CBEEN Organization

A brief history of the Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network and our Wild Voices for Kids Program, including: important people, events and a lot of learning.

1997-09-06 00:00:00

Wild Voices for Kids is born

Parks Canada and Wings over the Rockies hosts WVFK in it's early years.

2001-05-01 00:00:00

Magic Basin Field Trip

First EE project funded by CBT's EIP Program. Awarded to East Kootenay Environmental Society (EKES, now Wildsight).

2001-11-23 00:00:00

First Meeting to discuss EE Network

Selkirk College and CBT hosted a meeting in Invermere with the objective of bringing together Canadian Columbia Basin Educators to discuss how to work more cooperatively at a Basin-wide scale.

2002-12-01 00:00:00

Founders & Originators

Lee-Anne Walker, Gillian Cooper, Stuart Wilson, Teresa Southam, Todd Hebert, and many others were part of this formative phase of CBEEN's development.

2003-02-21 03:06:46

CBEEN was born!

27 people attended this initial EE network workshop from which came recommendations in order to establish an EE network. CBEEN was born!

2003-09-01 00:00:00

Juliet Craig

Juliet is hired as CBEEN's Coordinator

2004-05-01 01:21:54

Ida Cale

Ida contributes immeasurably to the CBEEN Board of Directors, and is the Chair until 2012.

2004-06-01 00:00:00

Columbia Basin Water Education Kit Release

Funded by CBT

2004-09-01 00:00:00

Alison Daley

Alison follows Juliet as CBEEN's Coordinator

2004-11-01 00:00:00

CBEEN Incorporates as a Society

Stuart Wilson, Lee-Anne Walker, Mike Keefer, Rob MacRae and Richard Bardati are signatories

2005-05-01 01:21:54

Forest Ecology Training w/ Wildsight

CBEEN and Wildsight partner to offer spring training in Kaslo for 35 members

2005-09-01 01:21:54

CBEEN enters the 'Digital Age'

CBEEN launches website and network listing

2005-09-01 01:21:54

Eli Baker

Eli joins as CBEEN's Executive Director

2007-04-01 01:21:54

Gillian Cooper

Gillian joins CBEEN's Board of Directors (current), acting as Chair

2007-04-01 01:21:54

Monica Nissen

Monica joins the CBEEN Board of Directors, leaves briefly and returns in 2015

2007-04-01 01:21:54

CBT Environmental Initiatives Review

2007-10-01 01:21:54

Inaugural Voices for Sustainability Symposium

The first 'Voices for Sustainability' is hosted at Little Slocan Lodge. Monica Nissen & Nadine Raynolds modeled the symposium on a similar workshop launching the UN 'Decade for Sustainability Education'.

2008-01-27 11:29:19

Susie MacDonald

Susie joins CBEEN as the WVFK Program Coordinator (current)

2008-01-27 11:29:19

David Suzuki Speaks in Castlegar

CBEEN hosts event at Brilliant Cultural Centre

2008-03-01 11:29:19

Environmental Learning & Experience Guide

Produced by the BC Ministry of Education to link Environmental Education to the BC Curriculum.

2008-04-01 01:21:54

Fair Change Conference

Hosted by COTR

2008-05-06 17:33:41


Parks Canada and Wings Over the Rockies pass the Wild Voices for Kids torch to CBEEN.

2008-05-13 18:44:22

Laurel Ralston

2008-05-13 18:44:22

Ami Starzner

Ami joins the CBEEN Board of Directors

2008-10-13 18:44:22

Bursary Program Launch

CBEEN offers professional development bursaries for educators

2009-09-01 01:21:54

SD5 & SD19 Join WVFK

2009-09-26 04:04:22

WVFK Reaches 9,610 Students

111 in-class and 151 field trips/ 9,610 student contacts

2009-10-13 18:44:22

VFS Blue Lake

CBEEN hosts the second Voices for Sustainability Symposium at Blue Lake Centre.

2010-09-06 09:58:30

Tara Herman

Tara Herman joins the CBEEN as Communications Coordinator

2010-09-06 09:58:30

Field Trip Kits

CBEEN-WVFK aid District Resource Centres in acquiring equipment for field trips

2010-09-06 09:58:30

SD8 & SD20 Join WVFK

2010-09-06 09:58:30

WVFK Takes Over SD6 Bookings

2010-09-15 03:14:02

Board AGM: Castlegar

Hosted at Brilliant Cultural Centre

2010-09-26 04:04:22

WVFK Reaches 9,368 Students

206 in-class and 137 field trips/ 9,368 student contacts

2010-10-06 09:58:30


CBEEN hosts a pro-d workshop on the provincial Environmental Learning & Experience Guide at Blue Lake Centre.

2011-03-26 20:17:31

Erika Momeyer

Erika joins the CBEEN Board of Directors (current), takes on Secretary role

2011-09-26 04:04:22

WVFK Reaches 11,785 Students

249 in-class and 192 field trips/ 11,785 student contacts

2011-10-06 09:58:30

EE in the Columbia Basin Survey

CBEEN, Wildsight and Parks Canada survey over 900 teachers in all six school districts and independent schools

2011-10-20 00:18:49

Board AGM: Invermere

2011-10-26 20:17:31

Yann Loranger & Cristallin Toullec

Yann & Cristallin join the CBEEN Board of Directors from the I.D.E.A.L. Society

2011-12-06 09:58:30

Board Retreat: Kimberley

The Board meets to discuss priorities, needs and goals for CBEEN

2012-03-26 20:17:31

Duncan Whittick

Duncan joins the CBEEN as Executive Director (current)

2012-05-16 11:12:31

MOU with Parks Canada

CBEEN formalizes partnership with Parks Canada to deliver EE in the Mountain Parks

2012-06-06 15:13:08

Claudia Kaufman

Claudia serves as Tresurer on CBEEN's Board of Directors for two terms

2012-06-25 05:35:01

Spring Gathering

Scouts Canada partners with CBEEN to offer workshop on Project Wild for educators

2012-09-26 04:04:22

WVFK Reaches 8,067 Students

155 in-class and 190 field trips/ 8,067 student contacts

2012-09-30 04:24:10

Board AGM: Bull River

Hosted at Clear Sky Centre

2012-10-01 01:21:54

VFS Clear Sky Centre

CBEEN hosts Voices for Sustainability at Clear Sky Centre.

2012-10-01 20:17:31

Jane Goodall Presents

CBEEN hosts Jane Goodall in Cranbrook where she presents to 50 educators, 550 students, and 550 members of the public

2012-11-01 01:21:54

Board Retreat: New Dever

CBEEN meets in New Denver to focus on the implementation of CBEEN's fundraising strategy

CBEEN Organization

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