BOARD OF DIRECTORS: 2022-2023
Adam Taylor – President and Director of Citizen Science, Howe Sound Liaison
Adam is a 4th generation resident of Bowen Island and the ocean with all its marvelous inhabitants have always fascinated him. Adam joined the Board in 2011 and established the annual Nature Dive on Bowen Island that became a part of the successful MLSS Nature Dive/Interpretation Programs. An avid scuba diver and underwater photographer his focus is on marine conservation, glass sponge reefs and engaging stakeholders. Adam is also the current President of the Underwater Council of British Columbia (UCBC).
Lora Tryon, MSc, RPBio – Vice President, Aquatic Biologist
Huddie Bennett – Treasurer
Huddie’s love of the ocean solidified in 1979 with the National Geographic article on Songs of the Humpback. This inspired her to get certified for SCUBA when she was 15 on Vancouver Island. In 2006 she started her own business, Eye Candy Optical, a successful optical store in Vancouver. After selling the company in 2011 she began, and still works, in the film industry as a financial controller and facility manager for high-end post-production companies. Huddie also currently sits on the Board of MERS as Treasurer and works with the Ocean Legacy Foundation to help fight ocean plastic pollution.
Deirdre Forbes McCracken – Director
Deirdre joined MLSSBC in 2016. Inspired by the wonders of the underwater world at the age of 6 during a snorkel trip in Hawaii, she soon discovered her hero, Jacques Cousteau, and knew her path would lead her to the ocean. Deirdre has worked in the diving industry since 1989 and opened a dive centre in 1997 with her husband Greg McCracken. Her passion for protection of marine life spans many decades. Deirdre has been particularly inspired by the unique beauty and significance of the glass sponge reefs of Howe Sound and is passionate in photographing these delicate reefs to further document and study them.
Tori Preddy – Director
Tori started volunteering for the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society as a diver for beach interpretation programs in 2011. Through these interactive experiences she found a love for sharing the marine world with others and became a scuba diver instructor to further share that love. For several years, diving opportunities have taken her to Vancouver Island and further afield to Thailand and Australia, limiting her volunteer availability. Now she resides here permanently and is excited to join the Board of Directors.
Sheila Byers – Director at Large, Marine Biologist
A member of MLSS since 2007, Sheila served on the MLSS Board of Directors as Secretary, Coordinator of the Nature Dive/Interpretation Programs, and President. Sheila is a Marine Biologist specializing in the taxonomy of marine worms with an interest in the natural history and ecology of BC’s marine invertebrates. The glass sponge reefs have captured her attention, as unique, beautiful, and ecologically valuable ecosystems. Sheila also serves on the Marine Biology Section Committee of Nature Vancouver. Sheila works as a Museum Interpreter at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, UBC.
Judith Sung – Web & Social Media Coordinator
Judith has been fascinated with the ocean since early childhood and inspired by the work of passionate and dedicated volunteers and ocean stewards. She became a certified diver in 2014 in Vancouver and is passionate about ocean conservation and being an ambassador in the diving community. Judith volunteered with MLSS in 2018 and joined the MLSS Board of Directors in 2019 as the Web and Social Media Coordinator. She is active in the diving community and worked for a local dive charter and retail store as a Divemaster/Administrator.
BOARD OF ADVISORS: 2022-2023
Glen Dennison – Advisor
Bernie Hanby – Advisor
Andy Lamb – Advisor
Dr. Jeff Marliave – Advisor
Dr. Chris Harvey-Clark – Advisor
Dr. Alejandro Frid – Advisor
Tom F Beasley – Advisor