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Adrian Rogers

Name: Adrian Rogers

Pronouns: He/him

Location: St. John's, Newfoundland, which sits on Beothuk traditional territories.

What gets me up in the morning
: My dog, Steve.

A bit about me: I grew up in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, playing on the scenic beaches and coastlines. As a child, I also regularly hosted the bug Olympics in my backyard, and I worked diligently to keep the community kitty litter box, or my sandbox, clean. In 2017 I moved to St. John's to study Marine Environmental Technology at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University. Today I advocate for clean shorelines and beaches, like I advocated for clean sandboxes 25 years ago.

Tell us something random about yourself: I do not like Animal Farm.

Adrian Rogers    
Alex Arboleda

Location: I live on the traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in Vancouver, BC. 

What gets me up in the morning: Coffee and podcasts

A bit about me: I was born in Winnipeg, but moved around a lot until settling in this beautiful city of Vancouver with my parents when I was 12 years old. I worked extensively in the tourism industry in Vancouver before moving into more educational roles in the last few years. I am especially passionate about traditional indigenous knowledge and using indigenous principles as a basis of learning. I'm excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge because I am proud of the beautiful west coast that I call home and wish to help in its conservation. One of my most influential memories of the ocean was when a pod of Grey whales decided to visit and came up while I was hiking along the shoreline. It was an amazing experience that cemented my connection and admiration for the amazing diversity of nature along our coastline.

Tell us something random about yourself:
I went to 6 elementary schools in 7 years.

Alex Arboleda    
Benjamin Aubé

Benjamin Aubé

Location: I am from and currently live in Ottawa, Ontario. It sits on St. Lawrence Iroquoians, Anishinabewaki (ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ), Mohawk, Huron-Wendat and Omàmiwininiwak (Algonquin) traditional territories.

Role: Communications coordinator

What gets me up in the morning
: An innate sense of excitement to learn something new and interesting...and the sweet smell of fresh coffee!

A bit about me: I am a city dwelling nature-lover who loves to connect with environments and people around him. I am bilingual (English and Français), my background is in journalism and communication, and I spent a large part of time living and working in northern Ontario as a print and radio reporter before finding a new calling for our oceans and the young people who work so hard to protect them. In addition to the great outdoors, I also enjoy music, from progressive rock to jazz to downtempo to funk, sports (Go Habs go!), art and history.

Tell us something random about yourself: I've acted in a couple of stage plays with a community theatre troupe

Benjamin Aubé    
Caitlin Pierzchalski

Name: Caitlin Pierzchalski

Pronouns: She/her

Location: Currently, I'm living in Burnaby, BC, traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),  Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and Kwikwetlem (kwikwəƛ̓ əm) Nations. But originally, I'm from Penticton BC, traditional territory of the Sylix/Okanagan Nation.

What gets me up in the morning
: Coffee(!), cuddles from my cute kitty who needs snacks, and stoke for a day of learning and community/environmental stewardship!

A bit about me: I love sharing with this community and learning from our combined knowledge! I live for the social and environmental responsibility that stems from work in environmental stewardship. Seeing ourselves as stewards of this world really changes how we asses our impacts and our positive actions as well. The oceans have always been one of my biggest teachers in this and I am so happy to always be learning and humbled. 

I tend to be bit of an adrenaline junky... trad climbing anyone? I teach a little yoga too!

Tell us something random about yourself:
Someone I'm really inspired by is Margo Hayes... she's so full of hard work and humility. 

Caitlin Pierzchalski    
Dabney M.

Name: Dabney M.

Pronouns: She/Her

Location: I live in Vancouver, B.C., the traditional, unceded, and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Sel̓íl̓witulh Nations. I am originally from Lingít Aaní, the ancestral and occupied territories of the Tlingit people and more specifically Aak’w & T’aaku Kwáan or Juneau, Alaska (and will always call there home!!!).

What gets me up in the morning
: A hot cup of red rose tea with honey and half & half!

