Our Board of Directors

From Yellowknife to Saint John, with experience in botanic gardens, parks, aquariums, museums and historic sites, our elected board members are responsible for the day to day work of Interpretation Canada. 

Pam Murray - Chair

Pam grew up attending interpretive programs at various sites around Vancouver, which led her to believe she wanted to be a biologist.  After completing her Bachelor of Science in biology she began volunteering to help with school programs at a local nature sanctuary, where she discovered what she was really supposed to do with her life.  20 years later, Pam has worked for Capital Regional District Parks, Metro Vancouver Parks, BC Parks, and Parks Canada, and currently co-ordinates and delivers school programs, mentors volunteer docents, and creates interpretive signage at Milner Gardens & Woodland in Qualicum Beach, B.C.  She also has a Bachelor of Education and is a certified teacher.

Pam first became with Interpretation Canada more than 15 years ago, when she attended a regional workshop and realized that interpreters were her people. She is co-editor of the Interpreter’s Big Book of Disasters, and commutes by kayak.

Jennifer Dick - Secretary

Jennifer is Royal Botanical Gardens’ Interpretation Officer where she coordinates interpretation in their 11 square-kilometres (2700 acres) of gardens and nature sanctuaries. From visitor programs, tours, and events to signage, exhibits, and training, she enjoys the diversity and seasonality of RBG. Her adventure in interpretation began at Bonnechere Provincial Park over 15 years ago. A BSc. in Biology and a graduate diploma in Science Communication from Laurentian University have served her well in her career working for museums and not-for-profits across Canada including the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and the Royal Tyrrell Museum.

Jo Hughes - Treasurer

A love for the outdoors has led Jo to practice the fine art of interpretation in a variety of venues across the country including parks, zoos and outdoor education centres.  At the moment she runs the interpretation program in Manning Park (just outside Hope, BC) and in her free time is now trying to put her interpretive skills to work teaching a busy class of grade 4 & 5 students.  

Catrina Russell 

Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Catrina has since lived all over New Brunswick and Nova Scotia with stints in Quebec, Florida, and Indonesia. She studied Geology at the University of New Brunswick, where she coordinated outreach for the Planetary and Space Science Centre. Later, as a student at the International Space University, Catrina’s passion for education blossomed while contributing to a project focusing on using space to inspire youth and spark interest in STEM fields. Nowadays you can find the ever-enthusiastic Catrina leading public programmes at the New Brunswick Museum, where she interprets all facets of New Brunswick’s natural, cultural, and artistic heritage to visitors. In her spare time, she volunteers with Girl Guides Canada, the Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

David Lloyd

Born and raised in Alberta, David grew up in Canmore. His first experience with interpretation was while working at the Cave & Basin and Banff Park Museum National Historic Sites in Banff during the summers while going to university for his B.Sc. in zoology/earth science (basically following along with the palaeontology program at the U of A, but with some minor deviations). David started working at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in 2005. Starting in 2012, he has spent his summers in Dinosaur Provincial Park as the Guided Excavation Coordinator, teaching the public how to dig up dinosaurs in a dinosaur bonebed, and taking small groups on exploratory hikes through the badlands, looking for fossils. David
enjoy exploring and spending time in nature. He loves photography and hase recently started getting into nighttime photography.

Marie Stradeski

Marie grew up in the Qu’appelle Valley in southern Sask and spent 20 years in Saskatoon raising her kids while teaching in Saskatoon and then working as a naturalist at Beaver Creek Conservation Area for Meewasin Valley Authority.  She completed her Masters of Education on Teaching Reverence for Nature 2003 which included a thesis and a teacher guide, Saskatoon Natural Grasslands Ecological Education Guide.  Marie has spent the last 12 years working for Parks Canada mostly as an Interpretation Coordinator in Cape Breton Highlands National Park (8 years) and in PANP since 2013.  Her passions are spending time in nature, playing with her grandkids, dancing, jamming around a campfire, back country camping, kayaking, hiking, biking and travelling to experience the diversity of this grand globe.

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