Taryn Skalbania, Co-Founder & Outreach Director of the Peachland Watershed Protection Alliance

Our watersheds should not be open for business!

Taryn is originally from Vancouver but made Peachland her home almost 30 years ago.  Here, she owns an organic farm with her husband Rob. 

After living in Whistler and Banff, she and Rob moved from the coast to the sunny Okanagan. Both are avid back-country hikers, bikers, and horse riders so they were shocked to experience unprotected, industrial chaos in their community watershed.  As the years passed and wildlife, recreation opportunities, and water quality/quantity dwindled, and timing of flow shifted, Taryn felt motivated to join with other community activists and challenge the legislation that condones industrial multi use, within a town’s drinking water source. Her mantra is “Our watersheds should not be ‘open for business’!”

Taryn has also been active in many other aspects of community building in addition to PWPA. You can’t see Taryn around town without seeing her two faithful sidekicks, Enzo and Max (dogs), who have never missed a PWPA meeting or event.

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