The Team

meet Sarah Schiemann


Sarah Schiemann is a red seal baker, mother to an adorable daughter and the current president of the Potato House.

Meet jazmyn lyons


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 Amber Gregg


Amber has been part of the Potato House team for a number of years now. She first joined the team as the Program Coordinator and transitioned into a Board Position as Treasurer in 2022. When she isn’t working on spreadsheets and reports, Amber spends her time outdoors with her family!

meet Misty Schulz


Misty Schulz is an amazing school bus driver, a Jack of all trades and a lover of all animals.

meet Sarah Fletcher


Sarah Fletcher is an awesome mother of 3, and a director at large for the Potato House Sustainable Community Society.

Meet The Mary forbes

Founder and Mascot

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

Master Composteur

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 Niki Therrien

Executive Director

Niki Therrien 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. 

meet Kristin Lehar


Kristin Lehar is the Potato House’s master gardener. She was in charge of the garden project in 2022 and successfully fed hundreds of people fresh vegetables.