Co – Chairs
Jennifer Dingman : Jennifer was born and raised in Calgary, AB but is proud to call New Brunswick home and has lived in Riverview for almost half her life. She holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology from the University of New Brunswick and stayed on to complete a PhD investigating algal population cycling and marine microbial ecology. Jennifer has a strong scientific background and has a wide range of research and project management experience from sectors including municipal and federal government, NGOs and academia. She has a passion for community service and community development, science outreach and education. She is happy to continue her mandate with SPR as Co-Chair !
Tosh Taylor : Tosh has 15 years of experience working in media. She is skilled in Broadcasting, Voice Acting, Blogging, Social Media, Podcast & Media Production. She won the Albert County Chamber of Commerce Arts & Culture Award in 2019, was Co-host for the Pickle Planet Podcast with over 20k downloads and has a Broadcast Journalism Diploma from Loyalist College. She is a proud board member on the Albert County Chamber of Commerce as well as Sentinelle Petitcodiac Riverkeepers and Home and School for my children’s school. She also served on the Executive Committee for the Rebecca Schofield All World Super Playpark.
Edmund Redfield : Edmund Redfield is the Vice Chair of the Sentinelles Petitcodiac Riverkeepers. He works for Fort Folly Habitat Recovery, an arm of Fort Folly First Nation. In this capacity he has, since 2011, managed and operated the fish trap at the head-of-tide in Salisbury which samples movement of anadromous fish passing under the new bridge, as these move upstream into the headwaters of the Petitcodiac. This monitoring has tracked the progress of the Province of New Brunswick’s Petitcodiac River Restoration Project since the opening of the causeway gates in 2010. He is also author of Wildflowers of the Maritimes, a field guide to local native and invasive plants.
Secretary – Treasurer
Claude Allard : Claude Allard has had a career in the New Brunswick public service, particularly in the areas of health and education. He has served on several national boards including the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Claude holds an ultralight pilot’s license which allows him to fly over the Petitcodiac and Memramcook River ecosystems, among others, and to see, with his own eyes, all the beauty of this nature as well as its great fragility. Claude wishes to bring more people to appreciate these natural treasures and to contribute to their protection.
Kerry-Lee Morris Cormier : Kerry Lee joined our board this fall representing our partners, Fort Folly First Nation. She works at Fort Folly Habitat Recovery where she is helping the community to establish Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas. Kerry Lee is excited to join us during this historic and hopeful time for the Petitcodiac River watershed and inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon.
Nathalie Goguen : Biography to come
Monique Arsenault : A Dalhousie NB native, settling in Moncton in 1978, Monique is a Certified Translator. She participated actively in the effort to restore the Petitcodiac River and protect its tributaries, and worked to prevent the creation, in the 90s, of a solid waste facility in the pristine head marshes of the Anagance River. As an avid reader, she practices tai-chi and likes to walk; the arts, nature and gardening are among her main interests.
Cecilia Pérez Plancarte : Originally from Mexico, with a BSc in Biology and currently enrolled in the Master’s in Environmental Studies at Université de Moncton, Cecilia works as a research assistant for Dr. Jean Philippe Sapinski (UdeM) in a project that aims to understand ecological transitions in Eastern Canada. Cecilia is part of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick’s Climate Change and Energy Solutions team directed by Dr. Louise Comeau which is investigating the social science side of electricity transition. Research and ongoing learning have become her way of engaging with socio-environmental issues. Her interests include social and environmental justice, ecofeminism, indigenous feminism, intersectional theory, just ecological transition, and decolonization. When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors to appreciate the different cycles of nature. This allows her to connect mentally, spiritually, and physically with the environment. This passion for life itself, combined with her experience as an immigrant, has pushed her to get more involved in the community, which is why she is very excited to be a board director for Sentinelles Petitcodiac Riverkeepers.
Rita-Anne Malenfant : Rita-Anne Malenfant is a business professional specializing in marketing. Originally from Dieppe, NB, she joined the Board of Directors of Sentinelles Petitcodiac Riverkeepers to contribute to her community and support the ecological well-being of her home region which is so close to her heart. She was fortunate to witness first-hand the changes and improvements to the river brought upon by SPR over the years and hopes to continue to do so, now as a new member of the board.
Pierre Landry : Pierre began as a collaborator with Écoversité of the Université de Moncton and Michel Desneiges in 2014. When Michel began an ambitious collaboration with Robert Kennedy Jr. and the Hudson Riverkeepers (New York State), Pierre continued his involvement with the establishment of the first Riverkeeper outside the United States in 1999. As a founding member, Pierre acknowledges the enormous contributions of Armand Bannister, Ronald Babin, Brian Branch, Michel Desjardins and Daniel Leblanc. President of the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2013. Pierre has also been a volunteer with the Shediac Bay Watershed Association since its inception. Pierre has worked in the field of waste management and recycling for over thirty years.