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Directors & Regional Presidents

Board of Directors


David Lewis, President

As a longtime hunter and angler, David Lewis wanted to ensure that future generations have the same access to fish and wildlife that we have today. David joined the BCWF 15 years ago through his gun club when he moved to B.C. He moved up through the organization as he felt compelled to give back to his community. David is heavily involved in the conservation community and is a part of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the Provincial Angling Advisory Team, the Skeena Angling Advisory Team, the Northwest Fish & Wildlife Conservation Association, and more.   

Mark McDonald, Vice President

Mark McDonald has been a hunter and fisherman all his life and grew up hunting waterfowl and fishing on the Lower Fraser River. As the immediate past president of the Lower Mainland Region of the BCWF, Mark is a Life Member and has been involved with the board for over 25 years. With the values of conservation and generosity passed down by his parents, Mark now sits on the Lower Mainland Regional board along with his son. Mark also takes part in beach and wetland cleanups and has been mentoring youth through the Delta Ladner Rod & Gun Club’s youth program for over 25 years, alongside many other conservation initiatives. Mark is proud to be a part of the largest voice in B.C. for resident hunters and anglers and is an advocate for future generations at the BCWF.

Darlene Clark, Vice President

Darlene Clark was a city girl introduced to what the outdoors has to offer by her husband who was an avid outdoorsman, she is now an experienced hunter and trapper, who enjoys fishing and all aspects of the outdoors.

She has several decades of experience with the BCWF and values the opportunity to be a voice for the hunters and anglers to ensure that future generations can enjoy the opportunity to hunt and fish.

Presently, Darlene gives back to fish and wildlife by her involvement in organizations supporting hunting, fishing, and trapping.  She is the Past President of the Alberni Fish and Game Club, President of the Vancouver Island Trappers Association, a Regional Director with the BC Trappers Association, as well sits on the Vancouver Island Regional Wildlife Advisory Committee as a region representative and is the Wildlife Chair and Access Chair for the region. Darlene also supports future generations of hunters as a CORE examiner and as the BCWF CORE Manual Review Committee Chair.

Alli Deelstra, Treasurer


Alli was born and raised in Victoria on Vancouver Island, where she has been cultivating her passion for hunting, fishing, and outdoor pursuits. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and over 5 years of experience in accounting, management, and communication. She is eager to merge her professional experience with her passion for the outdoors and become more involved in our community.

Currently serving as the Treasurer for the Island Rangers Society, Alli has gained knowledge of working with an outdoor-focused organization and Mosaic Forest Management. In her role, she continues to learn how to advocate for the society’s membership and other stakeholders involved.

She looks forward to raising their daughter with a great appreciation for the outdoors and show how each excursion is a chance to bond as a family and enjoy the beauty of nature.


Rob Chipman

Rob Chipman has hunted, fished, camped, and generally enjoyed the outdoors from his early childhood, and has been a member of the BCWF on and off throughout that period.  Today, he enjoys hunting and fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and boating throughout B.C. He has a special love for October and November moose hunting – something he was exposed to with his dad more than half a century ago. After more than three decades in the real estate industry, Rob wanted to give back to his community by working to conserve fish, wildlife and habitat for future generations so he began volunteering with the BCWF.  He volunteers because he believes BCWF is the last best hope to preserve our hunting, angling and outdoor heritage. 

Nicole Currie

Nicole Currie grew up at Salmon Lake Fishing Camp on the Douglas lake Ranch. She comes from several generations of fishing and hunting guides/stewards, so this way of life is in her blood and she is proud pass this lifestyle on to her children. For the last 23 years, she has lived in Lumby on a hobby farm with her husband and three children.

Nicole is a CORE instructor, and is passionate about encouraging women and children to get their CORE.

Nicole is the Vice President of the Lumby and District Wildlife Association and, upon attending her first BCWF AGM in 2023, was in awe to see what exactly the BCWF does for all of us. Her motto in life is “when we take in this world we need to give back at least times two.”

