2020 Pacific Cohort/Cohorte pacifique de 2020
Name - Abby-Rose Arnold
What gets me up in the morning : Yoga and Tea but mostly food (i'm a huge breakfast person).
A bit about me : I love to travel, I work as an environmental consultant, I drink a lot of tea, Love going on hikes and random adventures. I am very spontaneous, love culture and food.
Tell us something random about yourself :
Name - Bonjour ! My name is Alaïs Nevert :)
Location: I live on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, in Chelsea, Quebec.
Tell us something random about yourself: I am very into photography and had the opportunity to use this skill as an expedition photographer in the summer of 2019!
|Amy Mudan||Amy Mudan|
Name: Amy Mudan
Location: I currently live in Vancouver, British Colombia which is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.
I am originally from Mississauga, Ontario which is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. My parents immigrated there from India when they were young.
I moved to Vancouver to study at UBC and have loved it here ever since!
What gets me up in the morning?
The joy of life!
I love to dance, laugh and be really weird - these are my favourite things in life that I find fun and make me happy. I’ve recently found that mixing lightness and play with my passions is really important to find a healthy balance in life. I love music, having fun, going on adventures and having the opportunity to pursue my passions!
A bit about me
An ocean-related issue close to my heart is marine mammal intelligence. I find animal behaviour and intelligence to be fascinating. Especially for marine mammals, they are such majestic creatures and we are just beginning to find parts of their brain that we don’t fully understand.
My most influential memories of the water/ocean is the feeling of complete calmness and serenity when being in the water. Seeing documentaries about the beauty of orca/humpback whale calls and issues such as orca captivity or dolphin hunting have been the most influential catalysts to being passionate about these issues.
My favourite marine mammals are orcas, dolphins and humpback whales (was too hard to pick just one). They are so intelligent, complex and serene.
Name: Brianna Blair
Location: I grew up on the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik-Maliseet First Nation in Quispamsis, NB, but now I'm living on traditional Mi'kmaq territory in Halifax, NS where I attend Dalhousie University.
What gets me up in the morning: On any given day it could be chai lattes, my adorable alpacas, travelling, listening to music, exploring the outdoors, skiing, arts & crafts or of course, the ocean at my backdoor. I also love reading, spending time with friends and family and trying new things, as you can probably tell from this list!
A bit about me: I have been lucky enough to live by the Atlantic Ocean for my whole life. In fact, I can't imagine not living along a marine coastline! When I was growing up, my mom would take me on all kinds of outings that really fostered my passion for the earth and its oceans. We would frequently visit a local coastal nature park where she was able to bribe me to take longer hikes with the promise that we could spend extra time exploring the beach afterwards. I would always look forward to splashing in the waves, climbing over seaweed-covered rocks and searching for shells in tidal pools along the shore. On rainy days, we would head to the Saint John Museum instead where I would immediately run to the marine animal room, home to my favourite exhibit: a huge model of a North Atlantic right whale named Delilah.
Tell us something random about yourself: My favourite marine animals are whales of any variety, though I have a special appreciation for humpback whales because I've gotten to see them in the wild. I would be thrilled if we had the chance to see some wild orcas while visiting Haida Gwaii, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
Name: Celina Feng
Name (tell us your first and last name): Chizara Anucha
Location (Traditional Territory and City/Town) - (tell us where you (and your family) are from, where you are now living if you have moved and what brought you there. Include an acknowledgment of the traditional territory or territories you are from/on. To learn about the traditional territory you are on, visit Whose Land): I’m from the the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (Toronto). My family immigrated here when I was little from Nigeria. I have lived in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) for most of my life, I also attended school here as well (York University and the University of Toronto).
What gets me up in the morning (tell us about what you enjoy doing): My alarm clock! But terms of life meanings, I would say a desire to contribute to the betterment of my community, city, province, country and world. I’m a real homebody (although i’m trying to do more things outside my comfort zone) so a lot of my favourite things to do include things in the home such as cooking for friends and family, tending to my ever growing plant collection, crafts, reading and attempting but ultimately unsuccessfully trying to host board game night with my friends.
