Vince Zelazny was hooked on field work, after his first summer job with an agricultural development project scouring the lands close to Montreal for wild high-bush blueberries. Following a two year CUSO posting in rural Nigeria, with his partner Martha McClure, Vince arrived in New Brunswick from Quebec in the fall of 1981. Vince was immediately taken by the beauty of the Saint John River Valley.
After graduating from the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Forestry with his Master’s degree in 1983, he took on a job with the Department of Natural Resources that lasted for 22 years. He has had the privilege of traveling far and wide in New Brunswick with his work, and was instrumental in the establishment of New Brunswick’s Crown Land Protected Natural Areas in 2001, after which he received a Gold Leaf Award from the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas. He was also honoured with a Professional Forester achievement award in 2003.
Currently, Vince teaches part time while pursuing writing projects on professionalism and ethics in forestry and the other forest professions. He is a doting father to Vivien and Sandy, and dedicates his work for nature to his grand-kids Joanna, Julia, Ruth, and Rachel. .
Favourite Nature Preserve: Beardsley Hill Nature Preserve