Ben Whalen started working with the KWRC in 1995 as a Habitat Technician and worked here for three summers after he received his diploma in Environmental Technology at NBCC Miramichi. After pursuing various contracts and other opportunities in his field, he returned to the KWRC as Project Manager in 2007.
Ben loves the fact that he can work in his field and make a positive difference here in his home town. Ben and his wife, Michelle, raise their two children, and attempt a garden, while living in Sussex Corner. Ben also loves to reap the rewards of his work as an avid angler and can often be found wading down local streams casting a line as often as he can be found measuring their depths and widths.
His familiarity and passion for the Kennebecasis watershed has proven to be an asset for the KWRC and he wants to continue to improve the watershed while also improving local communities.
Melissa has been working as Monitoring Coordinator at the KWRC since May 2018. Her love of the outdoors drew her to the environmental field and she plans to continue to learn and grow in this field. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Mount Allison University and recently graduated from Niagara College in Ontario with a graduate diploma in Ecosystem Restoration.
Melissa worked on restoration of salmon spawning habitat and conducting culvert assessments for fish passage for environmental non-profit organizations in Nova Scotia before moving to Moncton in 2016. Though not from the Sussex area originally (she was born in Kentville, Nova Scotia) she has fallen in love with the natural beauty of the Kennebecasis Watershed.
Working as the KWRC Monitoring Coordinator is a rewarding position for her because she "gets to contribute to the protection of the watershed and share this information gathered with the community."
In her spare time you’ll find Melissa spending time with family or hiking the trails.
Education Outreach Coordinator
Sarah joined the KWRC as Education Outreach Coordinator in August 2017. Passionate about nature and outdoor recreation, she has worked in the forestry and environmental management field in Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick since graduating from the Forestry Faculty at UNB Fredericton in 2004.
Originally from Forest Glen, Nova Scotia, Sarah moved to the Sussex area with her husband and two children in 2011. She quickly fell in love with the rolling hills and waterways that define the Kennebecasis Watershed and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for the area with others through her Education Outreach activities at the KWRC. She particularly enjoys visiting schools and special interest groups to do interactive presentations and hands-on educational activities outdoors.
When not in the KWRC office, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and tending to her small hobby farm of Shetland sheep, miniature donkeys, chickens and ducks; sharing her passion for hand spinning and knitting with the Fundy Fibre Artisans; and exploring the many rivers and trails in the Kennebecasis Watershed and nearby Fundy National Park.
Paul Martin joined the KWRC team as Restoration Supervisor in May 2019. Paul studied at Sir Sanford Fleming College in the School of Natural Resources and graduated in 1991 as a Forest Technician.
Paul has a passion for nature and loves spending time outside and enjoys wildlife photography. He and his wife, Kitty and are both founding members of the Hampton Nature Club.
Paul is excited to be part of the KWRC team and contribute to restoring the Kennebecasis river and it's surrounding tributaries and wetlands.