JEAN-FRANCOIS SAVARD AKA JF
Jean-Francois moved to the West coast about 9 years ago from Montréal. He fell in love with the beauty and energy here and now calls Vancouver Island home (sorry JF’s mom). Having spent a lot of time in and out of the water on the island, JF feels the duty to repay more to this amazing place than what it has given him. He believes change starts in our own immediate environment and then the energy spreads further away like the ripples from a stone on a pond.
Erin Willows has been an active volunteer with Surfrider Vancouver Island since 2012. Holding a BA in Anthropology/Archaeology from UVIC, and working as a professional archaeologist on the BC coast for the past 12 years, Erin is very knowledgeable to the environmental changes our coastline has undergone in the past 10,000 years. She is a strong supporter of environmental advocacy and believes that through education and outreach, we will be able to preserve and protect our coastline from man-made impacts for future generations to enjoy.
Darcy joined the Vancouver Island Chapter in 2012. He is stoked to be involved as the Chapter Treasurer. Darcy is a Certified Management Accountant and brings this experience to Surfrider. Next time you see him in the line-up say hi!
Combing the Coast Coordinator and BCU team lead
Lynn starting surfing in 2012 and fell in love with the sport! She has been volunteering with the Vancouver Island Surfrider Chapter since 2013. Lynn enjoys being outside and can even be seen cleaning up beaches on her lunch break. Lynn’s passion to keep our oceans, waves, and beaches clean stems from wanting to protect what we have now and for the future. With two daughters, she wants to make sure they have something to enjoy when they are older too! Last year Lynn volunteered to be one of the Combing the Coast Coordinators and has found it a very gratifying position as she gets to watch others enjoy cleaning beaches too!
Rachael has helped with organizational development for our Chapter for over 2 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has an extensive background in management and strategic leadership. Along with the team, she presented at the 2014 Pacific Northwest conference and has lead Chapter workshops for our volunteers. Rachael is passionate about the ocean, environmental conservation and activism. Not only does she live by her values, she inspires others to do the same. Rachael enjoys surfing and is keen to go out in any conditions. She is excited to help support and train our growing volunteer base.
BWYTF Program Coordinator
Emrys Prussin holds a Master’s of Science degree in Geography and water quality monitoring from UVic and is currently a pre-service secondary teacher. Emrys has been involved with Surfrider Vancouver Island for the past three years and is excited to lead the Blue Water Youth Task Force program.
Over the past seven years, Gillian has been an active chapter volunteer and has helped with Chapter growth and development. Originally from New Mexico, she moved to Victoria in 2006 to be closer to the ocean. Gillian holds a BA in Liberal Arts, Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management, and a Certificate in Business Management. Gillian’s commitment and dedication to the mission and objectives of the organization, the environment, our community and to surfing, is paramount to the Vancouver Island Chapter. She is excited to take on the new role as Chapter Manager.
Steve Murray is one of Surfrider’s most passionate volunteers. He has been involved with our Chapter since the beginning. Steve is a huge part of our remote beach cleanups and helps run the Clean Water Classic, the largest annual amateur surf contest in the Pacific Northwest. Steve’s stoke keeps volunteers going at contests or at cleanups no matter how cold and rainy it is outside. He is a true environmental activist, leader and gentlemen with a heart of gold.
Will is a local shaper and owner of Barracuda surfboards and is extremely passionate about handcrafted boards. Barracuda surfboards are not only works of art, but also make you a better surfer! He has been a member of Surfrider for many years and supports our local Chapter at events such as the very popular Wave Hunt surf competition.
Mike Redpath is a longtime surfer here on Vancouver Island and has been a member and supporter of our local Surfrider Chapter since the beginning. Mike is involved in our Rise Above Plastics program, helping spearhead our Karma Bag, a reusable bag initiative. Mike is the owner of Coastline and is extremely knowledgeable with helping select the right board for the right surfer.
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