A bit about me (tell us a bit about yourself including the answer to two of the following three questions): I grew up mostly in suburban and urban environments in the Greater Toronto Area after my family immigrated to Canada from Lagos, Nigeria. My earliest memory of the ocean was seeing a commercial for Dalhousie University’s marine biology program on television. My childhood dream job was to be a marine biologist and although I didn’t end up pursuing that field I did complete my undergrad in environmental studies. During my environmental studies degree, I was able to complete an internship in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with a organization that works to protect coastal and marine environments while promoting sustainable livelihoods in the Grenadine islands. My work there mostly centred around capacity and community building. I recently graduated with a Masters in Social Work and now work in mental health at an indigenous health organization. I’m passionate about ensuring communities are socially, environmentally and mentally well.
I’m excited to be apart of Ocean Bridge because I truly believe in the power of young people to affect change and tackle today’s greatest challenges such as climate change. I’m excited to see what we can collectively do to make change as the Pacific Cohort for Oceanwise 2020!!!
Tell us something random about yourself (or use one of the following suggestions): While I have had the privilege and opportunities to travel and explore many parts of the world (Japan, the Caribbean, South Africa and France) I have only been to another part of Canada outside of my province once in the my life (I went to Quebec City). I’m really excited to see another part of this vast country and meet up with other young people from different parts of our nation. And my favourite marine animal is the sea turtle.
Name: Chloe Hajjar
What gets me up in the morning: My alarm - which plays Beach Baby by Bon Iver. When the sun is peeking through my windows (which is rare at this time of year in Vancouver) or if it is snowing (also rare in Vancouver). On the weekends, the excitement of a day ahead of skiing, camping, hiking, road tripping, exploring BC, hanging out with friends OR trying a new recipe. On weekdays - My job, every day is different and I never really know what to expect. We are a startup up so I’m always excited about the project I get to work on and the new things I get to learn. & of course the need to pee.. that will get me up real quick.
A bit about me: I grew up on the island of Bermuda ( in the Atlantic Ocean), I moved to Canada at 16 where I lived outside Toronto for 2 years…I then moved to Ottawa to complete my undergrad in Business at Carleton. I worked for Global Affairs Canada, in the government for 1.5, quitting my job to move out West and Tree plant. I spent the last year traveling through central/South America doing different workaways. I then returned back to Canada to complete another season of tree planting. I have now officially moved out West in November to work for an ag-tech company in Gastown, where we make smart indoor gardens.
Favourite marine animal…Octopus..they are so incredibly magical, intelligent and have three hearts
Name: Courtney Burk
Name Daniel Tennier
I live on the traditional territories of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Scarborough ON.
What gets me up in the morning
The soft “I'm awake!” yells that find their way getting stuck on repeat like a well loved vinyl from my son lying “awake” in his boat bed, followed by a cup of coffee.
A bit about me
I am currently working as a communications tech for the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), but to most, I’m an aspiring artist that works in the realm of abstract expressionism in the form of three dimensional sculptures and storytelling. I’m excited to be part of Ocean Bridge because it will give me the tools I need to make people more aware of our impact on the oceans through my art and storytelling. A big part of my life for the last year has been trying to reduce the plastics in my life and repurpose forgotten treasures from thrift stores to antique shops, you can even catch me on the side of the road finding that one item that still has so much love to give. My earliest memory of the ocean would have to be sitting on the very edge of Peggie’s Cove, reaching out my hand and desperately trying to stretch out my finger tips that last bit to have the slightest chance of grasping the next crash of a incoming wave.
Tell us something random about yourself
My favourite marine animal hands down would have to be the majestic and mysterious narwal because, like, sea unicorns.
Name: Graeme Shaw
Location: From Kintore, Ontario - currently live in Tobermory, Ontario. Traditional territory of the Odawa people. I was brought to the area by work with Parks Canada at the Bruce Peninsula National Park.
