My interest in environmental issues and my desire to work in the environmental field really sparked while I was participating in the Katimavik Youth Volunteer program in 2008 which had a big focus on sustainable living. It continued to grow when I moved to British Columbia and spent a lot of time hiking around in the ancient forests on Vancouver Island.
I decided to get a diploma as an Environmental Technician from Niagara College in 2012. Upon graduation from Niagara College I got the opportunity to live in Ecuador for 6 months on a Canadian International Development Agency internship. I worked in Guayaquil, Ecuador, at the protected dry tropical forest of Cerro Blanco where I learned on a first hand level about habitat fragmentation and the work necessary to restore the land, as well as engaging the community in the process. I worked with amazing people, animals, birds and plants and learned to speak Spanish along the way.
In the past few years I am very grateful to have had the experience of spending time in Peru, Mexico, Australia, Nepal, Guatemala, and traveling across Canada and the United States. After my experience in Ecuador and also through working at Sassafras Farms, a native plant nursery and consulting company that does restoration, I completed the Ecosystem Restoration Graduate Certificate program at Niagara College in 2016. I finished my Bachelors of Science in Environmental Practice at Royal Roads University in 2018. I am currently in the last year of my masters at the University of Victoria which is focussing on ecological restoration and management implications of the Kenow wildfire in Waterton Lakes National Park.
I am a swing dancer and an artist in my free time. I try to stay engaged with issues that matter to me on Vancouver Island, especially old-growth forest protection, and also in the Niagara Region.
“There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” - Aldo Leopold