BCAF's present Executive Director and overall project leader/manager is Brooke Nodding. Ms. Nodding is a graduate from Acadia University with a BScH in Environmental Science. She has spent time with both Environment Canada (National Office of Pollution Prevention, Hull, PQ) and Fisheries & Oceans Canada (Habitat Management Division, Dartmouth, NS) before accepting her present position with BCAF. Her background is in fluvial dynamics, aquatic habitat management, conservation management planning, and community-based stewardship initiatives. Brooke has been the Executive Director of BCAF since May 2001.
Andrew Breen is a graduate of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Program at Malaspina University - College, Nanaimo, B.C. While in British Columbia, he was employed by Seamount Consulting and Timberwest conducting fisheries and wildlife work within the forestry industry. This work included supervising an electro-fishing field crew and underwater diving on Marine Log Dump Sites. He also worked at various Salmon Enhancement Facilities and aboard commercial salmon fishing boats. He is presently employed by BCAF as a Fisheries Technician and Project Coordinator for the LaHave River Watershed Project, as well as both the Mushamush River and Gold River Restoration Projects. Andy also assists at several local schools with the Atlantic Salmon Federation's "Fish Friends Program" and other educational events. Andy has lived in Chester for 8 years with his wife, Heather and their 3 children; Maria, Ana, and Ben.
Carol Josselyn joined our staff as Office Manager in September 2008. She has worked at various different jobs before joining BCAF, most recently with Dept of Community Services in Bridgewater for almost five years. Prior to this, she had worked with the Tallship, Picton Castle for two years and also as a substitute administrative assistant with the South Shore Regional School Board for many years. Carol is also working on the Sustainable Bridgewater planning initiative with the Town of Bridgewater.
Jennifer is a graduate of Dalhousie University (B.Sc. Biology) and Holland College (Dip. Graphic Design) who works as a biologist, environmental educator, and graphic designer/illustrator for BCAF (if anyone out there can think of a short-and-snazzy job title for that, contact us straight away!). Her special interests include species at risk stewardship and education, nature interpretation, and combining art with science to create an unforgettable educational experience! Past projects include work with Parks Canada, St. Margaret's Bay Stewardship Association, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, and the Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, reading, music, drawing, and chillin' out with family, friends, and Zeto the Cat.
We are pleased to welcome Bruce Josselyn to BCAF. Bruce joined our team in May of 2010 as the part-time Environmental Home Assessment Coordinator. Since a large component of the EHAP program is based on educating homeowners, we feel that Bruce's 30 years in the education field will be a valuable asset. Through Nova Scotia Environment workshops and seminars, Bruce has been able to obtain the necessary skills required to fulfill the job of EHAP Coordinator. As Bruce has recently retired, he looks forward to taking on this part time challenge.
Jennifer is originally from Cape Breton, and has spent several years in Alberta working in the Oil and Gas Industry. Upon returning to Nova Scotia she enrolled in the NSCC Environmental Engineering Technology – Water Resources program, of which she is a recent graduate. Jennifer is new to the South Shore, and has been enjoying exploring the area. Jennifer is looking forward to the 2012 field season and being a contributing member of BCAF. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, and bike riding.
Tracy moved here from BC three years ago where she worked as a veterinary assistant for many years before deciding to move into the environmental field. Upon arriving in Nova Scotia she chose to follow her passion and enrolled in the Natural Resources Environmental Technology program at NSCC where she graduated as valedictorian this year.
Last summer she worked as a field technician on the Roseate Tern Recovery Project as well as helped on the American Eel project. This year she is coordinating two projects; a natural landscaping project for the new Bridgewater Marina and Mariner’s Landing Park in Bridgewater as well as a waste diversion project for the Town of Lunenburg. In her spare time she can be found in her garden, hiking with her dog, or photographing wildlife.
Originally from the state of Maine, Megan has found a second home in Nova Scotia. Journeying here to attend Acadia University, she is currently pursuing an Honours degree in Recreation Management, Community Development and Environmental Sustainability Studies. Enthusiastic about Education, Megan works on the Morton Centre Project helping to deliver Environmental Education Programs to youth in the local area. Her other interests include: community resilience, narrative as a tool for change, team dynamics, and environmental art. Megan is excited to be living on Heckman’s Island at the Morton Centre for the summer as it holds great opportunity for exploration, appreciation, and education of the environment!
Danielle grew up in Crescent Beach, Nova Scotia and spent a lot of her childhood along the coastal shores and being outside, sparking her interest in nature. Danielle graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a BSc in Biology in May 2011. She has past experience from her time spent with the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute working on loon research and public outreach activities. Since May 2011, Danielle has been working with BCAF as Project Coordinator for the Roseate Tern Recovery Project. Over the past couple of years, Danielle has also taken on the role of public education and outreach coordinator for the organization and this year, 2013, will be helping out with the American Eel and Elver Projects. Outside of the office she loves camping, canoeing, hiking, and being outside.