Board Members


Melanie Tardif

Melanie has been volunteering with AWARE since 2011, and now represents AWARE as president. Originally from the Laurentians north of Montréal, Québec, she studied Applied Ecology at Vanier College. Additionally, Melanie completed an internship at the Redpath Museum on the McGill University campus. After deciding to move out west to


Natasha Mauger

Natasha joined the AWARE board in 2016, eager to get involved in local environmental action. She began animal and environmental activism as a teenager, signing petitions through the Body Shop campaigns and being interviewed in an animal rights documentary for British television in the 1990s. Natasha went on to become


Andrew Runciman

Andrew joined the Board in 2011 and has acted as secretary since this time. He has a background in operational and strategic planning and personnel training and management. Andrew has championed the development of AWARE’s management systems, through his organised and diligent approach. He has a keen interest in developing


Andrew Ross

Originally from Ottawa, Andrew studied Chemical Engineering at McMaster and studied an MBA at Western. He worked in high tech, manufacturing, and energy management. Through his extensive traveling, Andrew has become very concerned about environmental stewardship. Having lived in Whistler for over three years, and visited as a tourist for


Nalini Binet

Nalini joined the board in 2013. Though she has no formal environmental education or background, Nalini has always loved being outdoors, surrounded by nature, playing in the elements. Her diverse life experience has taught her the importance of living in harmony with all that surrounds us, whether it be people,


Victoria Grace Lopez

Victoria joined the Board of Directors in 2016. She teaches yoga and manages Loka Yoga Whistler and has the great privilege of serving women and families during the birthing process as a birth doula. Her deep appreciation for life comes from our connection to the Earth and being able to


Will Kahlert

Will joined the AWARE Board of Directors in 2016. He has visited Whistler over the years and returned here as a new member of the community, impressed with the like-minded atmosphere of people who wish to create a new sustainable lifestyle. Interest in AWARE is part of a newly developing



Claire Ruddy

Originally from the UK, Claire followed a Masters in Environment and Business by working with small and medium sized businesses to reduce environmental impacts through improved processes, training and creating cultural shifts. Upon moving to Canada in 2006, she joined Whistler's environmental charity, AWARE and switched focus to the natural


Stephanie Hubbard

Stephanie Hubbard is a graduate from the University of Victoria with a double major in Geography and Environmental Studies. Stephanie started volunteering with AWARE in 2013 and soon after joined the projects committee. In the summer of 2014, she moved into the position of Zero Waste Station Coordinator where she


Kim Slater

Kim coordinates AWARE’s GROW Garden & Greenhouse Program, an initiative that connects people to the land and one another through the magic of growing organic food. Kim hails from Guelph, Ontario, but has resided in the Sea to Sky region for the past decade. In that time, she has worn


Julie Burrows

Julie is the AWARE Kids Club program leader with volunteer and work experience-engaging students of all ages; sharing, experience, enthusiasm, appreciation and knowledge of the natural environment for over 10 years. She arrived in Whistler in 2000 and fell in love with the mountains. She holds an Environmental Technologist Diploma


Max Tougas

Max has his BSc in Geography having completed his studies in equal part at the University of Victoria and the University of Calgary. After being introduced to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) he is now finishing up his Applied Technology degree in GIS from SAIT. Max grew up in Penticton BC


Mel Auger

Mel is completing her Bachelor of Communications at Capilano University. She grew up in Whistler and is always adventuring in the local mountains. She has joined Whistler’s environmental charity (AWARE) as the Student Communication and Marketing Assistant.


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