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.
Born in Vancouver and growing up in Surrey, the Lower Mainland of BC was always home to Shawn. Shawn feels blessed to have been born into a family that enjoyed spending our summers sailing together. Shawns parents owned a 28′ sailboat, and when him and his siblings were off school for summer vacation, his parents would take their summer holidays as well. They would load up with groceries, ice, a couple favourite Bob Marley cassettes, and head off exploring the Gulf Islands, the sunshine coast and the eastern coast of Vancouver island. It was an amazing way to spend time as a family, and Shawn would’t trade those experiences for all the money in the world. The sea is in his blood. Although we are short on salt water around these parts, one thing we do have a lot of is pristine fresh water. Shawn hopes it can stay that way for many decades to come. He enjoys spending his time on the lake doing the simpler things, including pontoon boating, relaxing the day away, and fishing when time permits. Lake Windermere is a special place for Shawn because its what bring us all here, in one way or another, she is the tie that bonds us. Shawn believes Lake Windermere is a direct link to the health of our community as a whole, if she is sick, so too is our community. Shawn joined the Lake Windermere Ambassadors shortly after moving to Invermere because he could see the importance of the task at hand…. A healthy lake for a healthy way of life. He has been a resident of Invermere since 2015, but lived in the East Kootenays since 2010. Shawn plans on living out his years here in this little slice of paradise we call home.
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 instantly fell in love with Lake Windermere and the surrounding Columbia Valley when she moved to Invermere in 2017. Since then she has been working as an environmental health officer and is passionate about the management and protection of our natural resources and ecosystems. Jennifer is also interested in studying the dynamic connection between public health and the environment. In her spare time, she loves to be outside gardening, hiking, paddle boarding, camping, skiing and exploring.
Paola came from Italy to Invermere in January of 2018. She is a graduate of Economics at the University of Turin and is a Senior Accountant. Paola lives in the Valley with her husband and their lovely daughter. She loves nature, animals, ecology and our wonderful lake! She is so proud to be a part of LWA!
“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” Thomas Fuller.
Gurmeet is a retired Professional Engineer with degrees in Chemical Engineering, a career in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering and a keen interest in Environmental Science and Engineering. A Calgarian since 1971, Gurmeet has had a presence in the Lake Windermere area since 1972. He has been actively involved over decades in the protection of lakes, wetlands and precious water resources. Gurmeet is an original founding member of the Lake Windermere Ambassadors.
Born on the sandy shores of Vancouver Island, Buzz was educated at Oak Bay high, then trained to be a Marine Electrician. He spent most spare time fishing and hunting. Buzz took several extended courses at the University of Victoria on fisheries and in 1961 became a Game warden. He worked in several districts in the province and worked for 2 seasons on fish surveys for the flood studies on the Laredo preparing for the Duncan Reservoir. Buzz was moved to Invermere in the fall of 1965 to fill the position of District Conservation Officer. He has been in Invermere ever since and retired in the spring of 1989.
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 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.
Born and raised in Germany, Ute immigrated to Canada with her parents and sister in 1982. Ute moved to the Columbia Valley in 1988, starting out in Fairmont and then to Canal Flats where she raised her two daughters.
In 2016 she found a new home in Invermere. Having worked here for over 10 years, she had always known that this was a wonderful community, however, she never expected to be welcomed and embraced with such warmth as she was after moving here. This prompted her to want to give back by running in the 2018 election. Being successful in getting on Council allows her to work hard for this incredible place and its people.
Just prior to the election in 2018, she was appointed as a director for Family Dynamix. After being elected, Council appointed her to the Lake Windermere Ambassadors and the Imagine Invermere Committee. All of these groups make important contributions to the District of Invermere and she looks forward to working with them.
We have an amazing community and Ute is proud to have the opportunity to serve the people of Invermere.
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.
Originally from Ontario, Shannon has been in the Columbia valley since January 2018 and the Program Coordinator for Lake Windermere Ambassadors since December 2018. She has worked in a variety of fields from recreation to youth outreach, but has a passion for water stewardship. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Northern British Columbia. Shannon enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding in her spare time.
Born and raised in Ontario, Georgia studied Biology at Trent University where she developed a passion for wildlife and environmental conservation. She moved to Golden in November 2018 to pursue a healthier and more active lifestyle and fell in love with the Columbia Valley for the natural and recreational opportunities it provides. Her background includes a variety of conservation, education and outreach initiatives, where she uses her passion to ignite interest and action in the community. In her spare time, Georgia enjoys skiing, biking, canoeing and hiking with her dog.