Our Board

2022 Board of Directors 

President - Kirk Grayson

Kirk is a business communications professional who has called Maple Ridge home for more than 30 years. She is a passionate advocate for climate action at all levels, from individual to global. Kirk organized all-candidates debates in recent elections, started and ran Maple Meadows Green Drinks, co-organized a local School Strike for Climate, and was instrumental in setting up the Maple Ridge Climate Hub. 

Ask Kirk about heat pumps

"We recently had a heat pump installed to replace our gas furnace. We love that it not only eliminates emissions from heating our home, but also cools the house on hot days. But the process was complicated. It needs to get easier so more people can make the switch." 

Vice-President - Shiraz Mawani

Stay tuned...

Executive Administrator - Sunny Schiller

Sunny has always loved the outdoors and nature, and enjoys spending time with her family in their neighbourhood of Whonnock Lake. Her work in the community includes time with the City of Maple Ridge, the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Katzie Community Network and her current role as a Constituency Assistant for Maple Ridge Mission MLA Bob D’Eith. Sunny is a proud founding member of the Maple Ridge Repair Cafe. She has been active with the Climate Hub for the last few years and is excited about our future work.

Ask Sunny about government climate change policy

"I love learning about the new approaches that are being taken to both adapt to climate change and reduce emissions going forward." 

Treasurer - Cathy Barrington

Cathy recently retired from a 30-year career as a secretary with School District 42 and now does accounting for small business clients. Her volunteer work in the community includes the Pitt Meadows Community Garden, Canadian Parents for French and Bruins Rugby Club.  When not working, volunteering, gardening, cycling or paddling, she can be heard singing in various local venues with jazz and blues groups. Cathy is a registered member of the Metis Nation. 

Ask Cathy about getting involved with the Climate Hub. 

“I’ve joined the Climate Hub to lend my skills where they’re needed. We all need to learn and work together to ensure a healthy planet."

Policy Director - Steve Ranta

Steve is a retired teacher and part-time musician, with interests in history, politics, and the environment.  He has experience as a union activist, community activist, and independent candidate in recent federal and provincial elections.  

Ask Steve about planning for the future

"Our community needs to find ways to build a comprehensive system of public transit, cycling, pedestrian, and electric micro-mobility infrastructure that allows people to travel easily without relying on automobiles." 

Volunteer Director - Ahmed Yousef

Yousef has lived and worked in Egypt, USA, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.  An active volunteer in Maple Ridge, Yousef has been involved with Scouts Canada, Hope for Freedom Mat Program, Canadian Blood Services, and Operation Red Nose. In addition to the Climate Hub, he also serves on the boards of KidSport, Friends in Need Foodbank, and the Ridge Meadows South Asian Cultural Society, and is a lifetime member of the Alouette River Management Society.

Ask Yousef about environmental policies. 

"As we are experiencing remarkable climate change and indeed an emergency, it is incumbent upon us to do all that is within our capabilities to preserve our environment and ecosystem. We must learn from those who’ve come before us and find different ways of working with nature, not against it." 

Youth Programs Co-Director - Kim Dumore

Kim has lived in Maple Ridge more than 20 years, and is passionate about participating in and showcasing what is local to our community. In particular, she is focused on youth empowerment, supporting this next generation to be successful citizens who can nurture and sustain our environment. Through her employment and volunteering, Kim prioritizes youth wellness and development on their path to adulthood.

Ask Kim about the role for youth in combating our climate change crisis. 

"All people can contribute to our ongoing climate change crisis, but none more so than our youth.  This generation of youth are innovative, globally connected, and highly motivated to create impactful solutions to our current crisis, because it directly and significantly affects their future.

Youth Programs Co-Director - Hudson Campbell

Hudson is proud to have lived in the Ridge Meadows community his entire life. He is a climate activist and believes change can start in the classroom. He's involved in the community through uPlan, a youth-led subcommittee of the Ridge Meadows Youth Planning Table, and various other organizations, where he tries to make sure that sustainability remains a top priority in our community.

Ask Hudson about ... youth engagement.

Community Engagement Director - Gabe Liosis

Gabe is a passionate community member of Maple Ridge and a youth advocate. He is currently a school board trustee for SD42, and attends Simon Fraser University studying Political Science. 

Ask Gabe about how Climate Change policies are implemented using international law and multilateral agreements between countries. 

“Climate change is no longer an issue that we can look at from an individual level. It is incumbent on us, as a collective, to fight for the preservation of our planet. In particular, in this journey, we must ensure we are fighting to protect those marginalized communities most impacted by climate change.”

Marketing & Communications Director - are you the one?

We're still searching for our extraordinary Marketing & Communications Director. 

Check out the role description, and if you think this could be you, send us an email at mapleridge@climatehub.ca and we'll set up a time to chat.