Glenn Flynn

Glenn Flynn has resided in the east Kootenays for many years and has been fortunate to serve four years as Regional President and four years as a BCWF Provincial Board director.

Highlights of his time representing the BCWF in the region included involvement with the Big Horn Sheep Management Plan and working with Cait Nelson on the Chronic Wasting Disease monitoring program.

Grant Hiebert

Grant Hiebert is passionate about wildlife and habitat conservation, and is dedicated to ensuring that wildlife,  conservation, and hunter opportunity continues to be a significant part of BC’s future.

Since its inception, Grant has leveraged his background in design and manufacturing to help the Southern Interior Mule Deer Camera Project researchers install and maintain cameras and optimize camera hardware. Through SIMDeer, Grant has become heavily involved in the technologies of wildlife monitoring in B.C. and formed strong personal relationships with many provincial biologists, wildlife researchers, and First Nations partners.  As an avid hunter and outdoors person, Grant strives to ensure that hunters and conservationists continue to be heard by all levels of government and those involved in creating the policies that will affect our futures.

Jodi McKay

Jodi McKay, a resident of Okanagan Falls, has been a member of Southern Okanagan Sportsman Association for many years. She even took her CORE training there as a youth. She grew up learning to hunt and fish with her parents, and over the years has gone from being a club member to becoming a Director on the board of the club, a Director on Region 8, and one of the Region 8 Vice- Presidents.

Jodi joined the CWD Regional Committee, the CWD Advisory Committee, and has attended cervid head sampling sessions, as she thinks Chronic Wasting Disease is a very important issue in our Province and is something that should not be taken lightly. Through her involvement with the BCWF, Jodi hopes to gain more knowledge and awareness for fish and wildlife in our Province. She believes she has been very fortunate to have opportunities to hunt and fish, and wants to ensure the resources to hunt, fish, and forage are there for future generations.

David Oliver

David Oliver first joined the BCWF in 1983 through the Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club. After becoming a Life Member in 1985, David became a Director and worked to keep duck hunting open on farmland. Attending a Ducks Unlimited committee fundraiser was what initially sparked his interest in conservation, and he is now a committee member and works to raise money for Ducks Unlimited projects. In addition to hunting and fishing in his spare time, David works as the committee chairperson for the BCWF Fishing Forever program and greatly enjoys seeing the smiles on the faces of all the participants at the events. David is also a Life Member at the Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club, and a part of the Canal Flats Wilderness Club and Quad Riders Association of British Columbia.

Bill Swain

Pat Whittingham

Pat Whittingham believes in giving back to conservation, as fish, wildlife, and habitats have done so much to enrich his life. He has been a member of the BCWF for 40 years. Pat’s family is also involved in conservation, with his father being a club board member in the 1950s and 1960s and his wife Barb served four years on the BCWF board. He volunteers with the SIMDeer Camera Project and has raised funds for the SIMDeer and Southern B.C. Cougar Project. As an avid hunter and angler, Pat has had many memorable encounters with wildlife including close encounters with grizzly bears. Pat is a member of the Oceola Fish & Game Club and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.


Regional Presidents

Region 1 - Vancouver Island: Doug Bancroft

Region 1 President Doug Bancroft holding a firearm in his region of VictoriaDoug is the Past-President of the Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association, President of the BCWF Region 1 (Vancouver Island), and Chair of the BCWF Recreational Shooting Sports Committee (RSSC). He is husband, father, and grandfather. He is a conservationist who also believes in responsible resource development. He hunts, is a tidewater fisherman, and shoots competitively.

Doug served for over three decades as a federal scientist and then senior executive in Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada; and Natural Resources Canada. Under his leadership the RSSC has successfully intervened on behalf of the BCWF with two provincial Ministries; and assisted BCWF Member Clubs deal with various issues; including threats of lease termination, Public Health directives, range inspections, and lead management. He has given numerous media interviews on behalf of the BCWF.

