Staff and Board
Northeast Avalon ACAP is made up of a Board of Directors from across the region who provide guidance and direction to the work of the organization. These people are committed to the quality of life in the Northeast Avalon and see the rivers and coastlines as key components and indicators of a healthy environment. They may either be members elected for a two-year term at an annual general meeting or are government-appointed, non-voting directors who represent their respective jurisdictions. Read our by-laws here.
Jennifer Blundon, Environmental Technician / Project Coordinator
Jennifer joined NAACAP after graduating in the spring of 2021, from Memorial University’s B.Sc. program with a major in Ecology and Conservation Biology Co-op and a minor in Geography. She is eager to apply the knowledge she has acquired thus far to field operations, conservation research, and environmental education. She has previous experience volunteering with the Fluvarium in St. John’s, where she learned about the watersheds that flow through the Northeast Avalon. She also completed a work term with the Ecological Sciences Section with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, where she monitored habitats and species in Terra Nova’s Newman Sound. Outside work, she enjoys spending time outdoors gardening, hiking, and camping with her family.
Jennifer can be reached by email at email@example.com and by phone at (709) 726-9673.
Jillian Mercer, Environmental Technician
Jillian joined NAACAP as a recent graduate of the Marine Environmental Technology program from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Newfoundland and Labrador. Throughout this program she learned hands on skills through various sampling courses and lab work which she is eager to apply in the work field. Currently completing her undergraduate in Maritime Safety, she does not plan to stop her education there and would like to further her knowledge in conservation efforts.
After completing two work placements in her diploma program, she realized being outdoors was a priority for her career thus wanted to gain more experience as an environmental technician. Passionate about Newfoundland and Labrador ecosystems and wildlife, joining the NAACAP team was a great opportunity to contribute to the conservation projects they undertake and further her knowledge in environmental field work. Outside of her work with NAACAP, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.
Jillian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
Heather Ward Chair
Nicholas White Vice-Chair
Keri Bowering Secretary
Shane Belbin Treasurer
Other Voting Members
Dr. Rachel Sipler
Dr. Arn Keeling
Dr. Marie Louise Aastrup
Maggie Burton – City of St. John’s, Councillor-at-Large
(Vacant) – Environment and Climate Change Canada, Government of Canada
Kirby Tulk – Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Government of Canada
(Vacant) – Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador