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About Us

The Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society (OASISS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, detection and management of invasive species in the Okanagan-Similkameen region. Established in 1996, OASISS addresses invasive species and their pathways of spread. Partners work collaboratively to prioritize species and management areas.

 

The role of OASISS is to encourage and facilitate coordinated inventory, treatment and monitoring of invasive plants. The society is also responsible for monitoring local lakes for invasive mussels and other aquatic invasive species. Public education programming and training is provided via websites, social media and in person throughout the region.

Our Region

Our Region

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Vision Statement

To control, prevent, and minimize the impacts of invasive species on our communities, natural environment and economy.

Goals and Strategies

Raise awareness about invasive species, their impacts and management strategies and inspire action.

Prevent new invasive species from arriving and establish clear protocols for new arrivals.

Facilitate the flow of information and provide a source of expertise on invasive species.

Minimize or reverse the spread of existing invasive species through coordinated, integrated invasive species management efforts.

Improve stakeholder communication, collaboration, coordination, and information sharing.

Build capacity to ensure program sustainability.

Vision Statement
Meet the Team

Meet the Team

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Lisa Scott, MSc, RPBio

Executive Director

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Katie Lewko

Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator

Reid Linklater, BAS

Invasive Plant Technician

 

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Elaine Desjarlais, BSc

Field Operations Manager

Kirsi O'Quinn

Aquatic Invasive Species Technician

Ben Koenig, ADRPM

Invasive Plant Technician

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Kaylee Lesmeister, BSc

Communications and Outreach Assistant

Miranda Henderson, BSc

Aquatic Invasive Species Technician

Devan O'Gorman

Invasive Plant Technician

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Chris Zabek

Director

Gregg Howald

Co-Chair

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Jesse MacDonald

Director

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Madelon Stevens

Director

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Megan Bull

Secretary/Treasurer

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Tanya Brouwers

Vice-Chair

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Zoe Kirk

Co-Chair

Our Funders

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