Island Nature Trust is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors of 8 to 12 general directors as well as one representative from each of our four founding organizations:
- PEI Museums and Heritage Foundation
- PEI Wildlife Federation
- Natural History Society of PEI (Nature PEI)
- Biology Department of the University of PEI
Judi Allen, President
An Island girl from De Sable, Judi left PEI to study at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, completing an Honours degree in Environmental Studies and Biology. She came back to work at PEI National Park as an ecologist and then moved to Parks Canada’s national office in Ottawa, applying her knowledge and experience to environmental assessment and natural resources management. From there, she began working for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), transferring her skill set to environmental management of CIDA projects in South Asia and South Africa and wrapping up a rich career as manager of the Ethiopia program. Judi loves retired life in Launching, surrounded by beautiful coastal and forest landscapes which she walks with partner Dave and the family dogs. Never one to slow down, Judi also is an INT Plover Guardian and sits on the board for the Cardigan Farmer’s Market and the P.E.I. Museums and Heritage Foundation.
Favourite place in PEI: Boughton Island
Climb Mount Fuji
Haiku by Issa
Laura Kell, Vice-President
Laura has more than 20 years’ experience in providing strategic legal advice to government, arms-length agencies and independent organizations.
Favourite place in PEI: many parts of northeastern PEI, where wild nature is more visible
Favourite quote: “All good things are free and wild” Henry David Thoreau
June Sanderson, Secretary
Favourite (two) places in PEI: 1. Sitting under the elder Eastern hemlocks in our woodlot watching the dogs romp in the ground hemlock discovering homes of small creatures. No man made sounds except for my breath. 2. Lying on the warm red sandstone around our favorite snorkelling hole after a wonderful viewing of brown and red algae and the odd lobster.
Favourite quote: “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Rachel Carson
Robert MacKay, Treasurer
Favourite place in PEI: The trails through the 30+ wooded acres of his property in New Haven
Favourite quote: God only made a few perfect heads … the rest he covered with hair. Anonymous
Linda Berko, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Representative
Linda was raised in rural Ontario where the cycles of nature played a critical role in the crop cycles of her family’s farm and where her happiest times as a child were spent in the nearby streams and wooded areas. She has called PEI home since…
Favourite place in PEI: Rollo Bay where the seals sun themselves at low tide
“I walk into a forest, any forest, to find the quality of silence. This is nutrition for the soul and is the pathway to self.”
– Diana Beresford-Kroeger (botanist, medical biochemist and one of the world’s leading expert on trees, who discusses the benefits to human life of a healthy ecosystem and the importance of preserving the heritage of old growth trees. She is the author The Sweetness of a Simple Life, The Global Forest, Arboretum Borealis, Arboretum America, and A Garden for Life.)
Gerald MacDougall, Nature PEI (Natural History Society of PEI) Representative
A son of Nova Scotia, Gerald moved to PEI in 1980 after working with the Canadian Wildlife Service in New Brunswick, and the Department of Lands and Forests in Nova Scotia. He began his career here with provincial Forestry working on demonstration wood lots, but shortly after was offered a job in western PEI as a Conservation Officer with the Fish and Wildlife Division. After 10 years working “up west” he moved back to Charlottetown to oversee the new Environmental Protection Act for the provincial Water Resource Division. In 1996, Gerald was appointed Head of the newly formed Investigation and Enforcement Section. In 2005 he took over as Provincial Climate Change Coordinator when the incumbent was on maternity leave. In 2006, he was appointed Head of the Provincial Fish and Wildlife Section also serving on the Canadian Wildlife Directors Committee (one term as co-chair). First banding eagles in Nova Scotia and then in PEI, Gerald continued banding and tracking bald eagles. He documented the population here in PEI throughout his career and wrote his Master’s thesis on this work. Gerald has escorted hundreds of adults and school children on eagle banding expeditions.
Since retirement in 2014, he has spent time instructing firearm and boating safety, sits as a Board member and Vice President of Nature PEI, as a board member of Abegweit Conservation Society, and has served as Commander of the Blue Heron Power and Sail Squadron.
Favourite place in PEI: Malpeque Bay [The beauty and wildlife is unsurpassed; lots of fond memories on the bay and surrounding Islands]
Favourite quote: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
Kevin Teather, UPEI Biology Department Representative
Kevin obtained his Bachelor of Science at Brock, Master of Science at Queen’s, and PhD at Carleton Universities, all in Ontario. He subsequently spent just over a year in Indonesia before moving to England for post-doctoral work at Cambridge University. Prior to coming to UPEI, he was a faculty member at Augustana University College in Alberta for two years and at Trent University in Ontario for three years. His research and teaching interests are in the fields of vertebrate zoology and animal behaviour.
An Islander by Choice, Kevin loves to hike the Island countryside, golf, read and spend time with his fur family.