A bit about me: Growing up in rural Ontario, I’ve always spent my free time outside. Though my childhood was surrounded by vast farmland, the majority of my adulthood has been on a sliver of land amidst vast Lake Huron. I manage infrastructure projects for Parks Canada with emphasis on mitigating environmental impact with usage of sustainable and off-grid technologies. After doing a shoreline clean up at a location within my park, I was shocked to see the amount of plastic and garbage washed up on the shore of Lake Huron. This helped spark my initiative to lead institutional change. I’m excited to be part of Ocean Bridge to provide me with knowledge, skills and connections to other passionate people across Canada.
My favourite marine animal: I like annoying people with loon calls so I’d say they take the cake.
|Erin Van Breda|
Name: Heidi Richardson
Location: I live on the traditional territory of the Haida First Nations in Tlell, Haida Gwaii, BC.
What gets me up in the morning:
I started commercial fishing at the age of 17, and worked all over northern BC waters. I went on to work with Parks Canada in Gwaii Haanas for three years, as a resource conservation tech. I then switched to BC Parks and became a Park Ranger out of Prince Rupert for coastal parks and protected areas. My main park is the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary. If I'm not on the boat, I am usually helping out another park region fixing trails, plotting vegetation assessments on mountains, building tent pads, or doing outreach to the public.
Growing up on Haida Gwaii, I did a lot fishing, hunting, and foraging for food. I usually stock up of salmon and deer every fall. My family has been here since 1919 after establishing Richardson Ranch and they have been slowly growing a world wide export of polled Hereford cattle genetics. I now own a little 5acre chunk of land in Tlell and hope to grow my own veggies, and have a small scale petting farm for kids to visit and play.
I want to be able to show people how great Haida Gwaii is but also our own marine debris issues that are arising. There has been large scale beach clean up, but that's just a small dent in what is still out there on our beaches. I can't wait for the week on Haida Gwaii, as I love being a mini tour guide! Right now I'm looking forward to my 3rd season as a BC Park Ranger in Prince Rupert and getting back on the ocean.
My favourite marine animal:
Name: Isabelle Hurley
Name: Isabelle Hurley
Hi, I'm Lee! (they/she)
Location: I grew up in the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin (Anishnaabeg) people, in what is formally called Ottawa, ON. 5 years ago I moved to Tkoronto, a historical meeting place for many nations, including the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe, and most recently, the Missisaugas of the credit river. This land is covered by the dish with one spoon wampum belt covenant, and I am extremely fortunate to live close to the largest white oak forest in the region, which has thrived because of the continued stewardship of the first nations peoples who lived here long before I did!
What gets me up in the morning: Doing advocacy in gender-based violence and for the benefit of 2SLGBTQI community gets me up, out of bed, learning, reading and helps me to grow every day! For fun, I like to explore my city (and others) for hidden gems, good coffee, community art, and free lectures (about city-building, queer and trans history, anti-oppression, innovative research, and puppets)
A bit about me: I am beyond excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge to build my knowledge and skill set around oceans and waterway conservation - and sustainability and community engagement more broadly, too. I've always lived in landlocked places, and I think it's vital for myself and other landlocked-folks to tune into and support ocean protections. I'm also stoked to meet other young people invested in building a better world for ourselves and future generations.
Name: Lucija Prelovec
Name: Malcolm Cowan
Location: Union Bay, BC.
What gets me up in the morning: This is the type of question that confuses me. It is inherently philosophical seeking a metaphor for the my idendity. It might be better posed as the purpose of my life? I care a lot about the people in my life and am passionate about improving the human condition but am not yet sure what that means.
A bit about me: I am currently working on my MSc at the University of Victoria studying Pacific oyster summer mortality events in aquaculture. It is a project and problem highly entwined with climate change and emerging diseases. My background working in this industry has given me a deep appretiation for the beauty and complexity of marine systems.
My favourite marine animal: I don't know about animal, but I have found myself especially interested in marine bacteria in recent years.
Name: Maria Chiarella
Location: I am from Lima, Peru and grew up on Coast Salish territory in Victoria, BC. I currently live in the unceded territory of the Algonquin (Anishnaabeg) people (Ottawa).
What gets me up in the morning: I would say that I am motivated by my passion for climate-change activism, empowering others, and working in a sector that I am proud of. Sunshine helps too.
