The Team

Meet Mary forbes

Mary is a retired oil patch archeologist and a former Parks Canada Award Winning Interpreter in Lake Louise. wears many hats in the community of Williams Lake. She is the founder of The Potato House and the owner of Dandelion Tours and Interpretation, which is associated with the Williams Lake Field Naturalists, Interpretation Canada, the BC Tour Guide Association, the Community Arts Council, the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society. Click here to learn more about Mary Forbes.

Meet Oliver

Raised in the countryside of the Cariboo Chilcotin by a couple Swiss immigrant hillbillies is where Oliver has his roots.  His schooling is compromised of his many adventures and travels throughout the world.  Always ready to give a big wave and thanks to the local garbage truck driver, Oliver is very passionate about managing our waste, or better yet not creating it in the first place.  Currenly he is working in his home town of Williams Lake helping the community with various recycling projects and is also working at the Potato House Project with compost and sustainable living education.

Meet jazmyn

Jazmyn is a local entrepreneur that thanks the Potato House for helping her find her closest friends. She’s spent the first four years as a volunteer running Halloween events then joined the board to help with larger fundraisers, and stays for the pot luck board meetings. The Halloween parties are her favourite activities at the house, though she’s never been able to enjoy one as a patron and plans to do so one year. 

Meet ph alchemist

AKA Joe Borsato.

As a member of the Potato House staff, Joe Borsato serves as the Project Alchemist, which is a fun way of saying ‘the guy who turns things into gold.’ His primary duties involve writing grants for special projects and assisting in operations. Having grown up on an organic farm near Williams Lake, Joe has a passion for environmental sustainability and for fostering ecological consciousness. He is also currently a PhD student at Queen’s University where he runs a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council project on environmental history.

meet our treasurer

Niki Therrien (Pirate Treasurer) is an artist and mother of two, who enjoys constantly learning new things. She joined the Potato House board in 2018 having no idea what a life changing experience it would be. She has since started her journey with recycling and composting and is an excellent example of how its never too late and you’re never too insignificant to be part of the global climate change solution. Any pirate themed events at the Potato House are absolutely due to her influence.