Our Board of Directors is made up of volunteers with an active interest in NWT conservation issues. The Board meets monthly to set strategic priorities and guide the organization; members may take on additional projects as they come up.
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A childhood spent with her nose buried in books about exploration in the north has lead Alex on a long journey to now being a board member for CPAWS – NWT. Alex has always been interested in northern explorers, and this led to an infatuation with the lives of indigenous people of the north and their cultural link to the land. This then prompted an interest in the study of landscape architecture and environmental work. With this came work and travel in the long adored prairies and northern Canada. This work included planning and design for larger parks ranging from Gwich’in Territorial Park in the Western Arctic to Twin Falls Gorge Park in the South Slave region and Hidden Lake Park, for community parks, campgrounds and hiking trails, for historic sites and parks throughout the NWT. Ultimately the magic of the north speaks to Alex on her little plot of land, rock and trees overlooking Great Slave Lake.
Remi Gervais (Treasurer)
Remi worked in the renewable energy field for the last seven years in multiple different roles. Manager in a renewable energy cooperative, Community energy planner and Energy Policy Analyst were some of these roles. While his education is in Finance, renewable energy and preserving the environment has always been of interest to him. He also has some board experience, having been on the board of the CDETNO and the Northwestern New-Brunswick Bike Trail Association, in his home province. Now calling the North his home for eight years, he looks forward to working with CPAWS volunteers and enthusiasts to advance the conservation cause in the NWT.
Aimee Guile (Member Engagement Coordinator)
Aimee moved to Yellowknife at the tender age of two. Although she had no say in the move, she grew up loving the land and the people of the North. After all, what’s not to love? No matter the season, you’re most likely to find her on the water. Whether it be cross country skiing for canoeing, she is keen to take advantage of the wilderness in our backyard.
In 2015, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Returning home she looked forward to giving back to a community that had given her so much. First registered as a volunteer with CPAWS, she wanted to find a way to be more involved. When the opportunity presented itself to become a board member she jumped on it. As the member engagement coordinator you can expect to see her name from time to time in your inbox.
Having completed her master in Anthropology at University Laval (doing her fieldwork with Australian Aboriginals), Audrey has a strong interest in multi-ethnic social dynamics. She's interested in human relations, specifically with the land, territory and nature. She's also a dancer, an adventurer, a kayaker, stand-up-paddler and aviation lover. She moved to Yellowknife in June 2014 to work for CDETNO (Conseil de développement économique des Territoires du Nord-Ouest) as an immigration, recruitment and career officer. She has multiples roles in regards with employment but her favorite is to help people to move to the North!
She started her volunteer work at CPAWS-NWT at their Folk on the Rocks booth in 2015, where she discovered the role and mission of the organization. She's been a board member since September 2015. Audrey is a passionate person and wishes to pursue differents goals within the NWT in the next few years. Her appetite for new experiences is insatiable! She is always keen for new projects! Her motto: Make it happen!
Leslie Wakelyn (Chair)
Leslie has lived and worked in the NWT for over 30 years, and is one of our founding board members. She has been volunteering for CPAWS-NWT since our beginnings in 1996. From 2000 – 2007 she represented our chapter on the National CPAWS Board, bringing NWT conservation concerns to the national level. What has kept her working for CPAWS all these years is all the fantastic people associated with the organization across the country.
Leslie has worked as a wildlife biologist for a variety of government and non-government organizations, including a multi-jurisdictional caribou co-management board, from which she has learned much about the vital relationships between northern peoples, lands, waters and wildlife. Her favorite northern activities include kayaking, canoeing, hiking, wildlife-watching and dog-walking in the boreal forest and taiga of southern NWT. She is also keen to experience other wild spaces elsewhere in the world whenever possible.