Working Together for BC's Bears
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The BC Bear Alliance (BCBA) was established to address key issues identified as challenges to human-bear coexistence and bear conservation, and present solutions to BC provincial and municipal governments or other stakeholders.
Here’s an opportunity to view bears through the eyes of some of our team members. See what they have to say…
Creating a better world where bears and people can coexist
The challenge that lies before the BCBA and all animal welfare and environmental groups is not small: human populations are growing, as is the global demand for food and energy, while the frequency and severity of natural disasters increases with every passing season.
As we all have seen time and time again on the news, all these issues have devastating consequences for animals. It is our role as an alliance, and your role united by the same passion, to create a better world for animals.
We have set an ambitious vision: a world where animal welfare matters and people can live in harmony with Mother Nature. To help us move closer to this goal, we have set some priorities, for now, to coexist with bears and share the same habitats.
The Alliance is guided by a five-member steering committee of which two co-chairs represent the membership. Membership is by application; applications will be decided upon by the steering committee.
Steering Committee members are:
Sylvia has been involved with the Get Bear Smart Society since 1996 and was a key player in establishing Whistler as the province’s leading Bear Smart community as well as establishing the provincial Bear Smart Community program. She has helped to build partnerships and alliances with key stakeholders and as such founded the Whistler Bear Working Group and the BC Bear Working Group. She was the catalyst for wildlife officials and police adopting non-lethal options. As a photographer and writer, her favourite pastime is spending time in the company of bears - that is where she feels most at home. Her ultimate vision is not just to protect wildlife; but to inspire a world where wildlife does not need protecting - a world where bears are given the necessary protection and a place to live out their lives in their natural habitats free from harm by humans.
Christine dedicated fifteen years as the Education Coordinator and Executive Director of the North Shore Black Bear Society working tirelessly to reduce preventable bear deaths. During that time, her efforts did not go unnoticed and was awarded the honour of outstanding commitment to leadership and education by the District of North Vancouver in 2017, and the City of North Vancouver’s Environmental Sustainability award for the Society in 2019. She is pleased to have made a significant difference to the understanding, respect and tolerance of black bears. Christine recently retired to independently advocate on behalf of bears. Christine values the establishment and maintenance of good working partnerships with NGOs and municipal and provincial staff as an effective way to reduce unnecessary bear deaths.
Luci was the Education Coordinator for the North Shore Black Bear Society for five years before assuming the role of Executive Director at the end of 2020. She is responsible for maintaining relationships with community partners, delivering wildlife presentations, engaging with residents at community events, coordinating outreach and maintaining the Society’s website and social media platforms. Luci’s contributions to the Society’s education programs helped the Society be recognized with an Environmental Sustainability award from the City of North Vancouver in 2019. Luci is certified in bear safety and awareness and as a bear-viewing guide by the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of British Columbia.
Lesley Fox is the Executive Director for The Fur-Bearers and is passionate about protecting wildlife. She also serves on the board of directors for the Society for Humane Science and is the president and board chair for the Alberni Community and Womens Service Society (ACAWS). Lesley is a certified Humane Education Specialist through the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education (NAHEE) and graduated with honours from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Public Relations, Marketing Communications and Non-Profit Management. She is currently finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University.
Kelly has spent more than a decade defending urban wildlife from culls in BC. She joined with leaders in several municipalities, emphasizing a need for education regarding indigenous wildlife, and understanding the movements of the animals as urban development and resource extraction shrink their natural habitat.
Having lived for several years in remote coastal BC Kelly really had the opportunity to observe bears and other large wildlife in their natural state, where their inherent desire to stay away from humans is only suspended by the possibility of a food source.
Current wildlife management in the province is disproportionally represented by hunters and extraction industries, and Kelly hopes to be a part of the change in attitude that is needed to guide a more sustainable, compassionate system.
General Member Groups
(represented by various individuals)
Black bears are abundant throughout BC and are extremely adaptable. Because they are able to take advantage of human-dominated landscapes, the number of interactions with people every year is consistently high. Grizzly bears are less abundant and are in fact at risk, making any negative interaction, especially one with a female, of great conservation concern.
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