* Peace Energy Co-op Champions *
Wanda Laurin, PEC Champion
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.
* Staff *
Greg Dueck, Sales
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.
Jenn Ford, Peace River Alberta Office Manager and Solar Consultant
Jenn is a home-grown Peace Region local with extensive roots and interest in sustainability and renewable energy. Jenn’s passion for renewable solutions stem from her grandfather and parents. Her grandfather’s life focus was largely spent on finding simple and sustainable solutions for everyday life and would often bring those solutions to disadvantaged communities.
Jenn has a Bachelor of Applied Communications from Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton with a focus on Events and Marketing. She also has a red-seal journeyman welding certificate. Jenn, her husband and two daughters live on a small hobby farm near the Town of Peace River, called Seven Odd Acres where they work on perfecting efficient and sustainable agriculture.
If you have any questions about solar energy for your home, farm or business, or would like to become a member of Peace Energy Cooperative, please do not hesitate to call her at our Peace River office. (office: 780-625-4020 email: email@example.com)
Tammy Lawrence, Dawson Creek Office Manager
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 to the 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.
In the last three years, Tammy has become a world traveller. Her passport now 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.
Should you have any questions about Peace Energy Cooperative, solar or wind power, electric vehicles or any of the many initiatives we are involved in, Tammy will either help you directly or connect you with one of our knowledgeable staff. 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 *
Al Mottishaw, President
We moved to Dawson Creek in 1980 for a few months, now almost 4 decades later we feel like Peace River regulars. My last 20 years I have been in Real Estate & loving the many diversified people I have been honoured to work with & build many friendships. Our family is pleased to have been associated with Peace Energy Co-op since its inception, believing we should work with nature to provide us with many different options on this Earth to provide us with shelter, food, heat, clean water & comfortable living standards. I also believe that because I make my lively hood from the community I should volunteer services back through different organizations. I would also encourage anyone to join the Peace Energy Co-op group & become involved with its success over the next many years.
Bill Lindsay, Director
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 during 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.
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.
Joanne Dueck, Director
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.
Kole Casey, Director
Kole is a 4th generation resident within the Dawson Creek area and grew up in Farmington, B.C. Although he has lived in other places he has always maintained a special appreciation for the beautiful Peace Region and its people. He has always enjoyed the outdoors and developed a love and respect for nature at a young age. When Kole was in Elementary school he attended a Destination Conservation program and he has been consciously advocating for the environment ever since. He believes in raising his family to be aware of their energy and water consumption as well as maintaining other conservation practices.
Kole has a diploma in Conservation and Restoration Ecology and currently works at the Peace River Regional District.
Kole has many interests including: environmental conservation; sustainable energy; science; education; new technologies and outdoor sports. He enjoys attending, participating in, and supporting community events as well as learning new things. He believes in managing our resources with environmental, social and economic values in mind.
Ron Moch, Director
Ron has served on the Peace Energy Cooperative board of directors for several terms, and has been a long-time supporter. He is owner/manager of Moch Electric Ltd. in Dawson Creek, and has been a journeyman electrician since 1990. Moch Electric Ltd. was incorporated in 1973, specializing in new commercial electrical installation and renovation. Moch Electric Ltd. has been Peace Energy Cooperative’s principle roof-top and ground mount solar installer for the last four years, and on-site project manager for the 500 kW District of Hudson’s Hope solar project.
Rupert Kirk A.Sc.T., Director
Rupert Kirk and his wife Claire have lived in Dawson Creek for the past 40 yrs. He owns his own company K5 Technical Engineering Services and offers Project Management services that include principally site services during construction of various civil engineering works and various onsite re-design. His principal expertise is in road construction, subdivisions, municipal services, site works, bridge construction and similar civil works. He has been in construction and consulting for the past 40 years, mostly in BC and Alberta.
He and his wife Claire have 3 adult children and 6 grandsons who live in Alberta. They are all members of PEC and believe the future is in green renewable energy and a lifestyle that reflects those principals.
Rupert and Claire have a 4.5 KW solar system on their home that covers 97% of their electrical needs on an annual basis. In the near future they hope to add a few more panels to eliminate the need to pay for power.
He returns to the board after almost a 2 year break from his last position as president, a position he held for almost 5 years.
Peace Energy has evolved in the past few years into a viable supplier and installer of green energy systems and rejoining the board with fresh ideas and insight is his goal. He looks foreward to being part of a team that envisions bigger and better things in the renewable energy realm.