A bit about me: I am Tlingit (Kaagwaantaan) from Déix X’awool Hít (the Two Door House) and Heenka Hít (the House on the Water). I grew up on my ancestral homelands in SE Alaska fishing, berry picking, and hiking. I love spending time with my family practicing our Haa Kusteeyí or our ways of living. I believe that climate justice must look to and center Indigenous peoples as the first stewards of the earth, land, and water. I love meeting friends for bubble tea (honey milk w/pearls!) and my favourite show on Netflix is Luke Cage! I am excited to work with Ocean Bridge as the Indigenous Knowledge and Engagement Program Specialist for the Pacific Cohort.

Tell us something random about yourself: I love horses! I ride twice a week and enjoy spending time at the barn with my horsie friends! 

Dabney Meachum    
Erica Angers

Name: Erica Angers (pronounced like the city in France!)

Pronouns: She/her

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, which sits on St. Lawrence Iroquoians, Anishinabewaki (ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ), Mohawk, Huron-Wendat and Omàmiwininiwak (Algonquin) traditional territories.

What gets me up in the morning
: Delicious breakfasts, CBC and a general love of mornings.

A bit about me: I and worked in rural and urban farming, food education and food justice for many years in Quebec (L’Ange-Gardien and Montreal), Toronto and Southern France. I love growing food and engaging community to learn about their local environments! My love for the ocean, and water more broadly, came from growing up next to the Ottawa river, as well from many camping trips across Ontario. Coming from a landlocked community, I’m passionate about seeing how we can engage new audiences to care for the ocean and the environment more broadly. Having worked with Ocean Bridge for a couple of years now, its been fantastic seeing how creative people from all across the country can be in engaging their ocean adjacent and landlocked communities to care about the world around them.

Outside of work you can find me reading (everything and anything), volunteering at/attending local arts, music and community building events, spending time with friends and family, and wandering my city/travelling elsewhere.

Tell us something random about yourself: I love seeing puppets, theatre and dance used as a way to make change. A 2020 goal is to make some puppets.

Erica Angers    
Erin Van Breda

Location: I live in beautiful Thunder Bay, ON, in Robinson-Superior Treaty territory, the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg . 
Role:  Ocean Bridge Assistant Manager, Great Lakes

What gets me up in the morning: My to-do list!  

A bit about me:

I grew up throughout northern Ontario, mainly living in small towns. I attended Laurentian University for an Honours Bachelors of Science in Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology and went on to pursue a post-graduate certificate from Cambrian College for Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment. I am Red River Metis and I am learning how to bead and working with leather from elders. I enjoy the outdoors and kayaking on a hot summer day.

Tell us something random about yourself:
I'm now rock climbing at a grade of 5.8! 

Erin Van Breda    
Jasveen Brar

Name : Jasveen Brar 

Pronouns: She/Her

Location: I grew up exploring the prairies and rockies on in Medicine Hat, AB (the traditional territory of the Siksika). I recently moved to the traditional territory of Algonquin nation in Ottawa. As the traveller I am, I will soon be moving to Halifax (the traditional territory of the M'ikmaq) where I also did my undergrad at Dalhousie University.

What gets me up in the morning:  Coffee! 

A bit about me: I'm really interested in exploring the intersection between science, education and policy and how youth can better access these spaces. Growing up in Alberta I always found the Oceans to be this mysterious thing, my earliest connections with the oceans where through books and film. It wasn't until I moved to Halifax for my undergrad that I developed a personal connection with it. Living in a land locked province also allowed me to better understand that although we may not be on a coast, we do influence what happens in the oceans. I'm excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge team to support and learn more about the incredible things youth are doing from coast to coast to coast. 

Tell us something random about yourself: My passions for the environment and oceans have taken me around the world! I've swam in both Polar oceans, my goal is to swim in every body of water. 

Jasveen Brar    
Kaitlyn Harris

Name : Kaitlyn Harris
Location: I'm currently living in a small town near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, traditional and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People. I grew up not far from here, in a small fishing village further down along the South Shore (Clyde River, Nova Scotia).

What gets me up in the morning:  My pup who is usually keen to get outside for a run-around, the crowing of my (very noisy) chickens and, of course, coffee! 

