Don Mair is a long time resident of Mission a prolific painter, carver and outdoors enthusiast. His work has been featured at the premier of Vancouver’s Atropolis Exhibition in the Woodwards Building, at the Arts Council of Vancouver, as an invited artist of the Richmond Art Gallery, and at Mission’s Leisure Centre. He is inspired by Mission’s superior natural heritage and rural lifestyle. Don believes that art is a way of life, and enriches our existence.
Dr. Tracy Lyster is the chair of Citizens Against Urban Sprawl Society (CAUSS).
CAUSS is nonprofit society dedicated to preserving critical environmentally significant and sensitive natural areas in British Columbia from the devastating impacts of unsustainable development. CAUSS challenges governments to be accountable when industry and development proposals threaten the public’s right to clean air, water, local food security and healthy wild salmon stocks and has initiated numerous campaigns to increase public awareness and community engagement.
Val, her husband and children moved to Mission from Burnaby thirty-five years ago. She worked as a Social Services worker in the Mission and Abbotsford school districts, in addition to working as a self-employed tutor. As well as having varied interests, Val also has a keen interest in animal and environmental conservation.
Walter Neufeld was born and raised in Abbotsford. He manages a development company operating in BC and in Alberta. Walter has been a critic of the provincial government’s dysfunctional Mines Act for about 12 years. Most recently, he’s critiqued both Honourable Randy Hawes and the gravel industries Aggregate Pilot Project. The Aggregate Pilot Project is a harmful private production document which Hawes is currently trying to offload onto BC’s public domain.
Zoey Slater graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Biology with concentrations in both ecology and organisms. Her focus has been on conservation and species at risk. She has coordinated a landowner contact program that helped bring awareness to local species at risk and their protection. She has also been involved in inventory work of invasive species throughout the Fraser Valley.
Daniel Van der Kroon is a resident of the McLennan Watershed in North Abbotsford. Public transit whipping boy. Human pollution sequestration unit. UFV Geography and Economics student. Neighbour of the Matsqui First Nation. Local StreamKeeper and cyclist, and member of the Ravine Park Salmonid Enhancement Society.