VOLUNTEERS OF NANPA: Barbara Adams

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BarbThree years ago, Barbara Adams retired from a 35-year career in the Canadian government where she was executive director of a Science Outreach Secretariat in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.  Throughout her career, she worked for departments and cabinet members doing communications related to natural resources, such as minerals, energy, fisheries and oceans.  NANPA has benefited from Barbara’s experience through her involvement in committees and Summits.

What is your day job?

I am currently volunteering at the Wild Bird Care Centre doing some photography for them. I am also doing exhibits in the region.  My last one was a two-person exhibit with a sculptor. Called “Into the Wild,” the exhibit included photos of animals and their homes.  The intent was to encourage the public to protect wildlife and habitats.

I am also called upon to talk about travel and nature photography and judge local photo competitions.

What NANPA committees have you served on, when, and what positions have you assumed?

I have served on the International Committee for the year it existed.  During most of my time in NANPA (about 12 years), I have been on the Environment Committee and, for the past 2 years, I have been chair of that committee.

What were the responsibilities you assumed?

I have coordinated the assessment of the proposals for the Philip Hyde Grant. I lined up speakers for the last NANPA conference, working with them to have appropriate presentations. And I ran the Environment Committee Facebook page, which has now merged into the NANPA page.

What were your greatest accomplishments or the highlights thus far of what you have done?

Throughout my career, including through my photography, I have moved environmental issues ahead and have worked through the conservation of natural resources.  Joining NANPA was a natural as was volunteering for the Environment Committee.  I learned about NANPA from Niki Barrie on a Women’s Workshop in Yellowstone. At that time, NANPA was just a twinkle in the eyes of forward-looking photographers.

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