Our Team

One Cowichan is facilitated by local residents and lead by board members Parker Jefferson, Jane Kilthei, Valerie Russell, Catherine Wallace and organizer, Rosalie Sawrie.


Parker Jefferson

Parker was born and raised in Victoria and spent most of his working life in the Vancouver area in film production and marketing.  His passion for fly fishing prompted he and his wife Cathi to build their home on the banks of the Cowichan river when Parker retired.  Cathi is a full time ceramic artist and Parker is a director of the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society and One Cowichan.  They both love this community and want to preserve and protect it for future generations.


Jane Kilthei

Jane is passionate about her community, concerned about the future of the planet & working with Transition Cowichan, One Cowichan & the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre on relational, community-based solutions that build local resilience.



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Valerie enjoys vegetable gardening and learning about environmental issues at her home in Maple Bay. She also works at Dwight School Canada in Shawnigan Lake, where she teaches the students science, math, gardening, how to care for streams, and fencing.




Rosalie_Sept_2013_(2).JPGRosalie Sawrie - Organizer

Having grown up in Nanaimo and newly returned to the island after 10 years Rosalie's feeling right at home in the Cowichan Valley. Some of her favourite things include engaging community, exploring new trails and developing her green thumb.