A bit about me: . My background is in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria. I currently work in the forestry sector, helping to grow the next generation of forestry and conservation leaders through outdoor green jobs and environmental education.
Prior to, I worked in international development, working as a Junior Professional Consultant for UNDP Vietnam. I’ve also had the privilege to work in Peru and Bolivia for projects related to community economic development, youth empowerment, and entrepreneurship.
I am extremely excited to be part of Ocean Bridge, and I hope that through this experience I connect with other youth leading action in their communities and learn from their experiences.
In my free time, you will find me reading, spinning, kickboxing, listening to music, and brush lettering. I am always looking for new hobbies, though!
Tell us something random about yourself : I was a tree-planter for 4 summers and have encountered many, many wildlife.
|Marie Luce Carrier||
Nom : Marie Luce Carrier
Qu'est-ce qui me motive à sortir du lit chaque matin?
Connaitre des gens pour en faire des rencontres enrichissantes, aller à l’école, me dépasser, m’impliquer, mettre mon potentiel au service des autres, prendre soin de la planète, jouer de la musique, faire des activités au grand air (ski, planche à neige, raquettes, etc.) et contempler la mer.
Un peu à propos de moi :
|Marie Luce Carrier|
|Mary E Williams||
Name: Mary Williams
An ocean-related issue close to my heart is (Pacific) salmon conservation. As a keystone species in marine ecosystems and an important source of nutrients for terrestrial ecosystems, rising concerns about the collapse of wild salmon runs are especially alarming. The potential collapse of pacific salmon stocks threaten unpredictable and far reaching impacts on environments and animals that I treasure. Some of my favourite memories of the ocean that I revisit when in need of inspiration include listening to humpback whales off the coast of the Broken Group Islands and witnessing a small pod of orcas glide through an inlet near Valdez, Alaska. Observing these beautiful creatures fueled my desire to work in salmon conservation, and ocean conservation more broadly, which I am excited to continue doing through the Ocean Bridge program!
What gets me up in the morning:
Typically, my alarm, followed by a strong desire for breakfast, or my thirst for coffee…. and knowledge. Each day I wake up intrigued by the prospect of what I will learn, or just as important, what I will unlearn, whether it be from work, school, my community or random documentaries. Otherwise, I love hanging out with friends, dancing, art, photography, and goofing around outside.
My Favourite Marine Animal: would have to be orcas, closely followed by puffins, octopus and narwhals. Though if you ask me tomorrow, I would probably have an entirely different answer.
Name: Matt Sanders
Location: I have lived in Ladner, British Columbia for most of my life. Ladner is located on the Katzie and Tsawwassen First Nations territory.
What gets me up: I enjoy playing and watching sports, going out with friends, being outside, and most important, a warm cup of coffee.
A bit about me: I have lived within minutes from the ocean for my whole life! I feel a strong connection and responsibility to make a positive impact on the ocean's health. I am excited to learn from all of you! I look forward to Ocean Bridge bringing together a variety of viewpoints from across Canada to unite and work with each other. An ocean related issue that is close to my heart is the increase in ocean acidification. To me it is a pressing issue that requires close attention.
Something random: I have tree planted for 6 summers!
|Michelle Matson||Name: Michelle Matson
Location: I grew up on the unseeded territory of the Sinixt people in Castlegar, BC. Now I go to Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC on the territory of the Scwepemc first nations.
My name is Mollie and I'm named after my grandpa's cousin, a philosophy professor in Wales who very much loved her garden and her books and had a laugh so contagious it fills me up even just from photographs.
I am originally from a little village called Port Williams in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley. This land is Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. My dear parents, my beloved siblings and my darling cats all live there in a very chaotic and joyful household.
I now live in St. John's, NL the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk. The island of Newfoundland is the ancestral homelands of both the Mi’kmaq and Beothuk and I would also like to recognize the Inuit of Nunatsiavut and NunatuKavut and the Innu of Nitassinan, and their ancestors, as the original people of Labrador. I moved here to study at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and live with my partner, Luke, a source of such boundless energy in this world with a heart so big and beautiful. Ours is a house full of softness and warmth, cosy nooks and crannies and all the sunshine that St. John's can possibly bless us with.
