28 Aug Welcome to Avery Deboer-Smith the new Program Manager for FOKLSS!
It is my pleasure to welcome Avery Deboer-Smith to the Program Manager position for the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society. Avery was raised in Nelson, BC where she grew up running in the forest and playing in the lake. Her love and respect for nature is matched by her desire to help people around her.
Avery completed her first degrees in International Relations and Women’s Studies. After years of intensive studies and volunteering internationally, Avery took an environmental studies elective and realized to help people she first needed to explore environmental science, so she switched her focus and went back to her roots.
Avery recently graduated from Integrated Environmental Planning with in the School of Environment and Geomatics at Selkirk College. Throughout this program, she worked in Water Conservation with municipalities, regional districts and the Columbia Basin Trust. Avery was a member of the planning team for the Kootenays first Water Drought and Climate Change Forum; “Hot and Bothered in the Kootenays”. She worked tirelessly during exams to help pull off this successful sold out event.
In Avery’s spare time you can find her trail running, canoeing, hiking or biking around Nelson and she loves to share her passion for all outdoor adventures. Avery can be contacted by phone at (250)777-3858 and via email at: info (at) friendsofkootenaylake.ca.
Thank you to all the amazing and devoted volunteers who inspired me over this last year and to the Friends of Kootenay Lake Board of Directors who guided and supported the work of FOKLSS and myself with endless time and dedication.
I will continue to volunteer for the society in many ways and look forward to seeing in flourish under the steady hand of our new Program Manager, Avery.
For the Love of the Lake,