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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Park Advisory Board

The Park Establishment Agreement required that a seven member Park Advisory Board (PAB) be established. A PAB has been in place since 2004. The membership of this board includes representatives of local and regional governments, the public and Parks Canada. Member terms generally run for 3 years to a maximum of 6 years. The PAB acts impartially and in the public interest. It provides advice and guidance to Parks Canada on park planning, business planning and issues of interest to the surrounding communities and the public. Click here to obtain a copy of the PAB Terms of Reference or Minutes of the PAB meetings. 

Park Advisory Board Members

Marcia Morash (Parks Canada Representative)

Marcia Morash joined Parks Canada in 2000 working with Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site in Haida Gwaii, BC on the establishment of the national marine conservation area reserve, first as the manager of communications and then, as the project manager. In 2008, Marcia returned to Northwestern Ontario as the project manager for the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area before becoming the external relations manager. For the past two and a half years, she has been on assignment with the Vice-President of Operations, Eastern Canada, first as the manager of communications in Ontario and then as the external communications manager for Eastern Canada. Before joining Parks Canada in 2000, Marcia worked in television news for 12 years. She was born in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay) and attended the universities of Western Ontario and Manitoba, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English.

Joy Davis (Public Member)

Joy brings both a lifelong love of the Gulf Islands and expertise in cultural resource management to her role on the Advisory Board. She grew up on one of the Flat Top Islands on the south end of Gabriola Island, and continues to sail among and explore the islands on a regular basis. As the director of the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria, she has developed a strong commitment to the inclusive and values-based management of cultural heritage resources, and is knowledgeable about the capacity of parks to create meaningful visitor experiences. Joy holds degrees in Canadian history and in museum studies and is completing a PhD in Social Foundations in Education. She is the author of many distance education courses in museum and heritage studies as well as a range of articles on learning for professional practice.

David Howe (Capital Regional District Member)

David grew up in rural Saanichton, BC. He and his wife now live on Pender Island, a community he considered similar to the one where he grew up. David embraces the island lifestyle and realizes how precious and precarious it is. Over the last three years he has pursued issues such as the balance between economy & lifestyle on the islands and the balance between economic and environmental sustainability, while participating on the Chamber of Commerce Board, the Islands Trust Advisory Planning Commission, and currently as a Capital Regional District Director. His objective is to “Pay It Forward”, for our kids & grandkids, by exploring a Triple Bottom Line approach to social, economic, and environmental sustainability. David graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce and from American College, Bryn Mar, Pennsylvania with a Masters in Science of Financial Services. His career has spanned financial planning, investment banking and hospitality resort development.

Pam Janzsen (Islands Trust Member)

Pam moved to Canada in 1972 and has been living on Saturna Island since1988. She has been active in the community, including roles in the Community Club, the Lions Club, and the Recreation and Cultural Society. Over the years on Saturna Island, Pam has had many jobs—from assistant Post Mistress, owner/operator of a small gardening and landscape business, cashier, to plumbing assistant. For the past seven years she has worked as a Community Health Worker. Pam and her husband are known as island naturalists. She specializes in all things fungal and for several years did a long-term study and inventory of the fungi of Winter Cove (now part of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve) and the Saturna Island Ecological Reserve. Her husband is a regionally-renowned botanist. Together, they also study birds and conduct public walks and talks about the fungi and birds of the island.

Louise Murgatroyd (Parks Canada Member)

Louise has a B.A. in English literature from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in marine management from Dalhousie University. She joined Parks Canada in 2009 as Partnering and Engagement Officer and works on the engagement of partners, stakeholders and the public in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Prior to joining Parks Canada, Louise worked as the director of international volunteer programs in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands and Amazon region, and in Costa Rica. During this time, she developed and implemented several programs in collaboration with a number of government and non-government organisations, including the Galapagos Islands National Park Service. In BC, Louise worked as the coordinator for the Victoria-based Marine Mammal Monitoring Program, a stewardship program that focused on the commercial and recreational whale watching sectors. She also worked with the Canadian Coast Guard as an environmental officer and relief lighthouse keeper. Louise has held instructor certifications in scuba diving and sailing and has taught extensively in the Caribbean and southern BC. She continues to sail actively in Vancouver and the islands.

Bob Peart (Public Member)

Bob has spent his life in the world of conservation. He is a Registered Professional Biologist with a Masters Degree in Education and formal training in Dispute Resolution. In 2008, Bob received the prestigious J.B. Harkin Medal recognizing his efforts in conservation and education. Among other things, Bob’s experience includes positions as the Executive Director of the BC chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Executive Director of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC, and Special Project Negotiator with the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. Over the past thirty-five years, Bob has volunteered for numerous conservation groups at the regional, provincial, national and international levels. He currently serves on a variety of organizations that focus on children, nature and protected areas. Bob is an avid outdoors person who enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking and bird watching.