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World Oceans Day Celebration and Cleanup

Jun 9, 2018  10:30 - 14:00

Location:  Plaza Of Nations
Cost:  Free


Join us on Saturday, June 9th for a World Oceans Day event to celebrate our oceans and learn about how to protect them!

Surfrider Foundation Vancouver, Ocean Wise, UN Association of Canada- Vancouver Branch, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, and the City of Vancouver are proud to have teamed up for this important day of ocean education to focus on preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.

The event will take place at the Plaza of Nations with an education fair, panel speakers, and shoreline cleanup. We encourage you to come out from 10:30am-2pm to meet and learn from some of the top organizations in Vancouver and Canada who are working to protect our waters, defend our marine life, and reduce plastic pollution

There will be an ASL interpreter for the panel discussion!



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Education Fair: 10:30am – 2:00pm
Panel Discussion: 11:30am – 12:30pm (ASL Signed)
Shoreline Cleanup: 10:30pm – 2:00pm (with an official clean-up starting at 12:30pm)


Brianne Miller - Founder and CEO, Nada Grocery

Brianne is a marine biologist turned entrepreneur with a passion for driving positive change. As an expert in zero waste living and local food systems, she loves connecting people to their environment and coming up with creative solutions to complex conservation problems. Having seen firsthand the impacts of our current food system on the oceans, Brianne is committed to revolutionizing the food system from the ground up so that future generations can continue to enjoy and benefit from the world’s oceans. Brianne is the founder of Nada, a package-free grocery store on a mission to inspire people to shop for groceries. She is a United Nations #notwastingambassador, sits on the Vancouver Food Policy Council, and is a 2018 SheEO venture winner.

Dr. Peter Ross - Vice-President of Research, Ocean Wise

Dr. Peter S. Ross is the Vice-President of Research at Ocean Wise, an initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium family. He oversees nine research programs at Ocean Wise, with a focus on conservation science. He is an international authority in the area of ocean pollution, having published over 150 scientific articles, with a focus on the source, transport, fate and effects of priority pollutants. He launched the Ocean Pollution Research Program at Ocean Wise in 2014, and continues to lead a solution-oriented microplastic pollution research program.

Carleen A. Thomas - Relationships and Protocol Agreements Coordinator, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Carleen Thomas is a Special Projects Manager for the Treaty Lands & Resources Dept. of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN). She works on building relationships with communities, and various government entities within the homelands & waters of Tsleil-Waututh. Her past work includes a Bachelor of Education in 2003, 16 years as an elected Council Member for TWN, Education Manager – TWN and Sacred Trust Initiative – TWN’s opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. She is currently involved with Burnaby School District’s Aboriginal Advisory Council, Capilano University Senate and BC NDP Women’s Rights Council and Indigenous Caucus. Carleen is most proud of being a wife and mother of 3 for over 35 years; and a grandmother of 5 for the last 7 years.

Shaun Frankson - Co-founder and Chief Digital Strategist, Social Plastic

Shaun Frankson is the co-founder of The Plastic Bank, a social enterprise that makes plastic waste a currency to STOP Ocean plastic while reducing global poverty. The Plastic Bank provides a universal income for the world’s poor that is earned through Social Plastic recycling programs. Shaun is a digital strategist and proudly empowers others to create a life of purpose. He is the project lead on a game changing Blockchain recycling platform and created the brand strategies to introduce Social Plastic® to the world, resulting in over 300 media features and a multi-million person movement.

Kate Le Souef (Moderator) - Manager, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Kate Le Souef originally joined the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to coordinate remote cleanups of shorelines on Vancouver Island affected by debris from the Japanese tsunami. This work showed Kate that there is a human story behind every object on our shorelines, but that the everyday garbage generated by humans around the world is completely preventable. Kate now manages the Shoreline Cleanup program. Her team engages more than 60,000 registrants across Canada every year to take part in shoreline cleanups. The team collaborates with youth organisations, municipalities, parks agencies, community groups, schools and corporate groups.



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