Marika van Reeuwyk
Marika grew up in Agassiz, a small town nestled by the Fraser River where the Coast Mountains meet the Northern Cascades. She is of Chinese Singaporean and Dutch ancestry, and is constantly learning, exploring and growing in her role as a settler on Coast Salish territory. Marika’s ceaseless journey of learning has led her to complete a diploma in Environmental Studies from Langara College and a BSc in Applied Biology, Plant & Soil Sciences program. Driven by a soulful passion for native bees and plants, she completed a thesis project focused on evaluating bee and floral communities in hedgerows at the UBC Farm, and volunteered many hours in the Spencer Entomological Collection at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Today, she is the Vice President of the Native Bee Society of BC. Marika’s heart is invested in environmental stewardship and community-driven science, and she has over 10 years of experience leading workshops and programs to grow environmental awareness and passion for native plants and pollinators around Vancouver. On a personal level she has a strong interest in decolonization and facilitating opportunities for typically disengaged populations to connect with nature. Marika leads EYA’s Land Guardians program and Pollinator Citizen Science programs.