The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival Committee is comprised of 7 working Directors ,  5 honourary Directors and 1 Director that falls under both headings. We are a group of like minded volunteers who have been drawn together based on a mutual admiration for the area, the environment and the most impressive of raptors, the bald eagle.

During the festival weekends we have 20-40 volunteers that help keep the programs running smoothly but we are always looking for more people to add to the mix. Such an large and ambitious event would not be possible if not for the dedication and hard work put in by all the volunteer on this Committee.  Interested in joining the fun ? Contact us and find out how you can get involved. Volunteer coordinator Brett McCarthy

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Chair: Jo-Anne Chadwick email:
Vice Chair:
Director: David Hancock
Director: Dale Scott
Treasurer: Lara Goad
Secretary/Director: Jo-Anne Leon
Blog author: Kathy Stewart

Honourary Director: Robert Bateman  FULL BIOS BELOW !
Honourary Director: Mark Angelo
Honourary Director: Fin Donnelly
Honourary Director: Dr. Rose Charlie
Honourary Director: David Hancock
Honourary Director: Betty Anne Faulkner

Mr. Mark Angelo 

Mark Angelo

(C.M., O.B.C., MSc., BSc.)


‘The Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival is playing a key role in creating a greater public awareness of the need to adequately care for the ecosystem that sustains these magnificent birds.’


  • noted educator, river conservationist, outdoor leader, writer and volunteer
  • head of the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program, British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • chair of BCIT’s Fish, Wildlife, Recreation Center of Excellence (2004-05)
  • past chair of the 120,000 member Outdoor Recreation Council|
  • founder of B.C. Rivers Day (  started in 1980), a province wide celebration of B.C.’s rivers that now attracts up to 75,000 people every year.
  • 2004 inaugural recipient of the United Nations Stewardship Award for river conservation and stewardship efforts associated with the International Year of Fresh Water.
  • 2001 recipient of the Order of Canada (Canada’s highest honour) “for exceptional and on-going achievements in the protection and restoration of Canada’s waterways”.
  • 1998 recipient of the Order of British Columbia (BC’s highest honour) in recognition of outstanding service and achievement in river conservation.
  • inaugural recipient of the “10 Year National River Conservation Award” as Canada’s outstanding river conservationist of the past decade.
  • 1998 recipient of Canada’s National Recreational Fisheries Award
  • 2001 recipient of the Bill Young Award, presented jointly by the Assoc. of Professional Biologists and the Assoc. of Professional Foresters
  • 1997 recipient of the B.C. Minister’s Environment Award for extensive volunteer efforts relating to river conservation
  • inaugural World Rivers Day chair, 2005
  • author of over 250 articles and editorials pertaining to river conservation and other environmental topics
  • extensive volunteer service amounting to tens of thousands of hours over the past 30 years
  • an avid and renowned paddler having traveled on several hundred rivers throughout Canada and on 6 separate continents
  • creator and presenter of “Riverworld, a personal journey to the world’s wildest waters and places” which played throughout North America in 2003-05 (<a href=””></a>)
  • listed in the CBC Almanac Book of the 100 Greatest British Columbians (pub. 2005)
  • past chair and B.C. representative, as well as the first non-government board member of the Canadian Heritage Rivers System.
  • past chair of the B.C. Heritage Rivers Program
  • past chair of the Theodosia River Coalition, a group that played a key role in the BC government’s decision to modify a large dam in an effort to restore fish stocks.
  • coordinator of the Burnaby Lake System Project, a major community environmental initiative and partnership aimed at protecting, enhancing and restoring fish and wildlife values
  • appointed by the Hon.DavidAnderson as a member of the Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (currently Deputy Chair)
  • recipient of the 1998 Murray Newman lifetime achievement award in conservation and aquatic sciences
  • recipient of Burnaby’s 1997 Citizen Environment Award
  • chair of British Columbia’s annual “most endangered rivers” initiative
  • Project Administrator for the 2001 “River Recovery Project”, which identified candidate dam structures for decommissioning and/or modification.
  • chair of the B.C. Park Legacy Project, a 2 year, province-wide public consultation  process, initiated by government, that successfully developed a publicly supported vision for B.C.’s expanded park system (1997-99)
  • 1998 recipient of the Paul Harris fellowship
  • coordinator and organizer of numerous environment and river-related conferences including the O.R.C. Riverfest series and the 1998 National Rivers Conference
  • speaks regularly at conferences throughout Canada and the world
  • Past President of the BCIT Faculty and Staff Association, current faculty representative of the BCIT Board of Governors and a director on several foundations.
  • 2002 recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal

Dr.Rose Charlie

Dr. Rose Charlie


Grand Chief Rose Charlie belongs to the Chehalis Band in the Sto:lo Nation located in the Fraser Valley along the Harrison River where the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle celebrates its eagle viewing during the festival.

She is a member of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and was named the Grand Chief of B.C.

