Rhonda Korol Board Biography

RK Photo for HATRhonda Korol; MSc

Co-operative Education Program Coordinator, University of Victoria

Rhonda has a BSc in Geography from University of Toronto and an MSc in Biology from University of Victoria.  She works as a Coordinator in Co-operative Education at UVic.  Rhonda has served as a member of the Advisory Planning Commission and a member of Municipal Council in Central Saanich. She enjoys exploring the unique natural areas of Vancouver Island from her kayak, bike, or hiking boots and gets great satisfaction from participating in broom bashes and ivy pulls.


Pia Archibald Board Biography

Pia Website photoPia Archibald

Director of Community Engagement, Greater Victoria Housing Society

Pia Archibald is a retired wildlife biologist and manager in the BC Ministry of Environment. Pia worked in wildlife research, environmental assessment and environmental policy and planning in BC, Alberta, Yukon and the NWT.


Volunteer Spotlight: Rachael Macdonald

This month the HAT office team would like to shine the volunteer spotlight on:

Rachael Macdonald




Rachael shares a little bit of her Habitat Acquisition Trust volunteering experience with you:

"I first learned about HAT through Jill. As a regular at the coffee shop where I work, I would hear bits and pieces about the things she had been working on and was really intrigued. When I decided to go back to school to study Biology, I began volunteering in the HAT office as a way to get involved and learn about some of the things biologists do. Within the different admin tasks I’ve been doing, I’ve learned about ecological surveys and restoration management plans – things I am very interested in but didn’t think I would see until I started school. I love working with so many women who have accomplished so much in this field; their work and passion inspire me whenever I come in to volunteer."
Our Land Protection guru, Barb, shares her gratitude for Rachael: “[she] is a wonderful volunteer, and her efforts are so helpful to keeping the covenants program information updated and organized.  She shows up consistently and with a smile takes on tasks from small to complex and quickly and efficiently completes them.  Thanks Rachael!”

Our Community and Development Coordinator, Ashlea shares her thanks: "Rachael has been wonderfully helpful in all aspects of her role with us. She tackles any task without trepidation and completes them in a timely efficient manner, always willing to help wherever it is needed most! Thank you Rachael!" 

Executive Director, Jill Robinson shares her gratitude as well: "Rachael has been an excellent addition to our HAT team. She is a hardworking volunteer and a friendly face to have around the office. A huge thank you to Rachel for taking time out of her week to join our team and help with all the behind the scenes, but essential work in our office. Huge thanks!"




Letter of resignation from Jill Robinson, Executive Director

Note from the Board of Directors: 


Dear HAT members and supporters,

The Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) Board of Directors would like to inform you that Jill Robinson will be leaving her position as Executive Director of HAT in July 2018. We thank Jill for her enormous contributions to HAT during the last three and a half years.

Jill has demonstrated her passion for conservation, strong leadership, and an exceptional talent for building collaborative relationships with staff, board members, volunteers and many others from the larger community. Jill’s diligence, positive energy and commitment to organizational excellence leave HAT an even stronger organization than it was when she arrived. Although we are sad to see her go, we wish Jill all the best as she pursues exciting new opportunities.

Moving forward, the Board of Directors will now start the process for hiring a new Executive Director. We look forward to receiving applications for this important role and to finding another talented individual to help shape HAT’s future. With strong support from the board, and with Jill’s assistance, we anticipate a smooth transition into the role for the next Executive Director as HAT continues to advance conservation objectives on south Vancouver Island.


HAT Board of Directors

Note from Jill:

For the last three and a half years at Habitat Acquisition Trust, I have felt incredibly fortunate to be a part of an organization that I care so deeply for. I am passionate about HAT’s mission to conserve nature on south Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands and I am proud of what our group has accomplished. While I have loved my time at HAT and know I will miss it dearly, I have decided to resign from my position to pursue my career as a Biologist.

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with such a passionate, knowledgeable and hardworking team of staff, board members, volunteers, contractors, and supporters – everyone that has helped support HAT in becoming a leader for conservation. I have truly appreciated your kindness, support and commitment to land protection and have loved being a part of a collaborative, strategic approach to conserving our important natural areas. Together, we’ve all worked hard to build upon HAT’s strong foundation and I feel confident moving forward that HAT will continue to thrive and make a positive impact on local conservation. I wish all the best to HAT in the future and look forward to continuing my involvement with this great organization for years to come.


