* Staff *
Greg Dueck, Dawson Creek BC – Solar Consultant
As a lifelong resident of Dawson Creek, Greg believes that this area has strength and vibrant energy with great opportunity. After growing up in Dawson Creek, Greg married Joanne and they continue to work and raise their 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 like-minded individuals to help found Peace Energy Cooperative in the early 2000s 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, worked as the Northern Field Rep for Aeolis Wind Power as well as volunteered with Peace Energy Cooperative.
As PEC’s Solar Consultant, Greg goes above and beyond and provides great service while designing solar arrays for our customers. He also provides training to the public by co-hosting regular webinars with Don. Call our office if you are wanting a solar consultation or assessment.
Tammy Lawrence, Dawson Creek BC – Office Administrator
Tammy is a small-town girl who was born and raised in Dawson Creek. Over the years, she moved from Northern BC a few times but chose to return so her then-young children, could spend time with family on their grandparents’ farm.
She has a daughter and a son. Her son remains close with his family, living and working in Dawson Creek. Her daughter, along with her son-in-law and grandson, have been living in Asia since 2017; we can say the wind moved them since her son-in-law’s career is in the wind energy industry.
Tammy has become a world traveller, and since 2017 her passport includes stamps from Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and Australia.
Especially now that she’s a Grammy, Tammy feels it is even more important to be involved in renewable energy for future generations.
If you have any questions about Peace Energy Cooperative, membership, PEC investments, or any of the many initiatives we are involved in, Tammy will help you directly or connect you with one of our knowledgeable team members. Don’t hesitate to call!
Don Pettit, Executive Director/Marketing and Communications
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.
* Directors *
Bill Lindsay, Vice President
Bill moved to Hudson’s Hope in 1998 and has been retired since 2006 after 30+ years in local government. He has been quite concerned about BC Hydro’s rising debt and in 2017, he had a 6.7 kW grid-tie solar panel array installed on his home. This coincided with Hudson’s Hope launching its solar PV project – the largest municipal solar array in BC.
Bill joined the Board in the Spring of 2018 and enjoys participating in the exchange of ideas for promoting the development of renewable energy for the Peace region and other areas of our province.
Ernie Freeman, Director
Extensive experience in the energy sector in North Eastern British Columbia has brought a well-rounded perspective of the needs in this region. More recently a project with the Provincial Government on a volunteer level helped to build policies that provide the charging electrical infrastructure for electric vehicles (EV) as they become more common in the North. I also engage with various non-profit organizations regarding energy usage in both transportation and issues regarding food security and agricultural needs. Additionally, I have gained knowledge with upgrades to my present home for the reduction of electrical and natural gas usage with the addition of a solar array and heat pump. I look forward to providing input for the energy transition we are facing and the solutions for a sustainable future.
Joanne Dueck, President
Born and raised in the Peace Country, Joanne (Rodeghiero) Dueck grew up chasing cows and horses and riding pedal and dirt bikes. Winters always were spent out of doors and she’s always had a love of downhill and cross-country skiing. She went to school in Vancouver to become a teacher and principal then returned to the north-east corner of BC to pursue that working dream for the next 30 years. Getting married to Greg and raising their own three boys has been the greatest joy.
Joining the Peace Energy Cooperative and serving on the board has helped bring all of these passions into focus and action. It has been a tremendous pleasure to meet with people from around the area that share her values and concerns about the environment.
Keith Anderson, Treasurer
Keith Anderson was born in Peace River and living in the area most of his life. He has been married for 32 years and has a daughter and family in Edmonton.
Keith recently retired from teaching and wishes to continue being involved in the community and in making a positive contribution. His past work experiences include being an Automotive Mechanic, Instrumentation Technician, and Middle School Teacher (Math, Science, and Industrial Education), for which he holds three apprenticeship certificates and a Bachelor of Education degree. Before “the 3 R’s” became acceptable, Keith has sought to reduce his and other’s impact on our natural world, opposing inefficiency, waste, and “conspicuous consumption”
personally and publicly. He believes his technical and teaching background may be a benefit in supporting the goals and activities of the Peace Energy Co-op.
Wanda Laurin, Director
Wanda Laurin is a long-time resident of the Town of Peace River, Alberta and is a true environmental champion. She has been involved with her local Recycling Society since 1995 and saw their Peace Regional Eco-Centre (full spectrum recycling and re-use centre), come to fruition in 2008.
Wanda is a member of Peace River Environmental Society which has been promoting alternative energy in her area, hosting Alternative Energy Trade Fairs in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014. In 2009 she joined Peace Energy Cooperative to support the Bear Mountain Wind Park project.
Wanda is currently a retired teacher, locavore & environmental keener. She has been very involved in helping Peace Energy Co-op become established in the Alberta Peace Region and has been working hard to lay the groundwork for our planned community-owned solar farm near Peace River.
Wayne Christensen, Director
Wayne comes to the Peace Energy Co-op board of directors with a lifetime of wide-ranging entrepreneurial and business experience. He moved to the Peace Region of northeast BC in 1983 from Los Angeles, California, looking for a good place to retire. As he puts it: “Northeast BC was the cleanest, healthiest place I could find.” He moved north and bought 1.3 km of lakefront property on Moberly Lake and built what was intended to be a luxury lodge but is now a large luxury home.
Wayne has degrees in biology and philosophy from Santa Clara University, California. He comes with a strong lifelong interest in the environment, and has served on over 20 boards over the years. From cattle ranching to business and product innovation, Wayne (a self-described “crazy ex-Californian!”) is a new and welcome member of the Peace Energy Cooperative team.
Please contact our office if you or someone you know would be interested in filling the position and supporting the Co-op with your knowledge and time.