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Meet a Board Member: Jodie Hierlmeier

Posted September 16, 2020 by LSC

Get to know the people behind LSC

Successful organizations don’t just happen – they are created, nurtured and guided by people. Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) is fortunate to have a strategic, innovative and forward-thinking Board of Directors that positions us as a leader in the field of environmental stewardship. Today, we introduce you to another one of the committed individuals who is part of the team that governs the organization. Meet board member Jodie Hierlmeier.

As LSC inches closer to its 25th anniversary in 2021, we can’t help but think about the people behind the organization who have enabled us to offer stewardship programs and support for a quarter century. 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 an 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 and 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 her fellow board members.


Meet Our Newest Team Member

Posted September 15, 2020 by LSC

She’ll be focusing on climate resiliency planning

Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) is excited to introduce Lauren Van Dyke, our new Project Assistant working on climate change and adaptation in the Beaver Hills Biosphere. LSC and the Beaver Hills Biosphere Reserve Association (BHBRA) are currently in a shared-services partnership and as an LSC staff member, Lauren will be lending her skills and expertise to support both organizations’ efforts.

Originally from Cochrane, Lauren pursued a degree in environmental sciences at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Sciences as well as a Certificate in Sustainability. Following graduation, Lauren went on to work at Elk Island National Park as a Visitor Service Attendant, educating visitors about the natural history of the Beaver Hills Biosphere.

“My experience working at Elk Island for the past four years has allowed me to explore first-hand the hidden secrets of what makes the Beaver Hills Biosphere so unique,” shares Lauren. “I have truly learned to love the diversity of its landscape and am excited to devote my time to help develop a climate change and adaptation strategy.”

Lauren comes to LSC through the Adaptation Resilience Training (ART) project, a cost-shared initiative supported by Natural Resources Canada’s Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) program and Alberta Environment and Parks. The ART project aims to deepen understanding of climate change adaptation in Alberta and its applicability across sectors and professions. LSC’s project, Climate Change and Adaptation for Beaver Hills Biosphere, will support the development of an adaptive management plan that will help mitigate climate related issues in the biosphere and associated communities.

“When looking for a potential job opportunity through the ART program, this position stood out to me as I already felt drawn to the Beaver Hills Biosphere through my education and work experience,” explains Lauren. “I felt I had a unique background and set of knowledge to contribute meaningfully in developing the Climate Change and Adaptation Strategy.”

In the coming months, working closely with LSC and Beaver Hills Biosphere Reserve Association staff, Lauren will be building out the climate resiliency plan within the Beaver Hills Biosphere. Lauren’s work on the project, and the foundation for the development of the plan, includes stakeholder engagement, research on current climate initiatives and an inventory of nature-based solutions being implemented in Alberta.

“I am excited to collaborate with the LSC team and explore opportunities through the ART program as I begin to network with other professionals and specialists working on climate change and adaptation projects around the province,” shares Lauren. “There is so much that I have yet to learn and feel like the team at the LSC will be amazing mentors for me as I start my professional career.”

You can connect with Lauren at lauren@landstewardship.org.


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