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Staff Bios

Lauren_200.jpgLauren Brown Hornor

Executive Director

Lauren Brown Hornor has loved water ever since she was a little girl, hunting for shells on the Florida beaches where she grew up. She has provided legal support and guidance to Waterkeeper organizations located across the country while working at Waterkeeper Alliance (WKA) in New York. Lauren was responsible for the WKA’s Clean Water Act Defense program, and while at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, she represented Riverkeepers in various enforcement actions on the Hudson River and in the Catskill Mountains. More recently, Lauren was named one of twelve Swim Drink Fish Ambassadors at the 2016 Waterkeeper Gala in Toronto.

 

 

Molly_200px.jpgMolly O'Ray

Program & Events Assistant

Molly O’Ray holds an honours degree in Environment, Sustainability, and Society and International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. She is passionate about conservation and climate justice and has worked in these fields with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council in Alaska, Kalu Yala Institute in Panama, and with the Ancient Forest Alliance in British Columbia. Molly enjoys paddle sports and surfing, is a big fan of aquatic animals, and is excited to be advocating for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water in her community.

 

Megan.jpgMegan Reich

Fraser Valley Water Literacy Coordinator

Megan was born and raised in Chilliwack, BC, where swimming, boating, fishing, and exploring the lakes and rivers of the Fraser Valley were a fundamental part of her upbringing. Communicating natural science has always been one of Megan’s interests, whether leading girl guide expeditions in BC or helping introduce volunteers to conservation in the Nepal Himalayas. She holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of British Columbia and is very excited to use the knowledge and skills she gained in university to give back to her community.

 

 

Julie200px.jpgJulie Porter

Swimmable Water Specialist

Julie holds an M.Sc. in Ecological Restoration from SFU/BCIT, where she focused on water quality in the Katzie Slough.  Water has always been a large part of her life, either swimming, studying or just simply enjoying it.  Julie has experience working in estuaries and fresh water systems in British Columbia including helping to build fish habitat structures in the Seymour River, and create wetlands in Logan Lake as part of her undergradate degree.  It is her life’s dream to continue to learn about water and to educate our communities on the importance of our glorious resource.

 

 

Board Bios

Mark_Mattson_200.pngMark Mattson

President, Board of Directors

Mark Mattson is the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. Mark is a litigator with experience in criminal defense, environmental prosecution, and administrative law. Over the past ten years, Mark acted as counsel for environmental and public interest groups in more than 40 hearings and represented clients in both Provincial and Federal courts. In the past, Mark prosecuted environmental offenders for the Province of Ontario and recently acted as co-counsel in the environmental prosecution for private informants.

 

 

Carol_McDonald_200.jpgCarol McDonald

Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors

Carol is one of the original founding members of Fraser Riverkeeper, and life partner of her dearly beloved Doug Chapman, the organization’s first Riverkeeper.  Carol was also one of the first employees at Ecojustice Canada, a non-profit environmental law firm, and has worked for them the past 22 years.  She has four granddaughters, environmental activists in their own right, of whom she is extremely proud.

 

 

Allan_Connolly_200.jpgDr. Allan Connolly

Director, Board of Directors

For the past 25 years, Dr. Connolly has worked as a psychiatric physician in a public OP clinic working with the chronically mentally ill. He acted as the president of Physicians for Global Survival from 2004-2006. He acted as Canadian International Counselor with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War from 1998-2004. Dr. Al was also the International VP for North America, IPPNW from 2005-2006. He is a founding member of Canadian Campaign to End UN Sanctions against the People of Iraq.

 

 

Tyee_200.jpgTyee Bridge

Director, Board of Directors

Born and raised in the Fraser River watershed, Tyee is a environmental journalist and writer. His love of water dates back to floating in the South China Sea as a four-year old, while living with his family in Malaysia. In 2009 he started the Wild Salmon Circle (WSC), a volunteer citizen-action group. In collaboration with scientists, fishermen and First Nations, the WSC helped raise public and political awareness of farmed salmon issues prior to the convening of the Cohen Commission.

 

 

rsz_james.jpgJames Riley

Advisory Board Member

James Riley is a passionate advocate for sustainability, and joins Fraser Riverkeeper as an advisory board member focused on building advocacy and building strategic partnerships for FRK. He is a digital marketing executive and strategist who has extensive communications and strategy experience in start-up entrepreneurial environments and international companies including IBM, Disney and Microsoft. James is the founder Kumu Agency – a full-service digital agency - three years ago where he serves as managing Partner and Chief Digital Officer. Agency clients include BC Hydro, TELUS, lululemon, NFL and others.

 

 

lesleycrop.jpgLesley Mapstone

Advisory Board Member

Lesley Mapstone learned to swim before she could walk. An avid sailor and water lover, Lesley was raised in Parry Sound, Ontario where the waters of northern Lake Huron were her home. She brings her passion for the preservation and health of our waterways and the creatures who call them home to her work with Fraser Riverkeeper. A graduate of McMaster University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Lesley acts as an advisory board member contributing to media planning and fundraising for FRK. Past organizations Lesley has worked with include Greenpeace, Sierra Club and PETA.

 

 

Doug_Chapman_200.jpgDoug Chapman

Founder and Honorary Riverkeeper (In Memoriam) 

Mr. Chapman, FRK’s first Riverkeeper, was a revered prosecutor of polluters and in his lifetime one of Canada’s most significant environmental advocates. His successes included obtaining the first Canadian jail sentence for a polluter (George Crowe). In 1993 he commenced his association with the Sierra Legal Defence Fund (SLDF) working in Vancouver and in Toronto as an environmental investigator and private prosecutor. He directed the gathering of evidence and the preparation of prosecution briefs in 14 private environmental prosecutions in British Columbia and Ontario.

For over 40 years Mr. Chapman was the captain or navigator on sailing and motor vessels making passages across the Great Lakes, the Mosel, Rhine and Rhone rivers in Europe, the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He also fished commercially on the British Columbia Pacific coast for four years as captain of a 37-foot wooden salmon troller.