Co-founder of O.U.R. in 1990 when we were O.U.R. House (an intentional community house in urban Victoria, BC)....and was one of core team who moved project to O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE in 1999 in it's new rural location of 25 acres. As a therapist, permaculture designer, village builder, and major foodie I held the role of Executive Director for the first 15 years. Born and raised in community in the 60's, living the first part of life in the wilderness...then growing up on a farm has had me become a major activist for protecting wild and farm spaces and creating parklands. In 2001 I began taking on legal and regulatory issues which were barriers to ecovillage development and permaculture design installations....now I am doing my PhD work on these same issues and what it takes to 'Regenerate the Village Heart and Mind'.