Meet Zoe Kirk - Our Chair!
We would like to introduce you to our amazing volunteer Board of Directors. We have both new and familiar faces. We have asked them some questions so that you can get to know them better. First up, we have Zoe Kirk, who is currently our Chair.
1. Why did you join the Board?
"I joined the Board first as part of my position with the RDOS, but quickly knew I would continue when I experienced the organization from the ground up. I learned so much! I quickly understood the 'need' to fund and continue to battle both the tangible and intangible threats invasive species present to the valley. Emerging threats and current invasive species negatively affect so many aspects of the Okanagan - the environment, natural habitats, land based agricultural production, and private land use."
2. What is your favourite part of being a Director?
"Being part of the Board is very rewarding, because working alongside other Board members (who bring different perspectives to the table), enriches the organization. Seeing the difference the organization makes through education combined with hands on work on the land. I love seeing the value OASISS provides, building long lasting (and new) partnerships with other organizations. I feel a sense of pride that OASISS has, and continues to steward students through the summer field season. Many want to return, stay and/or have continued on to amazing careers in biology or related fields."
3. When you aren’t doing Board work, what do you do for fun?
"I'm an active cyclist and enjoy being part of a local cycling group; (gave up my car). I feel blessed to be able to spend time hiking and exploring nature (retirement allows that). In winter or on rainy days I relish the downtime to dive into fibre arts, quilting, and reading, with some cooking and social camaraderie on the side."
From all of us at OASISS to Zoe, thank you for all the amazing work you do!