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… Read more

Paul Dorland

I moved here over five years ago with a love for life in the mountains. The natural environment inspires me daily, and I am passionate about AWARE’s efforts to protect the natural environment. Read more

Diana Boone

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: – MBA in Strategic Planning combined with 20 years of experience in marketing, communications – Expertise in developing content marketing, communications and engagement strategies – Strong facilitation and interpersonal skills with ability to coach leaders and staff at all levels -… Read more

Rowena Diggle

I arrived in Whistler in 2007 and fell in love with the mountains, wilderness and community. My time here inspired me to go back to school, where I completed a marine science & management degree plus an honours research… Read more

Kim Maitland

I believe in AWARE’s mission and their efforts to advocate for our natural world. I can bring my marketing experience, digital design skills, non-profit experience, and community-building enthusiasm to their board. I moved to Whistler for its unique properties;… Read more

Jeremy Valeriote

I am a professional engineer who has worked on numerous environmental assessment, restoration and reclamation projects. I have also managed solid waste reduction programs and projects as local government staff, and been an elected councillor and regional district director… Read more

Alison Jenkins

I’m originally from the UK but British Columbia has been my home for the past 10 years. I was drawn to BC by the mountains and the recreation opportunities that they presented. I have a Masters degree in Renewable… Read more

Emily Kane

I am a long-term Whistler resident who is a yoga teacher and entrepreneur (owner/founder of Yogacara Whistler, a local yoga studio, and Juice Nation Organic Cafe–an organic plant-based food truck). My educational background is a degree in Kinesiology from… Read more

Rhonda L. Millikin

I recently retired to Whistler from a 35-year career as an Ecologist with the Federal Government, where I managed teams of 20-40 staff, responsible for the delivery of wildlife and habitat programs across BC and the Yukon. The programs… Read more

Learn More About the Duties and Responsibilities of the AWARE Board of Directors Here


Current Staff Members

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… Read more

Taniell Hamilton

Originally from Southern Alberta, Taniell spent her early twenties studying and working abroad. She has a degree in both Sustainability Studies and Early Childhood Education, and in 2012 her passion for skiing brought her out west to Whistler. In… Read more

Kara Bayley

Originally from Southern Ontario, Kara graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree focusing on Legal Studies with a concentration in Human Rights. Throughout her time at Carleton, Kara volunteered with the University’s chapter of ACE (Advancing… Read more

Blythe Middlebrook

Born and raised in Toronto, Blythe pursued an education at McGill University’s School of Environment. After graduating with a BA in Environment and Development, Blythe worked in various roles in her field while learning more about different kinds of… Read more

Charlotte Reid

Charlotte moved to Whistler from the UK in 2018 to follow her dream of living close to the mountains. She has a Masters degree in Environmental Geology from the University of Birmingham. Since living in Whistler, Charlotte has become… Read more

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