Meet Our Staff

Chessi Miltner

Executive Director  Email


Ken Stauffer

Bookkeeper  Email


 Jennifer Stackhouse

Operations Coordinator  Email



Cedana Bourne

Agriculture and Nursery Coordinator  Email

Cedana Bourne is GCA’s Agriculture and Nursery Coordinator.  You can find her with her hands in the soil at the Native Plant Nursery and the Millard Learning Centre’s Forest Garden. Cedana is in her element when saving seeds and nurturing plants through each stage of development in the cycle of plant life.

Cedana is an herbalist who grows or wildcrafts the plants for the formulas she creates for her apothecary. Cedana is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who appreciates a delicious, locally grown, whole foods meal.  She is a passionate preserver and loves to incorporate wild foods into all kinds of tasty creations from baking to bubbly brews to fermented concoctions. 

Reed Osler (on leave)

Education Coordinator. Email

Reed Osler is the Galiano Conservancy Association’s Education Coordinator. She has been sharing her passion for parks and wild places with the public in a professional capacity for over 15 years. She studied herbalism at Pacific Rim College and is a certified Community Herbalist who is especially passionate about native plants, their edibility and their medicinal uses. She also loves music, theatre and art and incorporates these creative pursuits into her programs with children, youth and adults alike.


Emily Francis

Acting Education Coordinator Email

Emily earned a BSc in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University. She has worked with a diversity of environmental entities in the clean technology industry, in social-environmental non-profits and in academic communities. As a scientist and visual artist, she combines her technical knowledge and creative approach to teach about unique pacific-northwest ecosystems and to explore the complex relationships between people and the environment.


Adam Huggins

Restoration Coordinator, Email

Adam holds a BSc in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria, as well as a Diploma in the Restoration of Natural Systems.  He is primarily diurnal, operating at the intersection of ecological restoration, regenerative agriculture, and conservation.  Over the past decade, he has worked from central California to the north coast of BC on plant nurseries, restoration projects, permaculture farms, and remote field studies.  Currently, he maintains the GCA’s restoration projects and assists the Agriculture and Nursery Coordinator in maintaining the Forest Garden and Native Plant Nursery.  When the sun goes down, he retires to his den, where he produces the Future Ecologies podcast and reads books about plants.  

Ria Okuda

Environmental Educator, Email

Ria was born and raised on Galiano; she then went across the country to Montreal where she studied at McGill University. After Graduating with her BSc in Biology Rias’ love for travel took her too many parts of the world where she gained experience in different cultures and field studies. She has now returned to beautiful Galiano to raise her family and continue her passion and enthusiasm for education, conservation and Galliano’s community.  

Frieda Weinert

Environmental Educator, Email

Frieda has a nursing degree from Germany and a B.Sc. in Forestry from the
University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf (Germany). Frieda first came to Galiano Island for an internship with the Galiano Conservancy Association in 2016 and fell in love with the island and it’s community. The following year, Frieda returned to Galiano to conduct her thesis research on bat populations on the island, and was employed with the GCA as a bat specialist to conduct a conservation project on the endangered Little Brown Myotis bat species specifically. Frieda moved to Galiano indefinitely in 2017, and is excited to share her passion for and knowledge of the natural environment in her role as an educator for the Galiano Conservancy

See our past student interns here.