Program Coordinators

Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance  Margaret Holm Marg_1_1
Margaret Holm
Outreach Coordinator
Margaret Holm has worked with OSCA since 2006, and is one of the prime movers of the organization. Her interests include working with local agricultural organizations on wildlife management and sustainable practices, and encouraging awareness of the Okanagan and Similkameen's special habitats and species at risk. Margaret now also coordinates OSCA's ECOstudies environmental education program for school kids.
Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance Jayme Friedt Jayme Friedt
Jayme Friedt
Meadowlark Nature Festival Coordinator
Born and raised in Calgary Alberta, Jayme earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. After graduating she went on to have a 20-year career in Marketing and Communications holding senior positions within some of Canada’s top cultural organizations including Honens International Piano Competition and Alberta Ballet. She also spent many years working in the media as Editor of an international chain of tourism publications, as well as a Reporter/Producer for CKUA Radio a listener-supported, province-wide radio broadcaster. A keen advocate of arts and culture, Jayme has served on the Boards of Directors for many performing arts festivals and educational organizations. She is thrilled to join the Meadowlark Nature Festival as Festival Coordinator and is looking forward to a great event in 2015!

Jayme and her husband James live just outside Kaleden, BC where they enjoy hiking, golfing, swimming and playing and listening to music with their nine year old twins and their endless stream of Alberta visitors!
Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance Dick Cannings Dick
Dick Cannings
Bird Studies, Vaseux Lake Banding Station
Dick Cannings was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, in a family keenly interested in natural history.  He works half-time for Bird Studies Canada, coordinating Canadian Christmas Bird Counts, the eBird program and the British Columbia Owl Survey, and also does consulting work, primarily on impacts to species at risk in the Okanagan Valley.  Dick has served on various boards and committees, including 8 years as co-chair for birds on the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, 11 years on the British Columbia Environmental Appeal Board and 5 years on the British Columbia Forest Appeals Commission.  He was a founding director of the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance and has also served on the national and regional boards of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.  Dick has written over a dozen books on the natural history of British Columbia and has produced regular radio items on natural history themes for CBC and taught continuing education courses on birding and nature.

Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance Rosa Hopkins Rosa
Rosa Hopkins
Bookkeeping, Administration
Rosa Hopkins moved to Penticton from Vancouver in 1995 with her husband Peter and two daughters (now with recent additions of two lovely grandchildren).  She still enjoys the quiet lifestyle and natural beauty that the Okanagan has to offer. Her favourite hobby is growing her own garden fresh vegetables, herbs and sweet Kazakhstan melons.  Rosa started working for OSCA in 2003 and is very "proud to be a part of OSCA and all the positive work it does for the environment and community."