CHRIS PRATT - Past Chair
Chris’s family roots in Metchosin go back to 1925. He entered the Royal Canadian Naval College (now Royal Roads University) in 1942, the year it opened. He saw service at sea during the Second World War and made the Navy his career. Having had several commands both at sea and ashore, he retired with the rank of Captain in 1978, when he returned to his home in Metchosin. Before retirement he was awarded the Order of Military Merit.
He has always remained active in administrative roles, in Nova Scotia he was involved in rural municipal planning. He has served as Chair of the Halifax Diocesan Pastoral Council, an administrator at the University of Victoria, Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera Association in New York and as chair or a member of several municipal committees in Metchosin.
In 2001 he was recognized as Metchosin’s Volunteer of the Year. He is a Patron of the L.B. Pearson College of the Pacific and a Younger Brother of Trinity House, the British Lighthouse Service. He is a strong supporter of opportunities for young people and he works actively for the preservation of Metchosin as a rural community.
Chris is married with four adult children and seven grandchildren.
Joel Ussery - Vice Chair and Treasurer
Joel graduated from the SFU School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1997. His masters project was entitled "Managing Invasive Plant Species in Garry Oak Meadow Vegetation Communities: A Case Study of Scotch Broom". Joel has since worked with CRD Parks as Project Manager and is now the Manager of Resource Planning for CRD Water.
Joel has also participating in creating the Green and Blue Spaces Strategy for the District of Metchosin, volunteered with the Pony Club, helped remove broom from Devonian Regional Park and helped organise the 2014 Metchosin BioBlitz. Joel is married with one daughter.
CAROL CARMAN - Chair
Carol is a communications professional who has lived in Metchosin for the past 24 years. From 1989 to 2006, she directed communications for many of BC’s major government ministries including Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the full range of social services including Children and Family Development, Health, Human Resources, Housing, the Attorney General and Multiculturalism. In those various roles, she has been privileged to focus at an executive level on many of the most challenging issues facing this province.
Carol lived and worked in New Zealand between 1981 and 1986. Prior to that, she owned and operated Yellowhead Cattle Company near Lloydminster, Alberta where she raised pedigreed cattle and offered consultant and sales management services to breeders across North America. She holds a B.Sc. degree from the University of Alberta.
From her Helix Communications office on Happy Valley Road, Carol continues to develop communications strategies that affect a range of complex, multi-dimensional issues in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Carol is married to Milton Carman and has two adult daughters, Tara and Shannon.
JACQUELINE CLARE - Director
Jacqueline Clare graduated from The University of Victoria in 2015 with a M.Sc. in Geography. Her research focused on the resident gray whale population in Clayoquot Sound, analyzing the influence of maternal learning on genetic differentiation at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Her primary research interests include ecology, resource management, GIS and cartography, and the effect of scale on the interpretation of spatio-temporal phenomena. She currently works for the Provincial government in the Ministry of Environment where she manages ecosystem data. She enjoys being outside playing soccer, running, hiking, and gardening.
KEM LUTHER - Secretary
Kem Luther has lived in Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Ontario. He and his musician wife, Jeanne, moved to Metchosin in 2005.
Now retired, Kem is a writer, an avid gardener, and a volunteer with several organizations, including the Metchosin Foundation, the Metchosin Biodiversity Project, the CRD, and the Southern Vancouver Island Mycological Society. He often gives lectures to/does guided walks for local natural history groups.
Before his retirement Kem was a college/university teacher and administrator. He was the first Dean of the Communication, Culture, and Information Technology program, a joint venture between the University of Toronto and Sheridan College that now enrolls a thousand students.
Kem studied and taught philosophy for many years (Ph.D., University of Chicago). After moving to Canada in 1981, he switched fields, becoming a Professor of Computer Science at Ontario's Sheridan College (M.Sc., ABD University of Toronto).
Several of Kem's writing projects have been published as books. The first one was Cottonwood Roots (1993, University of Nebraska Press). His most recent effort was a volume of social history, The Next Generation Gap (2009, http://nextgenerationgap.com). Boundary Layer, his current published book, is a foray into the lesser-known corners of Pacific Northwest eocosystems.
MIKE FISCHER - Director
Mike grew up in Saanich (Strawberry Vale), spending much of his time out enjoying the unique natures of Southern Vancouver Island, hiking and skiing in the mountains up-island, and boating the Gulf Islands and Clayoquot Sound for summer holidays.
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at UVic in 2001, Mike moved away for four years to pursue career opportunities in instrumentation research and development for astronomy. He returned to Southern Vancouver Island in 2005 to do a M.Sc. in mechanical engineering, and over this period came to recognize the many big problems that need solving here on Earth, and changed his professional focus to energy systems and sustainability.
Mike was also motivated to achieve a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle personally, and soon became involved in issues of local planning, food security, and resilience. In 2008, he was fortunate to be able to purchase land in Metchosin to start the hobby farm and low-impact lifestyle that was his dream. In 2010, he co-founded a technology start-up in high efficiency LED lighting while working on his M.Sc. in computer science and farming part time.
Mike served for four years on the Strawberry Vale Residents Association, dealing with issues of land use and permitting, traffic and emergency planning. He has been an active members of the Metchosin community, participating in the farmers’ market for two years, then serving on the Metchosin Environmental Advisory Select Committee (MEASC) since 2010.
BEVERLEY HALL - Director
Bev Hall moved to Metchosin in 1970 and for several years was involved with the Metchosin Hall Committee and Pony Club. She served on the Metchosin Environmental Advisory Select Committee (MEASC) for five years and received the Friends of the Earth award in 2014.
After completing a B.Sc. at the University of Victoria, Bev worked as a lab instructor and research assistant, first at UVic and then at Royal Roads Military College until it closed. At the new Royal Roads University, she worked as the laboratory instructor for the Environmental Science Program, and then in Human Resources and the Office of Research. Since retiring, she has enjoyed travelling and learning to paraglide
A keen photographer, with her partner Maurice Robinson, Bev produced two coffee table books; one to celebrate Royal Roads Military College and one on Hatley Park. She has also produced photo note cards of Metchosin for many years.
Beverley has one daughter and two grandchildren.