Janice Kalin grew up in Ontario in Anishinaabe territory. The forests were her playground and these years built for her a solid foundation of respect and connection with the land, animals, and with the people who have stewarded them for millenia.
To better understand the natural world, she pursued a B.ScH and a Master’s in Biology from Queen’s University. During this time she worked with Simon Fraser University (SFU) on location in Kenya and South Africa to better understand how humans and elephants could live cooperatively in rapidly declining habitats.
Over the past 25 years, she has worked for several international organizations securing funding to protect endangered species, while educating and resourcing communities to live in more balanced ways with the needs of endangered species.
More recently, Janice worked with human services organizations, advocating for some of the most stigmatized populations in the United States – the homeless and addicted. She worked to build transitional and affordable housing in North Carolina, and she proudly supported many inspirational people who were working towards a sustainable recovery from their addictions.
In addition to her professional work with conservation and human services organizations, she’s traveled extensively internationally and is grateful for teachings from local leaders and conservationists on how communities are organizing to conserve local forests and protect the non-human beings which depend on them.
After too many years in the US, she yearned to return home, to where she felt the deepest connection to the land, the people and the trees. Moving to Vancouver Island has granted her incredible peace and reflection.
Janice brings years of fundraising experience and her love of this beautiful planet to further Sierra Club BC’s meaningful and important work. In her free time, she loves to explore, both near and far, sharing these adventures with her husband of 25 years and her incredibly funny and kind teenager. Her secret dream is to one day be a professional photographer and finally find the courage to improve from a fair-weather scuba diver to be as brave as her teenager underwater. Her biggest embarrassment–and her biggest love–are her three very poorly behaved dogs.