Volunteer Board of Directors

Briony Penn, Acting ChairFrances Pugh, Acting Vice-Chair
Mel LehanNicole MackayFred Newhouse
Bill PearceJoan TarrantTom Watson

TLC’s Board of Directors normally meets monthly. Members are welcome to attend the public portion of Board meetings. However, as a considerable portion of our work deals with property transactions and financing, significant portions of the agenda must be dealt with in Camera, to protect negotiations in progress.

TLC Volunteer Board Minutes available online

July 24, 2010
June 26, 2010
April 24, 2010
March 27, 2010
February 27, 2010
January 23, 2010
January 11, 2010
December 19, 2009
November 28, 2009
October 28, 2009
September 27, 2009
August 29, 2009
August 15, 2009
August 8, 2009
October 1, 2008 – June 25, 2009

Briony Penn – Acting Chair

Residence and Occupation: Salt Spring Island; Writer/Researcher.
Your interest, vision or focus with TLC: As a Director, I will cherish and cultivate the skills, passions and contributions of members and staff that give so much to the work we all care so deeply about, and that sustain us – socially and financially. My professional work in conservation offsets will also provide new avenues for revenue generation to ensure that our legacy is protected.
Skills, knowledge and/or experience that you are bringing to the Board: Consultant to land trusts for biological inventory, communications, environmental education, including 8 years with the National Trust in Britian. PhD in Geography on land conservation; Adjunct Professor University of Victoria. Writer, researcher, broadcaster, journalist, lecturer, artist. Developing expertise in conservation offsets.
Your involvement with TLC: Founding director. Served several years on the Board of Directors; Extensive experience as volunteer, activist, attending and presenting workshops. Regular donor and holder of Conservation Covenant on family property; Worked on Stewardship Committee developing legislation for BC land trusts. Developing founding principles of TLC with other members/donors coming together to save places they loved.
Membership in other Organizations: Member of Land trust Alliance of BC; Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation; member of Saltspring Conservancy; Environmental Advisory Committee, Islands Trust; Advisor, Child and Nature Alliance; Member, Sustainable Energy Association of B.C.

Frances Pugh – Acting Vice-Chair

Occupation: Fruit and vegetable grower on the Saanich Peninsula
Skills, knowledge and/or experience: I bring a myriad of skills from my self employment: running a small business. As well, I have considerable non-profit organizational skills and knowledge from my role as Past Chair of the Saanich Inlent Protection Society, and from the experience of a very challenging past year on TLC’s Board of Directors.
Interest and Vision for TLC: I want to work to help TLC’s involvement in implementing the Greenspace Tax Levy passed by the CVRD. I also want to continue working for a more financially solvent TLC, to maintain and increase our membership, and to continue to support our staff and raise public profile. We need innovative campaigns to start to support past projects that need to, once again, be a focus of The Land Conservancy. Many properties need serious maintenance and upgrades. These issues need to be addressed before focusing on new acquisitions. We have to be more than just a “collector”.
Involvement with TLC: I have been a member of TLC since 2002, and a member of the Board of Directors since 2009. I am a fundraiser/supporter for the Sea to Sea Greenbelt campaign, and a proponent of the greenspace tax levies in the CRD and CVRD.
Other Organizations: Saanich Inlet Protection Society; Resident and Ratepayers of Central Saanich; Sea Change Marine Conservation Society; World Wildlife Fund; SPCA (Wild Arc); Alaskan Malamute HELP League.

Mel Lehan

Mel is a long time community activist who is interested in preserving and protecting special places.  Some of his successful projects include; saving a heritage church from being torn down and then turning it into a thriving community space – St. James Community Square;  preserving the character neighbourhood of West Kitsilano by getting a bylaw to stop demolition of houses in that area;  helping to have part of the Point Grey Foreshore declared a a natural foreshore in perpetuity and thus not allowing development in this oasis of urban nature. Mel was also instrumental in bringing a Farmer’s Market to Kitsilano.

