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Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2021-11-29T17:18:36+00:00

Meet our Board of Directors

Composed of nature enthusiasts and educators, our Board of Directors strives to conserve New Brunswick’s natural heritage

Roland Chiasson
Co-President

I am currently a working member of the Aster Group, an environmental workers cooperative, s a wildlife biologist and environmental educator. Not too long ago, my partner Sabine Dietz and I co-directed the species at risk program on the Acadian Peninsula for Nature NB. You can usually find me taking walks in older forest, admiring the natural sights and sounds.

Holly Frazer
Co-President

Member of the Miramichi Nature Club for more than a dozen years, I have learned tremendously from my contacts with amateur and professional naturalists and from exploring on my own; having been set on that path from my childhood through hikes in the woods with my dad. I look forward to continuing to do so for many years and supporting the organization which has facilitated these opportunities: Nature NB!

Paul Mansz
Past President

Upper Canadians by birth, my family and I made a big move and made New Brunswick our home back in 2001. Birding since the age of 10, I brought my passion for nature with me and truly enjoy the natural history New Brunswick offers. Outside of my professional life I stay in tune with this aspect of my interest in nature through involvement with the Saint John Naturalist Club, the (former) NB Trails, and of course: Nature NB.

Matt Killick
Treasurer

Mike Lushington
Secretary

I am a writer, an organic farmer and gardener, a coach in cross country skiing and biathlon, and a lifelong naturalist. I have been a long-term member of the Restigouche Naturalists’ Club and a founding member of the Jacquet River Nature Club, a steward for the Restigouche Estuary IBA, and an active promoter of the wonders of Restigouche County.

Sonya Hinds
Director

I moved to Miramichi from Alberta in 2012 and I am very glad that I did! I had a deep appreciation and love of nature before, but now it is enhanced by all that there is to see, do, and learn here in New Brunswick and the Maritimes. I am a keen birder, and every year I challenge myself to improve so I can do my own big year. I retired a year and a half ago so now I can devote all my time to nature!

Pierre Janin
Director

I came to Moncton in 2008 from Paris to work in the translation industry. Since 2015, my spouse and I have been more and more interested in eating healthier, reducing our wastes, protecting nature and getting to know New Brunswick and its diversity. I’ve been translating for Nature NB for over a year now. I also do wildlife photography, birding, gardening and plan on building my little backyard nursery to share and protect our native species, and hopefully, recreate as much lost habitat as possible.

Anne-Marie Leger
Director

Bird watching was my introduction to the beauty and fragility of the world around us, sparking an interest in conservation and education. I became involved in Citizen Science in the Toronto area where my husband and I worked and raised our children. We feel fortunate that we could retired and live beside the beautiful Restigouche River. Enjoying retirement, I am looking forward to participating in education and conservations efforts as Director of Nature NB.

Jan Riddell
Director

Born in Halifax, educated in Nova Scotia and Ontario, I was a YMCA camp counsellor and a registered nurse, working mostly in operating rooms and intensive care units. Later, I was a project manager for the Department of Health in NS and the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University.  In 2010, I retired with my husband to my great grandparents property in NB: a major fixer upper on the Saint John River!  We then joined the Saint John Naturalists Club (SJNC), enjoying the learning opportunities about natural habitats in NB.  Currently, I am a SJNC past president and a committee member of the Point Lepreau Bird Observatory, looking forward to learning more through Nature NB.

Jolène Dubé
Director

Big outdoor enthusiast, after a baccalaureate in Fine Arts and an Equine Sciences course, I worked for 10 years with my partner in life in the civil engineering field, as a secretary and technician. During that time, I became a member of the Restigouche Naturalist Club in Campbellton N.B. in 2015. Since then, observation and comprehension of nature have become pillars of my everyday life. I’ve been president of that club since September 2020. Now working as a secretary at the Campbellton Regional Hospital since my partner’s death (2019), I want, at this point in my life, to bring my contribution to nature protection and to the growing global  awareness movement about nature; this is why I became a director of Nature NB.

Cheyenne Dickinson
Director

Jennifer Dingman
Director