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SEAWA Current Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Officers 2018-2019

 

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Garry Lentz, Chair

Garry is the Rural Municipality member on the SEAWA Board. He also serves as the Agriculture Adviser on the SEAWA Integrated Watershed Management Plan, Technical Advisory Committee. A journeyman motor mechanic, welder and millwright, Garry has owned and operated several businesses. He has been a member of Cypress County’s Agriculture Service Board since 1998 and an Elected Councilor, 2001 – 2017. Presently, Garry is engaged in creating a rural water co-op that will supply potable water to rural residents in Cypress County.

 

 

Olivia Sederberg, Treasurer

Olivia works for Chinook Applied Research Association in Oyen, AB as their Conservation & Extension Coordinator. Originally from Southern Alberta, Olivia grew up on her family farm just north of Seven Persons. Olivia has taken Agribusiness and Environmental Science at Lakeland College and several water management courses through Alberta Agriculture and Cows & Fish.

 

ronlinowskiRon Linowski, SEAWA Secretary

Ron has been an instructor of biology, ecology, zoology and botany for the last 30 years at Medicine Hat College. Additionally, Ron as been an agricultural consultant working in specialty crops (1979-1993) in Brooks and the county of Newell. Recently, Ron undertook environmental assessment and mitigation, as a vegetation ecologist for environmental and engineering firms, as well as for the provincial and federal governments (2004-2014).

 

 Stuart Murray, Past Chair

 

 

 

 

Directors 2018-2019

 

 

Alf Belyea

Councilor, Cypress County

 

 

 

 

Audrey Goodwin

Audrey works with Alberta Environment and Parks, Medicine Hat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Harty

Councilor for County of Forty Mile, Division 2 (Manyberries and Etzikom area).

 

 

 

 

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Gary Franz

Gary is currently the Chair of Saint Mary Irrigation District, the largest Irrigation District in Canada and Director of Division 7, the Medicine Hat area. The family farm where Gary grew up is located west of Medicine Hat, in the 9 mile coulee, a contributory to the Seven Persons Creek. Being raised in the locale and having a deep connection to the land, led Gary to become Chairman of the Cypress County Watershed Group, which was the predecessor to the start of SEAWA in 2007.

 

Greg Heebner

Member, Medicine Hat Paddling Club and Archaeological Society of Alberta.

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Janelle Villeneuve

Janelle works with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

 

 

 

johnmichalopoulosJohn Michalopoulous

John is the Manager of the Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants for the City of Medicine Hat. The City of Medicine Hat continues to play an active role in SEAWA through representation on the Board and through working committees such as the Integrated Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee.
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karen-saffranKaren Saffran

Karen Saffran’s early years spent mucking about in sloughs east of Edmonton led to a B.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Waterloo.  Before moving to Medicine Hat in 2003, she worked for the Government of Alberta as a Limnologist/Surface Water Quality Specialist.  Karen has volunteered with SEAWA’s Steering and Technical Committees, working on the Integrated Watershed Management Plan. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Praxis Science Outreach Society and is involved in 4-H and various activities in her three childrens’ schools.

 

 

Ryan Davison

Ryan Davison is resource engineering technologist who worked with Agriculture Canada – PFRA for 32 years where he was involved in various watershed projects with SEAWA and MRWCC.  Since 2015, he has done freelance consulting relating to groundwater mapping, surface water inventory and water quality issues in South Alberta.  A “prairie boy” at heart, he understands complexities of water are many and varied, and that building local capacity around water is essential to a healthy, sustainable resource.

 

 

 

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The SEAWA Board and staff wish to recognize our previous Board Directors for their contributions and hard work, and wish them well on their future endeavours!

 

Board of Directors 2017 – 2018

Garry Lentz (Chair)

Sandy Vanderburgh (Vice-Chair)

Gary Franz

John Michalopoulos

Ron Linowski (Secretary)

Vanessa Linowski

Stuart Murray (Past Chair)

Janelle Villeneuve

Jim Babe

Audrey Goodwin

Karen Saffran

Olivia Sederberg

Daygan Fowler

Allison Campbell (Treasurer)

Rolan Kappel

Ron McMullin

Russell Krasnuik

 

Board of Directors 2016 – 2017

Jody Magill

Stuart Murray (Chair)

Gary Franz

Jim Babe

Garry Lentz (Vice-Chair)

John Michalopoulos

Ron Linowski (Secretary)

Vanessa Linowski

Janelle Villeneuve

Audrey Goodwin

Karen Saffran

Olivia Sederberg

Daygan Fowler

Jeanette Hansen

Sandy Vanderburgh

Allison Campbell (Treasurer)

 

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The following SEAWA Board positions are currently vacant:

Metis / Aboriginal, and Licensees Non-Irrigator