Even though our team of 17 is distributed across BC, we continually inspire each other by being profoundly committed, each day, to our shared purpose and to delivering high-quality, impactful work. To continue to empower personal and organizational excellence, CEA respects and supports each staff as necessary, including work flexibility and professional development.
Our team is guided and managed by our Executive Director and a Board of Directors. We are grateful for the support and guidance offered by this diverse, accomplished and passionate group of Directors. With their expertise, CEA staff are equipped with the tools and motivation to continue supporting communities.
Dale has been with CEA for 14 years and continues to be deeply committed to the work of mitigating climate change. “The work CEA does remains the best way for me to use my skills to limit the impacts of climate change on humans and the environment in general.”
Megan is CEA’s long-term strategic thinker. She enjoys the challenge of a complex problem and visioning what the optimal solution could be. “In the past couple of years we've seen a lot of boldness among communities – we’ve got success stories to build on now. Tackling a big energy/climate initiative can feel less risky if you’ve got a success story to leverage."
Pat is an excellent educator and facilitator. Her depth of experience in planning and public policy helps coach government staff to implement change. “CEA has changed considerably since I started with the organization over ten years ago. We’ve been regularly adding new staff and are now quite a big team. Each person has brought a new set of skills and new interests and everyone has effectively picked up a large workload almost immediately. It’s really rewarding to work with such a great group of people.”
As the keeper of finances at CEA, Lyla is continually pushing things forward and ensuring things are operating smoothly. “I love working at CEA because I get to be a teacher and mentor. I work with wonderful and passionate people, and it makes all the hard work worth it.”
Danielle is passionate about mitigating climate change and its impacts. She joined CEA in 2019 and is excited to be working along great minds and in support of communities who are committed to this ever important opportunity. “I’m keen to do all the necessary and unglamorous leg work to implement projects that will change the way we move, where we live & work, and how we manage waste”.
Greg is a wizard when it comes to modelling skills in the planning process. “One of the best parts of compiling this type of data, is when you give the results to the community and you can see the impact it has on their perception. It is often eye-opening for local governments to see the changes that will be required to go forth with an aggressive energy plan.”
Last year Gaëtane was a BC Clean Tech Award, Sustainability Educator Award Nominee, and it was well deserved. “I’m really proud of the Building a Legacy video case study series. It highlights high-performance builders and building practices in the East Kootenay and shows how the BC Energy Step Code is being successfully implemented.”
Kelsey works behind the scenes, deep within the nitty gritty details of CEA, which is often no easy task. “I frequently find myself learning new things while working at CEA. It’s a dynamic work environment where I get to support a team that is making an impact in local communities to help bring changes that help communities move towards more sustainable practices.”
Maya is a big-picture strategic thinker who solves complex problems using creativity and science, especially when helping communities develop strong climate emergency responses. “What drives me is the high impact stuff, the initiatives that are significantly reducing GHG emissions. I feel the extreme urgency and need for addressing the climate crisis, and I’m inspired by the growing number of elected officials reached through the work of BCMCLC.”
Jen is our communications and design expert, making products visually engaging and finding ways to curate content that is hard to ignore. “CEA has seen more communities place increasing value in creating plans that would engage their residents. It is really gratifying to work on projects like Climate Action Plans that are meant to inspire individuals and business to adopt low carbon lifestyle choices.”
Patricia (Trish) Dehnel
Trish is a master connector and relationship builder, which is essential to working with not only individuals, but on a larger scale. “I love my role as professional planner, working with our neighbours to build healthy communities. It is my pleasure to work with our “community of practice”, including the new contract staff persons, the elected official and the homeowner trying to understand how to build a more energy efficient home. It is so rewarding to connect and learn from each other.”
Peter’s hard work and attention to detail helps him to solve complex problems. “Recently CEA has seen an impressive acceleration of all the climate action work that we have been up to for years and years, in a very short space of time. It was also heartening to see the level of interest that there was around climate action from so many people.”
CEA works with such diverse communities, and connecting to the residents and context of each community is a priority for Janice. “Commitment from the communities at the planning stage is essential. Our role isn’t to just create a plan that sits on a shelf somewhere. We show communities that we stay on the journey with them and bridge the gap to implementation.”