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Meet a Board Member: Jodie Hierlmeier

Mar. 27, 2023

Get to know the people behind Land Stewardship Centre.

Successful organizations don’t just happen – they are created, nurtured and guided by people. Land Stewardship Centre is fortunate to have a strategic, innovative and forward-thinking Board of Directors that positions LSC as a leader in the field of environmental stewardship. Today, we’re reintroducing you to one of the dedicated members of the group that governs LSC. Meet board member Jodie Hierlmeier. 

Jodie Hierlmeier, a lawyer with the Alberta Government’s Environmental Law Section, joined the LSC board of directors over three years ago.  

“I first came to know LSC through previous director, Peter Boxall. I worked for Peter as a sessional instructor with the department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta,” Jodie shares. “LSC had an opening for a director, and he suggested I apply.” 

At the time, Jodie was looking to get involved with an environmental organization and, upon learning more about LSC, she loved that the organization was focused on education and supporting grassroots efforts of individuals and groups to make a positive environmental difference in their communities. 

In addition to her interest in the outdoors and nature, Jodie has a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta with a specialization in zoology and a LL.B. from Dalhousie University with a specialization in environmental law. She has travelled extensively through Europe, Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia and South America, working in England as in intern, with the United Nations in Kenya and providing legal support to a human rights organization in Tanzania. 

Jodie’s unique perspective and diverse expertise aligns well with LSC’s mandate of enabling people to become better stewards. She says this mix of knowledge makes for a rewarding volunteer leadership experience. She feels it is critical for the leadership of an organization to apply their insight and expertise in a meaningful way to fulfil the organization’s mandate. 

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the other directors and staff at LSC. They all have such varied experiences and interests,” she adds. “Being on the board has really helped broaden my knowledge about environmental issues around Alberta and I always learn something new at board meetings!” 

Jodie goes on to express how happy she is to be involved in a small way in the work that LSC is doing with the provincial Green Acreages program and the collaborative conservation efforts within the Beaver Hills Biosphere 

“I think what we’re doing at LSC is really important work,” she concludes. 

Learn more about Jodie and the rest of the board here.