Executive Director and Lower Mainland Green Team Program Manager
Lyda has always been interested in how to encourage responsible environmental action. She believes inviting people into nature, engaging them in meaningful fun hands-on action is a great educational tool. She has worked and volunteered at non-profit environmental organizations for the last 17 years. Her background is in organizing, fundraising and outreach. In Feb 2011 she founded the Lower Mainland Green Team on social media and engaged over 3,000 eco-volunteers in the protection of the environment. It is through this work that Lyda won the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2014 and was presented with the Frank Sanford Award for Community Service from Nature Vancouver in 2013.
Amanda has always been passionate about the environment; at age 10 she started a recycling program and during high school became the President of the Environment Club. During University, she co-founded the Ecological Restoration Volunteer Network, a student run club that connects students to local ecological restoration work parties. Amanda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Environmental Studies, as well as a Diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems. Since August 2014, Amanda has been successfully running the GVGT and through this work she has been awarded the Vancity Social Innovation Award in February 2016, Volunteer Victoria Volunteer Engagement Award in July 2016 and Volunteer Program award for the GVGT from Environmental Services of the District of Saanich in 2017.
Board of Directors
Kent MacWilliam Chair
Kent has over 10 years experience as a geoscientist, doing remote field work throughout North America and Africa, and wants to share the opportunity of working outdoors with others. Kent’s scientific and industry experience ranges from managing field crews to research to community relations. Kent holds an MSc. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from McGill University, as well as a Business Administration certificate from U.Vic. Most recently Kent has been canvassing communities in Victoria and Vancouver with the Ancient Forest Alliance, a conservation-focused non-profit. His adventurous spirit led to a 44 day bicycle ride from Canada to Mexico in the Fall of 2015. He is excited to help inspire communities to steward nature with Green Teams of Canada.
As CFO at Tides Canada, Jeff provides strategic leadership on Finance and Human Resources. He draws on over 20 years as a Certified General Accountant operating in complex executive roles for a diverse set of organizations.
Jeff has worked with First Nations groups on Olympic, tourism, and economic development initiatives. Prior to that, he was CFO of the BC Olympic Secretariat, the BC Government agency responsible for overseeing the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and was the VP Finance and Administration for the Pacific National Exhibition. He is a past board member of the BC Youth In Agriculture Fund, and past board member and chair of the Whistler 2010 Sport Legacies Society.
Born and raised in the Vancouver area, Jeff volunteers for local sport and youth groups, in addition Jeff has chaired the Discipline Panel for the Certified General Accountants of British Columbia for the last eight years. Jeff is excited to be supporting of Green Teams Canada’s practical programs that provide tangible improvements to local parks and ecosystems while providing real opportunities for community members to get involved.
Yuliana Bui Co-secretary
Yuliana has 10 years experience in the mineral exploration industry, with experience working in remote areas of northern BC, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Nunavut. She holds a B.Sc. in Earth & Planetary Sciences from McGill University and an M. Eng. degree from Clean Energy Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
She has a passion for alternative and sustainable technologies and is enthusiastic to be engaging youth and like-minded community members by getting our hands dirty and working together to protect and improve our natural environment.
Sarah Fitzpatrick Co-secretary
Sarah is lawyer who specializes in charities, not-for-profits, estate planning and business law. She is an associate at Miller Thomson LLP in its Social Impact Group.
Sarah loves to travel and lived in Japan teaching English. She has a Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelors of Arts specializing in history from the University of Toronto. Sarah is passionate about giving back to the community and is excited to be part of the Green Teams of Canada Board of Directors.
Terri Van Sleuwen Director
Terri is a chartered professional accountant (CPA) with 30+ years’ experience working in accounting, auditing and leadership roles in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors. Currently she works as the deputy auditor general for local government. Terri is an energetic, enthusiastic executive who embraces innovation and continuous improvement in every facet of her life.
She loves to travel, garden and get her hands dirty taking care of her local parks. It is important to her to be a change maker and help build a healthy community and environment! Terri is excited to join Green Teams of Canada as a board member and help engage communities that care for nature.