Jill Robinson

 Apply today!

To apply for this great opportunity to join the HAT team, click here. Applications due June 5. 


Calling All Habitat Guardians! (2018) campaign has ended:

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The results are in! 

Between March 1st and July 31 2018, we received support from 16 incredible people, who combined raised a total of $18,770 for this year's Habitat Guardians campaign to protect habitat in the Highlands. Yes, that is almost double our goal amount of $10,000! These funds will help cover the costs of forming a new covenant on private land in the Highlands to create a permanent natural link between Gowlland Tod and Goldstream Provincial parks. Once the covenant is formed, any remaining funds will support the ongoing stewardship of protected lands on south Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands. The donors are recognized as Habitat Guardians and will be recognized with a personalized certificate acknowledging their contribution to HAT's Land Protection program. This campaign has been a phenomenal success that would not have been possible without the generous support of people like you!

Although this year's Habitat Guardians campaign has come to a close, our work in Land Protection continues year-round and requires ongoing support! From Habitat Assessment and Monitoring, mapping and more, our Land Protection program is still in need of your support! Please consider making a donation to Land Protection today.   

Thank you to all of our Habitat Guardians, you truly are an inspiration to us all.  


Original Article Below

By: Ashlea Veldhoen (March, 2018)

What if you could play an important role in protecting natural areas for our native wildlife? Well, it is possible – with your help. Habitat Acquisition Trust is now seeking to rally support from community members to raise $10,000 for its local Land Protection Program by July 31, 2018. This year’s Habitat Guardians Campaign will ensure the permanent protection of ecologically significant lands adjacent to the Gowlland Tod and Goldstream Provincial Parks, and support the ongoing stewardship of protected lands on south Vancouver Island.

The area in need of protecting features a second-growth Douglas-fir forest, inundated by rocky outcrops – suitable habitat for both the endangered Western Screech-Owl and Sharp-tailed snake. Protecting this property with a conservation covenant would also mean forging a permanent corridor for wildlife travelling between Gowlland Tod and Thetis Lake Parks.

Protecting habitat for future generations is so important in this rapidly developing landscape, and it requires a community of passionate Habitat Guardians to protect it. HAT encourages readers to heed the call of the wild and keep these special places alive with nature forever by starting a conversation about land protection, and being a guardian for wildlife habitat with a donation to HAT. Without the funds for legal protection and stewardship, these sensitive lands may end up clear-cut, subdivided, or paved-over and lost. That’s where the donations of Habitat Guardians makes a huge difference.

8 and a half inches by 11 ad for Rural Observer 2018 land Protection2
Become a Habitat Guardian and you will:
  • Receive customizable recognition at events hosted on that property for one year
  • Allow as many as 35 community members or employees to engage with nature in a meaningful way
  • Enable data collection and field surveys on these properties to better understand and plan for their restoration needs
  • Provide for HAT's land protection team to conduct yearly monitoring to identify and respond to any threats to these natural landscapes 

Our goal is to develop long-term sponsorships. Currently we are looking for a sponsorship of $1000 from each Habitat Guardian to start, and we hope that with your help we can raise or goal of $10,000 for this year's campaign by July 31st!

Your donation is customizable with the option to direct funds to a property near your neighbourhood and witness the positive impact of your sponsorship first-hand! 

habitatguardianBUTTONAre you a business owner interested in becoming a Habitat Guardian for this year's campaign? If so, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (250) 995-2428 today! 

Show the world you care. What's good for the planet is good for you.

Donate to Land Protection - Become a Habitat Guardian



Last year's Campaign

We did it! In 2017 our Habitat Guardians successfully helped us $10,000 for the Land Protection fund to the finalization of legal protection for coastline habitat at Calypso Woods Douglas-fir Forest. Thanks to local support from the community, funders and collaborators, Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT), in partnership with the Community Cowichan Land Trust has registered this conservation covenant, legally protecting Calypso Woods and its important habitat forever. 

Nitya Harris Calypso Woods Christmas 2017

Aptly named for its large population of rare and beautiful Calypso Orchids, Calypso Woods is a uniquely picturesque natural area nestled in the Bilston Creek watershed, bordering between Langford and Metchosin. It features a tributary creek –  named Nitya Creek by the landowner – which drains into Bilston Creek and empties into Witty’s Lagoon in Metchosin to support a Cutthroat Trout population.



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