Eight years ago, Bev and her husband returned to Manitoba to realize their retirement dream: to design and build a self-sufficient home powered and heated by the sun and protected by the earth. Through cutting-edge green design, they have successfully built a near net-zero home and an organic garden, greenhouse and orchard that provides much of their food. This experience has served as a reminder that even in the harshest of Canadian climates, a carbon-neutral future is achievable.
With degrees in both music and fine arts from the University of Manitoba, and a later degree in Architecture from the University of British Columbia, Bev has enjoyed careers in music and construction. She has been lucky enough to work both with a private music studio and a design-build company producing energy-efficient timber-framed homes.
Bev has been a Green Party member since 1987, and has been a Green candidate in four elections: two provincial and two federal, most recently in 2015 in the riding of Portage—Lisgar. She currently serves the EDA as Communications Director.
During three decades as a Green, she has been involved in a number of environmental actions. The most significant of these was successfully organizing an effort to collect 6,000+ signatures to stop a 1,800 unit development on 97 acres of sensitive waterfront land. It remains wild habitat to this day.
Today, Bev is involved with a grassroots group of local taxpayers who are trying to stop unfair taxation in the form of a gas pipeline expansion into south central Manitoba.
Currently, she also represents both Manitoba dioceses —Brandon and Rupert's Land— on the Creation Matters Working Group, a program of the Anglican Church of Canada dedicated to ecological justice.
Bev’s primary interests revolve around climate science and alternate energy development. She is keenly aware of the need for each of us to reduce our carbon footprint and continually works to reduce her own impact — most recently through the purchase of a solar-charged electric car.
Bev is the proud mother to her daughter, a physician who recently returned to Nova Scotia after working for CUSO in Ethiopia, and the grandmother of two grandsons who are attending university in Ottawa and Montréal. Her husband is a retired power engineer and was recently elected Reeve of their municipality.