What gets me up in the morning:
A whole pot of piping hot tea is my favourite way to start any day. I am blessed to live in a big old house of many windows and I love looking out ALL of them in the morning to greet the world around me and the radiance of that day. When St. John's isn't too treacherously coated in ice or snow, my absolute favourite thing to do here is run up Signal Hill. Here one is greeted by the edge of the North Atlantic which includes super cool rocks, a landscape at once both rugged and rolling and the crashing majestical wonder of wind and waves. The top of Signal Hill is, in my mind, the most enduringly glorious thing this little city holds. I get up and give every day my best effort because I am striving to learn more, to love more, and to grow more in this life I've been given. I hope to make the world around me a more gentle and inspirational space and to hopefully happen upon a great many adventures and kindred spirit souls along the way. I think Ocean Bridge is going to be full to bursting with both of these things!
A bit about me:
I don't think I have a single most influential memory of the ocean, but rather all of them come together, overlapping, building upon and enhancing one another to form the ever changing mosaic of my cherished experiences with this incredible force. Every time I interact with the ocean I learn something I didn't know before, see something I hadn't previously noticed and feel a deeper connection and growing sense of wonderment at all that her processes encompass. I love sharing the ocean with those who have never or rarely experienced it before and my time spent working to welcome international students, former refugees and new immigrants to Canada included as many beach excursions as possible. It is predominantly through these experiences that I learned how the ocean not only possesses the power to bring us closer to the earth, but also closer to one another as creatures of the earth. I think that I am going to build upon this wonderful realisation a great deal more throughout my time with Ocean Bridge.
I'm hugely excited to be a part of this program because I know it is going to be an experience of SO much learning and growth. I am immensely grateful to have the Ocean Bridge team as a source of support in helping turn my passion into active service. I hope that the work I do through Ocean Bridge will ensure better protection of the ocean, will increase the vibrancy of my local communities and will engage and inspire others to be advocates for what they love most.
Favourite marine animal:
My favourite marine animal is way too hard to choose since they're all so interesting and important and I wish we could have a chance to intimately know them all. Blue Planet is among my favourite ways to pass a winter's eve becoming highly emotional and leaping about the house with exhilaration at marine life. In the summer, I hike and paddle as much as I can to experience it firsthand (and work hard at subduing my excitement so as not to startle the poor creatures just trying to go about their routines). Since moving to Newfoundland I've become terrifically passionate about puffins and every day of my life is building towards finally getting to see one here.
Name: Moronke Harris
Location: I am a first-generation Canadian (Ghanaian and Guyanese) born and raised on the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Anishinaabe peoples in Richmond Hill, ON, now living on traditional Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories in Vancouver, BC.
What gets me up in the morning: On any given day, a chance do/experience something I have never done before or a solid adventure (surfing, hikes, road trips etc.) will do it no matter the hour.
A bit about me: I am an early-career biogeochemist currently working for an international, intergovernmental organization based out of BC. Here, I facilitate hydrochemical characterization of research expedition survey areas in the Gulf of Alaska, and preparation for a proposed multi-vessel 2021 Pan-Pacific High Seas Expedition that will survey the full breadth of the North Pacific Ocean.
I have a background in microbiology and ocean biogeochemistry with a focus on aquatic disease diagnosis and the carbon and nitrogen cycles. My research placements have taken me from using image analysis to quantify Canadian barnacle microtopography (University of Guelph, Canada), to studying climate engineering tactics in the Bermudian ocean (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences), to facilitating large-scale water quality monitoring programs and examining the hydrochemical effects of Floridian seagrass beds on ocean acidification mitigation (Mote Marine Laboratory, USA). Next step: MSc and PhD degrees in Oceanography!
Outside of science-based activities, I have a professional background in government records/information management, and volunteer for conservation initiatives like the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary (an addendum to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea - UNCLOS).
Tell us something random about yourself: I am an avid traveler (35 countries over 5 continents and counting - still waiting on Australia and Antarctica) and visual artist working in painting and pottery mediums when I can find the time!
Favourite marine animal: As an aspiring deep-sea researcher, Giant Squid (Architeuthis spp.) hands down.
