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Maria Raynoldsportrait of Maria Raynolds

Born and educated in Germany, Maria has a teaching degree from the University of Muenster, and a Permanent High School Teaching degree and a Diploma in Urban Land Economics from UBC. Her Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Social Policy Issues is from SFU. A 30-year resident of Maple Ridge, Maria actively pursues many local social and environmental issues. She has served on the Social Planning Advisory Committee and the Board of the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society. She was active in preserving the Codd Island Wetlands, facilitated the Circle Studies and is spokesperson for the Campaign for Pesticide Reduction! Maple Ridge. Maria joined the Board in 2003.

Vice President

Janet Amsden, M.A.

Photo 2005 of Janet Amsden, president of FISJanet teaches at Fairview Elementary School and is the author of Grizzly Pete and the Ghosts (Annick Press, 2002).  She is married to artist Steve Amsden and has two grown children,  Jessie and Jackie. Interested in working toward sustainable communities, her current goal is building connections between like-minded members of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows community. Janet joined the Board in the late 1990s.


Christine MacVeigh

photo of christine macveigh, a director of the Fraser Information societyChristine joined the Board in September 2005. A special education assistant by trade, she is also active in community education on alternatives to pesticides.


Chum Richardson

A lifetime resident of the Ridge Meadows area, Chum has worked in the RCAF, shake & shingle and lumber sawmills and in the logging, trucking, farming, fishing and railroad industries over a career spanning five decades. Currently retired, his interests as a director are focused on the environment and global warming. "There used to be more snow in the summer on the Golden Ears than there now is in the winter." Chum joined in 2004.


Sheila Pratt

photo of sheila pratt, directorTeacher, Retired. A resident of Maple Ridge since 1968 except for year-long teaching exchanges to the U.K. and U.S.A., Sheila is devoting her retirement to community building, environmental conservation and organic gardening. She believes in thinking globally and acting locally. Her BA in Sociology/Anthropology was earned at Simon Fraser University. Sheila has been a director since 2003.


Iris Reamsbottom

Iris came on board in May 2007, continuing a long history of serving the community. She has served as a director on other non-profit boards and as a School Board Trustree.

Simon Challengerphoto of simon challenger, director

Simon works for the Municipality of Burnaby and is active on the municipal scene at home in Maple Ridge. Simon joined the Board in 2003.

Muriel Richardson

A splendid green thumb, Muriel takes care of the horticultural needs of the CEED Centre. Muriel is a long-time resident and volunteer in Maple Ridge. She was elected a Director in October 2006. She is a past president of the Farmers Institute of McConnel Creek, former secretary of the Farmers Institute of BC, and a past director of the Ruskin Hall.


Executive Director

Christian Cowley, MBAphoto of executive director, christian cowley

Christian began managing the CEED Centre in August 2004. He concurrently runs Concise Communications Corp., a copywriting and Japanese translation agency. Christian served for many years on the Tonari Gumi board, a social services agency for the Japanese Canadian community. As executive director, Christian is interested in facilitating interagency cooperation in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

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