Mission Adopt-A-Block Staff
Sophie Thomas, Society Co-ordinator
Sophie first joined the Mission Adopt-A-Block in March 2015 as a Program Co-ordinator but took on the role of Society Co-ordinator shortly after. Originally from Vancouver Island, Sophie has been a resident of Mission for 18 years, completing both elementary and high school here. After completing studies in Biology and Anthropology, she began work in environmental education and collaborative land use planning, working to create sustainable solutions to community-focused environmental conservation. In her time with the Mission Adopt-A-Block she has overseen the launch of 3 new program initiatives including the popular Litter and Wildlife Day Camps, the new Youth Environmental Stewardship Club, and the fast growing School Litter Challenge. Sophie resides in Silverdale with her partner Bryce, and daughters Kiera and Lilly.
Brianne Armstrong, Admin and Operations Assistant
Brianne first joined the Mission Adopt-A-Block Society in March 2016. Brianne is originally from Mission and has spent most of her life there. Brianne has worked mainly in the education system as a Child and Youth Counsellor after achieving her BA in Child and Youth Care. However, Brianne has always had a passion and a drive, to not only make a difference in her community, but to also educate our community members about the environment and how we impact it. That is why Brianne is thrilled to be a part of a society that does just that, educate our community, and involve them in keeping litter out of our environment. Brianne lives in Mission with her husband Matt and her daughter Sophia.
Board of Directors
Margaret Clifton, Chair
I volunteer with Adopt-A-Block because I believe that education will help us create a litter-free future, and I believe that a clean, litter-free environment is a basis for a healthy eco-system, a cornerstone for community beautification, and a helpmate for community pride. Inspired by those beliefs I have been picking up litter for Mission Adopt-A-Block for upwards of 17 years, joined the Board as a Director in 2004 (or 2005), became the Treasurer in March of 2008, and assumed the position of Chair in March of 2016.
Elke Katzenbach, Treasurer
My name is Elke Katzenbach. Almost 20 years ago in 1997, I became a member of the AAB society after recognizing how badly littered the streets were. My husband and I decided to take an active role in addressing the issue and started picking up the litter on a regular basis. In April 2012, I retired and needed a new “job”, so I became a Member at Large on the Mission AAB Board of Directors. As an organization, I hope we can motivate our fellow citizens and bring awareness to how much better our city is by taking care of it together.
Norma Favero, Secretary
Norma is a homemaker, mother of one beautiful daughter, and an occasional knitter. She has been with Adopt-a-Block Society for about 3 years. She started as a volunteer, following the example of fellow knitter Margaret Clifton. With Margaret’s encouragement Norma started attending board meetings and later joined the board, despite the fact that she did not know what her duties would entail. The passionate and encouraging staff and board members make it easy to keep participating and learning. Norma has always been concerned about the environment and being a member of this society allows her to help.
Kati Sagi, Member at Large
In 2015 I was invited by board member, Elke Katzenbach, to join the board, since I was already volunteering with theMission Adopt-A-Block. I have lived in Mission since 1983 and worked for a Financial Institution for 25 years. Environmental and social issues were always an interest and concern for me, so when I retired I thought, volunteering would be a way to get involved, help where I can, and hopefully make a difference. Since my retirement I have volunteered for like the Mission Adapt-A-Block, Mission Senior Center Health and Wellness Group, The Gorilla Gardeners, Mission Folk Music Festival, and Mission Tourist Info Center.
Lisa Reist, Member at Large
I first became involved in Adopt A Block, approximately 6 years ago, through conducting Litter Audits and painting garbage barrels for the city with my elementary class. Since that first litter audit my involvement with Adopt A Block has grown to where my class has been involved with Jr. Bug Club and assisting with decorating/attending Adopt A Block Xmas Candle Light Parade floats, gave a presentation as guest speakers at Adopt A Block’s General Meeting in 2014, adopted Griner Park as a school and we are now partnered up with Adopt A block’s new school grounds program. My daughters have also been involved in volunteering for Adopt A Block through their schools. I enjoy the enthusiasm I see in the students when they are cleaning up our environment. They are performing such great citizenship work and having a fun time, too. I am very excited to be a board member. I look forward to being a part of Adopt A Block’s expansion into the school programs and the new youth program. I also look forward to helping Adopt A Block expand its community litter abatement education programs and community clean up events.
Michele Chapman-Sheaves, Member at Large