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Amy Williams

Name: Amy Williams
Location -  I live on the traditional territory of the Beothuk in St. John's, NL.
What gets me up in the morning
: My dog Mya, nature walks, research, and getting to work to improve services and end the stigma surrounding mental health and disability! I enjoy creating art, learning new things, gardening, and hiking especially on the east coast trails!
A bit about me
: An ocean-related issue close to my heart is reducing use of plastics, through education and sustainable living. Recently I have been learning more about microplastics and their effects on ocean life. My earliest memory of the ocean is catching capelin in buckets on the beach during rolling season. I'm excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge because I am passionate about environment conservation and can't wait to work with other youth to tackle this issue for a better future!
My favourite marine animals: Exocoetidae fish because they can fly!



Amy Williams    
Annabelle Bourdeau

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:
Ce qui m’inquiète le plus relié à l’océan est la pollution. Je crois que c’est ce qui cause le plus de problème en ce moment. La rivière devant chez moi est polluée par exemple depuis que je suis enfant. Ça l’a été mon premier contacte avec l’eau dans la nature.

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) 

Annabelle Bourdeau    
Brody Coffey-Whitworth

Name:  Brody Coffey-Whitworth
Location:
 I live on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Chippewa, Wendat, and Mississaugas of the Credit in Toronto, ON. 
What gets me up in the morning: 
I enjoy getting outside, going for a run, walk, hike, bike ride.  I am hoping to get back to travelling soon, I enjoy going to new places and learning new things.  
A bit about me: 
I am graduate of Queen's University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Development Studies.  After Queen's I attended the University of Victoria and completed a Certificate in Business Administration.  My professional experience is in event management and marketing.  An ocean-related issue close to my heart is waste/garbage ending up in our oceans and bodies of water.  I am excited to be a part of this program to connect with peers who share the same interest and passion for our waters as I do.  

Tell us something random about yourself: 
My favourite marine animal is the otter.  When I lived on Vancouver Island I would see river otters everyday and even a few sea otters when visiting the north-west coast.

Brody Coffey-Whitworth    
Elijah Doucette

Name: Elijah Doucette (just Eli works fine too)
Location:
I live on the traditional territory of the Beothuk and Mi'kmaq in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
What gets me up in the morning
: My cats, my partner, and the chance to learn something new each day. :) I like to do creative things like weave bracelets, sew, doodle, and write. I also enjoy exploring and watching wildlife.
A bit about me
: My earliest ocean related memory is looking at seabird eggs right next to the ocean (then getting chased by an angry bird parent...). I'm super excited to join Ocean Bridge as I'm majoring in Environment & Sustainability in university, so the program is really in line with my interests, and gives me an opportunity to actually be involved in a meaningful project.
Tell us something random about yourself
: I have an isopod and a snail tattooed on my forearm. I plan to add more critters when I can.

Me on a school trip to Italy back in 2019 (in the "before times")
Elijah Doucette    
Félixe Ouellet

Name Félixe Ouellet

Pronom la/elle/she/her

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.

Tell us something random about yourself 
Ma couleur préférée est le jaune. My favorite colour is yellow.

Félixe Ouellet    
Haylea O'Neil

Name: Haylea O'Neil
Location: I am from the traditonal territory of the Mi'kmaq in Digby NS, but currently live in St.John's NL. 
What gets me up in the morning: A nice sunrise and morning run, and  learning new things! I always wake up excited to get outside and see what the day will bring. 
A bit about me: My earliest memory of the ocean is whale watching every day as a kid with the company my mother worked for, and fishing with my father! I am excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge because I am very passionate about ocean conservation and can't wait to work with people with the same interests and spread awareness.
Favourite marine animal: Orcas, any sharks, and lobster! 


Haylea O'Neil    
Jacqueline Chung Jacqueline Chung    
Kariscia Ramjag Kariscia Ramjag    
Kate Mussett

NameKate Mussett
Location (Traditional Territory and City/Town)
I was born and raised just outside of Halifax in Seabright, Nova Scotia, but am now living and playing on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded homelands of the Ktunaxa people in Fernie, BC.
What gets me up in the morning: 
My dog, Dakota, and any outdoor adventure activities! Mostly skiing in the winter, and biking in the summer :)
A bit about me: 
Growing up, the ocean was always seen as a relative and a teacher, where respect was central to my family's relationship to the coast. As I continued my journey into coastal ecology as well as my relationality to water, I came to learn more and more about the effects of colonization on Indigenous peoples, knowledges, and practices. My efforts to decolonize aquatic conservation research were largely influenced by my upbringing and experiences, where equitable collaboration in fisheries conservation is now the central focus of my masters work at the Centre for Indigenous Fisheries at UBC Vancouver. I hope within this program (and throughout my life and career in ecology) to continue to make space for Indigenous peoples in the spirit of working towards sustainable, equitable, and harmonious co-existence.
Tell us something random about yourself: 
I was (and still am!) a huge musical theatre nerd, and almost gave up science to go to theatre school.  

