About Us

The Strathcona Wilderness Institute Society was founded to promote sensitive and enjoyable use of the remote and natural Strathcona Provincial Park, which is located in the center of Vancouver Island, on the West coast of British Columbia, Canada.

Vision
The Strathcona Wilderness Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the natural world through education and participation. Our Constitution & Bylaws are here.

The Institute embraces the goals of the Strathcona Park Master Plan to protect the natural beauty of the park while at the same time promoting public enjoyment and respect for integrity and completeness of the wilderness.

With more park land under government protection and fewer government funds available for services and facilities, it is increasingly necessary for park users to learn to assume responsibility for themselves and to take care of the natural environment by minimizing the impact of their presence.

Strathcona Wilderness Institute believes that by facilitating wilderness experience it will help keep the human spirit in balance in our ever changing society.

The Role of the Institute
The essential role of the Institute, in partnership with BC Parks and the Friends of Strathcona Park, is to serve as an interface between the Strathcona wilderness and the general public. As a registered non-profit society, the Institute intends to facilitate a co-operative effort to assure support for continuing education and park stewardship.

Canadian Charitable Registration # 89084 9540 RR0001

Board of Directors

Judy Norbury
judy-paradiseJudy has lived in the Comox Valley for 38 years & has always been passionate about the environment, particularly the wild places. She was involved in the action at Clayoquot Sound in 1993 & has been a member of Friends of Strathcona Park. She joined the board of SWI partly to promote the increasingly accessible facilities at Paradise Meadows, i.e., the wheelchair accessible Centennial Trail & the use of a TrailRider mobility device to provide access to the forest trails for people with disabilities.

Alison Maingon
Alison grew up in Scotland, but left the green hills of home for Canada in 1970. After teaching about Greek & Roman culture in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan for over 30 years, she retired in 2011 to an acreage on the Tsolum, close to Strathcona Park. A keen naturalist, environmentalist & avid hiker, she spends as much time as possible studying native flora (including mushrooms) in their habitats from shoreline to alpine, and has guided walks for both SWI & Comox Valley Nature.

Brenda Geddes
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Lindsay Elms
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John Waters
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Steve Smith
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Gerry Roberts
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Coordinator
Krista Kaptein
twitter picKrista has organized the Programs & Volunteers at the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows since 2010, and took on the expanded role of Fundraising & Outreach for SWI in 2013. She is an active member of the Comox District Mountaineering Club & Comox Valley Nature, and has been hiking & photographing in the Park for more than 20 years.