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.
Emma Dunlop - Stewardship & Outreach Coordinator
Emma is a student at Quest University Canada, pursuing a degree in evolutionary biology and ecology, and is very excited to be joining the Friends of Fish Creek for the summer of 2019 as the Stewardship & Outreach Coordinator. She is deeply interested in the ecosystem role of cooperative partnerships between species, and in how humans might build such relationships by fostering biophilia and participating in stewardship.
Karen Ratliffe - Stewardship Intern
Karen is studying environmental management at Lakehead University. Since 2015, Karen has been an active volunteer in several Friends of Fish Creek programs including Park Watch, Riparian Health Assessments and ReWilding. In 2017, Karen was recognized with the Parks and Protected Areas Junior Achievement Award at the Alberta Parks Volunteer Conference. This summer, Karen is taking on several projects through a Stewardship Internship.