, creeks and wetlands surrounding the Village of Cumberland. She is also an active community engagement consultant, event producer, place-maker and facilitator. She is passionate about the interdisciplinary approach to land conservation and works with sport, culture, heritage and educational organizations in her conservation work.
cumberlandforest.com
Tanis Gower
Tanis GowerVolunteer Steward, Millard Piercy Watershed Stewards
Tanis is a biologist who lives near Piercy Creek. She loves to see the occasional salmon return to this urban waterway. Tanis has worked on urban creek restoration in other locales, and she is happy to volunteer with the Millard Piercy Stewards to help keep her home stream alive for her daughter and the other children that play there.

The Millard-Piercy Watershed Stewards are volunteers whose mission is to assess, restore and maintain the ecosystems of the Millard Piercy Watershed. Their team of volunteers count salmon, conduct water quality testing, and carry out riparian and instream restoration projects. They also work to lessen the impact of the extensive development ongoing in the Piercy Creek portion of the watershed, through working with developers and the City and through outreach and education. For more information please visit our website

millardpiercy.org
Bill Heidrick
Bill HeidrickVice-President, Project Watershed
Bill moved to the Comox Valley in 2011 after living on the west coast of Vancouver Island for 35 years and working at a variety of jobs in the forest industry. He has had a passion for outdoor recreation and nature all his life. He served for 8 years in local government, including 4 years as a director for the Regional District, and was involved in the formation of a Community Forest Licence in Nootka Sound. He completed the Streamkeepers course while in Zeballos.
projectwatershed.ca
Steve Morgan
Steve MorganCumberland Wetlands Working Group and Conservationist
Wetlands are a crucial part of the Comox Valley’s natural environment, providing a host of ecological and recreational features. Cumberland Wetlands Working group was formed by a group of volunteer stewards in February 2017. In 2019, they hosted a widely successful Cumberland Wetlands Conference and continue their work on monitoring and advocating for the health of local our wetlands.
Michael Nihls
Michael NihlsVice-President, Comox Valley Land Trust
Michael has been a CVLT Board member since 2015 and currently serves as Chair of the Land Protection Committee. He retired from a career in local government as a parks professional in 2014, having served in various technical and management positions spanning 39 years in Kitchener, Ontario, the City of Coquitlam and as Manager of Parks with the Comox Valley Regional District. With an educational background in Conservation Management, Horticulture and Public Sector Management, Michael has skills and experience in land acquisition, parks and natural areas planning, environmental policy and regulations, horticulture and arboriculture, recruitment and development. Michael’s hobbies include bird watching, fly tying and fishing, camping, hiking, gardening and bridge.
cvlandtrust.ca
Kate Panayotof
Kate PanayotofVolunteer, Comox Valley Nature
C. V. Nature has existed since 1966. The aims of the Society are ‘to know nature, and keep it worth knowing’. The society has about 200 members who are active in many environmental activities, and a wide range of interests may be followed. Meetings are held most months, and outings are held most weeks.

CVN members can participate in groups interested in specific aspects of natural history in the area which organize field trips, workshops, and conservation projects – and members also participate with other organizations in the valley for joint projects. CVN groups include Birding, Botany, Conservation, Garry Oak Restoration, Marine and Shoreline, Nature Photography, and Wetland Habitat Restoration and Airpark Stewardship. CVN developed the “Nature Viewing Guide”, available from tourist outlets, and many Reports and Publications are available on line.

comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca
Glenn Prior
Glenn PriorDirector, Courtenay & District Fish and Game Protective Association
With the support of their 2500 members; the CDFGPA actively undertakes programs that benefit Comox Valley communities and the local economy, through protecting and enhancing fish and game resources and their habitats.
courtenayfishandgame.org
Jan Smith
Jan SmithMountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS)
Jan Smith is a visitor centre guide, board member, and habitat steward at MARS Wildlife Rescue in Merville. As a new member of CVCP, she hopes to promote the essential work of partner groups in preserving and conserving habitat for wildlife around the Valley. As well as sharing individual MARS patient stories and ways to reduce human impacts on animals, Jan and the visitor centre team help visitors understand that healthy habitats sustain healthy wildlife populations.
marswildliferescue.com

The CVCP is always looking to partner with new organizations and groups working towards the same goals and objectives. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to participate.

HELP US PRESERVE THE BEAUTY OF THE COMOX VALLEY

Since our formation in 1999, the Comox Valley Land Trust has protected and conserved almost 300 hectares of ecologically significant land and wildlife habitat. This success is thanks to the vision and generosity of our donors and partners. Your donation to CVLT goes directly to acquiring and protecting the natural wealth of the Comox Valley.