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Our staff members are responsible for carrying out the day-to-day and long term initiatives of the BRWA (as determined by the Steering Committee). They also work with subcommittees to carry out work on existing projects and discuss new ones. There are two staff positions at the BRWA. 

colin-hanuszProgram Manager

Colin Hanusz
[email protected]
(587) 201-5517

I am pleased to introduce myself as the new Program Manager for the Beaver River Watershed Alliance.  I grew up in the town of Peace River in Northwestern Alberta, where my family still lives on the banks of the Peace River.  After high school, I attended Grande Prairie Regional College where I earned a degree in Forest Resource Management.  After graduation, I spent a number of years working in the forest industry throughout Western Canada.

I have been living and working in the Beaver River Watershed since 2006, and I now call this region home.  I spent four years living in Meadow Lake Saskatchewan, which is part of the Saskatchewan side of the Beaver River Watershed.  I have been living and working in Bonnyville since 2011, and really enjoy the town and the surrounding area.

I am an avid outdoorsman, and enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, slow pitch, soccer, cycling, watersports and downhill skiing.  Over the years I have tried to fish at as many of the lakes in the watershed (Alberta and Saskatchewan) as possible to explore the region. It is amazing just how ecologically different Alberta’s Lakeland is from the Mighty Peace Region, yet from a social perspective the areas are very similar.

I am very excited to be in the position of Program Manager.  I am very passionate about the land and the water where I live, and I am now in a position to be involved with the BRWA programs every day.  I spend most weekends of the summer at Moose Lake at my In-laws lake lot, and enjoying the recreational opportunities that the lake presents.  It is this connection with Moose Lake that led me to the BRWA, and I look forward to working on programs in the entire watershed over the coming years.


Education and Outreach Coordinator
Erin Ritchie
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(587) 201-4345

I am thrilled to be working with the Beaver River Watershed Alliance to engage and educate the community on how to preserve and improve our watershed. I find great importance in teaching all generations about sustainable living so we can protect our watershed for years to come. I have completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science with Co-operative Education from the University of Lethbridge. I have a wide range of skills and experiences, from children’s outdoor camps to greenhouse gas data collection. I love to take in the environment around me with hiking, camping, and canoeing. I am eager to explore Northern Alberta, both in nature and community.

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