Rose Charlie founded the Indian Homemakers Association of British Columbia and the National Indian Brotherhood, now the Assembly of First Nations, and the B.C. Association of Non-Status Indians. She helped restore Indian status to over 16,000 women and 46,000 first-generation children of mixed ancestry. Rose also helped found two of the most important Native groups in Canada, the National Association of Indian Rights for Indian Women and the Native Women’s Canada. In 1989, Rose Charlie received an honourary Doctor of Law from UBC

Mr.David Hancock

David Hancock


 ‘The eagles success will be related to the preservation of our  biological diversity’


Biologist, conservationist, writer, publisher and lecturer,DavidHancock, spent most of his life studying the west coast and arctic wildlife. He has published scientific and popular papers on whales, seals, seabirds, grouse and his specialty, the northern raptors, as well as producing films on these topics and the Haida and other northern natives.

He recently completed several books:
The Bald Eagles of Alaska, BC and Washington, Rocky Mountain Wildlife and The Tlingit: their Art & Culture.

Under development he has books on:
Alaska – Yukon Wildflowers, Eco-Tourism of the NorthWest and one on The Living Glacier.

Currently he is undertaking studies of the bald eagles along the NW coast and working on a Sandhill Crane project. Prior to starting Hancock House Publisher he was a pilot and wildlife film producer, again specializing on the native cultures and wildlife of the coast and north. His studies and travels, have taken him to all continents of the world. Most recently he was responsible for world wide acclaim given to the “Live Bald Eagle Streaming Video Cam. His current study on The Urban BaldEagle of Vancouver BC has turned up over 150 nesting pairs in the greater Vancouver area. He is a regular speaker at the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, the Haines-Chilkat BE Festival, The Brackendale BE Festival and the Campbell River BE Festivals.

David Hancock is an enthusiastic and dynamic lecturer and has a fine collection of slides to illustrate a number of current themes. These include:

The Alaska / NW Series of Lectures: The South America / Antarctica Series:

  • The Incredible Bald Eagle Wildlife of the Southern Seas
  • Whales of the North Pacific Whales of the Antarctic Waters
  • West Coast Wildlife. Penguins – the Little People of the Ice.
  • The NW Native Art & Culture Antarctic Glaciers – are they disappearing?
  • The Tlingits: the Alaskan Indians. History of Antarctic Exploration
  • The Living Glacier Driving Home from Antarctica! Ushuaia – BA
  • History of the Gold Rush of ‘98 Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife.

DavidHancock frequently addresses conservation societies on the conservation and creation of better bald eagle habitat, the Turacos of the World, the Grouse of the World, Arctic Adventures, An African Photo Safari: these are but a few of his pet topics.

As a publisher – writer/photographer for 50 years he is also called upon to lecture on:

  • Getting Published – a writers insight.
  • The Publishing Industry: background for writers
  • Non-fiction Writing – the easy way in!
  • Photo-journalism: Let words sell your photos.

Mr. Robert McLellan Bateman

Robert Bateman


‘ Whenever I discuss the state of the planet, I am frequently asked, Well, what can we do? My answer is very simple. For a start, join a few conservation organizations.’

Robert Bateman has been a keen artist and naturalist from his early days. He has always painted wildlife and nature, beginning with a representational style, moving through impressionism and cubism to abstract expressionism. In his early 30’s he moved back to realism as a more suitable way to express the particularity of the planet. It is this style that has made him one of the foremost artists depicting the world of nature.

In the ’70s and early ’80s, Bateman’s work began to receive critical acclaim and to attract an enormous following. His work is in many public and private collections, and several art museums, including the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY. He was commissioned by the Governor-General of Canada to create a painting as the wedding gift for HRH Prince Charles from the people of Canada. His work is also represented in the collection of HRH Prince Philip, the late Princess Grace of Monaco and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. Bateman has had many one-man museum shows throughout North America, including an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; most of these shows have drawn record-breaking crowds.

His honours, awards and honorary doctorates are numerous: he was made Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian award in 1984. He has also been given the Rachel Carson Award (1996), the Golden Plate from the American Academy of Achievement (1998) and the Order of British Columbia (2001); he was named one of the 20th Century’s Champions of Conservation by the U.S. National Audubon Society (1998).

Through his long association with Mill Pond Press, thousands of wildlife lovers the world over have been able to enjoy Bateman prints. Books about his life and art include The Art of Robert Bateman, The World of Robert Bateman and Robert Bateman: An Artist in Nature and Natural Worlds. Thinking Like a Mountain, an environmentalist’s look at the world and Bateman’s Birds brought sales of his books to over 1,000,000 copies. Two children’s books are Safari, an illustrated book of African animals for young readers, and Backyard Birds. He has also been the subject of several films. It is in honour of Bateman’s contribution to art and conservation that one public and two secondary schools have been named after him. As well, he has been awarded 10 honorary doctorates.

Born in Toronto, with a degree in geography from the University of Toronto, Bateman taught high school for 20 years, including two years in Nigeria. He travelled around the world in a Land Rover in 1957/58, increasing his appreciation of cultural and natural heritage. Since leaving teaching in 1976 to paint full-time, he has travelled widely with his artist/conservationist wife Birgit to many remote natural areas.

