The Raincoast Education Society has a rich past – from our early days as the Raincoast Interpretive Centre to our current home in the Tofino Botanical Gardens. We have been in operation since 2000 and throughout this time we have engaged with our community in many diverse ways – we have had many extraordinary ideas, discussions, and people come in and out of our organization. Each program, project, and person has been an important part of our story.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed along the way!

  • 2018

    Staff

    Shanti Davis becomes Director of Operations for the RES

  • 2018

    Major Event

    Ucluelet Field School becomes a year-round program in the Ucluelet Elementary School. Read more about the Raincoast Field School here!

    2018

  • 2018

    Staff

    Carrie Harbidge becomes the full-time Ucluelet Field School Coordinator.

  • 2018

    Summer Interns

    Ava Law, Brittany Olson, & Christine Spice

    2018

  • 2017

    Staff

    Mark Maftei takes the reins from Dan Harrison as Executive Director of the RES.

    Mark and Dan

  • 2017

    Summer Interns

    Nora Boileau Morrison, Garrett Holt, Brittany Olsen, & Claire O’Brien

    RES Team Summer 2017 (Claire, Ariane, Aisha, Dan, Brittany, Garrett, Nora)

    2017

  • 2016

    Staff

    Aisha Balint takes over the Program and Communications position from Luke.

  • 2016

    Summer Interns

    Nora Boileau Morrison, Emily Percival-Paterson, & Meagan Long

    2016

  • 2015

    Staff

    Ariane Batic starts as full-time Field School Coordinator, Brady leaves the RES

  • 2015

    Summer Interns

    Aisha Balint & Kaylyn Kwasnecha

    2015

  • 2015

    Board Members

    Marnie Helliwell, Colin Zacharias, Melanie Morris, Sarah Timberlake, Jen Pukonen, Vera Webb (not in photo)

  • 2015

    Major Event

    Raincoast Field School begins programming in the Wickaninnish Community School (Tofino) year-round. Read more about the background and history of this program!

    2015

  • 2014

    Summer Interns

    Angus MacKinnon & Ariane Batic

  • 2014

    Staff

    Brady Clarke takes over from Kim as Education Coordinator.

    2014

  • 2014

    Major Event

    Our first Raincoast Institute courses run in July (Seaweeds) and October (Mushrooms). Learn more about the courses we offer!

  • 2014

    Staff

    Luke Stime joins the team as Program Development and Communications Officer.

    2014

  • 2013

    Summer Interns

    Angus MacKinnon & Ariane Batic

  • 2013

    Major Event

    Former E.D. Josie Osborne becomes mayor of Tofino! We are so proud and excited to have her serve our community.

    2013

  • 2012

    Summer Interns

    Emily Grubb & Milen Kootnikoff

  • 2012

    Board Members

    Jen Pukonen, Sarah Timberlake, Marnie Helliwell, Melanie Morris, and Albert Sheppard)

    RES Board 2012

    2012

  • 2011

    Staff

    Dan Harrison takes over from Josie Osborne as Executive Director of the RES.

  • 2011

    Summer Interns

    Laura Timmermans & Ava Hansen

    2011

  • 2010

    Staff

    Robin leaves RES (June), Kimberly Johnston begins working full time in the fall adding school programs to her work.

    Kim

  • 2010

    Summer Interns

    Estella Charleson & Ava Hansen

    2010

  • 2010

    Staff

    Robin Tagles begins as full-time education and outreach co-ordinator

  • 2009

    Staff

    Ava leaves RES (August); Lisa leaves RES (October);  Kim Johnston hired to coordinate Sustainable Living Program.

    2009

  • 2009

    Summer Interns

    Kim Johnston & Amanda Munsell

  • 2009

    Board Members

    Marnie Helliwell joins the Board

    2009

  • 2009

    Staff

    Jen Pukonen begins one year maternity leave; Lisa Fletcher shifts from educator to mudflat coordinator, Ava Barany joins as half-time educator

  • 2008

    Summer Interns

    Devon Warawa & Amanda Munsell

    2008

  • 2008

    Board Members

    Brenda Kuecks leaves the Board; Tanya Dowdall joins the Board

  • 2007

    Major Event

    The RES moves to a new home at the Clayoquot Field Station at the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Read the Press Release here!

    2007

  • 2007

    Staff

    Josie Osborne leaves the Board and starts as Executive Director of the RES

  • 2007

    Summer Interns

    Colin Rombough, Lily Mclean & Dan Harrison

    2007

  • 2007

    Board Members

    Meg Stewart leaves the Board, Melanie Morris joins

  • 2006

    Summer Interns

    Brad Lindey & Dan Harrison

    2006

  • 2006

    Major Event

    First Shorebird Brunch (runs for three years from 2006-2008)

  • 2006

    Staff

    Lisa Fletcher joins the team as an Educator (Marcia leaves)

    2006

  • 2005

    Major Event

    First Fall Fiesta – this fundraiser event ran for four years

  • 2005

    Summer Interns

    Melanie Knight & Dan Harrison

    2005

  • 2005

  • 2005

    Board Members

    Karen Charleson, Darcy Dobell and Adrienne Mason leave the Board, Silva Johansson & Caron Olive join

    2005

  • 2004

    Summer Interns

    Erica Dolsen & Claire Jutras

  • 2004

    Board Members

    Laura Loucks leaves the Board, Josie Osborne joins

    2004

  • 2003

    Summer Interns

    Tsimka Martin & Liz Boychuk

  • 2003

    Board Members

    Norma Dryden leaves the Board, Brenda Kuecks joins

    2003

  • 2002

    Summer Interns

    Terry Seitcher & Pamela Fry

  • 2002

    Major Event

    Registered as a Charitable Organization in Canada.

    2002

  • 2002

    Staff

    Jen Pukonen takes over from Michael as Program Coordinator

  • 2002

    Board Members

    Barb Beasley, Laura Loucks & Kathryn Cook join the Board

    2002

  • 2000

    Major Event

    The Tofino Lantern Festival is born! An event that started with a few lanterns has evolved into a full-on celebration featuring local musicians, artists and a permanent collection of prize lanterns.

  • 2000

    Major Event

    The doors of the Raincoast Interpretive Centre (RIC) stay open with the RES determined to keep its educational programs alive. Read about the history of RIC here.

    2000

  • 2000

    Staff

    Michael Tilitzky – first employee of the RES as Program Coordinator

  • 2000

    Board Members

    Barbara Schramm, Darcy Dobell, Adrienne Mason, Norma Dryden, Karen Charleson, Kathleen Shaw, Meg Stewart

    2000

  • 2000

     

    Major Event

    The Raincoast Education Society was incorporated and legally registered as a non-profit society under the BC Societies Act.