Executive Director

Kelsey Wilson

Kelsey has an extensive background working with not-for-profit and charitable organizations, holding various leadership positions as well as being active as a developer and coordinator of many environmental, social enterprise, cooperative, social justice, and other projects. Kelsey has also offered grant writing and project management services through her business, To Be Growing Strategies.

Kelsey is a UNB graduate with a Master of Environmental Management and a Bachelor of Philosophy in Leadership. During her master’s degree, Kelsey focused heavily on water quality and watershed health. She is also a Permaculture Designer, which she pursued due to her deep interest in building communities and systems that have a healthy relationship with the natural world. Kelsey is an avid learner, always seeking to expand her knowledge and understanding of topics that can improve her work.

Kelsey is passionate about this region of the province, and is excited to have the opportunity to work with the PWA’s Board and staff to gain a deeper respect, admiration, and understanding of our river and its tributaries.

Project Manager

Darlene Elward

Darlene Elward, the PWA’s Project Manager, possesses a Bachelor’s degree specialized in Geography from Université de Moncton (2009), with acquired knowledge in fields such as geology, geomorphology, cartography, and biology. She also has over 14 years of work experience in the environmental conservation sector in New Brunswick and Alberta combined, including environmental stewardship monitoring and education. Some of her responsibilities at the PWA include: helping with the development and distribution of educational tools to raise community awareness; managing and planning of the environmental projects (e.g. wildlife protection and watershed restoration); offering staff orientation and training on health & safety; conducting water quality sampling & scientific lab testing; conducting watershed assessments and wildlife monitoring (e.g. freshwater mussel), analysing data and making it available on several platform, writing scientific reports and assisting with grant applications. She is our in-house malacologist! Darlene shares her environmental passion with others through her work while keeping a positive mindset on a brighter future for our watershed’s ecological integrity.

Project Leader: Broken Brooks

Shane Boyd

Shane Boyd is the Project Leader of our Broken Brooks program. Having a passion for the environment, he graduated from Mount Allison University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in environmental science and minoring in biology and astronomy. Two years later, he went on to get a community college diploma in electronic engineering technology, majoring in alternate energy systems. Shane enjoys meeting and working with new people who also take an interest in environmental topics. His goal is to help improve the environment in the Petitcodiac watershed through remediation projects and educational outreach. Currently, he is working on the Broken Brooks project with the summer students, performing culvert assessments in the Hall’s Creek watershed and remediating rivers where culverts prevent fish from migrating upstream to more suitable waters.

Project Leader: Water Guardian/ Water Quality Monitoring

Brittany Cormier

Brittany is an environmental enthusiast who was ecstatic to rejoin the PWA in 2019 after working as a summer student the previous year.  As a past Nature Interpretation Program Project Assistant she is thrilled to be working within the Petitcodiac watershed to bridge scientific data monitoring efforts with citizen awareness and outreach.  She is going on her third year working as the project lead for the water quality monitoring and Water Guardian projects with the PWA. She looks forward to her continued contributions in the long-standing water quality monitoring project within the Petitcodiac watershed, and in creating more green infrastructure to provide stormwater management to the watershed communities. She hopes to build many more rain gardens and eventually a green roof! She has a multidisciplinary educational background from time spent learning at the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, and graduated from Mount Allison University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Environmental Studies with a focus on environmental policies.

Past Staff

Lindsay Gauvin – Past Executive Director, Master of Science with a focus in Ecology

Nattayada Thongboonmee – Past Project Technician

Ashleah Cowan – Past Project Technician

Emily Rogers – Past Project Assistant

Issac Acker – Past Project Assistant

Katie Smith – Past Project Assistant

Robin Libert – Past Project Assistant

Liz White – Past Project Assistant

Sarah Jardine – Past Project Leader: Green Infrastructure

Lauren Farley – Past Broken Brooks/Water Quality Project Assistant

Taylor Wood – Past Broken Brooks Project Assistant

Claire Barnes – Past Nature Interpretation Program Project Assistant

Jenna MacQuarrie – Past Project Manager: Water Quality Monitoring, Microbiology Lab, Health & Safety

Emily Piggott – Past Project Manager: Water Quality Monitoring, Microbiology Lab, Health & Safety

Theresa Johnston – Past Project Leader: Broken Brooks & Atlantic Canadian Culvert Assessment Toolkit

Mariah Robichaud – Past Project Leader: Waste Warriors Program and Project Assistant of the Wood Turtle

Abbie Gail Jones – Past Project Assistant

Sarah Dale – Past Project Assistant

Bryan Gallant – Past Broken Brooks Project Assistant

Ryan Furlotte – Past Broken Brooks and Wood Turtle Monitoring & Videography Project Assistant

Andrew Downey – Past Project Leader of the Wood Turtle Monitoring, Outreach & Education, Videography

Laura Windhorst – Past Project Leader of the Local Ecological Knowledge Project

Matthew Vickruck – Past Fish Population Monitoring & Urban Biodiversity Enhancement Field Technician

Holly MacDonald – Past Graphic Design Coordinator

Celine Leblanc – Past Translation Coordinator

Julie Hatcher – Past Broken Brooks, Species-at-Risk Monitoring and Volunteer Program Development Project Assistant

Will Bauer – Past Broken Brooks Project Assistant

Courtney Smith – Past Project Leader of the Wood Turtle Monitoring and Stewardship Program

Alex Miller – Past Petitcodiac Fish Recovery Coalition project assistant. He is also a member of the North American Youth Parliament for Water.

Kyle Morand – Past Water Quality & Storm Water Management Project Assistant

Christine Gilroy – Past Project Leader, she is pursuing a Master’s degree studying Atlantic Sturgeon.

Monik Richard – Past ED, now works as Senior Biologist with Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Susan Linkletter – Past Manager, now pursues full time organic agricultural endeavours in Salisbury, NB

These staff were all amazing, each in their own way. They went above and beyond, and helped shape the gregarious and supportive atmosphere in the PWA offices. We will certainly miss you guys, but we look forward to seeing where your careers take you. Keep in touch!