CKISS Announces Leadership Team Updates: Familiar Faces, Fresh Roles!

We are thrilled to announce some exciting staffing changes at the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS) that are in effect this February 2024. These changes mark a significant step forward for our organization as we continue to grow and evolve in our mission to protect ecosystems and communities from the harmful impacts of invasive species.

Erin Bates will be transitioning from her role as Executive Director to the new position of Managing Director. In her new role, Erin will continue to directly oversee our Field Operations and Aquatics programs, along with managing the organization’s finances and administration. Erin’s dedication and expertise have been instrumental in the success of CKISS, and we are excited to have her continuing to contribute her leadership to our organization in this new capacity.

We are also delighted to announce that Laurie Carr will be stepping into the role of Executive Director. Laurie has been an integral part of our team for the past five years, serving as our Development Coordinator. In her new role, Laurie will lead our Outreach program, manage partnerships and external communications, drive new initiatives, and provide oversight while spearheading strategic planning and governance. Laurie’s passion for environmental conservation and her extensive experience make her the perfect fit to lead CKISS into the future.

We are incredibly proud to have two strong and dedicated women leading CKISS in these key positions. Erin and Laurie bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm to their respective roles, and we have no doubt that they will continue to lead CKISS in a positive direction, driving meaningful change in our community and beyond.

Please join us in congratulating Erin and Laurie on their new roles, and in wishing them all the best as they embark on this exciting new chapter with CKISS.