Osoyoos Desert Society


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Desert Society Staff Members

Jayme Friedt
Managing Director
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Jayme Friedt has worked in the non-profit world her whole career holding senior management positions at some of Canada’s top cultural organizations. She also spent many years working in the media as Editor of an international chain of tourism publications, as well as a Reporter/Producer for a non-profit, listener-supported radio broadcaster. Most recently Jayme was Festival Coordinator for the Meadowlark Nature Festival, as well as communications consultant to South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program.  Jayme and her husband James live just outside Kaleden, BC where they enjoy hiking, cooking and playing and listening to music with their 14 year old twins. Recently Jayme returned to dabbling in radio and you can tune into her show Between the Lines on CFUZ- 92.9 FM or peachcityradio.org.

Leor Oren
Desert Centre Manager
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Leor Oren studied Natural Resources and Conservation at UBC. During and after his degree, he was involved with a few projects with the ministry of FLNRO and BCCF, including amphibian surveys, wildlife migrations tracking, insect population monitoring and more. During his latest adventure he was monitoring fishing vessels near the shores of Vancouver Island, only to leave the rain and the rocking boats for the unique natural ecosystem of Southern Okanagan. Leor is a health junky, and you could always talk to him about nutrition, human physiology, yoga, gymnastics, and martial arts. If you knocked on his door on the weekend and he is not inside making Shakshuka, he is out hiking, climbing, rappelling or canyoneering.

Board of Directors

Lee McFadyen
Deb Sherwood                       
Peter Beckett
Vice President
Joanne Muirhead
Vaughn Denis
Roger Horton
Birgit Arnstein
Jordan Carbery