EVAN GUITON | eXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & Events Coordinator
After graduating UBC with a BA in Psychology, Evan has spent the last few years exploring the underwater world of the South Pacific. She developed a great love of the ocean while becoming a scuba dive instructor in Australia and swimming with humpback whales in Tonga. Now living in Halfmoon Bay, she spends her time running various plastic-free initiatives with the goal of protecting oceanic life. Evan loves her dog, beach walks, a good green curry, seal spotting and live music. She kindly made a volunteer appearance paddling our red canoe in the PODS AWAY video in November 2016 and we were delighted when she decided to join the PODS team as a contractor in 2017. In her roles as Executive Assistant and Events Coordinator, she assists our director in organizing his busy life while planning events and rallying volunteers.
lee-ann ennis | program coordinator
Lee-Ann Ennis was born in Labrador Newfoundland. Her family moved to Kitimat, BC in the 1970’s where she grew up fishing and exploring the North Coast. Lee-Ann gained her BSc at the University of Victoria in 1997. She then studied marine biology at Bamfield Marine Science Centre and spent a summer as Park Naturalist at Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. From 1997-2002 she worked at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre for Members’ and Public Programs, in the Wetlab, and Aquavan Mobile School Programs. In 2002, Lee-Ann took on the job of deckhand and naturalist aboard the vessels ‘Gikumi’ and ‘Lukwa’ for Stubbs Island Whale Watching. While in Telegraph Cove, Lee-Ann assisted in the Johnstone Strait Killer Whale Interpretive Centre. She has worked on numerous programs since she moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2003, became the Program Coordinator for the Lagoon Society in 2005, and has been with us ever since. Lee-Ann is often called Iris by school children on the coast.
rowan McEwen | PODS Researcher
The influence of two nature-loving parents and many hours exploring the forest and wetlands, has inspired Rowan to question how and why humans connect with nature. She pursued this mission at Quest University in Squamish and traveled abroad for several years, studying indigenous rights, culture and life ways, educational psychology, biology and politics. Over the last few summers, Rowan assisted a team of biologists with field research for the Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project. In the future, she hopes to facilitate holistic learning across generations through the exploration of our gorgeous waters.
Jenn Blancard | senior field biologist
Jenn completed her Bachelor of Science at Simon Fraser University in 2010 and majored in biology with ecology and evolution. She has worked on many projects, including: research on bivalves as water quality indicators in the Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound; population studies of the Western sandpiper and dunlin at Boundary Bay; monitoring and management of mosquito populations in Metro Vancouver and on the Sunshine Coast; and mark-recapture studies of crab populations in Belcarra Regional Park. At SFU, she worked with graduate students on salmon conservation by tracing nitrogen isotopes through plants and animals to investigate marine effects on inland ecosystems.
Wendy Mitchell | Financial Controller (Contractor)
A resident of the Sunshine Coast since 2005, Wendy has developed a successful business providing subcontracted support to a handful of clients, both locally and nationally based, and in varying roles from bookkeeper to chief financial officer.
This has been an evolving journey over the past two decades, from her involvement with The Pacific Streamkeepers Federation, Squamish River Watershed Society, Whistler Blackcomb Finance, Canadian Business for Social Responsibility, The Responsible Investment Association, to her new role with the Lagoon Society as of March 2018. As Financial Controller, Wendy is responsible for managing all aspects of the Society’s financial processes as well as providing some board governance and strategic planning support.
When not crunching numbers, you’ll find Wendy either hiking with her dogs or in the garden happily tending to her vegetables.