Board and Team

Several members of our team at the start of the Bat Condo Project in 2020

Who We Are

The Minnekhada Park Association (MPA) is a registered non-profit society, formed in 2002. We invite you to become actively involved.

Our Mission is to preserve, protect and enhance the natural environment of Minnekhada Regional Park, while advocating respect, appreciation and enjoyment of the Park’s natural and historic attributes as well as recreational resources.

Our meetings are usually held at 6:30pm on the second Wednesday of the month at the historic Minnekhada Lodge, with some exceptions. Please call 604-520-6442 for more information and to confirm the meeting time.

The Minnekhada Park Association (MPA) is a group of residents, all of whom are volunteers and are committed to working with Metro Vancouver to introduce, protect and enhance the natural environment and historical values of Minnekhada Regional Park.

Meet the Board

Chair – Celia DeLuca

I first fell in love with Minnekhada as a child, when my grandma worked there as the domestic manager at the farmworkers bunkhouse, back in the 1960’s.  This fueled a love in me for the mysteries, discoveries and humbling impact, that only nature and the farm, could provide.

This magical place offers a myriad of experiences and connection opportunities – from tadpoles and bullrushes, to its inherent and deeply steeped history. And away from city lights it offers the unique chance to stare up, with mesmerizing awe, at a star-filled sky!

My hope is that MPA can facilitate opportunities so that children and others, can foster their own deep connection, appreciation, respect and love for Minnekhada.


Vice Chair – Chief Julian Shackely

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Treasurer – Helge Jacobsen


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Secretary – Steve Smith

Out of curiosity, I walked into a board meeting at the Minnekhada Lodge one evening and I have been held there against my will ever since. Just kidding!

Some of that is true. Having had a fair bit of experience working with several other local community groups, I was looking for a change, one that would bring me closer to nature. I always loved the intoxicating mix of nature and history that Minnekhada offered and had an ongoing curiosity about “The Farm”. Some of that may be traced back to my mostly rural roots, from the north of England to the foothills of Alberta, and now the wild coasts of BC.

I head up the Minnekhada Farm Exploratory Team (also known as MFET). We are working to come up with ideas for future uses of the farm within the context of “protecting and connecting”.



Director – Lara Charles

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Our Team

Assistant Coordinator – Esmeralda Martinez Bonilla


Minnekhada Park Association is excited to announce that Esmeralda has joined our team as the new volunteer coordinator. Over the next few weeks, she will be transitioning into her new role and taking over responsibility for coordinating volunteer events.
Esmeralda is pursuing her Masters in Ecological Restoration and has recently moved to beautiful BC from the Bay Area in California where she has a lot of experience with urban forests and coordination of volunteer events.

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