Get to know our new team!

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

It’s growing season! This spring we’ve expanded our team to help us tackle invasives in the Sea to Sky.

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

 

Drew

 

Drew Dostaler

Education & Outreach Assistant

Where are you from?

Born in Edmonton, raised in Cochrane, Alberta.

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

Thanks! My Dad and I had just finished winter camping in a lean-to we built ourselves. It was a really fun learning experience, and quite the project to finish before nightfall. When it got cold, I built us a fire using only foraged kindling, and sparks from my ferro-rod!

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

I’ve been really enjoying learning how to sew, making cloth masks for people and practising my hemming skills. Other than that, my new puppy has brought so much joy, curiosity and (seemingly endless) energy into my life.

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

Hmm, that’s a tricky one. I think I would make a dashing string of pearls; happy in the sunlight, likes to explore the spaces outside its pot and temperamental in humidity. Lol!

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

Realistically: save it until I decide what to do! Ideally, I would customize an old camper van/bus into a mobile tiny home (complete with solar panels, mini hydroponic garden and space for my mountain bike of course).

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

I’m super excited to work on our social media engagement – designing infographics, interacting with our audience and getting creative with different outreach programs. That, and expanding my plant identification to include B.C. flora as well!

 

 

Erin

 

Erin Schott

Field crew member

Where are you from?

I am originally from Calgary, but moved to Victoria about 5 years ago and for sure call the west coast my home now!

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

This photo was taken during an amphibian training course out in Agassiz. The weird gooey thing I am holding is a salamander egg mass! It was super cool learning how to identify the different egg masses of different amphibians!

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

My favourite activity during quarantine has been reading and sewing. I recently got a sewing machine and have been working on many little projects over the last couple of months.

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

If I were a plant, I would most likely be a licorice fern because they seem to be able to grow in the craziest places, like cracks in rocks or on the side of a tree!

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

If I were to receive $100,000 tomorrow, I would most likely save a lot of it but use some to go on a huge travel adventure. After being in school for the past 5 years, I have been itching to get out and explore. I would also donate a portion to an environmental non-profit, like SSISC, to help with the amazing environmental work some companies have been doing.

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

I am looking forward to spending all day outside and learning about invasive plant species along the Sea to Sky corridor. I am also looking forward to getting to know my team better.

 

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Ellika Cairns

Education & Outreach Lead Hand

Where are you from?

I grew up in North Vancouver, BC.

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

It’s from a hike to Black Tusk that I did a couple years ago. It was our first time up there and we were hoping for beautiful views of Garibaldi Lake down below, but ended up getting caught in wildfire smoke. It was still an awesome trip though!

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

I’ve been keeping myself busy with a bunch of different projects! But my favourite so far has been doing watercolour paintings outside, either in my backyard or nearby quiet forest trails.

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

I’m always jumping around and like to be involved in a bunch of different activities / projects / community initiatives all at the same time, so I feel like a patch of wildflowers would describe me well. They seem to pop up just about anywhere and bring some brightness / colour to the area 🙂

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

I’d probably put it towards buying property somewhere on the Sunshine coast! My dream is to live self-sustained somewhere in BC, with my own small-scale farm.

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

I’m excited to apply my skills in community outreach work within a primarily digital setting, since the current social-distancing regulations prevent our regular in-person outreach efforts this summer. It should be a fun challenge!

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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