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 DeGama-Blanchet - Executive Director
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.
Kumiko Kamiike - Program Assistant
Kumiko learned science while studying a Maters Degree in Forest Ecology and worked in the eco-tourism industry for more than 8 years in Japan. She led various field tours, developed nature programs and also worked in the field of wild bear management. Through her career, she’s built a feeling that sharing enjoyment of nature and having the right knowledge are the keys to protect nature. Kumiko moved to Canada 6 years ago and is now eager to share the wonder of nature in Fish Creek Provincial Park!
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.
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.
Katie is currently on maternity leave, enjoying life in the foothills with her husband Jeremy and their son, Theo, born on December 25, 2016.