Club Executives

The RDBC Executive consists of 5 volunteer positions. President, Secretary-Treasurer, and 3 director positions. Each executive member is elected during our members’ annual general meeting in the spring and holds their position for a 2 year term. Executive duties are spread out across the board. The President is selected by the the board itself, and the President must have had previous experience on the board before becoming President. Under the constitution, an executive member can only serve for two consecutive terms (i.e. a total of four years in a row) without taking a break of at least one year.

Executive – Yens

Yens Pedersen

President (2017 - 2019)

I currently have one very small urban hive which I have kept in Regina for five years. Long before that, I grew up on a third generation commercial apiary (which my sister now operates) and spent 10 summers beekeeping. I have enjoyed working with bees from an early age, but didn’t want the work of a full sized hive, which is why I designed the micro hive (about 1/2 the size of a nuc). I enjoy educating the public about bees and have given several tours of my hive. (on board since 2015). (306) 540-3111

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Louise Yates

Director (2017 - 2019)

My husband and I live on an acreage near Kronau where we operate K-Lane Kennels. With a solar farm and geothermal system, we are Saskatchewan’s first net-zero renewable energy business and only one of a few in Canada. I grew up on a farm near Montmartre, have a corporate background, and studied prairie horticulture at the U of S. I began harvesting flower power in May 2016 with three hives, ending the season with seven. I love learning and want healthy bees so I’ve read a ton of books, taken the beginner beekeeping course, have a club mentor (thank you Colette and Richard), and took the spring Intermediate and Queen Rearing classes. I’m a perpetual volunteer and I am also President of the Regina Humane Society.

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Lawrence Laxdal

Director (2017 - 2019)

I’m a civil engineer who lives near St. Joseph’s. I have been beekeeping for the past two years. I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to Saskatchewan in 2014. I’ve enjoyed meeting and learning from new people in the bee club and am happy to contribute by joining the board of directors.

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Julie-Anne Howe

Director (2018 - 2020)

Julie-Anne farms with her family south of Moose Jaw running 300 cows and 3000 acres of grass and cropland. She wintered 16 hives going into 2018 and is in her 3rd season beekeeping at the farm. Julie-Anne interest in beekeeping stems from working a summer one a farm with Bees in Switzerland having an uncle that kept bees for numerous years.  She enjoys sharing her beekeeping experiences with schoolchildren and the pubic around Moose Jaw, providing beekeeping education at the Saskatchewan Agriculture Moose Jaw Food Farm events and is a regular at the local Moose Jaw Homegrown Farmer’s Market.

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Celine Holloway

Director (2018 - 2020)

I am a retired teacher, following 33 1/3 years working in Regina’s elementary schools.  My husband and son gave me a hive for Christmas as a sentimental gift in remembrance of my brother, Jeff Tholl (Past President of RDBC) after he passed unexpectedly.  I was immediately hooked by the little creatures and have since, managed to work up to 18 hives. I am continuing to learn with the encouragement and knowledge shared within our Club.  I hope that, in some small way, I am able to help the Club grow and can offer support to others who are as enamored with honeybees as am I.