Meet the Team

Michele Chapman
Executive Director

Michele started with MESS as an Adopt-a-Block volunteer in 2015 when she first moved to Mission.  With a passion for the environment, she later led several large forest cleanups around the Mission library & eventually served on our Board. In 2019, she took on her new role as Executive Director.  Michele loves being on the MESS Team and believes in being apart of the change that you wish to see in the world around you.

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Assistant

Jennifer has been a Mission resident all her life & currently studies Global Environmental Systems & Biological Science at Simon Fraser University in the Bachelor of Environment program. Throughout her education, she has had the opportunity to work with environmental non-profit organizations in both BC and abroad. Her experiences of interacting with community residents and advocating for sustainable systems at a local and regional level have resulted in a great passion for community sustainability, particularly for her hometown of Mission. Jennifer is working towards becoming a community planner and hopes to specialize in environmental planning, with the goal of developing sustainable and resilient communities. 

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Jennifer Walton
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Chair of Board

 

I volunteer with MESS (formerly the Mission Adopt-a-Block) because I believe that education will help us create a litter-free future. A clean, litter-free environment is a basis for a healthy eco-system, a cornerstone for community beautification, & a helpmate for community pride.  Inspired by those beliefs I have been picking up litter in Mission 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.

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Margaret Clifton
Michele Chapman
Executive Director

Michele started with MESS as an Adopt-a-Block volunteer in 2015 when she first moved to Mission.  With a passion for the environment, she later led several large forest cleanups around the Mission library & eventually served on our Board. In 2019, she took on her new role as Executive Director.  Michele loves being on the MESS Team and believes in being apart of the change that you wish to see in the world around you.

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Michele Chapman
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Assistant

Jennifer has been a Mission resident all her life & currently studies Global Environmental Systems & Biological Science at Simon Fraser University in the Bachelor of Environment program. Throughout her education, she has had the opportunity to work with environmental non-profit organizations in both BC and abroad. Her experiences of interacting with community residents and advocating for sustainable systems at a local and regional level have resulted in a great passion for community sustainability, particularly for her hometown of Mission. Jennifer is working towards becoming a community planner and hopes to specialize in environmental planning, with the goal of developing sustainable and resilient communities. 

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Jennifer Walton
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Chair of Board

 

I volunteer with MESS (formerly the Mission Adopt-a-Block) because I believe that education will help us create a litter-free future. A clean, litter-free environment is a basis for a healthy eco-system, a cornerstone for community beautification, & a helpmate for community pride.  Inspired by those beliefs I have been picking up litter in Mission 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.

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  Margaret Clifton 
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Board - Secretary

Norma is a mother, a homemaker & an occasional knitter. that has always been concerned about the environment. She started as an Adopt-a-Block volunteer about 5 years ago, inspired by fellow knitter, Margaret Clifton. With Margaret’s encouragement Norma started attending board meetings & later joined the board. The passionate, encouraging staff & board members make it easy to keep participating and learning. 

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Michele Chapman
Executive Director

Michele started with MESS as an Adopt-a-Block volunteer in 2015 when she first moved to Mission.  With a passion for the environment, she later led several large forest cleanups around the Mission library & eventually served on our Board. In 2019, she took on her new role as Executive Director.  Michele loves being on the MESS Team and believes in being apart of the change that you wish to see in the world around you.

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Michele Chapman
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Assistant

Jennifer has been a Mission resident all her life & currently studies Global Environmental Systems & Biological Science at Simon Fraser University in the Bachelor of Environment program. Throughout her education, she has had the opportunity to work with environmental non-profit organizations in both BC and abroad. Her experiences of interacting with community residents and advocating for sustainable systems at a local and regional level have resulted in a great passion for community sustainability, particularly for her hometown of Mission. Jennifer is working towards becoming a community planner and hopes to specialize in environmental planning, with the goal of developing sustainable and resilient communities. 

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Jennifer Walton
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Chair of Board

 

I volunteer with MESS (formerly the Mission Adopt-a-Block) because I believe that education will help us create a litter-free future. A clean, litter-free environment is a basis for a healthy eco-system, a cornerstone for community beautification, & a helpmate for community pride.  Inspired by those beliefs I have been picking up litter in Mission 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.

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  Margaret Clifton 
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Board - Secretary

Norma is a mother, a homemaker & an occasional knitter. that has always been concerned about the environment. She started as an Adopt-a-Block volunteer about 5 years ago, inspired by fellow knitter, Margaret Clifton. With Margaret’s encouragement Norma started attending board meetings & later joined the board. The passionate, encouraging staff & board members make it easy to keep participating and learning. 

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Elke Katzenbach
Board Treasurer

 

Elke has been a volunteer at MESS since 1997. She joined after recognizing how badly littered the streets were with her husband.  She decided to take an active role in addressing the issue and started picking up the litter on a regular basis. In April 2012, she became a Member at Large on the Board of Directors. As an organization, Elke hopes we can motivate our fellow citizens and bring awareness to how much better our city is by taking care of it together.

Lisa Reist
Board Member at Large

Lisa first became involved in the Society's anti-litter program approximately 6 years ago, as a elementary school teacher through conducting Litter Audits & painting garbage barrels for the city with her class. Lisa has been involved in various programs including the Jr. Anti-Litter Bug Club, assisting at group cleanups, and worked with her class to adopt Griner Park.   She enjoys the enthusiasm she sees in her students when they are cleaning up our environment. They are performing such great citizenship work and having a fun time, too. Lisa looks forward to being a part of our future expansion into the school programs and the new youth program. She also looks forward to helping the Society expand its community litter abatement education programs & community clean up events.

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Katy Sagi
Board Member at Large

Katy started volunteering in the Adopt-a-Block program.  As Katy has always been concerned with the environment, she joined MESS as a volunteer in our Adopt-a-block program and eventually took a Board position.  She has lived in Mission for over 25 years, and  felt volunteering would be a great way to get involved in our community and make a difference. Katy is a very actively engaged community member and continues to help with several groups such as the Mission Senior Center Health and Wellness Group, The Gorilla Gardeners, Mission Folk Music Festival, and Mission Tourist Info Center.

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Board Member at Large

Monica is our newest Board Member recently joining in July of 2020.  Although she moved to Mission only a year ago, she has been a very active volunteer with the Adopt-a-Block program. She started by adopting a street and cleans up regularly with her children.  They attend group cleanups as a family and often tidy the creek at Centennial Park from litter.  

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