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    Our Team
    The project team supports Katzie and their belief that good stewardship of the land and waters is based upon a deep and holistic approach to nature that embodies the inseparability of human and ecosystem health. Oral histories tell us that 'sustainable management' was embedded in spiritual beliefs and cultural practices that reflected a fundamental belief in sacred interconnection.

    Our Team

    Mike Leon
    Mike Leon
    Mike has worked on various wetland and aquatic restoration projects throughout Katzie territory for over 10 years. He has worked alongside community organizations such as the Alouette River Management Society, the Kanaka Creek Education and Environmental Partnership Society, and the Langley Environmental Partnership Society. Mike is an experienced hunter, knowledgeable naturalist, and an avid birder. He is experienced in conducting standardized point count surveys for songbirds and nocturnal call playback surveys for owls. Mike has been a part of the Katzie First Nation political office; as a former Chief of the Katzie First Nation, he understands the vital importance of restoration within Katzie territory. Along with Roma, Mike has been working to restore wapato in Katzie territory since 2000.
    Roma Leon
    Roma Leon
    Traditional Resource Specialist
    Roma is a Katzie member. Since 2000 she has been involved in long-term monitoring of wapato throughout the Pitt River and Alouette River watersheds. Roma is experienced in wildlife and vegetation inventory, identification of rare and at-risk plant species, ecosystem mapping, and effectiveness monitoring of wetland enhancement projects. Roma is currently a Project Lead on the development and implementation of eco-cultural restoration in Katzie territory. As a hobby, Roma spends her time venturing throughout Katzie Territory learning about plants.
    Denise Horvath
    Denise Horvath
    GIS Technician and Website Design
    Denise has over 10 years-experience in office management and has acquired several years of hands on experience and training in ArcGIS, mapping, data entry, website production and project coordination. She has completed a computerized accounting diploma with honours and her main responsibility is the management of the KDLP finance department. Denise has volunteered her time to learn more about the wapato including planting and harvesting wapato. She is a Katzie First Nation community member and her passion for wapato extends to her home where she is currently growing wapato in her garden pond.