Margaret was born in London, Ontario and moved to Vancouver Island along with her young son in 1995. She brings to Forestry Council over 20 years experience in all aspects of the accounting cycle in Government, Not-For-Profit, and Private Sector.
When Margaret isn’t crunching numbers she can be found paddling on the ocean in either a Dragon Boat or an Outrigger Canoe. She has been slowly visiting some of the nearby islands and a top priority on her bucket list is to eventually visit every island surrounding Vancouver Island. That is one tall order!
Denise was born and raised on Vancouver Island. Her career started out working in veterinary nursing, health care, and as a community support worker but eventually diverged into forestry. Denise worked as a heavy equipment operator in logging and then turned to teaching heavy equipment operation. Her career path includes working with a diverse number of organizations and programs, as well as instructional work in remote BC First Nations communities.
Isa White joined the Forestry Council in May 2022 as the Workforce Program Assistant. Most recently, Isa worked in admin for Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services, providing services that promote safe children and healthy families where children’s right to live with dignity is protected.
As the Workforce Program Assistant for the Forestry Council, Isa helps with administrative support related to ongoing Workforce projects.
In her free time, Isa loves to act. She appears on an Aboriginal People’s Television Network program, “Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show” teaching youth how to combine both Western and Indigenous science in today’s world.
Jordan joined the BC First Nations Forestry Council, in February 2022, as an Administrative Coordinator. A recent transplant to Vancouver Island, Jordan has lived in Victoria and now Nanaimo. A graduate from York University with a BSc in Science and Technology Studies, Jordan has had a diverse and highly technical career path. Before moving to Vancouver Island, Jordan spent years working in the Facebook office in Toronto, helping organize events and public engagement.
When he isn't working, he is enjoying life on Vancouver Island, hiking the forests and hills with his two dogs, Bear and Light.
Maïa Mercure joined the Forestry Council's workforce development team in January 2023. She is a certified HR professional specializing in Talent Management and HR digitization. Maïa will be guiding students through their career exploration journey and helping them chart their potential career trajectories in the forestry industry. Prior to joining the Forestry Council, she spent 5 years working as an HR Advisor and Business Analyst in engineering consulting firms. She is a strategic thinker that loves to help people and organizations reach their optimal potential. She most recently worked at a clean energy company that helped Indigenous communities build their own capacity and reduce carbon emissions by transitioning to geothermal, solar and hydropower technologies. Maïa is originally from Guelph, Ontario, and moved to BC to be closer to nature. She currently lives in Nanaimo, where she feels fortunate to be surrounded by majestic forests, awe-inspiring mountain landscapes and the glistening Salish Sea. In her spare time, Maïa enjoys exploring local hiking trails, paddleboarding, yoga and learning new culinary skills.