• 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.”

  • Katie Watt

    Katie Watt

    Katie serves as secretary and youth representative on the Ambassador’s board of directors. Katie has been a life long resident of the Columbia Valley and is currently in her final year of school at 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.

  • Buzz Harmsworth

    Buzz Harmsworth

    Bio coming soon

  • Eli Riedl

    Eli Riedl

    Eli was born and raised in California. He moved to British Columbia to study Geological Engineering at the University of British Columbia. Eli currently works for the BC Wildfire Service, where he is starting his fourth season in Invermere.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Wendy Booth

    Wendy Booth

    Wendy Booth is the Area F Electoral Director for the RDEK, first elected in 2008, 2011 and 2014. In addition she has been a Director on the Board of the Columbia Basin Trust since 2012.

    “Acting as an advisor and resource to the Lake Windermere Ambassadors is a role that I really enjoy. Formally an owner of a white water rafting company, its no secret that the rivers and lakes in the Upper Columbia River area are an important asset to all those that enjoy the water. While no longer rafting, I enjoy being out on the water in my kayak or paddle board whenever possible.”

  • Thea Rodgers

    Thea Rodgers

    Thea was born and raised in Cranbrook, BC and is the Program Coordinator for the LWA.  She previously worked as the WaterSmart Ambassador for the City of Cranbrook and as a research assistant with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  Passionate about environmental education and community involvement,  Thea also currently works as the WildSafe BC community coordinator in the valley.  When not down at the lake, she enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, and hiking in her spare time.

  • Rachel Kanan – 2018 Summer Student

    Rachel Kanan – 2018 Summer Student

    My name is Rachel and I just finished my first year of science at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. I was born and raised in the Rockies and I am so happy to be back in Invermere for the summer. Moving to Ontario and spending the last seven months sitting in lecture halls and libraries has given me a newfound appreciation of just how beautiful the Columbia Valley truly is. That is why I am overjoyed to be working both on the lake and within the community as a representative of the Lake Windermere Ambassadors!