Society Directors and Committees

In November of every year, the Society elects new Executive and Directors at the Annual General Meeting.

The Executive for 2020 are:

Soren Bondrup-Nielsen, President (902-582-3971)

How did you first become interested in the environment?
I have been active outdoors as long as I remember.
What is your favourite species native to Nova Scotia?
Hemlock – walking in an old growth hemlock stand is akin to visiting an ancient cathedral.
What is your favourite memory of being in nature?
Canning in the shield region of Ontario.

Kent Williams, Past President (902-719-5323)

Jean Collins-Gibson, Vice President (902-678-4725)

How did you first become interested in the environment?
My childhood was replete with nature experiences, thanks to the way of life in Berwick, where I grew up, and to spring until fall visits to Lake George, where both sets of grandparents owned cottages.
What is your favourite species native to Nova Scotia?
Pink ladyslippers were a favourite since childhood. They appeared in the same location at one of those cottages, and I learned never to pick them. But there was a secret field way back in the woods where they were so abundant that we were allowed to collect a small bouquet, leaving roots and leaves intact.
What is your favourite memory of being in nature?
The family canoe, beginning with a cedar strip one belonging to my grandmother, and ending with an untippable, unsinkable aluminum one safe enough for a family with three small children, is associated with many memorable paddles to explore the nooks and crannies of the shoreline, to reach favourite fishing spots, to pick water lilies, and sometimes to see how close we might get to the resident loons. A camera was always close at hand, and later life has meant more photography of nature, especially close-up views.

Patrick Kelly, Secretary (902-472-2322)

Howard Williams, Treasurer, Membership Coordinator and Newsletter Chairman (902-791-5194)

How did you first become interested in the environment?
As a child, with parental guidance.
What is your favourite species native to Nova Scotia?
Canada Burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)
What is your favourite activity to do outside?
Listening for and observing new species of birds

The Directors are:

John Burka

I’m John Burka, a retired professor in veterinary pharmacology at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island.  was very active with scientific literacy and ran the PEI Science Fair for over 20 years. I’ve been involved in science awareness from my days in the Science Club in high school and then in the Biology Club at the University of Toronto. Tom Parsons was an amazing mentor and I remember bird watching with him at Long Point and Algonquin Provincial Parks. Other members of the UofT Biology Club are still close friends. My children grew up enjoying nature and I remember many weekends skiing among bison in Elk Island National Park or meeting a moose on the trail near Lake Louise. I was involved with Nature PEI for many years and joined the Blomidon Naturalists on moving to NS.  My favourite nature destination here is Miner’s Marsh in Kentville and finding the great blue heron in the reeds.  

Carolyn Green

After retirement from Facilities Management at Dalhousie University, I moved to the Annapolis Valley. My background in Architecture and related hobby of landscape gardening has lead to a keen interest in gardening for wildlife.  My love of nature began in early childhood. Raised in the country, I remember going on nature walks with my grandfather.  Most of my favourite memories are from times outdoors, especially camping trips involving water and the wildlife one sees on the lakes and in the ocean. Now I have a wildlife pond in my backyard where I provide a home for one of my favourite species: frogs. The wood frogs lay their eggs in spring and the green frogs take up residence for the summer. My favourite sound is the spring chorus of the northern spring peppers.

Riley Scanlan

How did you first become interested in the environment?
I was fortunate to attend overnight summer camp as a child and spent many weeks canoe tripping around Ontario and Quebec. It provided a great space to be comfortable outdoors and inspired me to pursue an education in environmental science.
What is your favourite species native to Nova Scotia?
I must agree with Soren: eastern Hemlocks. I first encountered the species in my research and fell in love with their resilience and beauty.
What is your favourite memory of being in nature?
One late night during a month-long canoe trip, my friend and I were responsible for cleaning dishes. You would think with thick clouds of mosquitoes, black flies and horseflies picking at our skin through bug jackets as we scraped burnt food off pans, that we were miserable. But in fact we could not stop laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation. Such is the way after many nights sleeping under stars!

Judy Lipp

How did you first become interested in the environment?
I remember reading an Earth Day article in high school and first feeling concerned. It took a few years, before I took action in the form of litter cleans and course work at university. And its just kept going from there.
What is your favourite species native to Nova Scotia?
Black capped chickadees are awesome. They are so sweet yet bold and dependable. I admire them for their hardiness through the Nova Scotia winter and appreciate their year-round company when I’m out and about.
What is your favourite memory of being in nature?
I love to walk gently and quietly, listening and noticing. Trying to mimmic the calm and steadfastness of nature. Its the best way to find my way to an inner calm that too often feels out of reach.

Emily LeGrand

Publication Committee, 2020:

Howard Williams, Chairman and Newsletter Editor  902-791-5194
Doug Linzey, Gary Dunfield, and Andrew Steeves, Production
Ed and Mary Ann Sulis: Distribution