Who We Are
Photo – Diane Dugas
NANAIMO & AREA LAND TRUST
Who We Are
With gratitude, we acknowledge that the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust is located on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.
Over the years, many committed, dedicated and generous individuals have made invaluable contributions to help NALT achieve its mission – to support, promote and protect the natural values of land and water in our area.
Board of Directors
Members & Donors
Meet the Staff
Paul started with NALT in 2008 as part of a crew building the greenhouse at the Natural Abundance Native Plant Nursery and on Mount Benson establishing trails and restoring some previously logged sites. With the support and mentorship of many NALT stalwarts, Paul has filled many roles with the organization Nanaimo & Area Land Trust including his current position as Executive Director.
Linda started working with NALT in 2020. She has a Masters degree in anthropology, having worked with First Nations in Deline NWT and Waswanipi Quebec. Through this she has learned that experience on the land, or ‘in Nature’ is the best way to develop and maintain an ethic of care and stewardship for everything from our forests, streams and meadows to our parking lots and boulevards. This is why she works to develop and promote stewardship projects in which all community members can participate.
Bringing over 20 years of administration, technology and communications experience in the non-profit sector, Nanette joined NALT in spring 2022 in order to achieve a positive work/life balance with an organization that aligned with her beliefs and interests. As you can see from the picture, Nanette’s experience herding cats is also an asset in her role.
Susan has led the NALT Native Plant Nursery since 2005 after early retirement from human services in non-profit, public, and private sectors. She has degrees in Human Ecology, Education, Public Policy, and Horticulture. Susan calls the Nursery her second home, which she happily shares with dedicated volunteers and a wide and amazing array of customers. She has an affinity for natural places and spaces and loves working with people around native plants.
Board of Directors
Marni is a dedicated outdoor educator who strives to inspire future generations to challenge themselves, gain independence and care for the planet through outdoor pursuits and quality experiential learning. In her free time, she can be found paddling on the ocean, climbing walls of rocks, hiking up mountains, skiing down slopes, tossing a frisbee, or exploring with her dog and husband.
Co-Chair & Streamkeeper
I am grateful to be part of an organization whose mission is to support, promote and protect priceless lands and waters in the Nanaimo Area for today and for generations to come. It is satisfying to work alongside of community members and students to restore damaged habitat in urban streams and lakes. That’s part of the work of NALT.
A biologist with over 25 years of experience, Linda has been a Board Director for NALT since 2015. She sees the direct value of wilderness, biodiversity & ecosystems to our very survival and health, both physically and mentally. She believes that citizen-driven efforts to protect natural landscapes is vital and has witnessed that protected status can result from the efforts of small groups of committed community members. As a Director, Linda hopes to contribute to creating more protected landscapes.
Jack is an avid hiker and mountain top collector. His work career spanned both for and not for profits in employment services as well as record retail. He has run several record stores and promotes local record shows. In addition to volunteering for NALT Jack is a founding member of the Mid Island Music Archive and recently joined Growing Opportunities.
Fraser is a former lawyer and judge, now retired. He has been on the Board of NALT since 2011. He is chair of the Finance Committee, and treasurer of NALT. He is also a member of the Conservation Covenants Committee and the Governance and Policy Committee.
Norm Wagenaar is a writer and self-employed gardener with a special interest in native plants. He has a degree in environmental studies from Trent University and has worked for conservation organizations in British Columbia and Ontario.