A bit about me: I'm a firm believer that communities are stronger and more resilient when young people are involved and taking on meaningful roles, which is why I'm so excited to be a part of the Ocean Bridge Team and to do my part to mobilize and empower youth-led action. I have a background in Geography and Marine Management and am particularly interested in exploring the interface between education, management, and community. I'm fired-up by the shared sense of responsibility we all have for caring for this Earth and I'm excited to learn from all of us who are part of the Ocean Bridge community and beyond. Aside from my love for the ocean, I'm also interested in homesteading, trail running, mountain biking and rock climbing! 

Tell us something random about yourself: My favourite way to explore is from the seat of my bicycle. My goal is to cross all the major mountain ranges by the power of my pedals. Up next: Himalayas. 

Kaitlyn Harris    
Mo Phung

Name: Mo Phung, Community Specialist

Pronouns: She/Her

Location:  I live in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People / K'jipuktuk (Halifax). I grew up in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  

What gets me up in the morning : 
Java Blend coffee, creating with others and working with Ocean Bridge and Oceans Week HFX.

A bit about me:

Ocean-related issues close to my heart are: social, climate and environmental justice for all. 
I'm excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge because: I get the opportunity to work with folx from all over this nation, and beyond, who share a passion for ocean education. 

Tell us something random about yourself: I can hold my breath underwater for two minutes... aiming for longer someday!

Connect with me!
Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @mophung 

Monica Phung    
Nicole Marie Dupuis

Location (Traditional Territory and City/Town) –

Boozhoo, Nenookaasi-Kwe indizhnakas, Owaapaaginisining endoongee minobamadis, moong dodame. Hello, my Spirit name is Hummingbird-Woman and I am from the place where the pipestone dwells, (also known as Red Rock Indian Band) and I am from the Loon clan. I was born, raised and currently living in Nipigon, Ontario located at the mouth of the Nipigon River, on the northshore of Lake Superior.  Nipigon is the traditional territory of the Ojibway of the Red Rock Indian Band, and the shared territory of other Ojibway bands under the Robinson Superior Treaty Group and Metis Nation of Ontario.  *It is important to note that Red Rock Indian Band does not set boundaries of their traditional territory, it spans to include all of Turtle Island (North America), from Ocean to Ocean in all directions.

What gets me up in the morning :  Yoga and morning walks with my dog.

Nicole Marie Dupuis    
Pascale Sylvester

Name: Pascale Sylvester

Pronouns: She/Her

Location: I am from and currently live in Ottawa, Ontario. It sits on St. Lawrence Iroquoians, Anishinabewaki (ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ), Mohawk, Huron-Wendat and Omàmiwininiwak (Algonquin) traditional territories.

What gets me up in the morning: An Earl Grey tea or the occasional Matcha Tea Latte!

A bit about me: Hi, bonjour! I was born and raised in Ontario, but my parents are from Quebec. As a result, French is my first language! My past work experiences in schools, at the Canadian Museum of Nature and with Parks Canada deepened my interest in natural science and sparked an even keener appetite for sharing the wonders of ocean with others. 

While growing up in a landlocked city,  my love for our oceans stems from many summers spent on the East Coast and one spent on the West Coast. I'm very fortunate to have been able to develop such an admiration for the diversity of landscapes, of people and of cultures that you can find from coast to coast to coast. I’m beyond grateful and humbled to be a part of Ocean Bridge, working in ocean education, alongside an inspiring group of individuals from all over the country. 

On my days off, I enjoy playing the guitar, skiing and hiking with friends, spending time with my family and making monthly trips to Montreal to hear some of my bands artists live.

Tell us something random about yourself: I hiked the Camino de Santiago trail from France to Spain with my mom last spring. 35 days of walking! It was the most humbling and rewarding experience. Happy to be able to create new memories within the Ocean Bridge community!

Pascale Sylvester    
Stephanie Foucault

Name: Stephanie Foucault

Pronouns: She/Her

Location: I am currently living in Vancouver BC, the traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),  Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. I was born and raised in Sudbury ON, the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnaabeg in Robinson-Huron Treaty territory.

