Board of Governors
Anthony Blair Dreaver Johnston,
Mistawasis NÊHIYAWAK First Nations
Science Sector Representative
“I am from and work for Mistawasis. I aspire to be Nêhiyawak.”
Anthony is a member of and works for his Nation, Mistawasis Nêhiyawak, a Cree community north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He returned to his community with the hope of contributing life, work and educational experiences for the benefit of community. He believes that his contribution has been developing and building on partnerships, alliances and friendships with good true people who care. Anthony has worked with federal and provincial governments in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He has a BA with a History major and Human Geography minor from the University of Manitoba.
“I was born on a muddy road during a spring of flooding that followed a winter of record snowfall. I was born from water and into water and earth.”
Secretary-Treasurer & Education Sector Representative
Larissa Matechuk grew up in Hafford, attended the University of Saskatchewan and has worked as a teacher in Canada, Singapore and Ukraine. After extensive traveling and teaching experiences, Larissa returned home and gained a teaching position at Hafford Central School, a member of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network. She has served as board member of the Redberry Lake Biosphere since 2014, greatly appreciating the value of such an organization to the people and the area we live in.
Larissa has been able to facilitate many learning opportunities for students of Hafford Central School through networking connections of the RLBR. These experiences have included the study of local bodies of water, data collection and observation of plant and animal species, identification and analysis of invasive plant species in the area, exchanges with the University of Saskatchewan School of Environment masters students, interviewing and filming of student activities within the biosphere for a documentary film, and trips to Winnipeg, Manitoba and Olds, Alberta for national youth conferences.
Larissa continues to believe that an understanding and appreciation for the land, waters, and living creatures will ensure the biosphere can continue to be productive economically and thrive as a healthy environment for generations to come.
Vice-Chair & Culture Sector Representative
Redberry Lake Regional Park
Town of Hafford
RM of Redberry
RM of Meeting Lake
RM of Douglas
RM of Great Bend
Member at Large
Member at Large
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