I moved to British Columbia from Ontario in the fall of 2016 and I am thrilled to be living so close to mountains, rainforests and the ocean! These beautiful landscapes feel like home because I grew up near the ocean in Singapore and spent grades 1 to 4 at a boarding school in the jungle up in the mountains of Malaysia. The close relationship that I had with my natural surroundings as a child deeply impacted me and I am excited to be working for an amazing organization like Sierra Club BC and helping children and youth to connect with nature.
I have a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University. Before moving to Victoria I spent 17 years based in Toronto, where I worked for a variety of non-profit organizations. These included an outdoor theatre company where I built giant puppets, a community arts organization where I built a clay bake oven and sculptural cob bench with children and youth, and a food security organization where I helped build school gardens (including a 15,000 square foot garden on the roof of a high school) and taught students about growing and eating healthy food. I founded a bicycle-powered music festival in 2010, which I directed for 6 years. I have also organized three music tours of Southern Ontario by bike. Over the course of these tours I rode over 1300 kilometres with a group of musicians, hauling a full pedal-powered sound system and instruments on our bikes.
I love working with children and youth. One of my favourite things in the world is watching a student plant a tomato seedling or hold a worm for the very first time! I am honoured to be living and working in unceded Lekwungen territory and hope to use my skills and experience to help cultivate environmental stewardship in the children and youth of BC.