Ciera’s love for the natural world was fostered through summer camps, school programs and countless hours playing among trees and along beaches of her native Bermuda. She moved to the Cowichan Valley at age 11 and came to know new plants and animals on school camping trips. Learning about the cultures and worldviews of various First Nations and Indigenous peoples and building relationships with communities in BC, NB, Mexico and Peru has impacted how she understands the world and her identity as a settler on numerous unceded territories. She feels committed to the ongoing work of reconciliation and grateful to live and work on unceded Lekwungen territory.
Ciera holds a BA in International Relations with minors in French and Spanish from Mount Allison University and a BEd in Secondary Education from UBC. After nearly three years teaching in BC classrooms, she is excited to now work with children, youth, educators and families to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skills and resources that increase connections to nature and communities. Her current passions include arts education, strategies to increase equity and inclusion of immigrants and refugees, and literacy education in the context of a screen-dominated culture. Outside of work, Ciera enjoys spending time with animals, hiking, playing the violin and learning languages.