Krystle began working on food initiatives with Squamish CAN in 2010. To date she has co-lead establishing the Squamish Food Charter; co-founding the Squamish Food Policy Council; the development of the CAN Grow Community Garden & Mamquam Edible School Yard & integrating food system policies into Squamish's Official Community Plan. Krystle@squamishcan.net
Gabriela Lech - Food Systems Manager / Community Garden Manager
Gabriela's background is in environmental science and climate change. She is excited about community-building and helping to build an inclusive food system that meets social and environmental needs. In her free time she enjoys climbing, hiking, cooking, and painting. Gabriela@squamishcan.net
Kelina Kwan - Financial Coordinator
Kelina has been working with non-profits in different sectors for many years, including in arts and culture and social services. She loves wildlife and animals, and believes that we can create a sustainable and environmentally viable world where all creatures can co-exist. She is also a strong believer of zero waste and is excited to be part of Squamish CAN’s work and efforts.
Harriet Jarvis - Downtown School Farm Manager
Originally from England and with a background in environmental science, Harriet now embraces an off grid lifestyle here in Squamish. She embodies a deep connection to nature, making her a skilled gardener and a steward of sustainable living practices. When she's not tending to her crops, you will find her outside in the mountains, birdwatching, trail running, cycling, or out on the ocean trying to master her new hobby of wing foiling. email@example.com
Marie-ève started with arts & photography in Québec & continued on to the film industry in Vancouver, intertwined with service industry roles. After starting a family in Squamish, landscaping followed, then permaculture design & volunteering with Squamish CAN which lead to her role as Food Projects Coordinator. Mariefirstname.lastname@example.org
Shannon Friday - Zero Waste Coordinator
Shannon Friday (she/they) has been a member of Squamish CAN since moving to the area in 2018, helping out with Repair Cafes and the Re-Use-It Fair and having a downtown community garden plot. She is excited to be the Zero Waste Coordinator because it combines a passion for recognizing diverse skills like mending and repair, community exchange, and spreading the word about how to save our planet! Before moving to Squamish, Shannon lived in Wellington, New Zealand. In addition to founding a theatre company, Shannon worked as the manager of a TimeBank, a community organization that facilitates skill sharing throughout a community. Shannon lives with their partner James, their two adorable and perfect cats, McTavish and Flick, and a rotating door of visiting pets. email@example.com
Farrah T. Schwab - Valleycliffe Garden Coordinator
Farrah is a permaculturalist, eco-therapy guide and experienced environmental educator with a focus on helping others deepen their relationship with the more-than-human-world (nature!) . Born and raised in South Africa, she comes with a love for the sun, and for music (which she integrates into her daily life). She is a part time hobby herbalist with a love for making medicinal tea blends. When she's not out in the garden, or blending teas she's playing private music events, singing at local yoga studios or putting together creative community events. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chantelle Matthews - Communications
Chantelle relocated from Englands rolling hills to the mountains of BC over seven years ago. A self confessed fabric nerd, she believes there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong outdoor gear. Which serves her very well when adventuring with her Mexican rescue Odie! When shes not organising community events, Chantelle has a passion for inter-generational learning and skill sharing, and relishes an opportunity to open up conversations that encourage lifelong learning through those within our local and broader community. email@example.com
Squamish CAN Board of Directors
Holden Bonwit - President
Holden loves connecting with the environment through kiteboarding, hiking, and trail running. He’s passionate about measuring & improving our individual & collective environmental impact. With a background in engineering, he now builds growth strategies for early stage organizations.
Kari is a Project Coordinator for two local non-profits in the Health sector and has an educational background in Anthropology and indigenous studies. She first became involved with Squamish CAN through the community gardens. Kari spends her free time working in the garden, volunteering with Squamish Streamkeepers, and exploring the outdoors. Kari is passionate about growing food locally, protecting our riparian habitats, and reducing waste in our community.
Hilal is a circular economy specialist with over a decade of experience in project management, business development, and sustainability across various industries. Her expertise spans waste reduction strategies, circular projects, and a particular emphasis on the built environment and reusable packaging systems. Currently, Hilal works as a consultant, focusing on empowering communities to embrace circular thinking and supporting their transition to a net-zero future. She firmly believes in the power of local communities and local innovation. As a mentor at the Project Zero incubator in BC for the past three years, Hilal actively contributes to finding scalable solutions that work best for communities. Hilal is excited and honoured to contribute as a member of the Squamish CAN Board of Directors, to help shape a future for the community that is both waste-free and equitable.
Hayden believes that it’s in communities, like Squamish, where small actions can lead to big impact in creating a more sustainable future. Squamish CAN creates the platform for any member of the Squamish community to get involved, learn, ask questions, and change to produce the most positive impact. With a background in sustainable development, Hayden has worked in waste reduction and energy/emissions management roles. He would love the opportunity to support Squamish CAN, as a Director on the Board, in its zero waste and energy/emissions management projects.
Gizem works as the Food Security Programs and Community Development Manager at WCSS. Her education is in Developmental, Economic and Environmental issues in International Studies. With a background in fundraising for environmental non-profits, she looks forward to contributing to Squamish CAN and is dedicated learning and decolonization.
Jane is excited to share her deep experience as an accountant with a sustainability perspective, based on an interdisciplinary master’s degree that links sustainability to accounting. Jane has an understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with climate action here in the Sea to Sky based on a recent sustainable forestry project with the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative (HSBRI). In addition to bringing great non-profit volunteer experience, she is committed to the mission and values of Squamish CAN and believes that the organization has the potential to make a significant impact on the sustainability and resilience of the Squamish community.
Pam is a sustainability consultant and entrepreneur with a specialty in responsible tourism. She runs a small-group educational travel company in BC, Mosaic Earth Travel, along with various side projects for the Squamish Community Foundation and supporting businesses in adopting sustainability initiatives. Pam is excited to contribute her passion for change and skills in project management and community engagement to Squamish CAN & important programs.