Cory Legebokow, President and Project Manager
Cory Legebokow graduated from BCIT in 1984 with double Technical Diplomas in Forest Resources Management and Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Resources. He has been a Habitat Officer with the Province of BC in Revelstoke for over 18 years. Cory has a long history with mountain caribou recovery, primarily focusing on the implementation of recovery measures amongst all land use sectors. Over his 30-year career, Cory has worked at research facilities, fish hatcheries, managed a toxicological analysis lab, and managed several large habitat restoration projects and their staff, in addition to being a certified Haz Mat Spill Responder. Cory calls the Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild Society’s project the highlight of his career in environmental management.
Kevin Bollefer, Treasurer/Co-Project Manager
Kevin Bollefer moved to Revelstoke in 1997 after completing his BSc in Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He became interested in forestry in the area and obtained his Registered Professional Forester (RPF) status through the Association of BC Forest Professionals in 2002. Since then, he had worked in various aspects of forestry and biology. He is currently the Operations Forester for the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation.
Virginia Thompson, Secretary
Virginia Thompson has been the Chair of the North Columbia Environmental Society’s Mountain Caribou Committee for six years. She worked with the Mountain Caribou Project to try to ensure the Mountain Caribou Recovery Plan of 2007 would in fact recover caribou to sustainable levels. Now she continues to work with all stakeholders to try to ensure caribou recover in the Revelstoke area. This includes supporting the Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild project.
Virginia obtained her doctorate in Adult Education from the University of Toronto, specializing in ecopsychology and environmental philosophy. She has worked in the environmental movement since the late 1980ss, and has lived in Revelstoke since 2006.
John Flaa, Co-site Manager and Shepherd
John has lived and worked in the Columbia Mountains for the last 26 years. He recently retired from Parks Canada, where he worked extensively on various wildlife research and monitoring projects including caribou and grizzly bears. Caribou recovery has been a special concern for many years.
Adam Christie, Co-Site Manager and Shepherd
Adam has had a career in wildlife conservation spanning over 25 years. He spent the majority of this time as a Conservation Officer in BC, where he worked in the West Kootenays, Fort Nelson and Revelstoke areas before retiring as a Sergeant in charge of the Columbia Zone in 2014. Prior to this, he held a position as a Park Warden in Jasper National park for two summer seasons. Through this work experience, Adam has developed skills dealing with a range of wildlife, including predators and caribou. He appreciates the opportunity to use his skills and experience to assist the recovery of the mountain caribou population in the Revelstoke area.
Kelsey made Revelstoke home in 2003 after graduating from Simon Fraser University with a BSc in Ecology in 2000. She has been involved in caribou research since 2002 as a wildlife technician for the Columbia Mountains Caribou Research Project. She currently works as a Human-Wildlife Conflict Specialist and Avalanche Technician, and remains involved in caribou population monitoring and recovery. Her interest in caribou rearing in the wild started with a site visit to the first project of this kind in the Yukon in 2005. She is thrilled to see the community rally around a tangible conservation project.