Lee Ann Johnson, Chair

Lee Ann Johnson brings a lifelong commitment to the preservation of wild places and to sustainable human settlement practices to the SCCA. She has several decades of experience in land use planning, first as a developer of non-profit co-op and rental housing in Victoria and the BC Lower Mainland for 25 years and then as a Municipal Councillor in Gibsons for three terms and an Alternate Director at the SCRD. She has served on the Executive of the many non-profit Boards, developed and taught workshops on various non-profit organizational topics and was a Library trustee for eight years. Since climbing Mt. Olympus in Washington at the age of 15, she has persistently worked in many volunteer capacities to encourage and support both individuals and groups in honoring relationships with the natural world and a sustainable human presence in it.

Mary Louise Hendry, Secretary

Mary Louise HendryIn December 2015, after 20 years on Vancouver Island, Mary Louise Hendry retired and moved back to the Sunshine Coast where she has joined SCCA as a Board member and volunteer coordinator.  On the Island Mary Louise lived in Elizabeth May’s riding and volunteered on her election campaigns and between campaigns drafted correspondence and helped track donations.  Mary Louise brings decades of office experience and worked closely with volunteers in her last job at a residence for adults with disabilities in Victoria.


Dan Bouman, Director

Bill Wareham, Director 

Bill Wareham, Board DirectorBill holds a B.Sc. in Zoology and an MBA and has worked in the environmental non-profit sector for thirty years. He has worked with the David Suzuki Foundation since 2002. He was a founding member of the SeaChoice program, established to promote sustainable seafood procurement in the Canadian marketplace. Bill previously worked as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of BC and has over seventeen years of experience working on terrestrial and marine conservation issues, aquaculture and fisheries management issues. Bill played an active role in promoting improvement to a wide range of environmental policies, and has represented the environmental sector in many multi-stakeholder processes. Bill has worked with many coalitions and community groups to support local activism for the environment. Bill has lived in Gibsons for the past twenty-five years with his wife Karen and his two daughters.

Lois Thomson, Director

Richard Carton, Director

Richard Carton Board 2015

Richard’s love of nature was triggered by childhood visits to Parry Sound, ON, where he was inspired by the beauty of Georgian Bay and the Canadian Shield. His preoccupation with athletics led him to Western University (BA, Physical Education) and the University of BC (MPE, Sport Sciences). After a few years of working as a fitness consultant, Richard landed on the Sunshine Coast in 1983 as a leader in the national youth program, Katimavik. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Education degree and spent two decades teaching elementary school. Richard has served in a number of roles for the SCCA and also volunteers seasonally for the Salvation Army.


Suzanne Senger, Executive Director

Suzanne joined the SCCA as a volunteer in 2007, playing a key role in SCCA efforts to protect old growth forests in the Chapman Creek watershed. Since then, Suzanne has supported many of the SCCA’s campaigns and projects in a variety of ways, including as a Board Director and Treasurer from 2017-2020. Suzanne has held a number of leadership positions with local and regional non-profit groups focused on conservation. Suzanne has helped found and guide the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative (2016-2020), led the Gibsons Alliance of Business and Community Society (2008-2020) and has served as a Director of the Friends of Gospel Rock Society since 2008. From 2013-2020, Suzanne worked as a Campaigns Director with BC Spaces for Nature, a cutting edge non-profit specializing in development and implementation of large scale conservation strategies in BC. Committed to "being the change” and inspired by a deep love of the natural world, Suzanne is keen to share her skills, experience and passion working with the SCCA to protect biodiversity on the Sunshine Coast. 

Holly Neate, Administrator

Holly is originally from Victoria and has lived on the Sunshine Coast for over a year, working closely with the shíshálh Nation in youth services. Her academic and professional background is in science education, with a strong focus on ocean literacy. Her role as Co-Chair with the Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE) has given Holly experience in project planning, fundraising, and networking with individuals and organizations across the country. She is looking forward to joining the SCCA in pursuit of conservation on the Sunshine Coast.



Jason Herz, Past Co-Chair

Jason HerzJason Herz was born and raised in the South Okanagan area of B.C. During the first 25 years of his life, he worked in commercial fruit production and other aspects of agriculture. At that time it was widely believed that organic production might be best, but was not possible to do at a large commercial scale.

After operating a small health food/deli in the small town of Keremeos, Jason moved to Sechelt in 1989.  He became involved in the local residents association and has been active in volunteering in the community. He chaired a group of eight community associations for several terms, chaired the Natural Resource Advisory Committee of the SCRD, and presently sits on the Sechelt Electors Association board and the Snake Bay Sailing Club board.

Gayle Neilson, Past Co-Chair

GayleOriginally from Ontario, Gayle Neilson, B.A. (Carleton U), B.Ed (UBC), Post Baccalaureate Diploma (SFU), M.Ed (SFU) taught at Elphinstone Secondary for years. After moving to B.C. and living in Powell River for two years, she moved with her husband to Gibsons in 1982 where she worked first as a Social Worker, then as a teacher and raised her two sons. Gayle has always been active in the community; from serving on the Community Futures the Gibsons Library Boards to coaching junior paddling teams in the outrigger races. Passionate about the environment, she helped initiate the Gibsons Green Team, which showed environmental films for 6 years, which has now morphed into the SC Community Solar Association. Gayle is especially concerned about climate change and species extinction and feels we all need to be doing our bit to ensure a liveable world for future generations. What else could be more important?


Cindy Harlow

Cindy HarlowCindy has spent her life learning about and celebrating nature. As a child she explored the local forests, creeks, wetlands and ocean on Vancouver Island and through these experiences she developed a passion for the environment

This passion gave her a career in resource management. She worked for Fisheries and Oceans Canada for 32 years. During this time she gained a broad knowledge and experience in numerous areas such as salmon enhancement, fish management, habitat protection, environmental legislation, community stewardship, collaboration and facilitation. Cindy went on to achieve a Masters degree in Environmental Education and Communication through Royal Roads University.

Today Cindy believes that each of us can make a difference in our world and she chooses to spend her time protecting local biodiversity and to ensure resilient ecosystems through education and stewardship.

Melissa Rayfield

Melissa Rayfield is really excited to be volunteering for an organization that has been so committed to the place she has been grateful to call home for the past 15 years. She credits her amazing mother in-law, Patricia, for introducing her to the people on the Coast who dedicate so much to ensuring that our diverse environment is highlighted and protected. She has had a long personal commitment to respecting our natural world and hopes to see great things to come by working with the SCCA on the crucial and very diverse issues our Coast is facing.

Linda Williams

Linda's extensive historical research and advocacy efforts on community watershed issues have been enormously influential here and around the province.
She is a founding member of the SCCA, the Sunshine Coast Water First Society and the Tetrahedron Alliance.