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Nadine Raynolds, Columbia Headwaters Program Manager

Nadine first learned about Y2Y in the late 1990s as an environmental science student and chair of the Sierra Youth Coalition at the University of Calgary. Inspired by the Y2Y vision, she has lead and supported a number of environmental and community development initiatives – from creative community projects to national education and advocacy programs. Nadine has a Masters Degree in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University, and is the founder of the Redfish School of Change – a university accredited experiential field school for young environmental leaders.

In recent years, Nadine worked with the Applied Research and Innovative Centre at Selkirk College where she assisted local governments, non-profits, and businesses with research and capacity building related to environmental, social, economic, and cultural well-being in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region of British Columbia. Nadine was also elected as a Councillor with the Village of New Denver for two terms where she supported the village in becoming the first Bear Smart community in the Kootenays.

Nadine is thrilled to be now working with Y2Y in the Columbia Mountains she calls home. She loves to hike, bike, canoe, and ski tour the many curves and corners of the region, especially with her partner Gary and two rescue dogs from Taiwan, Lupin and Jazzie. Nadine has a passion for good communication and great leadership, thinking strategically, and working together. She is excited to collaborate with local groups to find solutions to the challenge of protecting and connecting habitat and creating a landscape where people and wildlife can flourish together.