These are the people that make the cogs go around all year round.The brains, muscle, sweat, and dreams behind Groundswell’s daily evolution.

On the Ground Crew

Ally Candy

Program and Events Coordinator

Ally has a hat collection in the Groundswell office to allow for lots of quick changes. Her favourite is a big sun hat that is for working in the Community Greenhouse and Permaculture Garden, local farms and natural area with people of all ages. With a BSc. In Geography and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor

Bill Swan

Executive Director

Involved since Groundswell Network Society’s foundation in 2000, Bill has taken the lead on a number of significant projects including serving as the Project Leader for the Community Greenhouse development 2006-09. Besides his fine singing voice and penchant for all things tartan, Bill is a composting fanatic (don’t get him started), history buff, eccentric orchid

Patsy Lussier

Operations Coordinator

Rob Avis

Our Permaculture Design Engineer in residence for Summer 2015. Rob is a leader in permaculture and has been one of the major influences in our Community Permaculture Garden.

Michelle Avis

Permaculture Expert and Engineer in residence for the summer of 2015.  Michelle has been an integral part of the creation of our Community Permaculture Garden.

Board Members

Pete Bourke

Another recent addition to the Groundswell Team, Pete has been involved with many of the Groundswell events over the years. With an established career in hospitality and a keen commitment to Valley, Pete is eager to contribute further. Originally a beach kid from Australia, Pete has been in Canada for almost 20 years, including the

Dale Wilker

After graduating from St. Clair College in Architectural Technologies in 81, I moved to Calgary where I worked in the architectural profession for 13 years. In 1994 our family moved to Invermere so that we could raise our children in a smaller more sustainable community. I have been designing and building energy efficient homes for

Tara Whittick

Tara is new to the Groundswell team. In her role as a classroom teacher Tara brings her passion for learning, caring, acting and connecting to life daily. Hobbies? She is active in triathlons, yoga, paddleboarding, swimming, creating visual and performing arts pieces, cooking, baking, harvesting, planting, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family. She is the mother

Tony Gibson

Anthony’s  involvement with Groundswell began during the completion of the Community Greenhouse in 2009 and he began serving on its board in 2011. He is a local carpenter and puts those skills to good use on many projects in the greenhouse and gardens. Anthony moved to the valley almost 10 years ago from Saskatchewan and

Project Leaders

Kalista Pruden

She’s wonderful. Let’s let them know why!

Ray Vowels

He’ll rock your world in all the green ways!

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