Kate Mussett    
Kayleigh Hillman

Name:   Kayleigh Hillman
Location:
  I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, on Coast Salish (Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh) territory. Five years ago, my career brought me to Nova Scotia, and I have since started a new life in Halifax, on Mi'kmaq territory.
What gets me up in the morning: On a normal day at home, I might start my day with a climb at the local bouldering gym. If the East Coast weather cooperates, I’ll get out for a jog or a trip to the beach, but I’m equally happy to cozy up with a good book or a board game. When I’m away at sea, I never know what the day will bring, but I may be woken by any number of ship noises or movements. The best part of my job is waking up to a different ocean view every day.
A bit about me: My heart broke when I first saw the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” as a kid, and I was introduced to the issue of polar ice depletion in the Arctic. I am fortunate enough to have travelled to the Arctic for my job, and I will never forget seeing the vastly depleted glaciers with my own eyes. I'm excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge because I want to make a difference for the oceans, and I am eager to be inspired by other youth activists across Canada.
Something random about myself:  I worked at Walt Disney World, FL, for a year, and then Nintendo of Canada for a year, before joining the Coast Guard.

Kayleigh Hillman    
Kylie Frank

Name: Kylie Frank

Location
I was raised in Central Alberta and have now settled up north in Norman Wells, Northwest Territories. Norman Wells is an oil town, its traditional name in Slavey language is Tłegǫ́hłı̨ which means “were there is oil”. It is located in the Sahtu region of the NWT. Currently Norman Wells is home to around 650 residents, but has had up to almost 900 during the booming years.


What gets me up in the morning
: For my job I spend my days helping with small business support as well as planning both art & agriculture workshops. Being able to plan these events for people is one of my favorite jobs I’ve had and I love that I get to do it everyday. As much as I love my job my, dog is the main reason I wake up in the morning, we love to spend time outside everyday no matter the season.

A bit about me
: I am in the process of learning how to live my life sustainably in a way that fits my lifestyle, I've recently started learning about composting. An ocean-related issue close to my heart is the damage people have done and continue to do with garbage, so much of these feels preventable and constantly seeing images and videos of hurt animals knowing we caused it is heartbreaking. Our rocky beach along the Mackenzie is always covered in broken glass, beer cans, and garbage. I'm excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge because I want to be able to become confident in my knowledge so that I can teach community members up here not only that it should be cleaned up and how, but the reasons why. I didn’t see the ocean until I was 15 or 16 but my earliest/most influential memory of the ocean would have been in BC. I don’t remember any much, just how vast and free the ocean felt.

Tell us something random about yourself
:
My favorite marine animals would be narwhales and sharks

    Kylie Frank    
    Leah Lourenco

    Name: Leah Lourenco
    Location
    I grew up and currently live on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendt and Haudenosaunee First Nations in Bradford, Ontario. After the dispersal of the Huron-Wendt First Nation, the Chippewas (Ojibwe) settled in the area. 
    What gets me up in the morning
    : I am an early bird, so I wake up with the sun for the most part.  I am trying to organize my life at the moment, but what keeps me moving is going out for walks/jogs, and pole dance/fitness!
    A bit about me
    : I studied Zoology and Environmental Conservation at the University of Guelph, so I have always had an interest in animals and nature. I also have a MSc in Microbiology from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. My education really got me interested in parasites, trust me when I say that I did not know I would love the things that give most people nightmares! So one of the ocean-related issues I find most interesting is related to fish parasitology and how fish farming diseases can impact the natural populations. 
    I really love learning and trying to things, I find it is important not to limit yourself, and saying "Yes" can be fun. So I am excited to learn more about marine and waterway conservation as part of Ocean Bridge as I would like to know more about the issues in Canada. 
    Tell us something random about yourself
    : It is always hard to choose one animal, but after completing a field course as part of my BSc., I would have to say Spinner dolphins! Who wouldn't choose them after being surrounded by a superpod in the ocean and watching them do their aerobatics!?

    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."

    Leah Lourenco    
    Louis Rosales


    Name:  
    Louis Rosales
    Location:
     I live in Calgary, Alberta. 
    What gets me up in the morning: 
    A good breakfast, enjoying the sunrise, and a workout. All this before I start to go to work. I love sending memes early in the morning to my friends since them waking up to it is the most genuine of reaction you can get from people.
    A bit about me: 
    As of the moment I am trying to do as much outdoor stuff as I did from the years prior. The only thing that held me back before was my limited knowledge of what to do and where to go in a country I've never been to before. I'm a very flexible and open person and I just vibe with pretty much any idea you throw at me. I grew up all my life near the ocean and now living in a landlocked city made me miss it more and made me realize how I took it for granted. 
    My favourite marine animal: Dolphins and whales.

    Louis Rosales    
    Lucas Novello

    NameLucas Novello
    Location (Traditional Territory and City/Town)
    I live on the traditional territory of the Tsuu t'ina Nation, Siksika Nation (Blackfoot), and Stoney (Nakoda) First Nations, in Calgary, AB.
    What gets me up in the morning
    : I LOVE to learn. Additionally, I love being outside hiking, hanging out with friends, running, etc. The idea of waking up and living each day to be better version of me is an exceptional motivator!
    A bit about me 
    (tell us a bit about yourself including the answer to two of the following three questions):
    I'm currently majoring in Biological Science and Psychology at the University of Calgary with a great interest in zoology. Therefore, an ocean-related issue close to my heart is the impact that climate change and pollution has on the livelihoods and the prosperity of different marine species. A lot of marine life is crucial not only for the ocean ecosystems, but also for the prosperity of different environmental processes on land. I'm really interested in learning more about the effects we're having on the ocean, and what we can do to limit the negative impact we have. 

