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 nearly 2 million salmon fry per year, and has been succesfully doing so since near its inception 40 years ago.
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Salmon Preservation Foundation Board of Directors
Jamie Zroback - President
Jamie Zroback is a passionate conservationist with a personal connection to fishing and the Powell River area. Jamie spent his childhood fishing in the region, developing a deep appreciation for the local ecosystem and a desire to protect it. He is particularly focused on ensuring the sustainability of the local salmon population, and as President of the Powell River Salmon Preservation Fund Board, he is dedicated to preserving BC's natural resources.
In addition to his conservation work, Jamie is an experienced real estate professional with a talent for marketing and selling properties in BC coastal communities. He has a keen eye for identifying properties with high conservation value and has made significant contributions to the conservation of natural areas in BC through his real estate expertise. Notably, he brokered the sale of a 1,783-acre land portfolio in Princess Louisa Inlet to the BC Parks Foundation and played a crucial role in the expansion of Harmony Island Marine Provincial Park.
Jamie's unique combination of skills, experience, and passion for conservation make him an invaluable asset to the Powell River Salmon Preservation Fund Board and the wider community. He is committed to ensuring the long-term health of BC's natural resources and is dedicated to preserving the beauty and biodiversity of the region for generations to come.
Cory Carr - Vice President
Vice-President of the Salmon Preservation Foundation, Cory Carr, originally grew up in Powell River, B.C. before moving away to pursue education and career. Cory returned to Powell River in 2010 with a Degree in Business Administration. Cory was formerly the President of the Powell River Chamber of Commerce, and currently is the Branch Manager at the Royal Bank in Powell River. Cory is a proud father of 3: Cayson (7), Cade (5), Charlee Anne (1). In his free time he enjoys camping, reading and watching sports of all kinds.
David Morris - Treasurer
David Morris currently serves on the board of Powell River Salmon Society and its subsidiary foundation the Salmon Preservation Foundation. Mr. Morris currently holds the position of President of inclusion Powell River Society as well as being Treasurer of its subsidiary Powell River Model Community Project for Persons With Disabilities Society. Prior to the amalgamation of these two societies Mr. Morris was the Executive Director of MCP for seven years. Mr. Morris is also the President of inclusion’s three social enterprises Powell River Innovations and Social Enterprise Ltd, Powell River Inclusive Housing Society and Coastal Breeze Developments Ltd.
Prior to moving to Powell River and joining the aforementioned societies, Mr. Morris was employed in the finance industry with RBC Financial Group for 36 years where he held a number of senior management positions. Mr. Morris retired from the Bank in 2005 his final position being Regional Manager, Commercial Banking. During his time with the Bank, Mr. Morris was involved with a number of non-profit societies and government committees utilizing his financial background to provide strong financial and administrative guidance.
Mr. Morris’s successful track record of fundraising and grant writing has proven valuable for the organizations he has been involved with. He also has an extensive knowledge regarding board governance.
Ed Oldfield is a retired teacher and noted Raku Artist who has been heavily invested as a salmon stakeholder for over 20 years. Ed has previously served as President for the Powell River Salmon Society, and is frequently involved with the hands on aspects of the Salmon Foundation and Salmon Society. Ed has spearheaded the Salmon Preservation Pathway and regularly participates in citizen science programs collecting Ocean Water Samples. https://www.edsraku.com/
My husband, Gerry, and I began teaching in 1970 on Haida Gwaii, the Queen Charlotte Islands. Living in Masset and Port Clements, we quickly developed an appreciation for the resilience and ingenuity of the Islanders, from the First Nations people of ancient times through to the European settlers. The fishers, loggers, back-to-the-Landers, military personnel, and the modern Haida - we learned from them all, including the skills to hand-build our own home, and raise our son Dane. After seven years, it was time to return to the warmer climes, and amenities of the south coast. We chose Powell River as our new home.
Life at the top of the Sunshine Coast was the perfect choice. Here we could complete our careers as educators and raise our two children. Our daughter, Ashley, was born in the Townsite Hospital in 1981. Over time, I taught in four local elementary schools - first, as a primary teacher, and then as an elementary school music teacher. In 2004, after 34 years of teaching, I retired ready to take on new challenges by volunteering in the community.
In the service of the Powell River Salmon Society, I worked as a member of the planning committee and as a canvasser for the annual Pacific Salmon Foundation Dinner and Auction. In 2009, inspired by the work of the PRSS and its commitment to conservation and eco-education, I became a founding member of the Lang Creek Native Plant Garden. Specially created to welcome visitors to the Alex Dobler Center, the Garden showcases the beauty and diversity of plants of south coastal British Columbia. Our green classroom is designed to benefit students of all ages, as well as visitors, and tourists from around the world. Extensive signage offers opportunities for visitors to learn ways in which plants were used traditionally by the Tla’amin people, and to discover the advantages of growing native varieties in today’s home-based gardens.
I continue to volunteer as a Friend of the Garden and member of the Garden Steering Committee which oversees the management of all Garden projects. I have helped disseminate PRSS Tide Guides and posters. As a Director of the Salmon Preservation Foundation, I am honoured to represent the Salmon Preservation Pathway, and to serve as a coordinator for canvassing.
My other interests include; arts and crafts, concerts and choral events, international travel, and time spent with my grand children. Powell River has given much to me and my family. I am grateful my volunteer work for the Powell River Salmon Society has enabled me to give back to the community and to our salmon in some small measure.
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 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 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 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
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For more information on the opportunities to support the SPF's Powell River Salmon Society, please contact 604-483-9440 or email email@example.com
Membership to the PRSS can be obtained in the following ways:
Purchase an annual membership for $50
Life time membership granted to any individual donating more than $500.
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.
Lifetime Membership can be granted upon completion of two consecutive years of annual membership.
*members must be in good standing as of end of previous fiscal year/March 31