Nicole Mackay

Occupation: Self Employed- Researcher for the Cohen Inquiry as well as working as a naturalist and deck-hand during summer months in Port McNeill BC.
Skills, knowledge and/or experience: I have experience in planning community environmental demonstrations such as the paddle for wild salmon where 100’s paddled down the Fraser River in an effort to inform the public of the issues wild salmon are facing. In 2010 I was sent to Norway by the Wilderness Tourism Association to speak with fish farming industries operating in B. C’s waters. I am an activist, researcher and naturalist, and a very hard working young woman.
Interest and Vision for TLC: I have lived on Northern Vancouver Island for most of my life where I have been heavily involved in environmental issues there. The biggest of these would be the loss of wild salmon in not only my area but Vancouver’s as well. I want to get other young people involved in protecting important environmental habitats by teaching them the importance of species such as fish and the many species that depend upon them. I feel Vancouver is a great opportunity for me to get more young people involved and informed of environmental issues happening around them. It is easy to lose sight of these things when living in such a place as a city.
Involvement with TLC: I am a new member, so my involvement with TLC is only beginning. I am very excited to get going.
Other Organizations: Rotary, Wilderness Tourism Association, Raincoast Research, Sable Fish Association and Save our Wild Salmon.

Fred Newhouse

Occupation: Consulting Forester
Skills, knowledge and/or experience: I have extensive experience with silviculture and woodlot management and issues relating to private woodlots licensing and organization. I also have a degree in Natural Resources Management and am currently active with the Board of the Sustainable Environmental Network Society.
Interest and Vision for TLC: Although I am a relatively new member to TLC, since the beginning of the year, I have appreciated the work that TLC has done over the years and its relationship to the work I have been involved with in private woodlot management. As a member from the Interior of BC, I am particularly interested in furthering TLC’s connections and involvement in this part of the province.
Involvement with TLC: A member of TLC since January of this year.
Other Organizations: Director, Sustainable Environmental Network Society; Exec. Director, BC Federation of Woodlots (2001-4); Director & VP Consulting Foresters of BC (1997-2000); Shuswap Okanagan Woodlot Assoc (various positions).

Bill Pearce

Occupation: Retired Lawyer
Skills, knowledge and/or experience: I was called to the bar in Ontario in 1968. I practiced with a Bay Street law firm in my early years and in 1978 became Director of Civil Litigation with the Attorney General of B.C.  I was a sole practitioner between 2001 and 2009, was appointed a QC and had a stint as Solicitor General for Bermuda. My practice, particularly in the latter years, has focused on commercial and construction litigation. I am now happily retired but occasionally do pro bono litigation.

Joan Tarrant

Residence: Victoria
Skills, knowledge and/or experience: Born and raised here in Victoria, I sadly left BC in 1982 and relocated to Grande Prairie, subsequently moving to Edmonton in 1984. While in Edmonton, I worked with the federal government for many years in the tax department and with Employment and Immigration. While in Alberta, I attended university part time and graduated with my CMA in 1992. Eventually I l left the government to work to industry. Most of my work experience has been in the land development/construction industry although I also worked in public accounting in the US to earn my audit hours. Wanting to escape the cold of Alberta, I relocated to Southern California in 1999, returning to Victoria in 2005 when my parents grew quite elderly. I have held some very demanding roles as Controller/Corporate Controller and have substantial experience managing teams and cross-team facilitation.
I am at a point in my career where I want to do something more challenging and rewarding that aligns with my personal beliefs. Although I have significant accounting skills, my true strength is in my ability to lead. I choose to consensus build, fostering an environment of collaboration.
Interest in TLC: I am passionate about the beauty of the west coast and the province of British Columbia and am deeply concerned about the environmental consequences of continued population growth and our consumptive lifestyle. Knowing firsthand the impact of development on our environment, I respect and value the work of the Conservancy and would be honoured to participate.
Other Organizations: In the mid to late 1980’s, I served on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood in Edmonton and held the position of Treasurer. Most of my audit experience was with not for profit organizations.

Tom Watson

Occupation: Investment Advisor / Father
Skills, knowledge and/or experience: I have a good knowledge of finances, and have served as both Chair and Secretary for the Gorge View Housing Society. I am also a volunteer coach with Doncaster, Reynolds and Lakehill Soccer.
Interest and Vision for TLC: I have a lifeteme belief in working to support the environment and protect special places. I want to work to help TLC be on a stronger financial footing through an increase in its membership and profile.
Involvement with TLC: I have been a member of TLC for the last year.
Other Organizations: Currently working with the Lakehill Soccer Association.