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SEAWA Current Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Officers 2019-2020

 

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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.

 

Ryan Davison, Vice-Chair

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.

 

 

karen-saffranKaren Saffran, Treasurer

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.

 

 

Tina Regehr, SEAWA Secretary

 

 

 

 

 Stuart Murray, Past Chair

 

 

 

 

Directors 2019-2020

 

 

Alf Belyea

Councilor, Cypress County

 

 

 

 

Audrey Goodwin

Audrey works with Alberta Environment and Parks, Medicine Hat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia Sederberg

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.

 

 

 

Diane Harty

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

 

 

 

 

Mike Zmurchyk

Mike is employed with St. Mary River Irrigation District as the Assistant Manager of Operations East, operating out of the Bow Island office.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Greg Paxman

Greg grew up on a farm in Southeastern Saskatchewan and moved to Medicine Hat in 2003 to begin working for the City of Medicine Hat at the water treatment plant. Greg has over 20 years of experience treating drinking water and is currently employed as the Water Treatment Plant Superintendent for the City of Medicine Hat.

 

 

 

Brent Smith

Brent Smith completed a BSc in Biology from the University of Regina, and a MSc in Physical Geography from the University of Calgary.  He currently teaches environmental science at Medicine Hat College.  Prior to teaching, he was the lead range biologist at CFB Suffield, where he assessed the sustainability of military training, oil and gas development, and cattle grazing.  His academic interests include ecological restoration, sustainable agriculture, and agroecology.

 

 

 

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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 2018 – 2019

Garry Lentz (Chair)

Sandy Vanderburgh (Vice-Chair)

Olivia Sederbeg (Treasurer)

Ron Linowski (Secretary)

Stuart Murray (Past Chair)

Alf Belyea

Audrey Goodwin

Diane Harty

Gary Franz

Greg Heebner

Janelle Villeneuve

John Michalopoulous

Karen Saffran

Ryan Davison

 

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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