Jane was born in Kimberley, BC. She was raised in Kimberley and Riding Mountain National Park, MB. Jane graduated from UBC in 1978 with a Bachelor of Education degree. She taught in Prince Rupert, West Kelowna, Kelowna and Winfield. In 1987 she moved to Vernon and in 1987 and 1988 was the Director of the Topham Brown Public Art Gallery (now the Vernon Public Art Gallery). Jane went back to teaching until 1993, when she left teaching permanently in order to be at home after the birth of her daughter. From 1995 to 2008 she worked with her husband in his photography business. She then worked part time until retiring in 2016 and decided to focus her retirement years on helping to build a healthier and more respectful community for her family and future generations. 2003 – Founder of the Western Corridor Impact Assessment Committee. One of 4 directors who studied the City of Vernon’s proposed West Truck Route Corridor which resulted in a 65 page document which was formally introduced to the community on June 25, 2003. 2003 - Member of the City of Vernon’s Transit Advisory Committee 2017 to present: Director - The North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transportation (NOCAT) 2017 to present: Member of “Renewing Democracy Through Cooperation”. 2017 to present: Member of “Fair Vote Canada” & “Fair Vote Vernon” 2019 to present - Director of “The Sustainable Network Society” (SENS) Interests: Yoga, hiking & camping, biking, swimming, reading, XC skiing and snowshoeing.
Heather has a degree in environmental science and a passion for honey bees. Inspired by Elizabeth May’s work to stop the aerial spraying of phenitrothion over maritime forests, she became a Green Party of Canada member shortly after Elizabeth was elected leader. In her work as CEO of the Canadian Honey Council she helped draft standards for organic apiculture and guidelines for integrated pest management for beekeepers. As a long time beekeeper she would love to see pesticides eliminated from agricultural practices. She is active in groups pursuing climate action, protection of pollinators and proportional representation for elections. She believes governments should take action to encourage renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, local production of food and ensure the protection of all pollinators. After retiring from the honey bee industry and moving to Vernon, Heather has remained an active beekeeper, co-edited a book about Honey Bee Diseases and Pests, and created the Urban Bee Network, a web-based resource for small-scale beekeepers.
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