Excited to continue my ocean-centered efforts as a member of the 2020 Ocean Bridge Pacific Cohort!
|Nancy Kimberley Phillips||
Name: Hello! My name is Nancy Kimberley Phillips.
Location: I am a Settler-Canadian womxn from the place where the makhabn (Bow River) and Elbow River meet (now known as Calgary, AB). In niitsi’powahsin(the Blackfoot language) this place is called mohkínsstsis (or ‘Elbow’) and this location is in the heart of Treaty 7 territory (the homeLands of the Siksikaitsitapi, Îyâhe Nakoda, Tsuut’ina and the Métis Nation). I recently moved back to Treaty 7 after living on the unceded homeLands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh, and Sel̓íl̓witulh Nations (Vancouver, BC) for the past year and a half!
What gets me up in the morning: Typically, the alarm on my phone telling me to get up and get on with my day. Whether it is for school, work, or the other amazing projects that I get the chance to be part of, I am always deeply grateful for the opportunities that I have in my life. I am very passionate about public and land-based education and my dream career is to teach and facilitate conversations about our shared histories, in many different facets. Outside of the more ‘formal’ things I do, I really enjoy crafting (specifically textile work!), watercolour painting, poetry, hiking, camping, and adventuring with my partner!
A bit about me:
I am currently working to complete my Master of Arts degree in Museum Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. My thesis is about tracing the past and present to imagine the futures of Indigenous knowledge and community inclusion at Ocean Wise. This research project is located at the intersections between museum Anthropology, Indigenous studies, environmental conservation, educational pedagogy and Marine Biology.Previously, I completed my Bachelor degree at Mount Royal University in Calgary, in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies.
While living in Vancouver I worked for Ocean Wise as an Education Generalist, primarily with the Mobile and Curriculum program teams! This has been my favourite job to date – I learned so much about the waters, the animals in them, conservation and community. I also was a Teaching Assistant at the UBC, and was working at the Museum of Anthropology. Now that I’m back in Alberta, I am in a big transition period and am getting re-connected to my communities, projects, and passions in this territory again. I am thrilled to be part of Ocean Bridge to keep my connections with Ocean Wise alive and to do environmental and water conservation work at home. A close friend of mine recently said I have a “prairie, river loving, heart” and I think that about sums me up pretty well!
My favourite marine animal: This is such a difficult question, and I’m going to cheat a little bit. My favourite water-dwelling creatures (in freshwater) are beavers! My favourite sea-dwelling animals are orcas!
|Nancy Kimberley Phillips|
Name: Nikolai Karpun
|Noor B. Toeama||
Name: Hi Everyone, my name is Noor :)
Location (Traditional Territory and City/Town): I live on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credits in Burlington, Ontario (GTA).
What gets me up in the morning: My puppy <3
A bit about me: I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, then moved to Canada in 2010. Growing up, I discovered my love for water and animals from my visits to the mediterranean sea. I swam competitively swimmer for 6 years, and now I play rugby. I just graduated high school last summer and I am now taking a gap year, in hopes of learning more about myself and what I want to do.
Tell us something random about yourself (or use one of the following suggestions): If I could be anything in the world, EVER, I would be a dolphin!
Name: Patrick Duke
Location: I'm from the traditional territory of the Tsuu t'ina, Siksika (Blackfoot), and Stoney (Nakoda) First Nations in Calgary, AB. I now live on Coast, Straits Salish, and Esquimalt territory in Victoria, BC.
What gets me up in the morning: Sharing a passion for climate action and building on our knowledge of climate processes.
A bit about me: I'm a PhD student interested in how the ocean mitigates climate change and will be impacted by human emissions. I study ocean acidification in the Pacific but my love for the ocean developed in the Arctic during my time up north on sea ice as part of my MSc.
Spatial context: My community work is local, my research is regional, and my objectives are national, but the climate crisis is global and requires unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.
Name: Rebecca Grenier
|Roy Vergel Navarrete||
Name: Roy Vergel Navarrete
Location (Traditional Territory and City/Town): I am on the traditional lands of the Mohawk in Montréal, Québec.
