Get to know our team!

Get to know our team!
Get to know our team!

We’ve expanded our team this summer to help us tackle invasives species in the Sea to Sky. 

Let’s get to know a few of them a bit better…

 

 

Emily Wharin

Field Crew Member

Where are you from?

I am from Whistler originally, but I have been living in Victoria for the past few years while at University.

Woah! That’s a cool photo. What’s the story?

This photo was taken at the summit of Brandywine Mountain. In the background you can see the beautiful Mount Fee. This hike was so special because from the top you could see so many of the amazing mountains that span the Sea to Sky corridor.

What has been your favourite quarantine activity / project so far?

During quarantine I have been getting into wildlife photography! I have always loved taking photos of nature but never did anything with the photos. This quarantine I finally sat down and edited and posted my favorite photos that I have taken and started getting out more to take new photos. These past few years of University have made me very passionate about the wildlife I have learned about in my biology classes, so I have had so much fun trying to find and photograph these animals. This spring was especially amazing because I was able to find so many incredible marine invertebrates and migrating birds while isolating out on the Sunshine Coast.

If you were a plant, what would you be and why?

I think I would be Salmonberry (Rubus spectabilis) because I am sweet, only mildly prickly, and I thrive in the moist, shady coastal temperate rainforests.

You get $100 000 tomorrow! What will you do with it??

I would save some and use the rest to buy or rent a vehicle that I could explore and camp with! I’ve always wanted to do a long road trip somewhere! I would love to go to New Zealand and tour the whole country and take photos of all the unique wildlife there! I also would like to do the same here in BC!

What are you most looking forward to while working for SSISC this summer?

I am looking forward to working outside and getting to explore the Sea to Sky more! Even though I grew up in this area there are so many cool places to see. Working outside, in a different place ever day is so amazing.

 

 

Erin Galloway

Field Crew Lead Hand

Where are you from?

Squamish has been my home for the past couple of years but I grew up in North Vancouver.

Woah! That’s a cool photo. What’s the story?

This was taken at the top of Flute on Whistler Mountain in March, before an awesome ski touring day with lots of fresh powder! Sadly, this ended up being my last backcountry day due to COVID-19.

What has been your favourite quarantine activity / project so far?

Getting outside has been my solace during quarantine! I’ve really loved getting back into trail running. Quarantine also pushed me into taking up mountain biking which has been really fun.

If you were a plant, what would you be and why?

If I was a plant I’d be an arbutus tree (Pacific Madrone) because I love the coast and never want to live far away from the ocean.

You get $100 000 tomorrow! What will you do with it??

I’m not sure I would know what to do with all that money! I would definitely save most of it and use the rest to travel the world (when its safe to do so again 🙂 ). Maybe I’d throw in some new skis too.

What are you most looking forward to while working for SSISC this summer?

I’m looking forward to working outside and visiting some beautiful places in the Sea to Sky region. I also love learning more about the plants around me (both native and invasive).

 

 

 

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