2021 Cohort/Cohorte de 2021
Name: Amy Williams
Nom: Mon nom à la base est Annabelle Bourdeau. Cependant, la majorité des gens m’appellent Nanna (particulièrement pour mon chien) ou Jarnsaxa. Quand je me sens plus homme ou que je veux un prénom plus neutre, je choisi Morgann.
Lieu (Territoire traditionnel et ville/village): J’habite à Saint-Constant au Québec à la campagne. Devant chez moi, il y a une rivière et un bois pour mes explorations et mes observations. J’adore y prendre des photos ! L’une de celle dans le montage que je vous envoie, a été prise par contre à Sainte-Catherine et une autre juste un peu plus loin de chez moi (à quelques minutes de route).
Qu'est-ce qui me motive à sortir du lit chaque matin? : Écrire, aider à l’écurie, faire des recherches, un bon thé…
Un peu à propos de moi:
Par ailleurs, sincèrement, je n’ai encore jamais vu l’océan, mais il me hâte d’y avoir accès. Cependant, j’ai été à Ravello et à Capri en Italie où j’ai vu la merveilleuse Mer Méditerranéenne lors d’un voyage avec mon Papi qui est Italien.
Sinon, j’ai très hâte de vous rencontrer pour partager cette passion avec vous, apprendre davantage et qu’on change les choses ensembles !
Quelque chose de surprenant ou de particulier à propos de moi: Ce qu’il y a de surprenant chez moi doit être que j’écris des romans et que je me démarre une entreprise en cosmétiques solides. Sinon, je suis complètement obsédé par la mythologie nordique ce qui est assez bizarre ! Ahaha!!
La personne que j’admire le plus est ma mère. Nous sommes une famille avec différents problèmes de santé et c’est vraiment elle qui est notre socle.
Pour finir, mon animal marin, préféré est le serpent de mer. (Oui, comme ce cher Iormungandr pour ceux qui connaissent la mythologie)
Name: Brody Coffey-Whitworth
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Name: Elijah Doucette (just Eli works fine too)
Name Félixe Ouellet
Location Je vis sur la rive-nord de Montréal. I live on Montreal's north-shore.
What gets me up in the morning Déjeuner :)). Eating breakfast.
A bit about me Pour ma part, les polluants présents dans les cours d'eau et leurs effets sur les écosystèmes marins sont ce qui m'ont d'abord poussé à m'intéresser à la conservation des océans. J'ai toujours été une grande fan de l'eau, des océans et des organismes marins. Mes souvenirs les plus importants en rapport avec l'océan sont ceux passés à la plage avec ma famille. J'ai extrêmement hâte de faire partie d'Ocean Bridge afin d'approfondir mes connaissances sur le sujet en tant qu'étudiante en science, puis peut-être me trouver ma voie.
Personally, polluants contaminating watercourses and their effets on marine ecosystems are what first pushed me to gain interest in ocean conservation. I have always been a huge fan of water, oceans and marine organisms. My most important memories regarding water are the ones spent at the beach with my family. I'm extremely excited to be part of Ocean Bridge to deepen my knowledge on the subject as a science student, and maybe find my path.
Name: Haylea O'Neil
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Name: Kate Mussett
Name: Kayleigh Hillman
Name: Kylie Frank
Name: Leah Lourenco
I have very little present day photos of myself doing science, since I love doing nature photography with no people in them. ^.^"
But here is a photo of things I do when I say "Yes."
Name: Lucas Novello
I'm very excited to be part of Ocean bridge because it gives me a chance to learn outside the classroom and gain a real world perspective on something as amazing as the ocean. I am also excited for the connections I will make with others!
This is by far one of the hardest questions. I love octopuses (octopi? octopodes? and most other cephalopods) as well as jellyfish (specifically the box jellyfish and the immortal jellyfish), sea turtles, marine tardigrades, coral, and sea spiders!
Name : Marie-Christine Plouffe
I wasn't fortunate enough to grow up near the ocean but I have always found it to be a mysterious and almost magical world.
My favourite marine animal:
I love octopuses as well as orcas and humpback whales. They are majestic animals.
Name- Patrick Lopez
Location- I live on the traditional territory of the Mi' kmaq First Nations in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia.
What gets me up in the morning- My dog pepper, my alarm usually, and the chance to make good food and have a good time.
A bit about me- I'm 20 years old, Love airsoft and video games, and wildlife. My earliest memory of the ocean is whale watching with my family and seeing puffins and whales out and about enjoying themselves. I'm excited to be a part of ocean bridge because I can hopefully get the chance to spread awareness about the issues ocean wildlife face daily.
