• Paul Christy

    Paul Christy

    Paul Christy is the President of the Lake Windermere Ambassadors. Paul is also a long-term resident of the Columbia Valley and a local business owner. An avid biker and a father of two young boys, Paul spends a lot of time outside, exploring the scenery of the Lake Windermere watershed.

  • Shawn Ridsdale

    Shawn Ridsdale

    Bio coming soon

  • Taoya Shaefer

    Taoya Shaefer

    Taoya is retired after working for 25 years as a physiotherapist. She has lived in the Lake Windermere watershed since the 1980s and appreciates the area’s natural beauty and abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. Among the outdoor pursuits she enjoys are mountain-biking, backpacking, skiing, kayaking, canoeing and sailing with her husband and two sons.

    Taoya especially strives to represent the interests of people who appreciate non-motorized uses of the lake. “I hope that through working with the Ambassadors, I will be able to contribute to a healthier Lake Windermere.”

  • Jennifer Beverley

    Jennifer Beverley


  • Paola Albano

    Paola Albano


  • Gurmeet Brar

    Gurmeet Brar


  • Buzz Harmsworth

    Buzz Harmsworth

    Bio coming soon

  • Carole Ruault

    Carole Ruault

    Born and raised in Invermere, I lived for summers at the beach and as an adult Lake Windermere was what brought me back to the valley.  We are so lucky to have a beautiful lake which provides locals and tourist a play ground in the summer and winter.  It is important to me to be a part of the LWA in supporting their goals to protect our lake and rivers to stay healthy for life.

  • Katie Watt

    Katie Watt

    Katie serves as youth representative on the Ambassador’s board of directors. Katie has been a life long resident of the Columbia Valley and is a graduate of David Thompson Secondary School in Invermere. Among other things, Katie has a strong and deep passion for art and the environment. She enjoys the Valley for the opportunities it provides in both fields, and she can often be spotted with her camera in hand, at local shops designing their chalkboards, or just simply enjoying some tea and a cookie in a cafe. Katie aims to bring the perspective of youth in the community to the board, and to also engage students in the efforts of the Lake Windermere Ambassadors.

  • Max Fanderl

    Max Fanderl

    Max has lived in the valley since 1994 and works in sales and marketing at Columbia River Paddle (www.ColumbiaRiverPaddle.com) and Trappeur Homes (www.TrappeurHomes.com). He also works instructing and speaking at  www.FlyingMax.com.

    Max is a dynamic personality who people warm to easily, he engages people in a way which helps them see the possibilities of life and business. Max has parlayed his success in extreme sports into a business strategy consulting practice, combined with a strategy development/motivational speaking program and leadership training.

  • Al Miller

    Al Miller

    Please stay tuned for bio info

  • Susan Clovechok

    Susan Clovechok

    Susan Clovechok is the Area F Electoral Director for the RDEK, elected in 2018. Previous to being elected Susan was the Executive Director of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce for 8 years and lives near Dutch Creek south of Lake Windermere. Director Clovechok acts as an adviser and resource to the Lake Windermere Ambassadors and appreciates the important role of Lake Windermere and the Columbia River in the Columbia Valley’s socio-economic environment.

  • Shannon McGinty

    Shannon McGinty

    Originally from Ontario, Shannon has been in the valley since January 2018 and is the Program Coordinator for LWA. She previously worked in a variety of fields from recreation to youth outreach, but has a passion for water stewardship. Her education background is a Bachelor of Science at the University of Northern British Columbia. Shannon enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding in her spare time.