Thompson Zoological Society

The Thompson Zoological Society consists of a group of volunteers from the community. The members of the Society include:

Monique Lahaie


Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Monique joined the Boreal Discovery Centre shortly after arriving in Thompson in 2017. She received a Bachelors of Science in Biology/Chemistry from the University of New Brunswick in 2015, and previously worked as a chemist in a medical research lab. 


Now teaching in Thompson, Monique joined the BDC due to her love of animals, children, science and education. She has enjoyed being a board member and co-chairperson during some very important years of development for the BDC, and hopes to continue watching it grow into a world class educational facility, where people of all ages can learn about (and have fun in) all the great things our Boreal Region has to offer.

Keith MacDonald


Keith joined the Thompson Zoological Society in 2011 and became Chairman of the Board in April, 2013.


Keith has been the Property Manager for the City Centre Mall since May, 2011. He is also involved in volunteer work including: Past President of the Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of Spirit Way Inc., Board of Directors for the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Board of Directors for Thompson Regional Airport Authority, and Rotary Canada serving as President, Past President and Treasurer at one time. He is still actively involved with all of these organizations.


“I joined the board to develop the Boreal discovery Centre as a legacy project for the City of Thompson and a Manitoba Star Attraction.”

Geoff Greenfield

Originally from Southern Ontario, where Geoff gained decades of experience in various aspects of the construction industry. He has been involved in everything from large scale apartment buildings, residential condominiums and small family homes. He has extensive knowledge and experience with building and property maintenance, along with the ability to operate a wide variety of  equipment. He is also an entrepreneur and small business owner.


He joined the Boreal Discovery Center, to help with the construction and development of a world class facility.

Providing a place where anyone and everyone is welcomed. A place to see and learn about our vast Boreal Forest.

So that both the young and old can learn to love the great outdoors.

Barb Carlson


Barb joined the Thompson Zoological Society in 2015. She runs the summer programming for children at the Boreal Discovery Centre.

Barb works for the University College of the North, She holds the position of early childhood education Instructor. She has worked for UCN for 15 years. She is a member learning council, executive council committee. She is a long-time member of the Manitoba Child Care Association.

She has worked with children and families for over 40 year and is dedicated to teaching children and adult about nature and benefit of being connected to nature.

Lyle Safronetz


Duncan Wong

City of Thompson Liaison

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Biweekly meetings of the Society are held at the site of the Boreal Discovery Centre. If you would like to volunteer or attend a meeting feel free to contact us.

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