My favourite marine animal is probably a puffin cause they're small and cool looking
Name: Rachel Lewis
Location: I live on the traditional territory of the Mi'kmaq First Nations in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. I moved here in 2019 after completing my BSc in Geology and Environmental Science at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Wolfville is also located on the traditional territory of the Mi'kmaq First Nations.
What gets me up in the morning: The sound of birds chirping, the sight of sun rising, or the smell of coffee brewing. I like to begin my day by practicing mindfulness and meditating or doing yoga. I also enjoy listening to the news or to podcasts while I drink my coffee and eat my breakfast.
A bit about me: I am very passionate about taking care of the planet. Since finishing my undergrad, I have worked mostly on greenhouse gas emission studies. This summer, I will be working on solid waste management projects. An ocean-related issue close to my heart is ocean pollution. Marine trash has mattered to me for quite some time now and I make an effort to pick up trash whenever I go to the beach. In recent years, I have developed an interest in trying to learn and understand the relationship between ocean and atmosphere. I am intrigued by how atmospheric pollution can be absorbed by the ocean, and how the ocean can release chemicals into the atmosphere. I am excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge because I want to learn more about ocean conservation and I want to promote clean change within my community.
My favourite marine animal: It's so hard to choose just one... Finding Nemo was the first movie I ever saw in theatres and I loved it so much that I went back to the theatre to see it again! Crush was my favourite character and I've admired sea turtles ever since.
Name: Rae (they/them)
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Name: Sarah Louise Boisvert
Location (Traditional Territory and City/Town): I live on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in Vancouver, BC.
What gets me up in the morning:
A bit about me:
I'm excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge for several reasons; firstly is the incredible experience of working with other passionate people, but also the outreach aspect. I enjoy interpretive work and have given many educational programs in the past. I hope to continue this trend to educate and inspire others on the ocean and all its inhabitants!
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Name: Sydney Morgan
Location: I am currently living in the city of Greater Sudbury, which is on the territory of the Anishinaabe. I have lived here my entire life! My father and mother both grew up here as well, however my mother sailed over to Canada (through the St-Lawrence river) from Wales, UK on the R.M.S Carinthia when she was only four years old.
What gets me up in the morning: If i’m not waking up for my job as a Radio Operator in the forest fire division of the MNRF, my two cats, Minnie and Tommen, are pretty good at waking me up when they get hungry. Other than that, hiking and camping are two activities I'll wake up at any time for! And, of course, I’m a huge foodie so that is often a motivator in getting me out of bed.
A bit about me: I enjoy projects that get me writing, and I try to read non-fiction books (my favorite author is Adam Shoalts) as much as I can. I love spending time immersed in nature, eating and cooking healthy meals, and staying active through walking, hiking, biking, and yoga! Despite never having had the chance to see the ocean with my own eyes, being near water bodies like lakes and rivers always makes me feel happy, relaxed, and calm.
Two issues affecting the ocean that are close to my heart are overfishing and plastic pollution-I try to live as sustainably as possible and avoid plastic as much as I can after watching a few different documentaries and reading articles about how plastic is harming wildlife. Overfishing is something that I'm only just beginning to learn about, however after learning what I do know, I had never consumed seafood in my entire life and now plan to keep it that way!
I’m excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge because I am passionate about learning new things, educating others about issues impacting our environment, and giving people hope about the future. It’s exciting to know that I’ll be working with others who are passionate about the same things I am. Additionally, I got to see some of the projects from last year's cohort and they were really inspiring and unique!
Tell us something random about yourself: I really enjoy being close to wildlife (photography and volunteering with local wildlife rehabilitation centres) and I really, really enjoy bird watching. I think my favorite marine animal is the jellyfish, after seeing some at an aquarium I felt totally fascinated and mesmerized by them! Another random thing is that if I could travel anywhere in the world I would choose the Canadian Arctic. The wildlife and flora there really fascinates me!
Name: Viktoria Muehlbauer
Location: I was born and raised in Northern Germany and moved to Canada in 2016 after finishing my degree in Tourism & Geography. I live in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, on the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün and Ta'an Kwäch’än First Nations.
Name: Will Crolla
Location: I’m from Ottawa, Ontario on the traditional and unceded territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation, but I’m currently living in Vancouver, BC on the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish (Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh), and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilwətaɁɬ)) people.
Since I’ve was a kid and first saw the ocean, I’ve felt a pull towards the ocean and from just about the first time I remember visiting Vancouver, I’ve known I wanted to live here. The opportunity to do so presented itself with university when I came to study in Vancouver at UBC, from which I graduated with a BA in Geography.
