Board of Directors

​Lee McFadyenPRESIDENT

Peter Beckett | VICE PRESIDENT

Laurie WattTREASURER

Deb SherwoodSECRETARY 

Birgit ArnsteinDIRECTOR

Jordan Carbery | DIRECTOR

Roger HortonDIRECTOR

Joanne MuirheadDIRECTOR

Trevor Reeves | DIRECTOR

Staff

Jayme Friedt | MANAGING DIRECTOR

250-495-2470 | director@desert.org

Jayme has worked in the non-profit world her whole career holding senior management positions at some of Canada’s top cultural organizations. She also spent many years working in the media as Editor of an international chain of tourism publications, as well as a Reporter/Producer for a non-profit, listener-supported radio broadcaster. Most recently Jayme was Festival Coordinator for the Meadowlark Nature Festival, education coordinator for Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance and communications coordinator for South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program. Jayme and her husband James live just outside Kaleden, BC where they enjoy hiking, cooking and playing and listening to music with their 15-year-old twins. As a volunteer, Jayme sits on the Board of Directors for Penticton's Children's Showcase and is the host of Between the Lines on Penticton's Community Radio Station CFUZ - 92.9 FM (cfuz.ca).

​Leor Oren | DESERT CENTRE MANAGER

250-495-2470 | manager@desert.org

Leor studied Natural Resources and Conservation at the University of British Columbia. During and after his degree he was involved with projects with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and BC Conservation Foundation including amphibian surveys, wildlife migrations tracking, insect population monitoring and more. During his latest adventure he was monitoring fishing vessels near the shores of Vancouver Island, only to leave the rain and the rocking boats for the unique natural ecosystem of the southern Okanagan. Leor is a health junky and you can always talk to him about nutrition, human physiology, yoga, gymnastics, and martial arts. If you knock on his door on the weekend and he is not inside making Shakshuka, he is out hiking, climbing, rappelling or canyoneering.

Join Us

There are many ways to get involved with the Osoyoos Desert Centre. You can volunteer, become a member, donate, work for us, or visit the Desert Centre. 

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