We are pleased to welcome our new operations director, Shayla Walker, to the Watershed Watch team!

Shayla has worked in the non-profit sector, which she prefers to term the “social profit sector,” for over a decade as a volunteer, employee and board member. Throughout her career, she has focused on the value of governance, administration, and planning for social profit organizations to effectively realize their missions.

Shayla’s last role was Senior Program Associate at Tides Canada Foundation, where she was responsible for managing over $1,000,000 in grant-making. Through her role at Tides Canada, she was first introduced to Watershed Watch Salmon Society, and grew to appreciate the important role wild salmon play as an indicator species.

“Salmon are the proverbial canaries in the coal mine. Our health, and the health of B.C.’s ecosystem, is inherently tied to theirs,” says Shayla.

“Watershed Watch plays an important role in advancing wild salmon conservation in B.C. and I have always been impressed by the organization’s nimble actions and science-based decision making in defending these iconic species. I am thrilled to be a part of this important work.”

(We are thrilled to have her too!)

Shayla enjoys being outdoors at any time of the the year and can often be found running or walking the Vancouver seawall, listening to one of her many favorite podcasts.