Meet our Youth Habitat Crew for summer 2020!

July 21, 2020 Uncategorized

This June five talented youth joined EYA’s staff team for a paid summer job helping improve and maintain our Downtown Eastside gardens and support habitat restoration work around the city. We’ll also be supporting their personal and professional development through regular workshops and mentorship sessions with EYA staff! 

Welcome to the team! Read their staff bios below:


Alannah is Gitxsan and Irish, she grew up in a village called Gitanyow. She loves all animals, especially birds, and enjoys going for nature walks with her bird. Video games and music are heavily involved in her life. She loves to draw and paint. Pronouns: She/Her


Elsie is part Cree and German, she grew up on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-waututh, and Squamish peoples. Elsie lives on Commercial Drive with her 5 birds, 2 dogs, and tons of other animals. In her spare time she likes to make art with resin, she also likes helping the community in any way she can.


Nicole is a Metis Canadian with half Ojibway First Nations and part Swedish and Norwegian ancestral roots. She was born on the unceded land of the Musqueam, Tsleil-waututh and Squamish peoples in Vancouver, BC, but has lived back on her homeland reservation in Manitoba, only recently moving back to Vancouver. Nicole now lives with her mother and 2 cats in East Vancouver, attending Windermere Secondary with one year left of high school. She enjoys spending her time in nature, doing things like gardening, and going on hikes. She skateboards often and likes listening to music as well as all art-related things. Pronouns she/her


Hannah is a second generation Canadian settler with Armenian and Arabic ancestry on her father’s side, and English & Scottish roots on her mother’s side. She was born and raised on Coast Salish territories and is privileged to currently live and work on the unceded traditional land of the Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh people. Hannah spent her childhood exploring the backcountry of BC with her mom and sister, which planted the seed for her curiosity of plants and birds. She now studies biology at Langara College and finds quiet inspiration when delving into creative textile arts that mimic nature in one manner or another. Pronouns she/her


Angela is a first-generation settler on unceded Coast Salish Territories, with Chinese roots who grew up in Taiwan and moved to Canada when she was 4. Afterward, she alternated schools between Taiwan and Canada to connect with her culture. Angela studied Geography – Environment and Sustainability and was a Sustainability Ambassador during her time at UBC. During her childhood, her mom would tell her bedtimes stories of animal kingdoms which sparked her love for nature and wildlife and fostered a personal sense of responsibility for preserving the environment. During her spare time, you can find her watching space documentaries with her 2 dogs, Bailey and Rocky, reading popular online novels outside with her dogs, experimenting yummy desserts with her dogs, or just hanging out with her dogs