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Meet The Team

Derby Reach Brae Island Parks Association is a nonprofit society governed by park association membership and our volunteer Board of Directors.

If you are interested in a leadership role supporting our mission to foster stewardship of the land and education within the parks, please get in touch with us. 

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Joakim Nilsson

Chairperson

Joakim teaches English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He has been a Board member since 2014. He lives in Bedford Landing and frequently runs, cycles, and walks on Brae Island and the Fort-to-Fort Trail.

 

He enjoys promoting greater awareness and use of regional parks. As a cyclist and a dog owner, he's interested in promoting respectful shared use of trails.

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Lisa Dreves

Vice-Chairperson

Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) is a long-standing member of the DRBIPA board of directors and they are currently represented by Lisa Dreves.  Lisa enjoys dragging her boys for long walks along all the different trails in Derby Reach and Brae Island while taking notes about invasive species and potential planting sites.  She has most enjoyed her involvement in the wattle wall plantings along Brae Island with students at BCIT and KPU. 

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Terri  Van Sleuwen

Secretary

Terri lives in Walnut Grove and regularly enjoys walking, with her dog Rosie, on the Fort-to-Fort Trail. She appreciates having access to these beautiful parks and wants to help preserve them so that all of us can enjoy them for many years to come. Terri is a CPA and recently retired from a long career in the B.C. public service who brings strong leadership, financial, and strategic planning experience to the Board.

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Stephanie Steves

Treasurer

Like many Board Members, Stephanie began as a Park Ambassador, helping with tree planting, building the living retaining walls on Brae Island, and invasive species mapping & removal.

 

A lover of the natural world, volunteering grew a greater appreciation. After completing some training at the University of Fraser Valley in Accounting and Bookkeeping, an opening on the board presented another way to give back and help maintain balance.

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Sara Alaica

Director-At-Large

Sara Chairs the Langley Bog Restoration Committee hosted by DRBIPA along with community partners Trinity Western University and Metro Vancouver  Regional Parks. She helps fund and manage projects to restore the rare species, hydrology, and unique ecosystem of Langley Bog. Sara researched Langley Bog as part of her graduate work in Ecological Restoration from SFU, studying Langley Bog and implementing restoration treatments: reintroducing mosses, and tracking water levels. She is a passionate conversationist and advocate for natural areas.

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Oliver Cook

Director-At-Large

Oliver Cook Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Horticulture Science, Majoring in Urban Ecosystems and Minoring in Plant Health. Oliver has a passion for nature and conservation. Oliver has lived in Fort Langley for two years and enjoys walking through Derby Reach and Brae Island Regional Parks. Oliver is a co-chair of the ecosystem enhancement committee, where he aims to develop his leadership skills while supporting his local community through environmental stewardship initiatives and education events.

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Kunle Adeleye

Director-At-Large

Kunle is a registered professional engineer in the province of BC. He lives in Langley with his family, and they regularly enjoy the outdoors through participation at the various Metro Vancouver Parks events across the lower mainland. One of their favourite parks in Langley is Campbell Valley.

 

Kunle is also an aspiring runner, having completed several half-marathons, he is now training for a full marathon on the many running trails in Langley. Over the years, Kunle and his family have also volunteered with DRBIPA in planting trees at Derby Reach and bog cleaning at Brae Island. He is keenly interested in contributing to the environmental stewardship efforts of organizations making a positive impact in our communities.

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Brad Roden

Director-At-Large

My interests are hiking, enjoying the outdoors, Photography, both digital and Black and White 35mm film. I also like to garden and grow my own food and am an avid craft beer taster. I cherish every moment I have on this beautiful planet of ours. In joining the DRBIPA Board, I want to help and preserve our beautiful parks. As a volunteer in this position I hope to make a difference.

 

Derby Reach is my go-to park I particularly like Derby Reach Heritage Area and the Houston Trail. Working for a local company for over 25 years, supervising and leading groups in shipping and production, has led to my great teamwork and team building skills, which I hope to bring to the park association. And as a Langley resident for over 20 years I’m excited to give back to my community and help wherever I can on the Board.

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Roxci Bevis

Program & Volunteer Coordinator

Roxci is a community engagement specialist and a tireless advocate for environmental and social justice in our society, supporting nonprofit societs locally, provincially, and nationally. Roxci is a forever-learner, her certificate studies spanning over a decade include business administration, human resources, project management, volunteer management, media journalism, and greening the economy. 

 

Roxci has been a part of the DRBIPA team since 2019. She loves working with the team to propel our mission forward, supporting community involvement and volunteer engagement in our parks. 

Please contact Roxci to get involved with our volunteer conservation program or guided nature walk series. 

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