HAT Office team taken November 2nd, 2021
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Katie Blake (she/her), 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.
Paige Erickson-McGee (she/her), Program 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.
Ronna Woudstra (she/her), Stewardship 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 (she/her), Habitat Management Coordinator
Sara grew up in Victoria (on the unceded Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ territories) and completed an undergraduate degree in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria in 2019. Sara started her journey with HAT as a volunteer in 2015 restoring coastal habitat on Galiano Island and later in the Fall of 2019 through volunteering with the Green Spots in Schools. It was through these experiences that her love of HAT's work in the community grew and led her to seeking a position as Conservation Technician with the Stewardship Program in Fall 2021. Since then, Sara has worked in many facets of HAT's work and is now the acting Habitat Management Coordinator for HAT's protected lands. In her free time she stewards the Victoria High School Native Plant Meadow, loves kayaking and watercolour painting, and is an enthusiastic advocate for commuter cycling in the region.
Chris Perrin (he/him), 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.
Chris Wieczorek (he/him), Land Protection Coordinator
Chris comes to our team after completing his master's degree in Nature, Society & Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford. His role with HAT includes the project management, due diligence and negotiations involved in creating new protected areas, as well as the administration of HAT’s existing portfolio of protected areas. With a strong background in social change, communications, non-profit and government project management, and relationship building, Chris will be a wonderful addition to HAT’s team. Chris grew up on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen peoples & W̱SÁNEĆ Nations in the capital region and is very excited to return to the area. When not working, Chris is also very fond of Victoria’s many great coffee shops, as well as pretending to be a trail runner while exploring the region’s forests, beaches, and areas of natural beauty.
Stanley Mason (he/him), Office Administrator
Danielle Buckle (she/her), Wildlife Stewardship Technician
Originally from Calgary, Danielle developed a passion for the outdoors while spending her summers and winters learning and playing in the Rocky Mountains surrounding Canmore, Fernie, and Invermere. In 2015 she moved to Victoria (the unceded Lək̓ʷəŋən peoples' and W̱SÁNEĆ Nations' territories) to pursue her passion for the environment further through a BSc in Geography at the University of Victoria. She immediately fell in love with the ecology and natural history of this beautiful place, exploring everywhere from the intertidal zone to Garry Oak meadows. Danielle is responsible for all things wildlife and will be assisting the HAT team to ensure that all creatures great and small are remembered and protected
Jordana Herron (she/her), Conservation Technician
Jordana is of Irish and British heritage and grew up on the territories of the Mi’kmaq peoples in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She moved to Victoria, on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen & W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, in 2015 to pursue her education in Camosun College’s Environmental Technology program. Through school, she completed two summer internships with HAT as their Land Protection Intern and worked on covenant monitoring and data management projects. She then worked for 2.5 years as an Environmental Technologist in the private consulting world supporting aquatic ecologists consulting on local development projects. She returns to HAT as a Conservation Technician working in the Habitat Management and Wildlife Stewardship programs. Jordana enjoys dancing in her spare time and exploring the natural landscapes of southern Vancouver Island. She is a foodie and coffee lover and can provide restaurant/cafe recommendations. She also loves puns.
HAT Field Team
Hannah Glass (she/her) Ellie Fox (she/her) Max Mitchell (he/him)
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.