Greenhouse Project Team 2006 to 2009
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. Dale is currently on the Board of Directors.
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 LOVER and the current Executive Director.
Alison Bell has retired from her position as Chef Training teacher at David Thompson Secondary School. She holds a BA (Hons) in English, a BEd, her Journeyperson Cook’s qualification and a Master’s Degree in Gastronomy. Alison is an Ambassador of Healthy Schools and is a member of the School District # 6, Rocky Mountain, Nutrition Policy Committee. She was one of the key players in the initiative to remove junk food from DTSS and currently heads up Slow Food Columbia Valley.
Joanne’s mission statement is to develop and deliver programs that meet and exceed the needs of the community. She is a visionary educator that saw a potential learning program for this community. While she is not a green thumb in the least, her passion for quality alternate education was the driving force of her becoming a key team member in the development of the Community Greenhouse and serving on the Board with Groundswell in the past.
David Zehnder is a consultant and manager with international experience in the areas of agriculture and the environment. After heading a vegetable production program for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees he returned to Canada and founded the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens. A certified Environmental Farm Planner, David lives and works with his family on their farm near Invermere.