Board of Directors
2019 - 2020

The Western Environment Centre is guided by the expertise and experience of a volunteer board of directors. If you would like to volunteer with the Centre as a board member or committee member, please contact us.

Mikaela Wilson
Mikaela was born and raised in Coquitlam, BC. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree at Vancouver Island University, she dropped everything and drove across the country in 2014.

Mikaela brings extensive experience in conservation groups to the Western Environment Centre, with work experience at such non-profit organizations as the Georgia Strait Alliance and the Vancouver Aquarium. She joined WEC as Project Coordinator of the Electric Bike Share program for the 2015 season, and she joined the Board of Directors in 2016. In 2018, she became Chair of the Board.
Simon Jansen
Simon is originally from Germany and moved to Corner Brook in 2001. He joined the Western Environment Centre in 2007, and acted as Chair of the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2016. His main areas of interest are energy efficient building methods, alternative energies and climate change.

He and his partner are advocates of the local and organic food movement. During the school year, he teaches math and physics. In the summer he guides and teaches sea kayaking along the coast of Newfoundland.
Vice Chair
Rebecca Shea
Becky originally became involved with the Western Environment Centre as a community gardener and member of WEC’s Community Garden Committee. In 2013, Becky joined the WEC Board of Directors with particular interest in food security and protection of the marine environment.

Becky holds a BSc degree in wildlife management from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California and has been freelancing as a marine mammal biologist, primarily in Alaska, for the past seven years. In 2017, Becky took on the role of Project Coordinator of WEC's new Humber Valley Fruit Rescue project.
Glen Keeling
Glen moved to Corner Brook in 2008 to achieve a Degree in Environmental Studies, and quickly fell in love with Western Newfoundland. He spent two years as Vice President External of the Grenfell Campus Student Union, where he chaired the Environmental Affairs Committee.

In the winter you will find Glen on the slopes of Marble Mountain where he works as a Ski Patroller, and in the summer he works as a Fishery Guardian throughout the region. In his spare time he enjoys working on various WEC initiatives and researching Environmental Policy issues. Hoping to build a community culture of sustainability, Glen joined the WEC Board in 2012 and served as Chair of the Board in 2016 and 2017.
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Edwin Bezzina
Edwin has been with the Western Environment Centre since 2008 and brings to the organization eight years of environmental volunteer experience. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors, Edwin is the editor of WEC's newsletter. He also has written discussion reports and overviews on the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on the west coast of Newfoundland.

Edwin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and currently teaches European History at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.  He is also a member of the Refugee Support Group of Corner Brook.
Roza Tchoukaleyska
Roza joined the WEC Board of Directors in January 2017 and brings with her experience in community engagement, urban planning policy and cultural studies.

Roza grew up in Ontario and moved to Corner Brook in the summer of 2016. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Sheffield, UK, and teaches Environmental Studies at Grenfell Campus.
Mervyn Dean
Although Mervyn was born in England (in the middle of the last century) he considers himself a Newfoundlander by descent - in 1989 a Boeing 767 descended from 39,000 feet to deposit him on the tarmac at St. John's. He immediately moved to the west coast of the island and has been here ever since (except for one year on a course in Winnipeg).

Mervyn is a retired physician and an enthusiastic vegetable gardener, with interest in food sustainability and concerns about climate change and its effects. He lives in Corner Brook with his wife, Sherry, and Sammi, a miniature. poodle.
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Tahazzud moved from Halifax to Corner Brook in 2018 to serve the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador as Environmental Protection Officer. He is always enthusiastic about learning something that relates to environmental protection and sustainability. He graduated with a Master of Environmental Studies degree from Dalhousie University.

Previously, he studied B.Sc. in Environmental Science, Master in Resource and Environmental Management, and M.Sc. in Environmental and Energy Management. He started his career as an Environmental Consultant. His main areas of interest are environmental impact assessment, industrial sustainability, energy management and climate change. He loves cycling, gardening, fishing, kayaking, playing football, and exploring nature.
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Tahazzud Hossain
Current Staff Members
WEC projects and committees are run by a combination of paid staff and dedicated
volunteers. If you would like to volunteer with the Centre as a board member or committee member, please contact us.
Katie Temple
Katie became a Western Environment Centre volunteer in 2010 and  a Board member in 2011. In 2016, Katie became WEC’s first Executive Director. She originally became involved with WEC as a community gardener and has been passionately growing vegetables ever since.

Katie holds a MSc in Planning  & Development from the University of Guelph, and has volunteered with organizations such as Food First NL and the NL Environment Network. She currently sits as a volunteer board member of the Wonderful Fine Market Cooperative in Corner Brook.
Executive Director