Steve Rison, President
Steve has been a self-employed service business owner-operator for nearly 30 years in the BC Peace Region. He has served as both past and current president of Peace Energy Co-op, as well as past board chair of provincial and national environmental organizations. Steve holds a BS degree in electrical engineering (1968) and MS degree in natural resources management (1998). He has participated over many years in numerous public consultations, and he has a strong focus on strategic planning, fiscal management, and consensus building.
Dr. Nancy Garwah, Director
Dr. Nancy Garwah graduated from Queen’s University in southern Ontario in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She then specialized for an additional four years at CMCC in Toronto, where she graduated a Doctor of Chiropractic. She has called the South Peace area of British Columbia her home for 18 years, practicing at South Peace Chiropractic with her husband Dr. Chris Garwah. Even before she became a mother of two amazing young men, she began to realize that many of the decisions she makes affect the health of her family and the well being of this incredible blue planet and its inhabitants. Decisions and priorities such as recycling “everything” 🙂 and composting, to owning a hybrid vehicle, to putting a solar energy system on the office roof, to buying organic foods and using biodegradable soaps and cleaners, can make a big difference. Dr. Nancy enjoys cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking up mountains to sleep in a tent next to glaciers, and traveling all over the world to see how beautiful and diverse this miraculous planet is that we call HOME. She looks forward to helping the Peace Energy Cooperative in whatever way she can to promote planet-friendly choices to the communities of the Peace Country.
Dr. Chris Garwah, Director, Treasurer
Dr. Chris Garwah graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry in 1992 followed by a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1997. Attracted to the openness and warmth of the people and land of the Peace, he and his wife Nancy made their home in Dawson Creek in 1998. Together they are raising two healthy active young boys.
Soon after its inception, Dr. Garwah became a member of the Peace Energy Cooperative and held aboard position for four years. He sat on the board as its Treasurer during the early years of the Bear Mountain Wind Project. His office, South Peace Chiropractic, was an early demonstration project for Peace Energy, featuring a 4 KW grid-tie solar PV system with battery backup.
Dr. Garwah is currently the president and head coach of the Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Association. Dr. Garwah¹s philosophical foundation is built on health and sustainability and works toward applying these principles in his practice, life, and influence within the community.
David Mossing, Director
Born and raised in the mountains and forests of semi-rural Southern BC, David has always been immersed in nature and, having had the privilege of living in all corners of this beautiful province, decided at an early age he wanted to do what he could to help protect it for the future. He received his early inspiration towards green energy, sustainable living, and environmental causes while growing up in The Kootenays, later moving to the Peace Region like so many others “for the jobs” and then stayed on for many years as he immersed himself in several local and international sustainability and social justice initiatives.
David helped get recycling started in Dawson Creek, serving on the board of the former Dawson Creek Recycling Association, and later toured around North America furthering Earth-friendly technologies and alternatives to plastics such as compostable packaging, as well as promoting the Peace Energy Cooperative of which he was a founding member.
He has recently returned to university to study water sustainability issues. David’s current interests besides serving on the board of The Peace Energy Cooperative include keeping up with ever-changing technologies in scientific journals, promoting solar farms, helping animals, and involvement in South Peace Search and Rescue.
Greg Dueck, Director
As a lifelong resident of Dawson Creek, Greg believes that this area has a strength and vibrant energy with great opportunity. After growing up in Dawson Creek, Greg married Joanne and they now continue to work and raise their own family here.
Along with an active and healthy lifestyle, a family focus has grown to include conservation and sustainable choices. Greg and Joanne joined with a group of likeminded individuals to help found Peace Energy Cooperative in the early 2000’s as a vehicle for individuals to have a say in, and an investment opportunity in, the developing energy shift to renewables.
Over the years Greg has worked with the public in many ways, owned and operated his own local business, and now works as the Northern Field Rep for Aeolis Wind Power as well as often volunteering with Peace Energy Cooperative. He is looking forward to supporting the Cooperative by sitting on the board of directors during this exciting time.
Don Pettit, Director
Don has been living in the Dawson Creek area since 1974. He is a creative and commercial photographer and video producer, born, raised and trained in southern Ontario. Don moved north for a more rural lifestyle and for greater access to the outdoors, much of his creative work being focused on nature photography.
Don has published several books of his photographs, most recently “Power Shift” a book about the creation of Bear Mountain Wind Park, and a companion video by the same name. Don is an active environmentalist, and received the BC Minister’s Environmental Award in 1999.
He was one of the founding members of Peace Energy Cooperative, and has been active in the organization ever since, specializing in marketing and communication. Don and his wife Barbara Swail live just outside of Dawson Creek in a unique home that incorporates many aspects of sustainable living, including PV power.
Wendie Demyen, Office Manager
Wendie and husband Geri have lived in Dawson Creek for 20 years. They live on a rural property and fully understand the value of green initiatives and renewable energy. Composting and recycling are a passion. Northern Lights College is where Wendie took the Applied Business Technology course and gained the skills necessary for the Peace Energy Renewable Energy Cooperative office. Wendie is also involved with The Farmer’s Advocacy Office as a casual admin/research person. Other focuses in her life include St. James Presbyterian Church where she is the treasurer and some volunteer time with Rural Crime Watch.
Wendie is working part time in the co-op office now, but we hope to increase her hours over the coming year as our retail solar business continues to expand. Should you have any questions about your co-operative, solar power, electric bikes and scooters or any of the many initiatives we are involved in, Wendie will either help you directly or connect you with one of our knowledgeable volunteers. Don’t hesitate to call!