TJ Watt

Campaigner & Photographer - Executive Team

TJ is the Co-Founder, Campaigner, and Photographer of 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 in search of […]

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 southern Vancouver and Thetis Islands, 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 and […]

Tiara Dhenin

Administration & Development Assistant

Growing up in northern BC, Tiara found herself snowboarding down mountainsides during the winter and climbing up them during warmer months. Curious about other corners of BC, she moved to Victoria after completing her undergrad in International Studies and Development & Sustainability at Simon Fraser University. Fascinated by old-growth ecosystems and intent on serving 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 […]

Morgan Wheeler

Vancouver Canvass Director

Morgan has been drawn to the natural environment and how we interact with it since her upbringing in the forests and rivers of Treaty 8 Cree Territory (Northern Alberta). From experiencing life and the awe-inspiring landscapes across Turtle Island to studying Environmental Geoscience & Geomatics and working in various private and public sectors, she has […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Kerrie Blaise

Board of Directors

Kerrie Blaise is a lawyer and advocate based in Ontario, Canada, passionately dedicated to environmental and public interest law. After years of volunteering with many environmental non-profits, obtaining a Masters of Science from the University Edinburgh, where she studied the marine impacts of offshore oil development; and graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2016, […]

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