Board of Directors
2017 - 2018 

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, committee facilitator or committee member, please contact us.

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 became Chair of the Board in 2016.
Simon Jansen
Vice Chairperson
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. Also, 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.
Shem Evans
Shem is originally from St. John's and has been actively involved in environmental issues over the last 12 years. His work experience in Environmental Management includes the Long Harbour Nickel Processing Plant during its construction phase in 2012, as well as the Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric project in 2014. Graduating from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2010 with an Environmental Studies Degree, he is currently undertaking his Masters in Environmental Policy. Shem joined the Western Environment Center Board of Directors in 2016, and is interested in food sovereignty within NL, climate change, and heavy industrial construction as it relates to the environment.  
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.
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.
Sandy Blaxland
Sandy was born and raised in Corner Brook and returned home in 2016 after 41 years in Nova Scotia. She became interested in environmental issues after raising three children in rural NS and experiencing first hand the excellent composting and recycling program there. She was Market Manager with the Bridgewater Farmers' Market for a number of years and is a huge supporter of "fresh and homegrown." Sandy works at the CB Status of Women Council and is also passionate about the local community garden and learning more about the challenges of gardening in western NL.  She joined the Western Environment Centre Board of Directors in 2017.
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.
Leanna Butters
Leanna was born and raised in Toronto, ON. She came to Corner Brook in September 2015 as a student of the Environmental Policy Institute of Grenfell Campus. Leanna was involved with several community groups in Toronto focused on the stewardship of natural areas and heritage conservation. With an interest in landscape change and the convergence on natural and built spaces, her MA research is looking at how the presence of fly-in/fly-out commuters have impacted the built environment of the community of Deer Lake, NL. Leanna joined the WEC Board of Directors in January 2016 and is excited about the prospect of working on sustainablity-related initiatives in western Newfoundland.
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Current Staff Members
WEC projects and committees are run by a combination of paid staff and dedicated
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Katie Temple
Executive Director
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.
Rebecca Shea
Project Coordinator
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.
Jessica Galliott
Project Coordinator
Jessica has eight years of experience working in the forestry industry on the island. She is a registered guide and is passionate about gardening and the outdoors. She joined the WEC Board of Directors in 2016 to support a healthy community.