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Powell River Salmon Societies Board of Directors



The Salmon Preservation Foundation (SPF) was created to ensure the long term sustainability of Pacific Salmon in BC. The need for salmon champions is vital now more than ever. The SPF was officially launched in 2022 out of necessity to support the government funding shortfalls of the Powell River Salmon Society and pacific salmon in general. The Powell River Salmon Society operates three facilities in support of Lang Creek, Willingdon Creek, and Mouat Creek Salmon, releasing over a million salmon fry per year, and has been successfully doing so since near its inception 40 years ago.

PRSS Registered Charity #119097624RR0001


Salmon Preservation Foundation #793747809RR0001

Rod Tysdal - President

Sprouting on a wheat farm in Southern Saskatchewan in 1947, Rod fell in love with our big woods while spending the summer of 1965 on Vancouver Island.  Following many school years studying business and forestry, he and his wife, Vicki, arrived in Powell River with their family in 1974.  “I like this place!” he said upon arrival.  Following 35 years as a forester with MacMillan Bloedel, Rod retired after completing the drive for CSA Sustainable Forest Management Certification which emphasizes all values inherent in our forests. Since retirement, Rod has continued to be active with the local Hospital Foundation, the Community Forest, and our local Salmon Society.  His personal mottos are “do good and keep doing it” and “things work out!”

Matt Neall - Vice President

Matt Neall is a born and raised west-coaster. When he is not out on the water chasing salmon, Matt works as a skilled tradesman as a ticketed welder and highly proficient crane operator. Matt spends his summers on the ocean and in the backcountry with his family, and has been volunteering actively with the PRSS for a number of years during fall brood seasons and more recently as a board member.

Gord Jones - Treasurer

Gordon Jones is a retired Mill Engineer who has committed a large amount of his time to aiding in preserving and enhancing Pacific Salmon. Gord has served on the board of directors in every executive roll for the Powell River Salmon Society over the past 25 years, and is now currently serving as treasurer.  Gord’s impact can be seen in everything from the engineering of dozens of infrastructure projects, to the meticulous administration that allows our organization to thrive. Gord was instrumental in the creation of the Salmon Preservation Foundation

Emily St. Godard

Emily St. Goddard is a passionate Salmon advocate with a penchant for efficient administration. Emily has been serving on the Powell River Salmon Society board for 4 years, currently in the role of secretary. Emily works as the Executive Assistant for the City of Powell River, providing support to the Mayor, Council, and CAO. Emily has a background in high level hospitality management and is the proud mother of one

Dawn Schulz

Dawn Schulz grew up in Calgary, Alberta which is the traditional territories of the peoples of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot First Nation tribes of Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai; the Stoney Nakoda First Nation tribes of Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley; and the Tsuut'ina First Nation. While in Calgary she worked in a social profit setting supporting the Community Engagement, Resource Development, and Volunteer Engagement teams of the Calgary Drop In Centre.   Dawn and her family moved to Powell River in 2021. She is the Operations Team Lead for inclusion Powell River. She has been volunteering for the PRSS supporting the egg takes and salmon feeding since 2021. 

Bill Bird

Bill Bird is a retired Mill Electrician who is an active community member on many fronts. Bill has previously served on the PRSS board of directors for over 20 years, in roles such as treasurer, fundraising, and membership coordinator. Bill was instrumental in setting the Salmon Preservation Foundation on the right track and helped take the PRSS Tide guide to a new level. Bill also serves on the Sport Fishing Advisory Board.

Peter Giroday

Peter Giroday graduated grade 12 from Vancouver College in Vancouver. He continued his education for two years at Merced College in California where he also was a co-captain of their football team. Upon his return to Canada, he attended BCIT in the evenings where he took adult courses in Sales and Marketing.

He has volunteered as an assistant football coach to broad age groups over the years. He has spent 40 years in lumber sales and sales management and is now semi-retired.

Peter has lived in both Powell River and the lower mainland for the past 35 years and now makes Powell River his permanent base. He is married to Powell River- born Marilu Adamson, who started her teaching career at Kelly Creek Elementary school and has since retired after many years in Burnaby. They have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.


Peter has been a PRSS volunteer for the past three years and has been participating in many projects and improvements. He is committed to maintain and help grow the success of the PRSS.

Powell River Salmon Societies Board of Directors

Powell River Salmon Societies Employees



For more information on the opportunities to support the SPF's Powell River Salmon Society, please contact 604-483-9440 or email


Membership to the PRSS can be obtained in the following ways:

  1. Purchase an annual membership for $50

  2. Life time membership granted to any individual donating more than $500.

  3. Annual Membership can be granted by the Manager of PRSS, or the Director of membership, to volunteers who have dedicated a minimum of 40 hours of time or resources in the past 12 months.

  4. *members must be in good standing as of end of previous fiscal year/March 31

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