Our Team

Lisa Bland - Publisher / Editor-in-Chief / Creative Director / Sales

Lisa has lived in wild, beautiful places as long as she can remember. The tidal pools, coastal rainforests, and friendly rural communities of Northwest British Columbia shaped her sense of place, passion, and commitment to caring for the world. Lisa has been involved in writing and publishing for the last 18 years. She has volunteered with numerous conservation groups and has worked in field research doing forestry, fisheries, bird, and plant studies. She holds certificates in Professional Publication Writing and Magazine Publishing and has lived in the Cariboo Region on and off for the past 20 years. Lisa attempts to juggle her passion for writing, photography, and activism with time spent outside exploring wild places. Nature is by far her favourite and most inspiring teacher.

Jessica Kirby - Senior Editor

Jessica is a freelance writer and editor based on beautiful Vancouver Island. She oversees the editorial direction of several small press run magazines in Western Canada and writes when and wherever she can about the environment, travel, construction, and design. She holds a BA in writing and anthropology from Vancouver Island University and has been working in publishing for 16 years. When she's not hidden among piles of paper in her home office, Jessica can be found paying homage to Mother Earth on a cross-country bike ride, trail run, or camping trip with her family.

Rebecca Patenaude - Digital Media & Website Admin

Rebecca is a long time resident of the Cariboo Chilcotin and makes her home in Horsefly, BC. She has a passion for nature, music and philosophy, as well as science and technology. Seeking knowledge, striving to better herself and her community, sustainable living, being active outdoors and raising her son keep her content in the world.

Stacey Smith - Creative Director / Magazine Design

Stacey is a graphic designer, photographer, and an avid outdoor enthusiast. She was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, but her passion for wildlife and the outdoors has recently brought her to the Cariboo. When she's not designing, she spends most of her days in nature and riding her horses.

Jill Schick - Ad Design

A resident of Central BC since 1971, Jill escapes every year to a lodge to be a camp host and cook - but not quite off-grid. A freelance graphic designer with over 30 years experience in advertising design and layout, she works from wherever she is, and enjoys the beauty of the backwoods from a kayak and just relaxing on the deck after guests leave.


LeRae Haynes

LeRae is a freelance writer, songwriter, co-producer of “Pursicles,” and the community co-ordinator for Success by 6. She is also the instigator of musical shenanigans in Williams Lake including “Borderband” with kids and is a member of the “Perfect Match” dance band.

David Suzuki

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Professor Emeritus at UBC and holds 27 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is the host of the CBC T.V. program The Nature of Things.

Terri Smith

An erstwhile market gardener and mother of goat, Terri lives on a small farm near Quesnel, BC. Here she gardens, makes art, writes about local food, teaches workshops and works at Long Table Grocery as Guardian of the Vegetables.

Ryan Elizabeth Cope

Ryan blogs at Seven in the Ocean (www.sevenintheocean.com) where she marries her love of food with her disdain for plastic-wrapped garbage. When not ranting ad nauseum about plastic, she can be found playing with her chickens or concocting fresh juices in her kitchen.

Sage Birchwater

Sage moved to the Cariboo-Chilcotin in 1973. He spends his time freelancing, authoring books, and with Caterina, hanging out with their dog and cat, gardening, and being part of the rich cultural life that is the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast.

Oliver Berger

Oliver Berger has a 37-year degree in life, starting out in the Spokin Lake area, spending adolescence in Williams Lake, and then venturing throughout the world on a quest of always learning new things. His priorities include dedication to and education about waste management.

Guy Dauncey

Guy is author of Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible, a novel set in the year 2030. (Brilliant! – David Suzuki). He lives on Vancouver Island. www.thepracticalutopian.ca.

Angela Gutzer

In the next year Angela will be focusing on transitioning from the veterinary world into death doula services. She is interested in home funerals and Green burials in respect to both animals and people, and is one of the co-organizers of the Cariboo Community Deathcaring Network helping the community with their needs in relating to death and dying.

Erin Hitchcock

Erin Hitchcock is a stay-at-home mom with a journalism diploma and 15 years of related experience. She is passionate about organic and plant-based diets, spirituality and reiki, and creating a better future for the Earth.

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