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

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


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

Kristen Jones

Raised in Northern Ontario, Kristen’s passion for adventure and the outdoors ignited at a young age. Upon completing her Bachelor in Environmental Studies at Carleton University Kristen chose to pack up and realize her dream of living in a mountain town. Originally joining the AWARE team as a Zero Waste

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.

Courtney Baran

Courtney is a paramedic student from the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. While completing her bachelor of Biomedical Science she fell in love with the ecology courses she took in her first year of study. Working for two years as a ski instructor at Whistler Backcomb, this will be her

Siri Van Gruen

Siri is our full-time Junior Nature Interpreter at Whistler Nature Camp this summer. Siri is currently studying environmental agriculture at McGill University. In her spare time she loves outdoor adventures and playing music.

Amanda Bulmer

Amanda is a fifth year student at the University of British Columbia, majoring in Environmental and Sustainable Geography and minoring in First Nations and Indigenous Studies. Amanda grew up in Vancouver and spent much of her time growing up skiing in Whistler. She’s excited to be spending her first summer

Nicole Nauss

Nicole is a third year Marketing and Sustainability student at UBC’s Sauder School of Business and is working as an Environmental Programming and Communications Assistant over the summer. Nicole is primarily assisting with AWARE’s ‘ecoACTIVE’ program and a social media campaign ‘Natural Whistler’. Nicole grew up in Vancouver but spends


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