Region 2 - Lower Mainland: Ed George

Ed George has a number of years of experience with BCWF’s groups and committees such as the Wildlife Allocation Policy, Tidal Fisheries committee, and was a founding member of the BCWF Sports Shooting Committee. He received the Bill Ottway award for the most effective Regional President in 2009. Ed has also been involved with the Southern Inland Fisheries and the Nicomekl Enhancement Society (N.E.S.), a BCWF-affiliated club. He then became chair of the Lower Fraser Valley Sport Fishing Advisory Committee (SFAC). As chair of the SFAC, Ed sat on the South Coast Sports Fishing Advisory Board, as well as the Chinook Coho, Sockeye, Pink and Chum working group.

Region 3 - Thompson-Nicola: Jason Bellows
Region 4E - Kootenay East: Kevin Podrasky


Region 4W - Kootenay West: Terry Hanik

Terry Hanik loves the outdoors and holds a great appreciation for wildlife, leading to his decision to join the BCWF as a board member. Alongside his family, Terry enjoys hunting and fishing. Terry has been President of the Trail Wildlife Association for 21 years and he is also the President of the West Kootenay Outdoorsmen. 

Region 5 - Cariboo-Chilcotin: Cassy Premack

Cassy Premack, Region 5 President, Vice-President of the Williams Lake Sportsman Association, mom/step mom to 5 currently lives and works in Williams Lake on the traditional territory of the Secwepemc Peoples.
She has been a life long outdoors enthusiasts having had the opportunity to grow up in an off shore community in Northern BC. Living in Crippen Cove she spent her childhood fishing, foraging and developing a love of nature. She was introduced to hunting in her late 20’s and was fortunate to have many incredible mentors including the BCWF’s own Steve Hamilton. She was awarded the Queens Platinum Jubilee Metal from Conservative MP Bob Zimmer in 2022 for her work in Firearms advocacy and community involvement. She is passionate about building stronger communities and creating opportunities for youth and women to learn about and experience our outdoor spaces. She has offered introduction to hunting and shooting courses and was an instructor at last year’s BOW event in Prince George and is looking forward to doing this again this fall. She is looking forward to working with the Board of Directors in Region 5 to offer new opportunities for BCWF members in the region and to advocating for conservation.

Region 6 - Skeena: Ken Franzen
Region 7A - Omineca: Tim Reimer
Region 7B - Peace: Gerry Paille

Gerry Paille is a retired educator and a long-time resident of Fort St. John, BC. He has been a volunteer for the B.C. Wildlife Federation for more than three decades serving on regional and provincial wildlife and allocation committees as well as on the board of directors for the Peace-Liard Region of the BCWF and the North Peace Rod and Gun Club. Gerry is currently the chair of the BCWF’s Wildlife and Allocation Committee and president of BCWF Region 7B, Peace-Liard. The BCWF twice recognized Gerry as the most effective regional president and also for his work with then BCWF President John Holdstock in establishing the first BCWF website in the late 1990s.

Region 8 - Okanagan: Nick Kozub

Nick Kozub grew up under his grandfather’s wing with hunting, foraging for mushrooms, and angling. He taught him the importance of being involved, especially with the Oceola Fish and Game Club. Nick has followed in his grandfather’s shoes with even being director and president of Oceola till which Nick still sits in that position.  Nick has gone farther with sitting as director, vice president and now president of Region 8 BCWF. Nick is a firm believer and supporter of science based decision making. He is concerned about conservation, and for what his daughter will have in the future.

Our Regions across the Province

Representing our policies and positions

Regional presidents are a valuable resource for members and clubs to better understand the initiatives that are led by the B.C. Wildlife Federation. The regional presidents represent Federation policies and positions on various standing or special government advisory committees and they address key issues that directly impact their region.