Our Team

The Cowichan Green Community is made up of a dynamic group of community members.


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Alan Philip

Alan is a retired cartographer, passionate about hiking, biking, canoeing and food. He got involved with CGC to support his local food habit and help produce the Food Security Map. He loves the Cowichan Valley and is excited about CGC’s contributions to making it even better.

Position: Director

Boards: CGC, CGC Holdings

Email: aphilip@telus.net

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Amy Luck

After travelling the globe, Amy transplanted to the Cowichan Valley in January 2008 and immediately fell in love with the region and its people. She runs a small business and is a proud and passionate member of the Cowichan Green Community. Amy is currently living her dream on a small hobby farm with her husband and two young daughters.

Position: Secretary

Boards: CGC

Email: amyluck@hotmail.com

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Beverly Hill

Bev earned her BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria and a PG Certificate in Sustainable Community Design from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Passionate about Permaculture, landscape design and green infrastructure, Bev aspires to achieve creative, regenerative solutions to enhance community resilience.

Position: Director

Boards: CGC

Email: info@cowichangreencommunity.org

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Bev Suderman

Beverly is a land use planner, passionate about supporting communities in their pursuit of sustainable community development. She got involved with CGC was as part of the volunteer team that developed the Cowichan Valley Food Security Action Plan. As a dedicated foodie, she appreciates the side benefits of food security work!

Position: CGC President

Boards: CGC, CGC Holdings

Email: bsuderman2005@gmail.com

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Mark Hazell

Mark has lived in the Cowichan Valley for the last nine years, returning to the west coast after eighteen winters in Nova Scotia. He has a long standing interest in exploring what might make enlightened society possible and what it means to be native to a place. He became involved with CGC because of the last word in the Cowichan Green Community’s name.

Position: Treasurer

Boards: CGC, CGC Holdings

Email: markhazell45@gmail.com

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Nadeane Nelson

Nadeane is passionate about healthy food, fresh water and the healing power of nature, creativity and nurturing relationships. She enjoys gardening, cycling, paddling, and communing with trees. Nadeane is continually inspired by the energy, enthusiasm and skillsets of CGC staff and by the projects they undertake.

Position: Vice-President

Boards: CGC, CGC Holdings

Email: n.nelson@telus.net



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Judy Stafford

Born in Vancouver, Judy took a long detour through life and other countries before she was enticed back to this gorgeous Valley. Blessed to be living on a float house and working in a fabulous organization that fuels her creative and environmental fire, she’s reminded how much more inspiring life is when working in a place that is aligned with her passions.

Position: Executive Director

Email: judy@cowichangreencommunity.org

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Nora Arajs

Nora moved to the Cowichan Valley from Victoria three years ago to pursue her interest in organic agriculture and permaculture. Deeply interested in food resiliency, permaculture, and seed production, she has a Permaculture Design Certificate and is an Organic Master Gardener. Her professional background includes expertise in film production, communications, marketing, online education, and project management. She is excited about developing a deeper connection to the community through the creation of edible landscapes – small and large.

Position: Manager, Ceres Edible Landscaping

Email: nora@cowichangreencommunity.org

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Heather Kaye

A long-time locavore, Heather is keen to be putting her skills in agricultural communications back to work with CGC. When she’s not talking to farmers, she can be found hiking with her family, puttering in the garden and drawing up plans for a wood-fired pizza oven on her property.

Position: Supervisor, KinPark Urban Farm

Email: heather@cowichangreencommunity.org

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Alyssa Loucks

Born and mostly raised in Ontario, Alyssa moved out to beautiful British Columbia in 2008. Not only is she very passionate for art and music, but also for working alongside her coworkers at CGC. Alongside working at CGC, Alyssa has also finished her studies at Vancouver Island University with a degree in Child and Youth Care . She believes that connecting children and youth to nature and our environment is extremely important, because they are the future caretakers of the Earth.

Position: KinPark Family Drop-in Coordinator

Email: alyssa@cowichangreencommunity.org

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Leslie Rault

Leslie has many years of retail management experience and expertise. She is thoroughly enjoying the challenges of taking the Garden Pantry Store in new directions, while supporting the objectives of the Cowichan Green Community. She is a passionate textile printer and gardener with a true love of all things organic.

Position: Garden Pantry Store Manager

Email: leslie@cowichangreencommunity.org

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Jennifer Dorby

Returning to the Cowichan Valley, Jennifer is excited to be working with a team dedicated to positively impacting our region! Jennifer graduated from VIU in 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Tourism Management Major Recreation. Her current dream is to give back to the place that gave so much to her growing up through promoting active lifestyles, community connectivity, and nutrition.

Position: Food Security Coordinator

Email: jennifer@cowichangreencommunity.org

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Tony Sferrazza

Upon graduation from Western University’s Master’s of Environment and Sustainability program last fall, Tony set his sites on the Cowichan Valley in pursuit of meaningful work in an environmentally conscious community. He quickly found the Cowichan Green Community, a place to utilize his skills with a focus on program management, social media engagement, outreach and videography. Originally from Ontario, Tony is excited to continue to help CGC extend its positive impact on the local community.


Position: Program Manager

Email: tony@cowichangreencommunity.org

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Foster Richardson

Born and raised in the Cowichan Valley, Foster planted his first pack of beans over 10 years ago and hasn’t let up since. Following a degree at UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and a 3-year stint farming in the Comox Valley, Foster is thrilled to be back home working on the first of its kind Incubator Seed Farm.

Position: Incubator Seed Farm Supervisor

Email: foster@cowichangreencommunity.org

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Madelaine McLeod

Madelaine and her family arrived in the Valley in 1994 and homesteaded property in Cowichan Station. She was one of the founding member of the Cowichan Station Area Association.  Her wealth of experiences and background in maintaining the revitalized HUB is a perfect fit for taking on management of The Station, as well as the administration of the Cowichan Green Community.  She is excited to be part of all the positive ventures of the CGC.

Position: Facility Manager and Administrator

Email: madelaine@cowichangreencommunity.org


Project News

  • For the Love of Upcycling

    For the Love of Upcycling: Recycling Senior’s Knowledge of Upcycling                             Cowichan Green Community is offering a series of Workshops, that have been funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, a …

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Upcoming Events

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      Edible Garden and Farm Tour

      Saturday, July 8, 2017
          Get ready to take a walk on the edible side! This year's Edible Garden and Farm Tour will take place on Saturday, July 8th, 2017, 10AM - 3PM. Tickets are now on sale for $20 each at the...
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