Laurie lives in New Hazelton and is a tenth generation Canadian on her dad's side (PEI) and on her mom's side can trace roots back to Prussia. She holds a BES in Geography and a Permaculture Design Certificate. She is a community facilitator for PreserveSafe and Food Skills for Families (Diabetes Canada). Laurie started out in Toronto, working for years as a zero waste specialist and now lives off-grid with solar-power and raises sheep, llamas and perennial crops including brewing hops.
After working as a Human Resources Professional for 15 years, Laurie decided to start a full-time business and become a Mompreneur. Laurie is Haisla and Haida and grew up in Kitwanga and Terrace. In 1997, Laurie received her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. A Human Resources Post Diploma was obtained in 1999. Laurie became a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner in 2011. Laurie and her 7 year old son love spending time at the rivers, lakes, and trails in this area. She grew up off the grid until the age of 8 and has a goal to live on a property that meets her needs for self sufficiency.
Simon was born and raised in the Hazelton’s/Kispiox Valley and plays drums in a popular local band, The Racket. Simon also plays the role of booking-agent for his band, booking most of their shows including a 40 show tour spread over 4 months for their “Petty Crimes Summer Tour 2017”. He was born a few months before the very first Kispiox Valley Music Festival and grew up three minutes down the road from the festival, never missing a year. With this beautiful hometown festival practically in his blood, and having years of experience writing and performing music, his love for creating and sharing good energy through music and community is very true.
Limwel and his wife Alta with daughter Yvan Pearl pioneered SULADs Fairhaven Farm project in October 2010 in Kitwanga. British Columbia. He graduated from Mountain View College, Philippines with a BS Agriculture and is the Vice president of SULADS Canada and also Project/Field Director.
A true-blue northerner, and grew up on the family homestead and hobby farm in Quick. He provides the practical knowledge and experience that keeps the board grounded in its sometimes overly grandiose plans. He has a BSc in math from Thompson Rivers University, where he served on the campus community radio’s board and was president of the TRU Wine Geek Club. Bill has a passion for backcountry skiing, music and adventure and often performs a few songs at live music events hosted at the Ranch.
As Chief Councillor, Gitanyow Band, Tony bring a new dimension to the food security work of our organization and provides an excellent liaison with Gitanyow Health Services. He is completely committed to the well-being of his people and we are lucky to have his valuable insights to inform our work.