What gets me up in the morning: Beautiful sunny days and work. Participate in community projets related to the environment, social justice and human rights. Also the need of playing outdoor sports and do a bunch of outdoor activities.
A bit about me: I am a geographer graduated from Université de Montréal, orientated in water management and environmental protection. I'm originally from Peru and I spent my childhood and teenager living by the Pacific ocean in North Peru.
Tell us something random about yourself: I've been bitten on the leg by a sea turtle while swimming. No worries, no big trauma ;)
|Roy Vergel Navarrete|
Currently traversing the backwoods of unceded/occupied Algonquin Anicinabe Omàmiwininiwak territory.
Name: Hello! My name is Sarah Mercer.
Location (Traditional Territory and City/Town): I am currently living in Victoria, British Columbia, which is the traditional territory of the Lekwungen peoples, the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples. I moved to Victoria from Ottawa, Ontario which is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin nation. I originally moved out to the Island when I was taking a break from my undergraduate studies, of which I am now continuing here in Victoria.
What gets me up in the morning: I am really excited about this chapter of my life and am constantly being inspired by people coming into my life. Being able to explore the Island with people who inspire me gives me much reason to get out of bed in the morning! This exploration of the outdoors and my relationship with nature has led me to a spiritual practice which has been a meaningful addition to my life.
A bit about me: An ocean related issue that I hold close to my heart is the effect of Ocean pollution on third world countries. As an individual living in a first world country I have been somewhat blind to the effects of my actions on the planet. From use of plastics to carbon emissions, the climate where I live has not fluctuate in particularly observable ways. Noting that this is a human cognitive limitation not to understand the severity of an issue if we are not able to see tangible change. However in many places around the globe pollution and specifically ocean pollution is affecting quality of life and survivability. Many of these places are not the primary consumers of plastics and waste. I am really passionate about closing the gap between consumerism in first world countries and its effects on the health of our oceans.
My most influential memory of the Ocean is fairly recent. When I first moved to Vancouver I was exploring one day and ended up at the most beautiful secluded beach. I spent hours sitting and watching the tide come and go. There was something almost magical about that spot, which I returned to every week during the time I lived in Vancouver.
My favourite marine animal: My favorite marine animal would have to be the humpback whale! They are both powerful and graceful which I really admire!
Name: Shamily Shanmuganathan
Location: I grew up in Brampton, Ontario the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Ogibway and home to the Métis.
A bit about me: REALLY CLICHE, but I love traveling especially rural areas. I love being by the Ocean and mountains. I love being where nature is in abundance and I can forget about city noises.
I recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BES in Environmental Studies and Environmental Assessment. Over my academic years, I had the opportunity to work in various fields such as energy consulting, environmental health & safety, and water education/conservation. I now work at CSA Group as a Standards Intern where I support the GHG Registries. I also had the amazing opportunity to be part of Waterlution's Youth Advisory Board for their Great Canoe Journey program. Just a few weeks ago, my friends and I launched our Instagram page @coralsandbees where we plan on sharing environmental happenings as well as my service projects! Please let me know if you'd like to get involved and share your projects as well!
I'm really excited to be part of Ocean Bridge because I get to meet the future leaders of ocean conservation!
Name: Hello! My name is Shaugn Coggins
My most influential memory of the ocean was on Vancouver Island when I was younger - I remember being amazed by the tide going out and being able to walk for kilometres along the beach looking at the tide pools. To this day, it's my favourite place that I've ever been. I'm looking forward to working with and connecting with this nation-wide community!
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Name: Shitangshu Roy
Location (Traditional Territoy and City/ Town): My family is originally from Bangladesh, but for the last 13 years, am proud to call home the traditional, unceded territory of the Mi'kma'ki people, Halifax, NS.
What gets me up in the morning: The morning sun... And also thinking of ways to do something in the day that can maybe make a small difference to the lives of another person or being, and perhaps add up to even more!
