Board of Directors
First Things First Okanagan is run by eight volunteer Board of Directors:
Jim Beattie has been a farmer, farm representative for government, and farmworker advocate. He represented Penticton as an MLA in the 1990s. Active in the South Okanagan Environmental Coalition, he fought against pesticide use in Okanagan Lake. He is a member of a Naramata Truth and Reconciliation Group and Musaic Vocal Ensemble.
Jim Corbett is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Physics at the University of Waterloo. Since moving to Naramata, Jim enjoys camping in the Pacific Northwest. Together with his concerns for the environment, Jim is committed to right relations with First Nations.
Kathleen Davies taught high school in Australia, and was a lawyer practicing in Edmonton before retiring to the South Okanagan. Kathleen enjoys music, dance and reading, and is passionate about being physically active and outside in nature.
Jerry Flaman is a Canadian Army Veteran, musician, singer, and songwriter living in Summerland. Having travelled extensively, Jerry has seen the capabilities of the natural world to sustain our way of life while reducing dependency on fossil fuels. Jerry is a strong proponent of distributed alternate energy production and use at the personal and local level.
Michael Healey is a retired scientist and academic specializing in marine and fresh water fisheries ecology. Interpreting science for policy makers, he became interested in the implications of climate change for ecosystems. He now devotes time to raising public and political awareness about the ecological, economic and social consequences of climate change.
Margaret Holm has worked in outreach and education for cultural and conservation organizations as a researcher, writer and program facilitator. She now devotes time to climate engagement, environmental conservation, gardening, and staying active.
Leanne McDonald has a BSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. Living in OK Falls, Leanne has worked in agricultural research and for BC Parks. She is passionate about wildlife, nature and sustainability, and volunteers with the Burrowing Owl Society of BC and Vaseux Migratory Bird Observatory.
Brita Park is a retired French teacher who grew up and raised her family on an orchard in Oliver where she developed a deep love of Okanagan ecology. Her involvement in FTFO is part of her lifelong learning together with other members– inspiring and challenging each other to transfer personal climate awareness into action.