With a BSc in Biology and a broad career in national and provincial Parks, conservation, and nonprofits including the Vancouver Aquarium, Patricia has been at the helm of SPES since 2004. A long term resident of the West End, she believes that inspiring local urban dwellers to reconnect with nature is fundamental to building constituencies for global ecological conservation. During vacations from SPES, Patricia is a river rafting guide in northern BC, Alaska, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. She has organized expeditions for National Geographic Society, Wildlife Conservation Society, and UNESCO World Heritage. She is a member of the Explorers Club, and sits on the transboundary Steering Committee of Rivers Without Borders.
Conservation Projects Manager
Maria is a wildlife biologist with 16 years of experience in both urban and remote settings. She has a wide range of skills pertaining directly to conservation and public outreach in a variety of sectors, from parks and stewardship projects to remote baseline data collection projects. Over the course of her career she has planned and conducted many field data collection programs in support of conservation initiatives. She has identified and managed conservation priorities and public outreach programs for a community-based municipal conservation area and served as an advisor to identify wildlife and habitat conservation needs, develop monitoring programs and directed mitigation efforts on a number of projects.
Public Education and Outreach Manager
Celina joined SPES in the winter of 2013. With infectious enthusiasm, she inspires people around her to connect to the natural world. She attended the McGill School of Environment where she learned about our amazing and vital interconnections we have with the natural world. Celina has worked as an environmental educator in numerous settings – from Ducks Unlimited’s flat, waterlogged reserves outside of Winnipeg to the mountainous Regional Parks of Metro Vancouver. But, she gets the most excited about creatively connecting people with the ecology of the west coast.
School Programs Manager
Dylan joined the SPES team in the late spring of 2015. He has a BSc from UBC and a BEd from SFU and has worked as an environmental educator with many non-profits in Metro Vancouver and elsewhere, including Evergreen, Science World, Catching the Spirit, Gently Down the Seymour, and RiverWatch. Dylan is passionate about the benefits of being immersed in nature and seeks to give students around Metro Vancouver memorable opportunities to explore, learn, and play in Stanley Park. When he’s not at work, you might see Dylan biking around the city and beyond, camping in our beautiful forests, or gardening and talking about compost.
Fundraising & Communications Specialist
Kathleen joined SPES in early 2014 following a 25 year career in natural history interpretation, radio and television production, and, most recently, exhibit development for science centres and museums in the Middle East and United States. In her role as Fundraising and Communications Specialist, Kathleen combines her scientific curiosity with her innate ability to translate complex topics into engaging stories and experiences – ones that she hope will encourage support for SPES’ important work. Having traveled the world for work and pleasure, this native Vancouverite is thrilled to be based in one of the world’s most beautiful and natural urban parks.
Urban Wildlife Programs Coordinator
Greg comes to SPES with a diverse background in education, biology and ecology. With a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and English as well as a Master’s in Education, Greg has worked as a biology teacher for a number of years in both conventional settings as well as in outdoor programs. He has experience with a variety of ecological field work including: bird monitoring, sea turtle conservation, and most recently, as a grizzly bear guide/naturalist. A passionate naturalist and teacher, Greg is excited to be a member of the SPES team and help Vancouverites live harmoniously with urban wildlife. Outside the office, you might find him hiking with his wife and two dogs, bird watching, or photographing nature.
Kari joined SPES’s Conservation team in spring 2016, a natural fit following her time as a dedicated volunteer with SPES’s Communications department and Special Invasive Removal Team. Kari’s passion for environmental sustainability and collaborative problem-solving lead her to receive her B.A. in Environmental Geography in 2015, and now drives her to connect people with nature through mindful stewardship and creative engagement. She has diverse experience in childhood recreation, environmental non-profit research, and customer service, and is currently a member of her local municipality’s Environment and Sustainability Advisory Committee. Originally from Calgary, Kari has spent most of her life living in and exploring BC’s coastal ecosystems, and can regularly be found on local hiking trails, at her community garden, or snapping photos of everything the province has to offer.