A bit about me: Half of my life was spent growing up in the middle of the Arabian desert in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and in truth, oceans were never really a part of it, until I had the chance to immigrate to Nova Scotia. While here though, an opportunity to work for an environmental education organization (the Adventure Earth Centre) made me look at our oceans in a completely different way... They are powerful beyond imagination yet so fragile as well, so majestic yet also unforgiving, so full of life but danger too. Here, my perspective is also colored by my (other) contry of citizenship- Bangladesh- which will soon see a third of its land go underwater in this centure due to rising sea levels, and millions of refugees displaced as a result. Although the flipside of this concern is also a real optimism when seeing young people (all of us!) take the issue to heart and commit, truly, to making a difference. Am very excited to be part of the 2020 Ocean Bridge cohort, and especially to meet folks all doing a part to help our oceans in whatever ways we can!
Something random: Had an unplanned sleepover on Table Mountain (South Africa)... Definitely not intended, but a good story nonetheless!
And also... If you're scared to pronounce my name, it means "Moonlight" in Sanskrit :)
I live on the Anishinaabe, and Huron-wendat traditional territory in Peterborough, Ontario. I grew up in Brockville, Ontario where my family still lives along the St. Lawrence River.
What gets me up in the morning:
Coffee, Jack Johnson and dancing around the kitchen. I love to hike and explore local gems along my travels. I’m always searching for new field guides to build on becoming a better naturalist and further support my interest in wildlife conservation.
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Growing up in Ontario, I always felt like I was disconnected from the ocean and that there was nothing I could do to create a positive change from somewhere so terrestrial. It wasn’t until I worked with a local not-for-profit in Goderich specializing in coastal conservation in the Great Lakes that I realized just how connected our water systems are and the impact a few environmentally conscious people can have.
I graduated from Trent University with a BSc in biology, and then moved to Ottawa to complete a graduate certificate in geographic information systems (GIS). Over the past few years since graduating, I’ve monitored at-risk reptiles, created educational programs targeting plastic pollution, managed invasive species, and developed stewardship guides as a way to interact with landowners.
I am SO excited about being a part of the Ocean Bridge Pacific Cohort for the opportunities that I’ll have to meet other incredibly passionate people in this field and to learn more about ocean conservation issues. I hope to bring my knowledge of plastic mitigation and waste reduction into the group and expand my understanding of how this issue compares to the Great Lakes region. I look forward to learning more about traditional land stewardship and protection during our adventure to Haida Gwaii The ocean has always called to me, and I’m excited to start running towards it!
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I love turtles! I have worked with almost every species of turtle in Ontario and have always dreamed of working with sea turtles one day.
Name : Topaza Yu
A bit about me: As a first-generation child of Chinese immigrant parents and a member of the LGBTQ2+ community in Saskatchewan, I experience the ways social determinants of health impact my communities and I apply this lens in my humanitarian work. Having experienced firsthand the effects of the inequitable income distribution, social status, and gender inequalities I am motivated to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), youth empowerment, and the oceans. This dedication is reflected through my leadership as the vice-chair of the Board of Directors at the Student Wellness Initiative Towards Community Health (SWITCH), which is Saskatoon’s core neighborhood student-run health clinic; as a member of Action Canada’s National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB); and as the founder of Uke with Tope and Tope Talks.
My earliest/most influential memory of the ocean would be when I was 4, and my parents took me to Sunset Beach Park in Vancouver. I remember dipping my little feet in the cold seawater and watched the sand cover my feet.
I'm excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge because I am excited to meet other bright-minded and driven youths who are as passionate about oceans and marine life as I am!
Tell us something random about yourself : My favorite marine animal has to be the beluga whale (THEY ARE ADORABLE!).
Name Yalda Mehran :D
Location: I live in the territory of Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Huron-wendat (Wyandot) and Mississaugas of the New Credit territory.
A bit about me: I moved to Toronto in 2012 and finished university with a degree in political science. I took a lot of environmental science/studies courses at the university and was involved in many environmental clubs on campus, which helped me become more environmentally conscious. An ocean-related issue close to my heart is ocean pollution and the sheer amount of plastic in the oceans. I'm excited to be part of Ocean Bridge because it will allow me and other youth from coast to coast to coast to come together around the shared belief that protecting our oceans is of significant importance and to everyone’s benefit.
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