Emily is a twelfth-generation settler with German and mixed European ancestry who grew up on a small island in the unceded traditional territory of the Klahoose (ƛohos) First Nation. As a kid, she had eleven pet chickens and helped run her family’s kayak lodge. After finishing a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies back east at Queen’s, Emily returned to beautiful Coast Salish territory to apply her entrepreneurial spirit to running a non-profit. Emily lives as close to Stanley Park as possible with her partner, Edgar, and dog, Hazel. She listens to CBC radio on the daily and loves to knit socks, read novels, bake German cakes, swim in lakes, and spend time on the land.
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Marika is a first generation settler with Chinese Singaporean ancestry on her mother’s side and Dutch ancestry on her father’s side. She grew on Stó:lō territory, where the mountain ranges of this valley meet to embrace the River. Marika has put down new roots in Coast Salish territories with her partner Chris, her feline familiars, Connor and River, and many plant friends. On her learning journey, Marika studied applied biology at UBC with a focus on native bees and floral ecology. She is a big bug nerd and recently co-founded the Native Bee Society of BC. In her spare time, you’ll find Marika moving and grooving, getting creative, growing and cooking nourishing food, and meeting new plants, birds, and bees in the wild.
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Manager, Youth Programs Erica is a second generation settler of Japanese and mixed European ancestry. She grew up on the traditional territories of the Skwxwú7mesh First Peoples, where deep forests open to mountains and oceans in a place we now call North Vancouver. An upbringing on these lands inspired Erica to pursue a degree in Natural Resource Conservation at UBC where she deepened her love for trees, wildlife, and all things natural. After her degree, Erica and her partner Brennan hopped in their tiny two-door Honda Civic to explore, climb, hike, and camp in diverse and incredible natural areas. Upon arriving back on Coast Salish territory, they settled slightly North, in a place the Skwxwú7mesh Peoples refer to as “birth place of the wind”. Erica can now be found in Squamish with her partner Brennan and crazy dog Valley, where she spends her free time cooking Japanese food, falling off her bike, pursuing a Masters in Education for Sustainability at UBC, spending time with family, and weeding her garden.
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David is a dual UK/Canadian citizen who grew up in the urban-rural fringes of London. A recent settler on unceded Coast Salish territories, he landed on the west coast following a Master’s in Gender and Sexuality at University of London and a year-long bicycle journey across Europe and Asia. David is passionate about restoring ecological balance, food security, and environmental justice, and loves connecting with nature in and out of the city. He lives in a wannabe homestead in East Van where he enjoys sewing clothes, growing food, and petting the house cat, Margaret. With over seven years’ experience fundraising for nonprofits in the UK and Canada, David loves to connect people with the causes they’re passionate about.
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Mya is part of the Squamish people on her mother’s side, she also has Mohawk ancestry with the Iroquois Confederacy of the eastern door, on her father’s side. She was born in North Vancouver on Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Stolo, and Squamish peoples’ traditional territories and grew up on the X̱wemelch’stn Uxumixw (Capilano Village/reserve) in West Vancouver and is currently living there now. Mya was enrolled in the Roots and Shoots youth program including a 12 week training and 10 week work placement at EYA. Through the program she was thrilled to develop environmental job skills like native plant horticulture, medicinal plant knowledge, ecological restoration, teaching and facilitation. Mya is anxious to share her culture and teachings! She also likes to spend her time with family, doing sewing projects and practicing pow wow dancing, hopefully to dance and travel to powwows again.
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Deandra is a settler from Indonesia with mixed Chinese and Southeast Asian ancestry from both parents. She grew up in a small town called Malang in East Java and moved to the Coast Salish territories in 2015 to pursue a degree in Natural Resources Conservation at UBC. Deandra is a passionate educator and a life-long learner who enjoys gaining knowledge on horticulture and Indigenous medicinal plants. In her spare time she likes to hike, do plant walks with her friends, or bury her head in a book.
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Jess is a third generation settler of mixed European and Trinidadian descent who spent her childhood and adolescence in and around Coast Salish territory, primarily on the Southern end of so-called Vancouver Island. She grew up exploring the rainforest and the intertidal zone and feels lucky to have developed a love of nature and science at an early age. Jessica recently finished a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria where she found a deep love for talking to people about plants and a passion for making nature accessible to all. Jess now lives in the West End with her partner Chris and is rarely sitting still. She values her yoga practice, reading, riding her bike, climbing, knitting, dancing and looking for cool bugs.
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Mehar is a first-generation Pakistani settler, born and raised on the traditional unceded territories of the Katzie, Semiahmoo, and Kwantlen Nations. As a kid, she was always climbing trees and learning how to garden from her father, and in 2016 she moved to Coast Salish territories to pursue an undergraduate degree in Urban Forestry at UBC. Mehar is an advocate for community empowerment and equity and bringing people closer to nature and its gifts. These days you can find Mehar experimenting with new cake recipes, hiking with friends or daydreaming underneath her favourite tree.
