Crowsnest Conservation Board Members
Judy Cooke has lived in the Crowsnest Pass since 1999, following 20 years of enjoying the area as a recreational user. A retired occupational therapist, she spends her leisure time in the outdoors with family and friends. This has led to active involvement in the Crowsnest Conservation Society to ensure the fostering of a conservation ethic in our beautiful community.
Rick Cooke is an engineer whose work career has spanned oil and gas development projects, the waste management business and international environmental consulting. For the past 15 years he has been involved in implementation of a number of global environmental conventions related to ozone depleting substances, persistent organic pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions as well as development of environmental infrastructure in Eastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia and Latin America. He has been a recreational user of the Crowsnest Pass since 1980 and full time resident since 1999. His local conservation interests focus on promoting responsible wilderness recreational use and rational community development, consistent with the importance the area has in maintaining and linking key habitat and water resources.
Barbara McClary is a retired geophysicist who has resided in Blairmore since 1995. During her professional career, she has served on the executive of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Chief Geophysicists Forum, and the Enforcement Review Committee of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta. Locally, she has held board positions with Communities in Bloom, and the Bellevue Mine. Barbara’s conservation interests are congruent with those of the Crowsnest Conservation Society: preservation of our natural endowments and education to enable community members and visitors to also engage in efforts to both enjoy and preserve them.
Bill Paton is originally from London Ontario, and is an economist by training (California State University, Fullerton CA). His career path in banking and real estate management provided him with an opportunity to move to Alberta in 1981 and eventually culminated in his appointment as Property Manager of Petro-Canada Centre for Brookfield Properties in Calgary. In 1998, Bill retired and moved to Crowsnest Pass to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, back country and cross country skiing, mountain biking, and fly fishing. In the off seasons, he travels in Africa and Central and South America in search of wildlife, beautiful natural places and adventure. Through his extensive contact with the land, he has developed a strong conservation and stewardship ethic that he expresses through his numerous volunteer activities.
Daryl Wig has lived in the Pass since 1985. He retired in 2012 from a 34 year career as a biologist with the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division, where he got paid to catch fish, trap wolves, handle bighorn sheep and mountain goats, shoot guns, ride in helicopters, count critters, drive boats, and ride horses, quads, snowmobiles and other assorted ATVs. The other 99% of his time was spent in an office, trying to protect and preserve Alberta’s fish and wildlife. His volunteer activities include the Blairmore Lions Club and Meals on Wheels, and in the past, trainer, manager and President of Crowsnest Minor Hockey, St. John Ambulance Brigade members, and Crowsnest Pass Literacy tutor.