We connect people to information and resources to build the region’s capacity for environmental stewardship. We facilitate community engagement, educational opportunities and information sharing regarding the environment. We offer information and assistance to citizens and development proponents as they navigate through development processes.
LICA collects, shares and acts upon data, traditional knowledge and information relevant to the environment. This will be achieved through scientific study, community engagement and meaningful partnerships.
The environment in the LICA region is ecologically healthy and sustainable.
- We connect stakeholders and promote community involvement.
- We provide timely, defensible and accessible data.
- We educate the community, advocating for environmental stewardship.
- We responsibly manage our resources to achieve our vision and mission.
DATA & REPORTING SPECIALIST
LILY LIN - DATA & REPORTING SPECIALIST
I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, where I completed and obtained my Environmental Science degree. I came to Canada in 2005, completed the Environmental Technology program at SAIT, Calgary, in 2008. After graduation, I started my career with an environmental services company. I spent 8 years trying to understand “air”, the air we are breathing every day. I enjoy spending the time to analyze data we collected from air monitoring stations and to tell stories based on these numbers. In 2016, my husband and I had an opportunity to make our dream come true – own a coffee shop. We bought a bakery and started running a bakery/coffee shop in downtown Calgary. It was such a challenge but interesting experience. Within a year and a half, we became good bakers, good sale people, and we made a lot of new friends. I was contracted to perform some special projects in 2017 and become a part of the LICA team as the data and reporting specialist in 2018.
I enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities in the summer and prefer hiding inside the house during the winter. However, after having two never-run-out energy huskies, I have learned to enjoy the feeling of being frozen. I am thankful for having these two girls, so I can explore the beauty of the winter in Canada.
EVELINE HARTOG - ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL
My name is Eveline Hartog and I am very excited to be part of the LICA team once again!
I have lived in Bonnyville since 1987 and have seen many changes and economic fluctuations;
it always amazes me how versatile and resilient the Lakeland area is.
In addition to working in Bonnyville, I have also volunteered on various sports and community groups as well as being
one of the founding members of the Lakeland Environmental Society in the early 1990’s.
I actively enjoy the Lakeland’s fantastic lakes and rivers in the summer with family and friends,
spending the winters continuing my volunteer work, book club, and cooking amazing ethnic feasts with my equally amazing
TINA MARTIN - EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
My name is Tina Martin and I am so excited to be the newest Professional Administrator on the LICA team!
I was born in Edmonton but have called Bonnyville home for the most part of the last 27 years. I spent two summers during my Business Administration diploma program, working as a Stevedore for the Alberta Fish & Wildlife Department. This position allowed me to experience the hard work and dedication that go into controlling Alberta wildfires.
As a mother of 7 and grandmother of 2, children of all ages and stages are a large part of my life. I balance out my schedule and enrich my children’s’ lives through hobbies such as running, hiking, travelling, gardening, and the many available fishing & recreational activities that the Lakeland provides. I am currently at LICA part-time as I work towards completion of my Bachelor of Commerce degree through Athabasca University.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
ERIN RITCHIE - EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
My name is Erin Ritchie, and I am thrilled to be the Education and Outreach Coordinator. I was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, but I spent most of my childhood in Calgary, Alberta. I grew up with a large focus around camping & hiking, and enjoying the cottage life when visiting family. I was very fortunate to experience a unique high school program called Green Earth. This program was half of my grade 11 year, as a class we focused on environmental science and sustainability. This is where my passion to help the environment blossomed.
After high school, I attended the University of Lethbridge to earn my bachelor’s degree. Throughout my four years I took classes which gave me field experience in river surveys, radio telemetry, wildlife identification and practical thinking in many subjects. Most of my classes focused on biology, geography, and environmental science. During the summer months of my degree I worked as a Recreation Leader for a children’s day camp program and later I became municipal weed inspector for the summer season.
For my fifth and final year of university I took part in Co-operative Education Program and I was able to do an internship overseas. I spent six-months in Freiberg, Germany, I helped collect and analyze greenhouse gas emissions emitted from soil. It was an incredible experience to finish up my degree. After all of that I graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, with Co-operative Education.
Now I am here and I am ecstatic to be a part of this great organization to help make a difference in my new community. I find great importance in teaching all generations about sustainable living so we can protect our environment for years to come. See you out there!
MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
COLIN HANUSZ - MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
I grew up in the town of Peace River in Northwestern Alberta, where my family still lives on the banks of the Peace River. After high school, I attended Grande Prairie Regional College where I earned a degree in Forest Resource Management. After graduation, I spent a number of years working in the forest industry throughout Western Canada.
I have been living and working in the Beaver River Watershed since 2006, and I now call this region home. I spent four years living in Meadow Lake Saskatchewan, which is part of the Saskatchewan side of the Beaver River Watershed. I have been living and working in Bonnyville since 2011, and really enjoy the town and the surrounding area.
I am an avid outdoorsman, and enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, slow pitch, soccer, cycling, watersports and downhill skiing. Over the years I have tried to fish at as many of the lakes in the watershed (Alberta and Saskatchewan) as possible to explore the region. It is amazing just how ecologically different Alberta’s Lakeland is from the Mighty Peace Region, yet from a social perspective the areas are very similar.
I am very excited to be in the position of Program Manager. I am very passionate about the land and the water where I live, and I am now in a position to be involved with the programs every day. I spend most weekends of the summer at Moose Lake at my In-laws lake lot, and enjoying the recreational opportunities that the lake presents. It is this connection with Moose Lake that led me to this position, and I look forward to working on programs in the entire watershed over the coming years.
MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
MICHAEL BISAGA - MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
I grew up in Toronto and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environmental Studies in 2004. During my studies, I was fortunate to have internships in Calgary and Cold Lake; these opportunities opened my eyes to career options and life in Western Canada upon graduation. After 2 years of working as an Air Quality Specialist for Alberta Environment, I started with LICA in 2006 as the Airshed Program Manager.
I am enthusiastic about outdoor adventures. I spend most of my weekends in the mountains hiking, scrambling, rock climbing, back country camping, kayaking, and snowshoeing with my Giant Schnauzer, Mezzo. I enjoy exploring the world through international travel. Travel gives me a sense of exploration and freedom. It allows me to immerse myself in far off places to get away from normal life, experience other cultures, try new food, and meet new people. Both my interest in outdoor adventures and travel feed a life-long passion for photography.
ARIANNE CROOK - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
My role at LICA began as the Accounting Assistant in June 2016 and in December of 2016 I assumed the role of Executive Director. I grew up in St. Paul, AB and moved to Edmonton after high school to become a Registered Nurse. I moved to Bonnyville, AB for a few years and after a two-year stint in High Prairie, AB the Lakeland area called me back. We now call Bonnyville our home.
Along with my husband and three children, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors camping, golfing, gardening and playing sports.
I love the work we do at LICA and presence we have in our community.