What gets me up in the morning: These days, what gets me up in the morning is my job working at a coffee shop that I took on during the pandemic as a necessary income source. I love thinking about and making coffee, but my true passion lies in sustainability. I love thinking about and researching new solutions and approaches to existing problems, especially through the lens of nature-based solutions.
A bit about me:
A lot of my background is in the zero waste field, so naturally, I feel incredibly tied to the issue of ocean plastics. However, the ocean probably closest to my heart is actually the protection of marine mammals. There was a fantastic report (https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2019/12/natures-solution-to-climate-change-chami.htm) by Ralph Chami and his team that came out at the end of 2019 that outlined the importance of whales to the health of our oceans and climate. Though it is problematic because at its core it is assigning monetary value to life, which is a slippery slope, it does a good job of painting a picture of just how important the conservation of every species is. On the other hand, I’ve been very interested in kelp cultivation after working with such a project out of Desolation Sound last year.
All of this can in some ways be traced back to the first time I remember seeing the ocean, which I think was in PEI when I was maybe 3/4. I remember sitting on a dock while my parents ate fresh lobster and I remember the red beaches. It was either that or vomiting on the drive across Vancouver Island to Tofino around the same age while wearing a sweater I’d just gotten from the Vancouver Aquarium. Either way, both memories stick out strongly as foundational in my relationship with our oceans.
I can’t wait to get started with Ocean Bridge so I can connect with all the amazing ambassadors that are taking part from across the country and learn from all of them. We all have something to bring and through the connections we make through this program I think we have the potential to make important positive impacts on our ocean systems.
Something random about myself:
My favourite marine animal… This is so hard. In some ways, I want to say a humpback whale because it was the first whale I saw in the wild and I love how big they are while also being so chill. On the other hand, I love the resilience of species like Steller’s sea lion and the sea otter. Also, Georg Wilhelm Steller’s story is just super fascinating in general.
Most recently, I’ve been really fascinated by European eels. Technically, they’re not a strictly marine species, but a significant portion of their bizarre and mysterious life cycle takes place at sea!
Oh, and of course all sorts of seaweeds and more specifically kelp. They are fascinating and have so many potential uses. With Bren Smith popularizing IMTA (3D Ocean Farming), we’re on the edge of a real breakthrough for kelp to enter the mainstream I think!
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Name : Wui Ching (Kitty) Lo
I was born in the city of Zhu Hai in China and immigrated here with my parents in 2001. We came here seeking the mythical meese (is that plural for moose???) and to indulge in one of the 7 wonders of the world, poutine.
But mostly, we came here to seek a better life and opportunities.
What gets me up in the morning (tell us about what you enjoy doing): The sound of my alarm usually does a pretty good job getting me up in the morning. I also look forward to enjoying my overnight oats... OH! And seeing my dog Truffles (left).
My absolute favorite dog in the world is the majestic creature known as the Scottish Terrier. Truffles is halfway there to being a full Scotty.. I also have a Chihuaha who's like 20 years old and just shakes (don't worry, she is perfectly healthy and very much loved). I've just recently started biking and trying to pick it up as a sport. Fingers crossed I can soon develop the confidence to ride a road bike.
In terms of schooling, I studied Criminology at SFU and graduated in 2018. My childhood dream was to be a 1.) Marine Biologist 2.) A Photographer for National Geographic 3.) Meeting Hannah Montana (no seriously, I was obsessed). Well, I never did make it into the field of biology, nor did I continue pursuing my dream of being a photographer, and the closest thing I got to meeting Hannah Montana was that one dream I had. Despite all of this, I visited the Ucluelet Aquarium this year and purchased for myself a "Future Marine Biologist" magnet. Let's just say I am also a dreamer.
Currently, I am working as a Program Coordinator and Victim Services worker at the Chinese Community Policing Centre in Vancouver. Because we are a culture based organization, we outreach to many Chinese communities and victims throughout the lower mainland. Working in this field allowed me to see that many resources are limited to non-native English or French speakers because of language barrier and lack of resources made available. Which is why I am excited to be apart of the Ocean Bridge Program! I hope to learn more about ocean conservation so that eventually I can build the confidence to teach my community, in my native language, about the importance of protecting marine life!
An ocean-related issue that is the closest to my heart has to be the sale and distribution of shark fins. After watching a documentary on this many, many, years ago, my view of the seafood trade has changed tremendously. I am fortunate to have learned about this early on in my life and I hope to continue being a sustainable shopper.
I look forward to working with all of you! I have much to learn in this field and am so excited to start this program!
Tell us something random about yourself (or use one of the following suggestions):
Three words: Pacific. Spiny. Lumpsucker. SOMEONE GET ME 5 OF THEM!!!