I was born and raised in Vancouver. My love for the outdoors grew as a child throughout the summers when my family and I would hit the road for summer camping trips.
The itch to explore followed me into my teens as I attended the TREK outdoor education program through Prince of Wales Secondary. My experience from the TREK program ensured that my weekends would often be spent on multiday hikes, bike rides, or paddles, furthering my love of BC’s diverse coastal landscapes. My close relationship with the local region fuels my passion of protecting our forests and marine ecosystems through education.
My passion for environmental education began with a summer student position with the Galiano Conservancy Association, where I assisted in the leading of environmental workshops in the beautiful Southern Gulf Islands. There I became familiar with local flora and fauna, marine ecosystems, and traditional knowledge of local ecosystems. The connections I saw between urban elementary and high school students and nature, and their interactions with their local environment, is what fuels my passion for teaching.
I attended the Interdisciplinary Degree program through Thompson Rivers University where I focused on methods of evaluating experiential education programs. My belief is that connecting young folks to their local environment will begin to create the environmental stewards of tomorrow.
I’m incredibly excited to be part of the Sierra Club of BC Environmental Education team. I love working with children and seeing growth and excitement that new experiences can bring. I am looking forward to continuing to bring place-based experiential learning programs to elementary and high schools across the Lower Mainland. When I’m not teaching for Sierra Club BC, I can be found teaching youth in the Lower Mainland how to ride bikes and sharing bicycle safety skills!