Bateman’s art reflects his commitment to ecology and preservation. Since the early 1960’s, he has been an active member of naturalist and conservation organizations, now on a global scale. He has become a spokesman for many environmental and preservation issues and has used his artwork and limited edition prints in fund-raising efforts that have provided millions of dollars for these worthy causes.

He says, “I can’t conceive of anything being more varied and rich and handsome than the planet Earth. And its crowning beauty is the natural world. I want to soak it up, to understand it as well as I can, and to absorb it . . . and then I’d like to put it together and express it in my painting. This is the way I want to dedicate my life.”

Mr. Fin Donnelly

Fin Donnelly swimming the Fraser River


Having swum the length of the Fraser River twice, I have seen first hand the river’s incredible beauty. From old growth trees in the headwaters, to deserts in the canyon, to the urban landscape near its mouth, the Fraser has it all. It supports a stunning array of wildlife, including salmon, sturgeon, big horn sheep and bald eagles.

I’m proud to be associated with the “Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival” – a place where people can learn about these amazing creatures, including how to protect them and their habitat. 


Donnelly’s passion for the environment stemmed from his University of Victoria philosophy studies and volunteer work. He has been an advocate of sustainable living for more than fifteen years.

From 1990-2000, Fin Donnelly made 14 environmental marathon swims, covering more than 3,200 km in BC’s rivers, lakes and ocean, drawing attention to impacts on waterways and other environmental health issues, encouraging community stewardship and sustainable living. He has swum the 1,400km length of the Fraser River twice, Quesnel Lake, Pitt Lake, Williams Lake, the Raush River, Georgia Strait four times and Juan de Fuca Strait.

After Donnelly’s first Fraser River swim in 1995, he founded the Rivershed Society of British Columbia, a charitable organization with a vision of salmon flourishing in our rivers and people flourishing in our communities.

In his current role as the Society’s Executive Director, Donnelly works with Fraser River community stewards, schools, First Nations and local governments encouraging people to discover sustainably through the appreciation and conservation of salmon and water in BC’s riversheds. Donnelly has made over 550 presentations to more than 45,000 people, and visited 160 schools in 50 B.C. communities.


  • MP for New Westminster/Coquitlam (2009-present)
  • Re-elected to Coquitlam City Council (2005)
  •  Elected to Coquitlam City Council (2002)
  • Awarded Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
  •  Inducted into the B.C. Summer Swimming Pool of Fame (2001)
  •  Swam the 1,400 km length of the Fraser River, twice (2000, 1995)
  •  Named ‘Environmental Educator of Year’ by the Environmental Educators Provincial Specialists Association (1999)
  • Inducted onto the Banting School Wall of Fame (1998)
  • Bestowed with the name, Iyim Yewyews by the Squamish Nation (1997)
  •  Presented with a lifetime membership from the Georgia Strait Alliance (1996)
  • Coquitlam Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Sports person of the Year’ (1994)
  • Set the unofficial world record for swimming Juan De Fuca Strait (1994)
  • Set the unofficial world record for swimming Georgia Strait (1992)
  • Placed 7th at the Canadian Olympic swim trials (1988)
  • Won four gold medals swimming for Canada at the Hapoel Games in Israel (1987)

Mrs. Betty Anne Faulkner

Betty Anne Faulkner

Betty Anne Faulkner(Elizabeth Anne) was the youngest of four children born to Rowena Elizabeth and Charles Nelson Pretty. She was the only one born in their gracious home at Harrison Mills, B.C., and is the only remaining sibling of her generation.

Charles and Rowena acquired the property of approximately 160 acres running adjacent to the Harrison River from a widow, Mrs. Jackson, in January of 1924, before there were any roads built  this far up into the Fraser Valley. Charles N. Pretty also bought from the Government, land running out under the Harrison River for quite a substantial way. He wanted his property to remain pristine and a good sanctuary for birds. He did not allow any hunters to shoot water fowl on this property.

Betty Anne grew up in the beautiful and natural area, enjoying nature at its best. Watching the magnificent soaring Bald Eagles that inhabit the area through fall, winter and spring, bring much pleasure to her. Some of the eagles do remain all year round.

When Betty Anne finished Grade 3, her parents bought a lovely Tudor home in the Shaughnessy area of Vancouver. However, her most favorite residence was always at Harrison, where she and her architectural husband, Douglas P. Faulkner now reside after having lived in West Vancouver for 38 years.

Betty Anne’s youngest brother Ivan and she were the only two remaining siblings left, when Charles N. Pretty passed away in 1992, at the age of 102. It was decided at this time to turn the historical home into a Boutique Inn. It was divided equally between Betty Anne and her brother Ivan.

The Rowena’s Inn was opened in June of 1995. Ivan’s idea was to have a golf course as well, so that was implemented and called the Sandpiper Golf Club, which at present is now the favorite of many.

In between all this, four cabins were built and recently, a renovated two bedroom cottage as well, with full cooking facilities. Ivan passed away in 2001, and Betty Anne bought out his 50% from the executor of his estate. She is now 100% Owner, as well as President.

Betty Anne specifically wants the history maintained, and eventually family members to carry on the company of Pretty Estates Limited, if possible.