Susan Fisher worked as a writer and broadcaster for many years before returning to graduate school to earn a degree in comparative literature. She then worked as a literature professor and university administrator until 2014. The author of many scholarly and popular articles, Fisher won the Canada prize in the Humanities for her 2011 book, Boys and Girls in No Man’s Land: English Canadian Children and the First World War. Since retirement, she has enjoyed learning more about the natural history of our region.
Susan is a third-generation Vancouverite and a grateful user of the city’s parks, especially Jericho. As the lands to the south of Fourth Avenue are developed for housing, the number of visitors to Jericho will increase dramatically, and those who love the park will need to protect its natural values.
Catherine is a landscape architect and graduate of Writtle College and Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK. She enjoys learning about native and non-native tree and plant species, birdwatching, gardening and being outdoors generally. Catherine has been a member of the Jericho Stewardship Group since 2012, including a two-year term as President from 2015 to 2017. She is currently the Co-Secretary, with Michelle Catlin, of the Jericho Stewardship Group.
Michelle Catlin teaches at Queen Mary elementary school. She is a grade 2 school teacher who takes her students out to Jericho Beach once a week to explore and discover all the treasures to be found in this stunning park. She is passionate about encouraging young children to connect with nature, to provide opportunities for them to recognize how important nature is, in the hopes that our young children will be advocates for both the park and nature in the future. Michelle recently joined the Jericho Stewardship Board and is keen to learn from the other members all their expertise and knowledge about the park and be able to share this wisdom with her students. As well, her goal is to develop education programs about Jericho Park that other schools can participate in.
Hermann was conceived in Europe’s Black Forest and blessed to grow up beside a large mixed use Toronto Ravine park and forest (Sherwood Forest). In 1990 he moved to Vancouver and has seen all the changes of the past 28 years. He hopes to encourage more people of all ages to become Citizen Scientists.
John Coope is a retired professor of Theoretical Chemistry from UBC. He grew up on Vancouver Island, and studied in Victoria, at UBC, and at Oxford’s Mathematical Institute. His interest in Botany grew from seeing native flora in the alpine during climbing trips. He has been working in Jericho Park since the late 1990’s, and is a founding member of the Jericho Stewardship Group.
June Ryder is a ‘long-ago’ graduate of the UBC Geography Department. She is a professional geoscientist (terrain and soils specialist) who has worked as a researcher, teacher and consultant. Now retired, she is busy following her life-long interests in natural history, especially birds and conservation. With the help of Nature Vancouver members, she conducted bird surveys in Jericho Park during 2006-2007, and has carried out coastal waterbird surveys (for Bird Studies Canada) along the Jericho shoreline since 2003. She is concerned about preservation of habitat for the nesting, overwintering, and migratory bird populations of Jericho Park.