Jen Bellhouse jumped into the newly created role of Associate Director, in 2019, to grow the organization's capacity and assist the team at the STA supporting partners to grow a sustainable, long-term legacy of trails throughout the region. In June 2021, at the request of the board, she transitioned to the role of Executive Director. Jen’s background is in environmental sciences, and she has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Conservation Enforcement. She brings a strong diverse background working in the environmental sector and has managed a variety of projects for Provincial, Municipal, and Regional governments. She specializes in grant writing, management, and reporting.
Phil McIntyre-Paul is one of the original "...what if..." guys that has helped make a dream become a reality. Through his tireless efforts, he has helped bring together a large majority of the regional trail stakeholders to sit down and discuss how this idea can become a reality. He has helped develop the Trail Alliance Business Plan, the Shuswap Trails Strategy, facilitate the creation of the Shuswap Trails Roundtable, and submitted countless grant applications. In June of 2021, Phil took a step back from the day-to-day running of the organization and transitioned to the role of Senior Consultant, so he can continue to support us on project work. Phil's background is in Community Development, Tourism Management and Experiential Event creation and implementation.
Hanka joined the STA in January 2021 and is assisting with day-to-day business of the Shuswap Trail Alliance. Hanka has lived in the Salmon Arm area for past 25 years and has been exploring the trails and different modes of outdoor recreation since the day she moved to the area. Hanka spends most of her free time outdoors and on the trails – running, hiking, biking, ski touring, white-water paddling. She loves living in our little community and she very much appreciates what it has to offer. The Shuswap Trail Alliance has created amazing trail system for everyone, and she’s honoured to be part of the team.
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After a few stints as a member of the trail team, Adrian started working full-time for the STA in 2017. While he no longer spends as much time building trails as he gets credit for, Adrian makes it happen on the ground. Where there's a plan and people willing to make it happen, he provides the glue that brings it all together and turns it into reality overseeing our field project teams, volunteer days, and stewardship support. It takes just the right mix of experience, skill, practicality, and good humour.
Libby Chisholm has been supporting the Secwépemc Landmarks Project as the Project Coordinator, under the direction of Councillor Shelley Witzky from the Adams Lake Band. The Shuswap Trail Alliance plays a supportive and administrative role for this project, under the direction and leadership of the four local Secwépemc communities (Adams Lake Band, Neskonlith Band, Splatsin, and Little Shuswap Lake Band). Libby supports with coordination and administrative tasks for the Secwépemc Lakes Elders Advisory Committee, made up of Elders from the four local Bands, as well as coordinating artist engagement, grant applications and reporting, and communications for the project. Libby holds an MA in Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria and is grateful to be a guest in unceded Secwépemc territory.
James grew up in southern Ontario, earning a B.Sc. in Geology and then moved to Alberta to start a career consulting in the Oil and Gas Industry. After a weekend visiting friends in Salmon Arm, he moved to the area and has spent the last 22 years enjoying all the Shuswap has to offer. Deciding a career change was in order, James started a small bookkeeping business in 2018. In January 2020 he joined the STA to fill a temporary position, handling day to day financial matters as the bookkeeper. He continued working with the Trail Alliance when this position became a long-term possibility.
Sylvia has been volunteering for the STA for many years and coordinates the auction donations for the STA’s annual fundraiser in February. Sylvia is an avid trail user and has been invaluable in her volunteer tracking, tax receipt writing, membership drive organizing, and general office assistance.
The Shuswap Trail Alliance is privileged to support projects throughout the region on behalf of our many partners. Fundraising, donations, grants, and partner contracts allow us to hire project trail crews each year. Size, season, and timing is variable, depending on available funding and project priorities - so we always welcome submission of resumes from qualified candidates each season to keep on file should project funding be secured and warrant hiring. Recruitment is always pending funding, so we recommend checking back in seasonally to renew your resume. For a little more detail on what work on the trail crew might involve check the general posting here.
Fostering a healthy, engaged community in the Shuswap Region – economic/environmental/social – through well designed, maintained, and promoted trails connecting people, culture, and landscape