Nic earned a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Anthropology and a Master in Science for Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University in England. Nic also has over ten years of experience in non-profit management and field work, which, includes studying Capuchin monkeys in Suriname and Saki monkeys in Venezuela. As Executive Director, Nic works to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the Friends of Fish Creek.
Nic Blanchet - Executive Director
Katie Bakken - Program Coordinator
Katie is passionate about getting people outside enjoying nature responsibly. Her position as Program Coordinator allows her to combine her education in Geography, Parks and Environmental Education into challenging and meaningful work. She believes that volunteerism is critical to keeping Fish Creek Provincial Park a safe and enjoyable urban oasis for generations to come.
Shana Barbour - Program Coordinator
Shana obtained a Masters of Science degree in Sustainable Development from the University of London in England, and spent 10 years helping at-risk youth at Hull Services. She is active in her community has recently completed the Non-Profit Management Certificate Program through Mount Royal University. She believes that public engagement is key for helping preserve the natural world and to help encourage responsible use of this amazing natural resource.
Chris Lalonde - Communications Coordinator
Chris graduated in 2006 from MRU with a Bachelor of Applied Communications in Electronic Publishing. He has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations throughout the city, including the Kidney Foundation and Heart and Stroke Foundation. As Communications Coordinator, Chris helps raise awareness within the community about the Friends’ initiatives and enjoys working in Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Julien Cossette - Citizen Science & Stewardship Coordinator
Julien is a recent graduate of the Canadian Conservation Corps program, and holds a Master of Arts in social anthropology from York University. He has worked with Parks Canada, Alberta Parks, and non-profits on various trail, citizen science, and youth engagement projects. A champion of volunteer participation in conservation and recreation efforts, he seeks to foster access to positive and meaningful experiences in nature.