TJ Watt

Campaigner & Photographer - Executive Team

TJ is a Co-Founder, Campaigner, and Photographer with the Ancient Forest Alliance. Combining his passion for conservation with professional photography, TJ works to shed light on BC’s endangered ancient forests in an effort to help see them saved. An avid ‘big-tree hunter’, you’ll find him driving rough backroads and exploring remote regions of Vancouver Island […]

Joan Varley

Administrative Director - Executive Team

Joan has been growing in the understory of the AFA since 2012 as the Administrative Director where her knowledge and skills of bookkeeping and office management compliment her love of all things natural and passion to preserve big old trees and the intricate habitat that they are a part of.  From operating a children’s consignment […]

Andrea Inness

Campaigner - Executive Team

Originally from Thetis Island in Coast Salish territory, with a passion for wild places and the creatures in them, Andrea works to protect our most outstanding and endangered landscapes through collaboration, communication, and advocacy. Before joining the Ancient Forest Alliance in 2017, Andrea worked at state and local governments in Brisbane, Australia, conducting community engagement […]

Ian Illuminato


Ian is a Campaigner with the Ancient Forest Alliance, working to protect globally unique old-growth ecosystems. He grew up in northern Italy, often daydreaming of wild places as he looked out the window at row after row of neatly planted tree farms on his way to school. Eventually, his passion for nature found a home […]

Tiara Dhenin

Administrative & Development Coordinator

Originally from northern BC, Tiara moved to Victoria after completing her undergrad in International Studies and Development & Sustainability at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Fascinated by old-growth ecosystems and intent on serving the community sector, she started canvassing for the AFA in 2015 before becoming the Victoria Canvass Manager. Since 2017, she’s been supporting […]

Rachel Ablack

Outreach & Development Coordinator

Rachel joined the AFA Team in November 2018, taking on the role of Outreach & Development Coordinator. As someone who was born and raised on Vancouver Island, she cannot think of a better way to spend her time than to work to protect the endangered ancient forests she grew up with. Before joining the Ancient […]

Cheralyn Frizzell

Communications Coordinator

Originally from Southwestern Ontario in the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa peoples, Cheralyn grew up swimming and camping along the shores of Lake Huron.  A visit to Banff and Jasper National Parks as a teenager sparked a lifelong love of mountains and a desire to live among them. Following a short stint in […]

Coral Forbes

Administrative & Development Assistant

Coral fell in love with big trees after visiting the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park when she was just out of High School and immediately decided that she wanted to be a “professional tree hugger” when she grew up. By joining the Ancient Forest Alliance Team as an Administrative and Development Assistant in 2021, she feels […]

Dave Cuddy

Victoria Canvass Director

Dave is originally from eastern Ontario. He first moved to Vancouver Island in 2004 for his pursuit of outdoor adventure and quickly grew a great appreciation for the Island’s majestic forests. Working as a guide and outdoor educator at Strathcona Park Lodge for a number of years, he became connected to the lands and waters […]

Ken Wu

Board of Directors

Ken Wu is the former Executive Director and co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance. He has worked to protect ancient forests in BC for over a quarter century, after first seeing the Walbran Valley as a teenager in 1991. Previously he worked as the Executive Director and Campaign Director for the Wilderness Committee’s Victoria chapter, […]

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