Paddy Wales – President
Paddy is a respected and widely published garden photographer, author, lecturer and teacher. She has visited and photographed many international botanical and other public and private gardens. A passionate volunteer, she spent many years volunteering at the VanDusen Botanical Garden before becoming a founding member and Director of the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Society. Paddy has served on most of the Society’s committees, including Events, our newsletter, Schools Program, and Gala.
Rosemary Bates Terry – Vice-President
Rosemary Bates Terry moved to the Sunshine Coast in the mid-1990s after a career in production with CBC Radio in Winnipeg and Toronto. She has been a volunteer for the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Society for many years and also serves on the board of the Coast Recital Society. For several years she was programming co-ordinator for the SC Festival of the Written Arts. With her husband/gardener, Bill Terry, she co-authored Beauty by Design: Inspired Gardening in the Pacific Northwest (TouchWood Editions), which was released in September 2013.
Linda Shute – Treasurer
Bio to come
Heather Gordon – Secretary
Heather Gordon has over 25 years’ experience in non-profit management with a variety of community organizations in the areas of program development, delivery and supervision; grant acquisitions; financial and project management. She is a community school coordinator, and has been formative in funding the Breakfast for Kids program and establishing the Sechelt Youth Centre. After serving as the Society’s Treasurer for four years, Heather will now pursue natural play-based spaces that create learning opportunities for children and families.
David worked as a Chartered Accountant for 25 years, much of it in the telecommunications industry. He volunteered previously for Park and Tilford Gardens and VanDusen Botanical Garden. Since moving to the Coast in 2010 he has become active with the Botanical Garden. He is a staunch advocate of sustainable gardening.
Douglas Justice is the Associate Director and Curator of Collections at UBC Botanical Garden. He also teaches in both the Applied Biology and Masters of Landscape Architecture programs at UBC and is involved with public and industry extension. A former nursery manager, gardener and horticulture instructor, Douglas holds a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a Master’s in botany. He is an active member of a number of local, national and international plant and garden organizations and is currently writing a book on trees for the Vancouver area.
Heather Till has lived on the Sunshine Coast for 18 years and worked at Coast Reporter newspaper for 16 of those years. She is the proud mother of four adult children and grandmother to three (so far). Heather enjoys her vegetable garden and preserving the harvest in a variety of ways. Volunteer work with community groups is important to her, including the Salmonid Enhancement Society, Sunshine Coast Conservation Association, Sunshine Coast Jazz and Entertainment Society and the Royal Canadian Legion.
Bio to come
Jean Bennett was born and raised in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. She joined Capilano University in 1994 and worked as an instructor in Adult Basic Education and the Community Development and Outreach and Foundations for Independent Living departments. In 1995, Jean became the program developer for Sunshine Coast initiatives, as well as a program consultant for Continuing Education. She was named Dean of the Sunshine Coast campus in 2004. Jean has worked with a wide variety of community based non-profits and task forces on both the Sunshine Coast and in the lower mainland. Jean currently serves as a Board member for the Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts. Jean holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts.