NIPR Greens Executive Members

 Leroy McFarlane

Leroy McFarlane

CEO

Member Bio

My vision for my children and grandchildren is for sustainable, long and just lives.  My activism supports what is fair and equitable. I find fulfillment working in a collaborative and transparent style, on two priorities - Social justice and Environmental protection.   I have always been fascinated with Politics, Economics and the Natural World. It is my opinion that life long learning and broad community engagement offer tremendous rewards.   At university I received a B.A. and a B.Sc.Agr. I spent many exciting years with Cargill Ltd. and Elders Grain marketing grains and oilseeds.  I currently work with Great West Life as an investment and insurance broker. I am humbled when I consider the Four Pillars of the Global Green Charter:  Ecological wisdom, Social justice, Grassroots democracy, Nonviolence.
Jay Van Oostdam

Jay Van Oostdam

Financial Director & Financial Agent

Member Bio

Jay strongly supports the six values of the Green Party and has been involved with the party since 1983.  Supporting the party as a campaign worker through many elections, a financial agent between elections and a candidate in the 1991 BC election.

Jay first landed in BC as a veterinarian in the Nanaimo region in 1981, followed by a post doc at the UBC Pulmonary Research Lab.  A Master of Public Health allowed Jay to branch out into environmental monitoring for BC Environment and then for the last eighteen years with Health Canada in Ottawa on human biomonitoring in the high Arctic.

Jay’s work in the high arctic, his wife and two sons have brought to the fore the need for real changes in how the human race relates to the world and how we need to make the six Green values ( Ecological Wisdom, Non-violence, Participatory Democracy, Respect for Diversity, Social Justice and Sustainability) the values we all live by on this planet.

Jay and his family have settled in the Comox valley and he hopes that his work as the Financial Agent for the NIPR Greens will help us elect a Green Party candidate and spread Green values.

Mark de Brujn

Mark de Brujn

Policy Director

Member Bio

Mark de Bruijn moved to the Comox Valley 15 years ago as a high school sciences teacher and school principal in the Campbell River district. Prior to that he had a variety of careers, including human resources director, sporting goods buyer, general contractor, college instructor, and fisheries biologist. Since retiring 7 years go, he has had a growing interest in global issues of environmental preservation, social justice, cooperative governance, and the evolution of human consciousness. Modern politics and global corporatization impact these issues, and the lives of virtually all citizens of the world. This realization has led Mark to a desire to be more politically involved, and the values of the Green Party of Canada were a natural fit. In 2014 he joined the GPC, and the North Island-Powell River riding EDA in 2015. His hope is to engage more people in the upcoming federal election, and to help transform Canada to a collaborative and cooperative society beyond the limits of our current partisan politics. Mark has twin 3-year old grandsons living in Calgary, where his son is an environmental consultant and his daughter-in-law a high school counsellor. He shares his life with his partner, a Vancouver-based life coach and meditation instructor.
Mark Tapper

Mark Tapper

Election Readiness Director

Member Bio

Dr Mark Tapper was brought up in rural England.  He was a scholar at Keble College, Oxford.  He obtained his basic medical degrees and a D. Phil. from Oxford University.  He has lived in Canada since 1975.  He trained as a specialist in psychiatry at the University of Alberta.  He worked as a psychiatrist all his career, the last 20 years in the Comox Valley and north Vancouver island.   During his career he was a member of many local, provincial and national committees concerned with psychiatric practice.  He was an Associate Clinical Professor at University of Alberta and UBC.  He had an interest in the interaction of psychiatry and the law and was a member of the Mental Health Act Review Board in both Alberta and BC.  Dr Tapper has been married to Pat for 35 years.  They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Mark enjoys living in a place where the stars are visible at night and the beauty and fragility of nature are obvious.

Doug Cowell

Doug Cowell

Director at Large

Member Bio

Douglas Cowell is a retired photographer, photojournalist and writer.  As a young man from the prairies he settled in the BC Interior in the early 70’s and signed on to work as a logger. Unknowingly he had launched himself into his life’s work.  After a couple of years he withdrew from logging and began treeplanting, a trade he worked in for nine years, becoming intimately familiar with clearcuts in every corner of the province.  Seeing a remarkable story unfolding in front of him, he began working to create a documentary film about the BNC forests, the cutting and replanting of them and the remarkable, emerging culture of the hippie treeplanters. The project was adopted by NFB and won the 1978 “Jury’s Choice” award at the 1978 Banff Film Festival among several others. It remains in the NFB catalogue today. 

He went on to create a journalistic career in BC concerning forestry, land management, outdoor recreation and adventure, freelancing to numerous magazines, including Beautiful BC, Canadian Geographic etc. In 1988-89, working on contract for Sierra Club, Greenpeace and Western Canadian Wilderness, he toured across Canada for five and a half months building a database of information about forest industries, land tenures and land-use laws, the first time this information had been available to the public in one place. In the early 90’s he initiated a documentary project  on the the conflict in the forests of Vancouver Island in conjunction with BBC Channel 4. It was viewed and won awards around the world including the Grand Prize at the United Nations Environmental Film Festival in 1993.
In 1981 he was one of the first 20 members of the Green Party of BC and a couple of years later was a signatory on the charter of the Green Party of Canada. He has been a member of both parties ever since.
Megan Ardyche

Megan Ardyche

Communications Director

Member Bio

I am honoured to have been asked to join the North Island-Powell River EDA.  I am someone who has come to political action late in life.  Although I always voted, it wasn’t until the 2015 election that I became involved in a campaign.  I volunteered for Brenda Sayers, and that was a privilege.  I discovered I really liked canvassing, too.  Since finding a home in the Green Party, I feel a real sense of purpose to political organizing - that we are a party that transcends the usual political bickering and partisanship.

Cynthia Barnes

Cynthia Barnes

Powell River Engagement Director

Member Bio

Cynthia has a passion for Grass Roots /Sustainable and Project Development in the arts, environment and education sectors. To this end she started a Farmers’ Market, renovated a historic home to create a centre for the Arts, and launched a private international College in Vancouver. More recently she acted as Director of Education for West Moberly First Nations. Since moving to Powell River, she worked as a coordinator for the Powell River Child, Youth and Family Inter-Services Management Team followed by a stint as Coordinator of Welcoming Communities. Her most recent projects include Team Leader for the Green Party in Powell River and active member of the Climate Action Powell River committee. She dreams of starting theatre that focuses on issues related to social justice and sustainable development. Her other passions include spending time with her awesome daughter , reading, intelligent conversation and musicology.

Robin Cahill

Robin Cahill

Events Director

Member Bio

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Fundraising Director

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Youth Engagement Director

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Green Party Core Values

The Green Party of Canada and Green Parties around the world share common values based on six fundamental principles. Non-violence, sustainability, social justice, ecological wisdom, participatory democracy, respect for diversity.

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