Not only will you be spending time connecting with nature, you’ll be connecting with our awesome staff! Learn about their story, passion for outdoor learning and the environment, and why they are involved with the Wild & Immersive team.
To help you get to know the team, we have asked our team the following questions:
1. How did your passion for the environment develop?
2. What did you do with your passion for the environment?
3. Why are you proud to be part of the Wild & Immersive team?
The fondest memories of my childhood involved me hollowing out holly bushes to make fairy forts, catching falling cherry blossoms, chasing rabbits, climbing trees, and camping with my parents at Golden Ears Park. Unknowingly, my parents created an environment that allowed me to freely explore our backyard; allowing me to develop a curiosity for the natural world.
The relationship I had with nature grew into a deep appreciation of natural medicine. I was fascinated how nature could be used to help heal illnesses and diseases. However, after completing my B.Sc. in Biology, I was concerned about the state of our environment. How could we depend on the Earth for resources that aren’t infinite. I went on to complete an M.Sc. in Ecological Restoration, with a passion in terrestrial ecosystem recovery. However, it soon became evident that restoration wouldn’t be needed if humans truly appreciated the natural environment and understood how their actions had long-lasting impacts - not only for the environment but for human well-being.
I work with the Wild & Immersive team because I believe that the first step in combating the current environmental crisis is to empower individuals to get out and enjoy their backyard! Through exploration of the natural environment, comes curiosity, and curiosity seeks knowledge. Protecting our environment should be an easy sell: go outside, play, explore, ask, learn, and take action! Everyone is capable of doing this and Wild & Immersive is helping them do that.
My passion for the environment began at a very young age through the appreciation of our natural world mainly through exposure. I am forever in debt to my parents for taking me to many beautiful corners of the world and throughout our home country of Canada. My most memorable experiences as a young child were exploring the creek in my backyard with my sister, and watching moose forage along the shorelines of Missinaibi River on our family camping trips. These were the moments that were most important for me growing up, they planted those seeds for environmental appreciation and curiosity that over the years flourished into the incredibly strong drive I possess now for conservation and environmental stewardship!
I fed this passion and drive even further by pursuing my undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of British Columbia. During my time at UBC, I learned all about the incredibly fascinating ecology of our world and the complex relationship humans have developed with our natural environments. I also studied in detail the unfortunate battle we face as a species finding a sustainable middle ground between appreciation and abuse/overuse. Unfortunately for so long, we have 'appreciated' our resources too much, and forgot to consider what future generations might have to deal with. I want to help change that, I want to replant those seeds that I once had, and hopefully they too will grow into a passion for sustainable change and appreciation of our Earth.
I work with the Wild & Immersive team because I believe the only way we can combat these environmental crises is through education and awareness. No scientific solution has been able to solve a worldly problem without the backing of communities that care enough to try. I hope to foster these passions and inspire the people around me to make long-lasting changes and regain that connection that so many of us have lost in a time of cellphones and megacities. Love and care for the environment, it's the only one we've got!
Growing up in a small northern town pushed me to explore my surroundings whether it be hiking, skating, snow shoeing or camping. There was always an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. As I got older, I grew incredibly fond of the landscape of northern Ontario and took every opportunity to go on road trips. While in school, I was deeply engaged in Biology and Earth Sciences which led me to get my undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences at Laurentian University.
There I learned how fragile nature truly is and it lit a fire within me. No matter how big or small, I needed to protect the environment. I joined a stewardship committee and helped with fish rehabilitation within creeks as well as doing wetland assessments in order to get them protected to prohibit future commercial development.
I then moved to British Columbia and joined the Wild and Immersive team. I am dedicated to educating youth and adults in fluent French and English on how to be stewards and I believe that begins with knowledge of the nature that surrounds you. The impact of this information creates a fondness and a bond one has with nature. If everyone was an environmental steward, its condition could be fully restored. We are the voice for nature!