Tricia joined SPES as its new Executive Director on May 10, 2021. Tricia’s first experience with SPES, though, was over two decades ago when she volunteered as a school programs leader. Since then, Tricia honed her leadership skills in senior positions in the not-for-profit sector including time at Science World, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, BC Centre on Substance Use and most recently as ED with the BC Borstal Association. SPES is looking forward to Tricia’s contributions to strategic leadership, human resources, finance, operations, and change management. She is known for outstanding employee relations, developing strong stakeholder relationships, collaboration, communication, and delivering exceptional results.
With her passion for nature and our connections with it, Tricia is focusing her experience and skills on driving SPES’s mission. She is thrilled to be joining and leading SPES!
Conservation Projects Manager
Ariane first joined the SPES team in 2015 as an Environmental Educator with the School Programs Department and transferred to the Conservation Department in 2017. She grew up in Montréal and moved to Vancouver shortly after finishing her master’s degree in Biology with a specialization in Evolution and Development at the Université de Montréal. Ariane has experience working in the field of habitat restoration and conservation. At SPES, Ariane loves to share her passion for the natural world with the community and to work on projects that make a difference for the Park’s ecology. She also loves skiing, mountain biking and playing drums.
Erin has worked with Metro-Vancouver nonprofits and schools delivering impactful environmental education for the last fifteen years in roles such as: program designer and manager; executive director; consultant; workshop facilitator; and collaborator. Erin joined SPES in August 2019 and manages SPES’s education programs, including our school field trips, youth urban camping, public and private walks, special events, and Nature House exhibits. She has formal and/or informal training in adventure tourism and guiding, environmental education, system change, and personal and organizational leadership. Erin is excited to join SPES’s dedicated knowledgeable team in providing opportunities for youth and community members to foster a meaningful reciprocal relationship with the urban wild and hopes to nurture innovation, creativity, and capacity.
In her spare time, Erin can be found befriending birds and other wild ones, canoeing rivers or exploring mountain tops, participating in indigenous ceremonies, activism, drumming, connecting with diverse community, and collaborating on education and climate initiatives.
Fundraising & Communications Specialist
Kathleen joined SPES in early 2014 following a 25 year career in natural history interpretation, radio and television production, and 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.
Justine joined SPES in May 2019. She has a BSc in Biology with a specialization in Ecology and Conservation Biology. She recently moved over to SPES from the Vancouver Aquarium where she worked as a marine mammal trainer. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Justine spent three years living on the tropical island of Guam, researching the invasive brown tree snake. Aside from her interest in snakes, Justine also loves frogs and spent six months “herping” and traveling through Southeast Asia and Costa Rica. She is stoked to be back in a rainforest- but this time a temperate one!
Chandehl joined the SPES team in April 2018. She has an MSc in natural resources and environmental science, and a BSc in environmental science and aquatic science. Chandehl grew up in Chilliwack, where she developed a passion for the outdoors while spending time in the local mountains, lakes, rivers and forests. She loves to share that passion with young people, and to show youth what it means to care for the earth. She spent ten years living and exploring in Northern BC, and is happy to be back in the temperate rainforest of the Lower Mainland.
Chandehl loves the ocean and hiking in the mountains. In her spare time she likes to paint, read and explore. She loves going on adventures and travelling, and has spent time in Zimbabwe, Kenya, and China.
Urban Wildlife Programs Coordinator
Nadia first joined the SPES team in June 2021 as the Urban Wildlife Programs Coordinator after completing her Master of Science degree in Applied Animal Biology at the University of British Columbia. Her research focused on using avian contraceptives to manage pigeon populations at TransLink SkyTrain stations to attempt to humanely reduce human-wildlife conflicts. Nadia has previous experience working in animal shelters, veterinary clinics, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and has collaborated on research projects aimed at mitigating human-wildlife conflicts. Nadia is passionate about research, coexistence, and making outdoor spaces and science accessible to everyone. In her free time she loves to walk her dogs, knit, read, garden, and be outside.
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.
Public Environmental Educator
Megan joined SPES in February 2020. She has a BSc in Biology and a MSc in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University. She recently moved to Vancouver from Maryland, USA where she was lead naturalist at a state park, as well as a biology college professor. Megan has many years of experience working with birds of prey and reptiles: through her Master’s research of the reproductive strategies of garter snakes in California, and in her work as a naturalist with non-releasable reptiles and birds of prey – both educational ambassadors for conservation of native wildlife. Megan is excited to bring her passion for environmental education to SPES. In her spare time, she likes reading, learning new languages, and exploring all the beautiful nature and wildlife B.C. has to offer!
Jeannine joined the SPES team in the fall of 2017. She has a B.Env. from SFU in Global Environmental Systems, and has worked in environmental education for a number of years in North Vancouver. Jeannine grew up playing in the forest and along the coastlines of Vancouver and is passionate about adventuring in the outdoors. She loves that this job allows her to share her passions with students from all over the Lower Mainland.
In her spare time, Jeannine enjoys making paper mache masks and sculptures, photography and exploring new places with her family.
Ever since getting her first taste of field work researching warblers in the Rocky Mountains, Olga has been enthusiastically exploring the world through the lens of a biologist. She has studied honeycreepers on the Big Island of Hawai’i, examined the vegetation and bird life in the sweeping grasslands of eastern Montana, and chased bumblebees in western Alberta. These experiences taught her to see the world with new eyes, including her hometown of Vancouver, where she completed a Master of Science studying Barn Swallows. She is thrilled to be applying her field work skills in Stanley Park. She also loves cooking up a storm, spending time with friends and family, biking, running, hiking, and swimming in the ocean at all times of year.
Michael joined SPES in August 2017 after serving as communications volunteer for the past year and a half. With a B.A in Geography from UBC and a certificate in Fundraising and Non-Profit Management from BCIT Michael has enjoyed a varied career in the non-profit sector working as a fundraiser and program coordinator for The Land Conservancy of BC, and The Heart and Stroke Foundation among others. When not at work, this Vancouver native can be spotted hanging out at English Bay, spending time with his dog Rhylee (the world’s cutest westie) and exploring all that Stanley Park has to offer. He is excited to join SPES and help people further connect with nature.
Sasha joined our team here at SPES in February 2020, following a move from Treaty 1 territory’s Winnipeg, Manitoba. He has been working in the non-profit sector for over seven years mainly in career development and education programming with three years specifically in volunteer coordination. He studied at the University of Winnipeg for his BA, with his focus in English and Theatre/Film. He has a passion for community engagement and career development and is excited to use his expertise in the world of volunteering. Sasha also works as a stand up comedian telling jokes on television, in festivals, in theatres and in the local Vancouver comedy scene. In his spare time he likes eating donuts, going on long walks for donuts, reading (not just about donuts) and is also a big fan of all things spooky (horror films, haunted houses, when they are out of donuts), and the Canadian comedy scene…and donuts, of course.
My name is Shelby-Lynn Soney and I am the stewardship intern! I am a Two-spirit Anishnaabe and Mohawk person from Bkejwanong Unceded Territory. I was born and raised in Southern Ontario but have been living in the Lower Mainland on and off for about 6 years. I’m a student at UBC in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies program and will be returning in September to finish my final year of my BA. I got placed here at SPES through an internship program called ‘Roots and Shoots’ through the Environmental Youth Alliance! Some topics I am interested and passionate about are Indigenous food sovereignty and the ways that intersects with land stewardship and conservation work. In my spare time, you will usually find me playing with my puppy Astro or working out/being active in some way (I love doing jump rope, hiking, and dancing). I also am an avid crafter and love making art of all kinds like weaving, sewing, beadwork, etc.!