Who We Are

What is SSWA?

The South Shore Watershed Association (SSWA) is a registered charitable organization established in 2011 to protect and maintain five adjacent watersheds in the the south-central area of Prince Edward Island, Canada. The SSWA office is located in Victoria-by-the-Sea, but maintains the following drainage basins (from east to west): DeSable River, Westmoreland River, Tryon River, Augustine Cove-Cape Traverse, and Seven Mile Bay

What is a Watershed?

A watershed is all of the land that drains into the same location or body of water. It is very important that we protect these drainage points as these areas are where wildlife and humans work and play. 

What We Do

  • Restore waterways that provide healthy habitat for wildlife
  • Connect streams and rivers through in-stream debris removal 
  • Plant thousands of native plants
  • Host events to connect community and nature
  • And so much more!

The Five Watersheds

The five watersheds that represent the South Shore Watershed Association. Click the names to learn more about each one!

DeSable River
Augustine Cove-Cape Traverse
Seven Mile Bay

Board of Directors 2022-2023

Appointed watershed representatives

DeSable River

Bonnie Rieber

Westmoreland River

Daphne Davey (Secretary-Treasurer)

Tryon River

Brenda Graves (Vice-chair)

Augustine Cove-Cape Traverse


Seven-Mile Bay


Elected Directors

Dina Blot (Chair)

Alison Jenkins

Megan Jones

Your 2022 Team

Bringing Watersheds Together

Juliana Fernandes Granzoti, Manager - Coordinator (She/Her)

Juliana joined SSWA as Manager in 2019. She holds a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Prince Edward Island. With the support of the SSWA board of directors, Juliana has successfully led and completed numerous projects within the SSWA region. She is currently serving on the PEI Watershed Alliance board of the directors.

Heather Laiskonis, Project Manager (She/Her)

Heather has been a member of the SSWA team since 2019. She is certified by the North American Wildlife Association as a Wildlife Technician, holds a BSc in Wildlife Conservation, and is enrolled in a Master’s program at Memorial University’s Marine Institute for Fisheries Resource Management. She spends her free time at the beach, in all weather. 

Matt Meenink, Field Supervisor (He/Him)

Matt “Mink” is a certified North American Wildlife Technician. He is currently in his final year of completing a BSc in Wildlife Conservation at UPEI. Mink has five years of watershed experience going into the 2022 season. He started as a field technician with neighbouring watershed, BBEMA and has been field supervisor for the South Shore for three years now. He enjoys everything nature, including fishing for our local brook trout, and hiking through the woods and exploring PEI.

Jennifer Woods, Watershed -Wildlife Technician (She/Her)

Jennifer is a certified North American Wildlife Technician. She graduated from the Wildlife Conservation Program at Holland College in 2020 and has been working with watersheds and environmental groups across the island ever since. She has extensive skills in biology field work, as well as advanced and accurate North American plant and animal identification. A lover of all things outdoors, she currently resides in Montague where she enjoys exploring with her pup.

Jean-Luc Duguay, Watershed -Wildlife Technician