Meet Marika, EYA’s new Pollinator Program Manager!
We’re delighted to welcome Marika van Reeuwyk as the new manager of our pollinator biodiversity initiatives! Marika grew up in the small town of Agassiz, BC. University pursuits drew her to Vancouver and its intrinsic beauty has kept her here ever since. While exploring the forest and ocean during her work at a remote youth outdoor camp near Deep Cove, Marika reunited with her childhood sense of wonder for the world. She has grown a particular fondness for insects (or “tiny aliens” as she enjoys calling them) and frequently acts as the designated bug catcher amongst her circles. Marika completed her Environmental Studies diploma at Langara College and moved on to UBC’s Applied Biology, Plant & Soil Sciences program. For her undergraduate thesis, she investigated the status of wild bee populations at the UBC Farm. She is a life-long learner and has worked with diverse ecology and environmental education-based organizations across the city. Intersecting with her love for bees, Marika gains excitement through connection and community engagement.