Tobias joined SPES in July 2017 following a move from the UK. He graduated from the University of Manchester with BA in Geography and an MA in Political Economy in 2010 and since then has been heavily involved in the non-profit sector. Tobias has a background in volunteer management and organizational development, having worked for the environmental and community development charity Groundwork, as well as the mental health care provider Creative Support. He has several years’ experience of designing, recruiting and delivering volunteer projects and he is passionate about community empowerment and environmental sustainability. Away from the office Tobias can be found riding mountain bikes, hiking or climbing mountains and he is very excited to be in Vancouver with so much incredible wilderness to explore.
Conservation Technician/Environmental Educator
Ariane joined the SPES team in April 2015 following the completion of her Master’s degree at the Université de Montréal. During her studies in Biology, she took as many opportunities as possible to immerse herself in exciting projects. This included a student exchange in Reunion Island, participating in conferences, and scientific scuba diving. For her Master’s degree, she investigated the skeletal development of feather stars with her field work taking place at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island. Soon after graduating, Ariane left her hometown of Laval and her mother language of French to come to Vancouver. She loves skiing, mountain biking and playing drums. Ariane is convinced that nature can inspire anyone who gives it a chance.
Emily joined SPES’s team of Environmental Educators in the fall of 2016, following two dedicated seasons as an Eco Ranger, among a variety of other SPES volunteer roles. With a BA from UBC in Geography: Environment & Sustainability, and Sociology, and a certificate in Creative Writing from SFU, Emily is particularly interested in the societal narratives we tell about the environment. She brings a varied approach to SPES’ Environmental Education team, with experience in scientific field research, environmental education, and creative writing mentoring. As a life-long Girl Guides of Canada member and leader, being immersed in the forests of coastal BC is where Emily first found her passion for the environment, sustainability, and wildlife. She is excited to facilitate that connection between students and nature in beautiful Stanley Park.
Hailing from the Philippine tropics, Dannie brings the experience of birds and geckos in the house and camping in the rainforest. Her love for living things flourished in the move to Canada through UBC’s Natural Resource Conservation B.Sc. program, bird surveys in Ladner, fending off polar bears in the high Arctic, and all manner of invasive species wrangling in between. She found a calling to nature interpretation through summer work with A Rocha Canada, and the tireless work of connecting people with nature stuck with her since.
Dannie joined SPES mid-2016 and is thankful for the grandest workplace in the world. In her spare time, she devours books, tackles the yarn arts, studies creation care theology, and learns obscure martial arts.
Alyx joined the SPES team in April 2017. While completing a Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, she developed an interest in the way cities and natural areas interact. She took on a variety of co-op and volunteer positions that taught her about environmental education, GIS mapping for international development, and event planning for the university. After graduating and yearning to explore, she moved to Asia which introduced her to the ocean and fresh mountain air. She’s excited to be back on home turf with a greater appreciation of Canada’s natural diversity and the opportunity to explore the west coast. In her spare time, she likes cooking elaborate dishes, enjoying some fresh air, and getting lost in new places.
Regina is the newest member of the SPES team and is here with us for the summer. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia, majoring in Applied Animal Biology. Her experiences working at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre inspired her to work in conservation, research, and/or education in the future to promote environmental stewardship and wildlife protection. This summer, Regina is very excited to help with planning and organizing the Stanley Park #BioBlitz150, one of five flagship BioBlitzes in Canada. In her spare time, you will most likely find Regina longboarding, taking a scenic hike, or scouting for yummy eats around town.
Nature House Educator
Adam joined the SPES team in June of 2017 as a Nature House Educator for the summer. He is an undergraduate student at the University of Victoria, majoring in Coastal Geography and minoring in Environmental Studies. During his studies, Adam gained knowledge of Canadian geography and in particular British Columbia landscapes and ecosystems. This knowledge inspired Adam to pursue environmental education and brought him to the SPES team. Over the summer he hopes to educate others about the ecology of Stanley Park as well as gain more knowledge of Vancouver ecology. In his spare time, you can find Adam hiking, playing soccer, or adventuring around the lower mainland finding new and exciting landscapes to explore.