2017 BCCGC Fall meeting
Time (approximate) 
8:15 amRegistration Desk opens
9:00 amPresident's Remarks
9:15 amExecutive Reports
9:30 amScholarship Report & Speakers
10:30 amIntroduction of Vendors
10:45 amCoffee Break
11:00 amPresentation: Linda Gilkeson
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 pmExecutive Reports & Presentation
2:00 pmCookie Break
2:20 pmPresentation: Deborah Jones
3:20 pmMeeting Adjourned
3:25 pmDoor Draw

Guest Speaker

Linda A. Gilkeson, Ph.D.


Linda earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from McGill University in 1986, then moved to British Columbia to work for Applied Bio-Nomics Ltd., a company that produces biological controls. From 1991 to 2002 she worked for the provincial government, promoting programs to reduce and eliminate pesticide use. She was head of the provincial State of Environment Reporting Unit for the next six years, then the Executive Director of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy until the end of 2011. Linda now devotes her time to writing, teaching and consulting.

Linda has co-authored pest management training manuals for the government and organic gardening books for Rodale Press. She has self-published three books most recently Resilient Gardens 2016: Climate Change, Stress Disorders, Pest Update. Her comprehensive gardening book Backyard Bounty: The Complete Guide to year-Round Organic Gardening in the Pacific Northwest, has become a BC best seller.

As a private consultant, Linda is a regular instructor in the Master Gardener programs in BC and is busy year around giving workshops on pest management and organic gardening.

Linda has served as President of the Entomological Society of Canada, the Professional Pest Management Association of BC, the Entomological Society of BC and the Salt Spring Island Garden Club. She was awarded a Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2003 and an outstanding achievement award from the Professional Pest Management Association of BC in 2005.

Guest Speaker

Deborah Jones, Rain Garden Coordinator


Deborah Jones is the Rain Gardens Coordinator for Cougar Creek Streamkeepers  (North Delta/Surrey BC), and also serves as volunteer advisor to The Nature Trust of British Columbia on their rain garden grant program.  She has a BA in Urban Studies, a Masters of Library Science, and worked at Vancouver Public Library for over 30 years.

For the past 11 years, she has collaborated with Delta’s Engineering Department, Delta School District and others on the design, installation and maintenance of 27 school and community rain gardens in North Delta.

A rain garden is any landscaping that filters and absorbs stormwater (rainwater) runoff from a nearby impervious surface such as a roof, driveway, parking lot or street.  Many rain gardens are installed around an overflow drain or other overflow route, just in case there is more runoff than the garden can easily absorb.

Cougar Creek Streamkeepers is an informal group of volunteers dedicated to restoring and maintaining the health of Cougar Creek, a salmon stream that rises in Surrey, British Columbia (Canada), flows through North Delta and empties into the Fraser River.