Meet the HAT Team


Katie Blake, Executive Director

Katie Blake comes to HAT with 17 years of experience in the conservation sector with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Katie’s expertise is primarily in land protection, including conservation covenants, conservation land acquisition and the Ecological Gifts Program. She also serves as the Chair of the Board of Cultivate Canada Society, which runs Sole Food Street Farms, a social enterprise that employs residents of Vancouver's Downtown East Side in an urban agriculture venture. Katie’s passion for the social impact sector and for the natural world motivates her work at HAT every day. When she's not working or volunteering you will find her in her kitchen perfecting her canning skills or out hiking. Katie lives in Victoria with her husband Ian. 




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Paige Erickson-McGee, Stewardship Manager

Paige first got involved with HAT through a turtle. She later joined HAT as the Conservation Intern in 2012 and 2013 and continued to volunteer until 2014 when Paige became HAT’s Community & Development Coordinator. In January of 2015 Paige moved into the Stewardship Coordinator role leading programs for Good Neighbours and Species at Risk.

Paige grew up on Shawnigan Lake exploring nature with her dogs. She completed her degree in Geography at the University of Victoria, as well as the Environmental Technologist diploma and Archeological Field Assistant certificate at Camosun College. Paige is the Pollinator Steward for the Haliburton Farm Urban Biodiversity Enhancement and Restoration Project and is co-chair of the Native Plant Study Group. 

Chris Perrin, Community and Development Coordinator

A settler of predominantly European ancestry living on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen & W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, Chris moved to the area in 2015 from Mohawk territory (Montreal). Chris brings three years of conservation fundraising to HAT having previously worked with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and has done community building and outreach work with the Concordia Volunteers Abroad Program (now CEED) and the Soul Surfers Foundation. Chris sits on the board for the Alliance for Intergenerational Resilience (AIR) and is studying settler/environmental interactions and decolonization for his PhD at UVic.

As the Community & Development Coordinator, Chris’s roles include working with HAT’s amazing members, supporters, and partner organizations to  strengthen the HAT conservation community while also working towards building long-lasting relationships with funders.

Ronna Woudstra, Bat Program Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator

Ronna is of Irish and Dutch descent and is currently residing in the unceded territory of the Lekwengen and W̱SÁNEĆ speaking peoples, now known as the Shelbourne community. She is a recent University of Victoria graduate with a BSc. in Biology and a minor in Anthropology. Throughout her studies, she focused on ecosystems, ecology, plant biochemistry, and how we as humans understand and conceptualize the physical world around us. Ronna started out with us as our Summer 2019 Stewardship Intern and has now continued as part of the HAT team helping with outreach, volunteer coordination, stewardship and works closely with community partnerships.

Sara Lax, Conservation Technician 

Sara grew up in Victoria (on the unceded Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories) and enjoyed many summers on Hornby Island (K'ómoks territory) exploring the intertidal pools carved out of sandstone beaches with her dog and family. She completed an undergraduate degree in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria in 2019. Sara is also a steward for the Victoria High School Native Plant Meadow with Saanich Native Plants and School District 61, and is an enthusiastic advocate for commuter cycling in the region. 

 Danielle Buckle, Conservation Technician


HAT Field Team




       Hannah Glass                                                Ellie Fox                                               Max Mitchell 


Principle Contractors

Michael Brinsmead, Bookkeeper

Michael has managed HAT's bookkeeping since 2007 through his bookkeeping business, Farhill Accounting. 



Sarah Loos, GIS Technician & Spatial Analyst

In 2019, Sarah joined the HAT team to assist the Land Protection Programs with mapping and spatial data management.



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