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Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2021-06-02T12:50:00+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
Roland ChiassonCo-President
I am currently a working member of the Aster Group, an environmental workers cooperative, as as 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
Holly FrazerCo-President
Member of the Miramichi Nature Club for more than a dozen years, I am now in my second term (4th year) as a director on the Board. I was naively cajoled on day one of my election into chairing the Policy Committee and have just stepped down from that very interesting role; I will now expand my learning and (hopefully) widen my contributions by sitting on a few other standing committees and initiatives. Retired three years ago as a manager with the Atlantic Instituion, Correctional Serivce Canada (men’s maximum security federal prison for the Maritimes), I can now pursue my leisure pursuits more fully. Without any formal academic training in natural history, 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
Paul ManszPast 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 Naturalists Club, the (former) NB Trails, and of course: Nature NB.
Mike Lushington
Mike LushingtonSecretary
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.
Matthew Killick
Matthew KillickTreasurer
Sonya Hinds
Sonya HindsDirector
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
Pierre JaninDirector
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
Anne-Marie LegerDirector
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, becoming active in the Toronto Ornithological Club as Conservation Councilor and later President.

The Maritimes was our original home and we feel fortunate that we could retire and live beside the beautiful Restigouche River. Enjoying the time retirement allows I am looking forward to participating in education and conservation efforts as a Director of Nature NB.

Don MacPhail
Don MacPhailDirector
A birder since age 13, my career in the international energy business has taken me to natural areas that are far from the usual travel destinations. I feel fortunate to have had those experiences but also fortunate to have been able to support the natural areas of New Brunswick by serving with the Saint John Naturalists Club, the Wildlife Trust Fund and Nature NB. My wife, Ann, and I now spend a lot of our time restoring a tract of forest and coastline on an island in the Bay of Fundy.
Cheyenne Dickinson
Cheyenne DickinsonDirector