Board of Directors & Staff
here for Past Board Members
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.
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.
joined the Board in September 2005. A special education
assistant by trade, she is also active in community education
on alternatives to pesticides.
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.
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.
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.
works for the Municipality of Burnaby and is active on the
municipal scene at home in Maple Ridge. Simon joined the
Board in 2003.
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.
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.