Favourite place in PEI: Bonshaw hiking trails
Favourite quote: “Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” Mark Twain
Sharon Clark, Director
Sharon is the Research and Prospect Coordinator in the Department of Development and Alumni Engagement at UPEI. Previously she worked for UPEI’s Robertson Library, the PEI Public Records and Archives Office and the Provincial Library Service. She has a Masters of Library and Information Science from Western University in Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts from Acadia University in Nova Scotia. Her information gathering skills are outstanding; it could be likened to having a librarian on speed-dial!
Sharon consistently values and makes time for volunteering. She co-administers the popular birding Facebook page “Birding on PEI” and contributes greatly to the birding community on the Island. She previously served on the board of the PEI Natural History Society (now known as Nature PEI) as Director of Publicity.
Favourite place in PEI: Beach Grove
Favourite quote: I’m reminded of the preacher’s story: When the poor man spent his meager funds on bread and flowers he was asked, “Why waste your pennies on flowers?” The man replied, “The bread is to live. The flowers are why we live.” We need birds and flowers to value something in ourselves beyond money. —Dan Greaney, Wintu Audubon Society
Joyce Dewar, Director
Born in New Perth, Joyce studied political science at Prince of Wales College, Dalhousie University, and the University of Alberta.
Born into a family of farm leaders and politicians of all stripes, she has always taken a keen interest in public and community affairs and was a founding director of the Voluntary Resource Council.
The past 35 years have been devoted to raising a family and running two businesses: The Two Sisters Inc, a retail group in Nova Scotia and P.E.I., and Sewco Inc. which introduced the GROCERY BAG THAT SAVED THE PLANET to the Canadian market in 1989. Well ahead of the long awaited ban on plastic bags, Sewco produced 10,000 cloth bags a day for several years…
Since retiring, one of her projects is to research land use issues as they affected her Bovyer ancestors when they arrived on PEI in 1786 and continue to do so til this day. Being involved in land conservation is an interesting new perspective.
Favorite place in PEI: The stunning beauty of our landscape in June. Canoeing up the west river in autumn, and prowling the forests and red roads year round.
Favorite Quote…Thank God for Science !
Carol Horne, Director
Her collaboration with INT grew out of her love for Island landscapes and a desire to protect that special scenic mix of field, forest and sea. She holds a MA in Island Studies, where her thesis investigated how best to identify and preserve scenic viewscapes in PEI. She sat on the most recent Land Use Policy Task Force in service of that same keen love for our Island scenery.
In an earlier life, Carol spent ten years growing strawberries in eastern PEI. A strong advocate for rural community and culture, she has volunteered with tourism and film as well as land conservation initiatives throughout her working life. In her semi-retirement, she hopes to continue to support interesting Island communications projects such as her current role working with the Lobster Fishers of PEI, as well as spending lots of time with her young grandson at her favourite Island location, a beachside cottage in eastern PEI.
Favourite quote: “Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.” Aldo Leopold
Adam Hood, Director
Adam was born and raised in PEI, hailing from Meadowbank. He holds a business degree from UPEI (2004) and a law degree from Dalhousie University (2007). Adam began his career with 8 years in private practice specializing in real estate and corporate commercial law. For the past 4 years, he has worked in-house as Associate General Counsel with Standard Aero (formerly Vector Aerospace).
Favourite (two) places in PEI: Lakeside beach and the Trout River in North Granville
Favourite quote: “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” Soren Kierkegaard
Jan Matejcek, Director
Jan was born in Czechoslovakia and came to Canada in 1969 with his family. He started his legal career with the Ottawa office but several years later joined a large Toronto firm, where he became a partner. Shortly after the fall of the Iron Curtain, he was recruited by the leading US-based global firm of White & Case to lead its east European operations. Over the course of the last twenty-five years Jan participated in some of the largest acquisitions and greenfield projects completed in the emerging markets of Europe. For a number of years he served as the head of his law firm’s Corporate Practice covering thirty five countries of Europe, Middle East and Africa, served on his firm’s partnership committee and acted as the Chairman of the overall business operations in those markets.
While working in Ottawa, Jan received the Simon Bolivar Award from the government of Venezuela for his contribution to the growing relationship between Venezuela and Canada. He was the founding member of the Czech Republic – Canada Chamber of Commerce with offices in Toronto and Prague and was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Vision ‘97 Foundation (initiated by the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel).
Jan studied at the University of Toronto, the University of Windsor and London School of Economics and also holds a degree in Arboriculture from Capell College in London, England.
When he is not collecting tree seed, planting trees or pruning, Jan is likely to be reforesting his property, training his bird dog, canoeing, kayaking, skeet shooting, hunting, fly fishing or trying to keep up with his three grown up daughters and his wife, a Charlottetown native.
Favourite place in PEI: canopy-covered portion of Dunk River near Freetown
Favourite phrase: Carpe diem (“Seize the day”)
Michael Walsh, Director
Michael fell in love with the outdoors, more particularly natural environments, and animals at a very young age. His parents instilled upon him a great deal of respect and adoration of fauna and flora, as well as a sense of stewardship over natural habitat. Michael has four dogs and hikes or snowshoes with them daily. He loves being, and is at peace, in the forest, the older growth the better! He is also an avid birdwatcher, backyard birder and nature photographer.