Get to know our new team!

Get to know our new team!
Get to know our new 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…

 

 

Ardis Mellor-Laing

Field Crew Member

Where are you from?

I’m from Vancouver BC!

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

This photo was taken after climbing a section of the Stawamus Chief last summer.

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

My favourite quarantine activity so far has been having time to run my first half marathon and hike and bike way more than I usually have time to. It’s also been a time to finish small projects I’ve been putting off like building a compost bin back home in Victoria.

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

If I were a plant I think I would like to be a Western Red Cedar because they have so many traditional purposes and grow on the west coast (best coast)!

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

If I got $100 000 tomorrow I would probably save it and use it to pay off student loans haha

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

I’m really looking forward to working in the field and exploring more of the Sea to sky region. There’s such diverse culture and plant life in the temperate rainforest ecosystems, it’s exciting to be working in amongst all this nature every day!

 

 

 

Kelcy

Education & Outreach Assistant

Where are you from?

I grew up in Whitehorse, YT.

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

I took this photo during a solo hike in the Yukon. There are lots of mountains to climb!

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

I have spent a lot of my quarantine exploring new trails and getting away from the crowds.  I have also really enjoyed spending more time with loved ones.

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

I would be Yarrow! It’s a hardy, pretty plant that can grow almost anywhere. It is also my favourite plant for herbal medicines; Yarrow can stop a cold and ward off those pesky mosquitos at the same time!

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

Oh boy, I would probably buy a tiny house or a piece of land. I would love to have some rescue animals and a subsistence farm one day.

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

I am loving living in Squamish, it is a beautiful place with really quick access to backcountry adventures. I am looking forward to seeing the summer in Squamish, and to help spread information about invasive plants. I see a lot of them around!

 

 

Chelsea Brager

Field Crew Member

Where are you from?

North Vancouver, BC!

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

This was taken on my way down from backpacking in Nelson while on my first bike touring trip throughout the Kootenays. It is me doing some of my favourite things in my favourite place to be 🙂

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

My favourite quarantine activity has been trail running. I’ve also been learning how to use a sewing machine which has been super fun!

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

If I were a plant, I think I’d be ghost pipe (Monotropa uniflora). This plant is parasitic on fungal mycelia in mature coniferous forests, and I too enjoy eating wild mushrooms and spending most of my time in the forest! I also resonate with this plant as Pojar & Mackinnon’s “Revised Plants Of Coastal British Columbia” files ghost pipe under it’s “odd ball” section.

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

I would buy an undeveloped property and attempt to build my own log cabin from scratch!

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

I am really looking forward to improving my invasive plant identification skills, as well as getting to explore more of the Sea to Sky area. I also look forward to getting to know my team more!

 

 

 

Thanks for getting to know us – check back next month for another round of introductions!

 

 

 

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