TJ Watt

Campaigner & Photographer - Executive Team

TJ is a Co-Founder, Campaigner, and Photographer with the Ancient Forest Alliance. Combining his passion for conservation with professional photography, TJ works to shed light on BC’s endangered ancient forests in an effort to help see them saved. An avid ‘big-tree hunter’, you’ll find him driving rough backroads and exploring remote regions of Vancouver Island […]

Joan Varley

Administrative Director - Executive Team

Joan has been growing in the understory of the AFA since 2012 as the Administrative Director where her knowledge and skills of bookkeeping and office management compliment her love of all things natural and passion to preserve big old trees and the intricate habitat that they are a part of.  From operating a children’s consignment […]

Andrea Inness

Campaigner - Executive Team

Originally from Thetis Island in Coast Salish territory, with a passion for wild places and the creatures in them, Andrea works to protect our most outstanding and endangered landscapes through collaboration, communication, and advocacy. Before joining the Ancient Forest Alliance in 2017, Andrea worked at state and local governments in Brisbane, Australia, conducting community engagement […]

Tiara Dhenin

Administration & Development Coordinator

Originally from northern BC, Tiara moved to Victoria after completing her undergrad in International Studies and Development & Sustainability at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Fascinated by old-growth ecosystems and intent on serving the community sector, she started canvassing for AFA in 2015 before becoming the Victoria Canvass Manager. She now works as the Administration […]

Rachel Ablack

Communications, Outreach, & Development

Rachel joined the AFA Team in November 2018, taking on the role of Communications, Outreach, and Development Coordinator. As someone who was born and raised on Vancouver Island, she cannot think of a better way to spend her time than to work to protect the endangered ancient forests she grew up with. Before joining the […]

Amanda Evans

Victoria Canvass Director

Amanda Evans has been the Canvass Director for the Victoria’s canvass “Tree Team” for nearly 5 years. She believes that connecting with the community face-to-face is a key way to raise awareness and to give people an opportunity to support the important campaigns of the Ancient Forest Alliance. Originally from Toronto, Amanda moved to BC […]

Jake Swain

Vancouver Canvass Director

Jake is Métis from Calgary living it up in BC. Brought up with a deep connection to the land, he believes in face-to-face public engagement to advance environmental protection and social justice. Jake moved to Coast-Salish Territory to enjoy the sea, mountains and big trees that make the Coast so special. As a student of […]

Ken Wu

Board of Directors

Ken Wu is the former Executive Director and co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance. He has worked to protect ancient forests in BC for over a quarter century, after first seeing the Walbran Valley as a teenager in 1991. Previously he worked as the Executive Director and Campaign Director for the Wilderness Committee’s Victoria chapter, […]

Celina Starnes

Chair, Board of Directors

Celina has a life-long dedication to protecting diverse ecosystems. From the park behind her childhood house, to her time at the McGill School of the Environment, to her environmental work on the west coast, she is always looking to help. She deepens this dedication by continually becoming more effective at work. And in turn, through […]

Tara Sawatsky

Board of Directors

Tara Sawatsky has been on the Ancient Forest Alliance’s Board of Directors since the organization started in 2010. However, her love for big trees and ancient forests did not start there. As a young teenager new to British Columbia, she went searching for big trees in the Elaho and Carmanah valleys with her dad, armed […]

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