Daphne Macnaugton  M. Ed.

Daphne has been involved in public education for almost 40 years as a teacher, district consultant, and school principal. She teaches university courses for educators and school leaders, and has published many articles in education journals and co-authored/contributed to four books: A Buddy Program: Collaborative Learning Through Shared Experiences, Recognition Without Rewards, Salish Sea, Cycle of Life/Recycle and I Am the Future Handbooks for Educators. Daphne was the 2002 recipient of the BC Principals’ & Vice-Principals’ Association Leadership Award and a 2003 recipient of the UVIC Faculty of Education “Distinguished Education Alumni” Award.


Donald Gunn

Donald is a designer/illustrator who grew up in the Highlands of Scotland and was educated at the Inverness Royal Academy and Edinburgh University where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Architecture. He emigrated to Canada in 1991 and has lived on Salt Spring Island, BC ever since. Donald is renowned for his design work in museum displays and illustrations for environmental education resources including Salish Sea, Cycle of Life/Recycle and I Am the Future.



Dr. Richard Hebda

Richard has been Curator (Botany and Earth History) at the Royal British Columbia Museum for 31 years and adjunct faculty at the University of Victoria (UVIC) for 24 years. He curated the Climate and Climate Change exhibit at the museum and was the first faculty coordinator of the Restoration of Natural Systems Program at UVIC. He studies vegetation and climate history of BC, climate change and its impacts, ecology and origins of Garry Oak and alpine ecosystems, and botany of grasses. He has (co)authored over 350 scientific papers and popular articles on native plants and climate change and (co)authored and edited several books and major reports. Most recently Richard created the Ecology Principle sections for the I Am the Future Handbook.

Chris Fisher

Chris is the author of seventeen books on wildlife and bird identification guides to many North American regions. Best-sellers include Birds of Alberta, Mammals of Alberta, Reptiles and Amphibians of Canada, Birds of New York City, Birds of Seattle and Mammals of the Rocky Mountains.

He has also written extensively on environmental education and documentary films featured on The Nature of Things with David Suzuki and Animal Planet. He worked as a co-writer on ‘Acorn, the Nature Nut’ and ultimately became the host, writer, and singer for his very own children’s TV series “Wildfiles.”

Chris is a funny and knowledgeable biologist and wrote the biology section of ART’s Cycle of Life/Recycle Handbook covering over 60 endangered species across Canada. He has recently joined the team again on the latest project, the I Am the Future mini-handbook.  

Briony Penn Ph. D

Briony is best known for her award-winning illustrated columns and articles in various regional publications, like the award-winning Focus Magazine, and hosting the TV magazine show Enviro/Mental for three years with CHUM TV, nominated one of the top three magazine shows in Canada.

She is an adjunct professor and has lectured in the School of Environmental Studies, Geography Department and Restoration of Natural Systems Program of the University of Victoria for over 18 years. She is a popular lecturer for groups ranging from the UN International Conference on Children and the International Society for Ecosystem Restoration to local stewardship groups.

She co-wrote ART’s Salish Sea Handbook for Educators and has added her biological expertise in a handful of songs including Salish Sea and Patchwork Quilt of Forests.