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Hailey is Nehiyaw (Cree) from Peguis First Nation, Treaty One, on her mother’s side with mixed European ancestry on her father’s side. She was born on Ktunaxa and Sinixt territory in BC’s interior and grew up in Tonkawa territory in central Texas. Hailey came to stolen Coast Salish territory to study social work, swim in the ocean, and hike. As a guest on this land, she tries to be a good relative and support local Nations through activism and learning local languages and creation stories. Hailey’s passion for Indigenous-based research and land-based practices led her to intern at xʷc̓ic̓əsəm (the Indigenous garden at UBC) and engage in practicums supporting people who use substances in the Downtown Eastside. In her free time, you’ll find Hailey beading, drumming, and hanging out with her hedgehog, Henry.
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Sonia is first generation Chinese Canadian on her mother’s side and Scottish-European mix on her father’s side. She grew up near the ocean in South Surrey on Semiahmoo territory, helping out in her family’s beautiful backyard garden. Sonia studied applied biology at UBC and is passionate about using nature to support youth mental health and resiliency. In her spare time, she loves to cook, play volleyball, hang out with her dog Frodo, and spend time outdoors, especially near trees or the ocean. In the summertime, Sonia tries to visit her family’s cabin on the Sunshine Coast as much as possible so she can kayak, fish, and swim.
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Niki is a third-generation settler of western European ancestry. She spent her childhood on Algonquin land, walking to school through suburban forests. Before becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant, Niki wrote a Master’s thesis in English Literature on the pedagogy of Indigenous ecological principles in fiction by First Nations’ authors. Inspired by the teachings of northwest coast Indigenous voices, Niki finally transplanted to Coast Salish territory in 1997 where she now enjoys counting the beans for EYA as much as she loves growing them in the community garden that she founded. She has unrestrained compulsions for sewing colourful pants, moving and singing with music, riding her bike in urban forests, and striking up random conversations with interesting creatures along the way.
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Andrea was born and raised on the beautiful, unceded and traditional Coast Salish territory, including the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Her great grandparents and grandparents were settlers from China and the United Kingdom. Andrea graduated from UVic with a BSc. in Biology and Psychology and from UBC Sauder with an MBA. Before discovering her current career in HR Management and Consulting at TPD, she gained experience in non-profits, ecological restoration and science education. In her free time, Andrea loves to be outside, especially trying new activities, the latest being cross country skiing and road cycling. While indoors, she’s often found trying to make her own environmentally friendly products from cleaners to moisturizers.
Board Vice Chair
Sara Fralin is a fourth generation Canadian, born and raised in Vancouver on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Sara’s Jewish ancestors escaped the Pogroms of Russia and arrived in Canada in 1923 as refugee immigrants. Sara’s appreciation for nature led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Sustainability Studies from Trent University and Bachelors degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria. Sara currently works with the Fraser Basin Council as a program coordinator for the Climate Change and Air Quality Department. She is also a Certified Yoga Instructor who loves the outdoors and is often found camping, hiking and skiing throughout BC.
Patty is a second generation Canadian with German and Scottish ancestry. She spent her childhood on the traditional territories of the Pellt’iq’t and Tk’emlúps First Nations in BC’s Cariboo Region, where she loved being outside in nature. Patty is now a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) working at the Vancouver Chinatown Association. She is passionate about connecting youth with the outdoors and regularly seeks out nature as a way to relax, rejuvenate, and make sense of the world. Patty lives in southeast Vancouver on traditional Coast Salish territory with her husband and teenage son.
Kristina is a second generation settler who was born in Coast Salish territory and grew up in Germany, Iran, the US, and Canada. During her time living in Coast Salish territory, she has participated in EYA’s lobby to preserve the Grandview Cut, completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UBC, co-organized a Queerk-cycle contingent at Vancouver Pride, authored the video Sounding Queer Space with the VIVO Arts Centre, and played many Balkan folk songs. Kristina has lived in Kugaaruk, Iqaluit, and Fairbanks; and she authored a Landscape Architecture thesis on park design in Nunavut. She has her own landscape architecture business and strives to create spaces that encourage ecological and cultural interaction.
Board Member at Large
Joey is a Vancouver local and on-again/off-again Californian of mixed Indigenous and settler ancestry. He graduated from the Allard School of Law at UBC, and studied at the Peace Palace and Leiden University while living in the Netherlands; he now practices securities and corporate law downtown. Joey grew up immersed in the Canadian wilderness and spends as much time as possible scuba diving, sailing, hiking and skiing.
Ben is a second generation settler of Polish, Romanian and Israeli ancestry who grew up in Coast Salish territory near the Musqueam village of q̓ʷeyaʔχʷ. Ben studied finance at UBC and then traveled to the traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq to study law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. When not behind his desk pouring over the fine print, you’ll likely find Ben on the pitch coaching young footballers with a local youth soccer club. In his spare time, Ben can usually be found hiking and biking in the summers, skiing and boarding in the winters, and always ready to experiment with a new marinade or rub for the grill.