    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!
    Tell us something random about yourself (or use one of the following suggestions)
    :
    My favourite marine animal...

    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!


    Lucas Novello    
    Marie-Christine Plouffe

    Name : Marie-Christine Plouffe
    Location ) : 
    I was born in Gatineau but I have been living in Montreal for 7 years. I speak French! I live on the Abenaki, Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat and Mohawk traditional territories.
    What gets me up in the morning : 
    What wakes me up in the morning: definitely my cat screaming for food or biting my toes! A good little coffee, a workout every other morning and off we go for the day!
    A bit about me : 
     I am committed to reducing the pollution caused by single-use packaging. I am constantly adjusting my own lifestyle habits to fit my values - I have even decided to make it my job! I have started a business that specializes in making zero waste cosmetics.

    I have always had an obsession with water. I love spending my days swimming in a lake or hiking to find the most beautiful waterfalls. Nothing is more soothing than the sound of flowing water. 

    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.

    Dali - mon chat fou
    Marie-Christine Plouffe    
    Patrick Lopez

    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

    Patrick Lopez    
    Rachel Lewis

    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.




    Rachel Lewis    
    Rae Landriau

    Rae Landriau

    Name: Rae (they/them)
    Location
    I live on the traditional land of the Algonquin Anishinabe people 
    What gets me up in the morning:
    the sun coming in through my big window 
    A bit about me
    : I just finished my undergraduate degree in Environmental science where I specialized in geochemistry and ecotoxicology! I'll be starting my Master's degree this Fall focused in geography where I will be looking at contaminant transport, geochemistry,  hydraulic system dynamics and permafrost stability of mining sumps on the Mackenzie delta!
    Tell us something random about yourself
    : My favourite colour is grey!

    Rae Landriau    
    Sarah Louise Boisvert

    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:
    Usually it's my dog ‘Bear’ demanding cuddles but the more poetic answer would be a drive to experience as well as educate and inspire about the world’s oceans, particularly the Salish Seas. I always try to have a job that will get me outdoors, with wildlife, and educating the public on our incredible flora and fauna! You can find me working with raptors this summer or exploring Vancouver's many beaches and trails.

    A bit about me:
    Choosing only one ocean-related issue close to my heart is next to impossible! I am incredibly passionate about shark research and how they are perceived. A goal in life would be shark tracking and their increased conservation off our coasts. I have been in love with sharks since I was 6 and a highlight of mine is diving with them in Hawaii. I adore marine mammals and would love to pursue their further research and conservation.  I am passionate about our resident Orca population as well as issues surrounding fish farms.

    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! 

    Tell us something random about yourself:
    My favourite marine animal would have to be sharks in general but Salmon sharks are incredible (for local... if globally zebra sharks and epaulettes hold a special place in my heart), Harbour seals because they are adorable and unproblematic, and Nudibranchs and octopuses as an honourable mention.

    Sarah Boisvert    
    Scott McIlveen Scott McIlveen    
    Sydney Morgan


    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! 

    Sydney Morgan    
    Viktoria Muehlbauer

    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.

    What gets me up in the morning
    : Endless adventures under the midnight sun in the summer and magical northern lights in the winter. I love exploring all that Canada has to offer and the Yukon is an adventurer’s paradise. Hiking, climbing, kayaking, running and road trips are my favourite things to do and whenever possible I love to capture all my adventures with my camera.

    A bit about me:
    Growing up in Northern Germany I would spend most of my vacations as a child visiting the North Sea, Baltic Sea or Mediterranean. Orcas have always been my favourite marine mammal and early on, I knew that one day I wanted to live in the Pacific Northwest where they roam free. My most influential memory of the ocean was probably the first time I saw/touched the Pacific in 2012. Being close to a body of water has always made me feel at peace but finally seeing the Pacific back then made me feel at home. The Southern Resident Killer Whale population and their survival are something close to my heart. Learning about them and their culture is what made me decide to move to Canada. I am so excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge because marine biology has always been my passion and I am looking forward to connect with people that share the same passion for our ocean and want to make a difference.

    Tell us something random about yourself
    :
    I always pack too many snacks on any adventure that I go on.
    Orcas, belugas and, otters are probably my favourite marine animals. I would love to learn from Ken Balcomb, Dr. Ingrid Visser and Alexandra Morton. Their work inspires me.

    Viktoria Muehlbauer    
    Will Crolla

    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!

    Will Crolla    
    Wui Ching (Kitty) Lo


    NamWui Ching (Kitty) Lo

    Location (Traditional Territory and City/Town)
    Currently living in Vancouver, BC on the traditional, ancestral and unceded Coast Salish (Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh) territory. 

    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 (right). 


    A bit about me 

    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!!!

    Kitty