What position do you hold on the Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island (SFVI) Executive Committee?    Combing the Coast Coordinator.

 

How long have you volunteered with SFVI?

 

   Since 2013.

 

Why did you become involved?

 

   I wanted to make a difference and saw this as an opportunity to find out how.

 

What are you most excited about working on with SFVI in 2017?

 

   More beach cleanups! I love cleaning beaches to the point where it has become a bit of an addiction. I can’t say no when someone asks for our help to cleanup a beach. We have started working with more youth and we are expanding our remote cleanups and finding new areas to clean!

 

What’s your favourite outdoor activity?

 

   Since I work in an office all day, I enjoy ANY time I get to spend outside, but my all-time favourite thing is to go for a run in the rain!

 

What is the #1 thing you are doing to save our oceans?

 

   Besides cleaning beaches, I refuse to use single use plastic! I find SO much single use plastic on beaches. This includes water bottles, six-pack rings, straws, balloons, cutlery, and more. All of these things are not necessary in our lives. I avoid stores and restaurants that use these.
What is your #1 tip to reduce single-use plastics?

 

   Plan ahead! I keep a spork with me and always bring a reusable mug so I don’t need to worry about using single use plastic.

 

Name a local business or person you support because of their environmental practices.

 

   Canoe Brewpub has great food and drinks and they have a growler filling station! As a bonus, they are a Surfrider Approved Business! They also source much of their food locally.

 

How can someone interested in the work you are doing get a hold of you?

 

Send me an email (volunteercoordinator@vancouverisland.surfrider.org), or just come and say hi at a beach cleanup or chapter meeting! I’m horrible with names, but I’ll remember you if we meet in person and will easily convince you to come out to more cleanups!