What gets me up in the morning: 
My fur babies waiting for their breakfast, the beautiful Vancouver scenery, and making a difference in the world around me! I am really looking forward to building connections and helping you on your journey to become incredible ocean leaders!

A bit about me: 
I am the Program Specialist in Outreach and Education for the Pacific cohort. From LGBTQ+ advocacy, service dog accessibility, climate justice, and ocean literacy, my experience in outreach and education varies greatly. My most recent experience as an educator involved presenting exotic animals to public groups ranging from schools, senior homes, and birthday parties. 

Since I grew up in a landlocked community, my interest in ocean conservation started much later in life, but I've always had a connection with freshwater growing up in the city of lakes. As a 2018 Ocean Bridge Alumni, I owe so much of who I have become to Ocean Bridge and I truly hope you get as much from this program as I did! I am also a graduate student at the Institute of Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) at UBC and would be happy to chat about my Thesis on ending IUU fishing in the high seas! 

Tell us something random about yourself: I love all things Marvel! If I'm not in the office, you can probably find me at home watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Go Captain America!

Stephanie Foucault    
Taylor Jones-Arason

NameTaylor Jones-Arason

LocationOriginally from Cypress River MB, but moved to Carberry (which isn't very far away) for work. Carberry resides in Treaty 1 territory and is the traditional home of the Anishinabewaki and Sioux nations.

What gets me up in the morning: Usually coffee and wet kisses from my dog, but the environment is pretty cool too I guess :P

A bit about me: I got interested in the environment during my time camping as a kid and spending most days outdoors in the pasture playing knights, building tree forts and doing mischievous kid things with my buds. My passion for protecting what's close to home really came about in my second year of university, as I struggled to find something I really wanted to learn about. I eventually chose to get a degree in the Environmental Sciences and took a bunch of classes in biology because evolution is pretty neat you know. A fun fact about me is that I was actually part of the 2018 cohort that went to Haida Gwaii and will be working with the Pacific Cohort this year as we go back to the enchanting isles. 

My passion for the ocean more or less started out as curiosity because I'm from a land-locked community and I hadn't had the opportunity to actually see the ocean until Oceanbridge came along. I learned a lot about the oceans during my time in school, but it's hard to truly understand the importance of something if you've never actually seen or experienced it yourself.

Tell us something random about yourself: I hate tomatoes!

Also I'm interested in a lot of things (Music, Gaming, Neature, Hiking, Carpentry, etc), so feel free to strike up a conversation with me about anything really. 

Taylor Jones-Arason    
Zana Mody.

Name: Zana Mody

Location: I'm newly living in Vancouver, traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish),  Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and Kwikwetlem (kwikwəƛ̓ əm) Nations. I previously lived in Peterborough (Nogojiwanong, an Anishinaabe word meaning "at the foot of the rapids"), the traditional territory of the Michi Saagig people of Treaty # 20. I also immigrated to Canada at the age of 12, from the state of Gujarat, India. 

Role:  Ocean Bridge Direct Action Manager

What gets me up in the morning: A warm cup of spicy chai or coffee, some yoga and getting to work with dedicated people on conservation issues in this beautiful part of the world! 

A bit about me:

I'm an interdisciplinary person by nature who is passionate about socio-ecology and climate change resilience, and learning about integrated human-nature systems in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. It just made sense for me to study both science and social sciences, including biology, ecology, and anthropology throughout my academic career, which led me to conduct fieldwork all across Asia, Canada, and Central America. My other favourite ways to learn and explore include travelling, learning languages, cooking, and reading. 

 I also teach and perform many styles of Latin dance, including salsa, bachata, and samba! I love all kinds of rhythm and movement really, both indoors and out - chat with me anytime about hiking, rock climbing, canoe tripping, and yoga.  A certifiable nature nerd, you can usually find me birding, foraging for mushrooms and plants, and generally rambling around outdoors.

Tell us something random about yourself:
I grew up in a desert and have lived for many years without consistent running water or electricity in India and Ghana - and really appreciate how fortunate we are here to have access to water based resources - and how critical it is to share and protect them. 

Zana Mody