Barb Pryce, Southern Interior Program Director (Photo by NCC)
Director, Southern Interior Program
South Okanagan, BC
How did you come to join the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)?
In 2003, my name had been put forward to NCC by someone I knew in the BC Ministry of Environment, as he had heard that NCC was looking for a program director in the Southern Interior of BC. I was very interested in working in conservation and so went through the interview process and was fortunate enough to be offered the position.
What is your educational background and previous experience?
I am a Registered Professional Forester and I had previously worked for the BC Ministry of Forests as the planning officer for Penticton Forest District. I was responsible for working with stakeholders to develop land and resource management plans and resolve land use conflicts.
What are you hoping to achieve through your work at NCC?
Large-scale conservation and to truly achieve “results you can walk on.”
Describe a typical day at work.
There really is no typical day. I am responsible for all aspects of NCC's work in my sub-region (securement, stewardship, communications and outreach, development and administration) so every day is different. There is always something new coming up and so there is great variety in my work. My favourite days are when I get to be on the land with a landowner who wants to ensure their property is protected, taking a donor to show them how their support has made a difference on the ground, or just being on NCC's properties, wowed by the amazing biodiversity that has been conserved.
What are your hobbies/interests outside work?
Spending time with family and friends, skiing, biking, hiking, boating, hanging out at the beach, camping, reading, spinning, knitting, weaving. And of course I love nature!