A project of the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network (GVPN) funded by a My Great Neighbourhoods Grant from the City of Victoria. This project aims to support little free libraries across Victoria (LFL).
To date the project has mapped out 220 LFLs across the region, dropped off over 7000 books to LFLs, helped install dozens of LFLs, and upcycled over 20 old newspaper boxes into LFLs. I am the creator and lead of this project.
Leaf blowers contribute to noise pollution, produce excessive and dangerous exhaust emissions, and re-suspend dust, all contributing to negative health and environmental impacts. It’s time for Saanich Council to ban gas-powered leaf blowers, support a recycling program for obsolete machines, and regulate the use of electric blowers to ensure their noise output is below safe thresholds, and in compliance with Saanich’s noise suppression bylaw.
Municipalities across BC grant tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars of property tax exemptions to religious organizations without any accountability. Cities should apply a public benefits tests to make sure they get a fair return. I am conducting policy research supporting this campaign.
Speech and debate has had a huge impact on my life, and unfortunately, the number of school teams on Vancouver Island has plummeted in recent years. I have been working to revive school programs on the Island. This includes volunteering as the coach of the Alberni District Secondary School, and running English and French speech, debate, and model UN workshops of varying lengths in middle and high school across the island.
Road murals are placemaking elements that serve as an effective tool for increasing road safety while simultaneously encouraging creativity, the arts, and building community. This project, through the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network, seeks to introduce road murals to Saanich, and measure the effectiveness for reducing speeds and increasing road safety.
The Sea Ranger Service is the world’s first maritime ranger service. As a social enterprise it builds specially-designed sailing work ships and trains unemployed youths to become Sea Rangers. After extensive maritime training, coordinated by navy veterans, Sea Rangers are deployed to assist nations in managing Marine Protect Areas, marine research and to conserve historic ship wrecks. I have supported the Sea Ranger Service as their researcher since its foundation in 2016.
An annual court case simulation which gives high school students from across BC the opportunity to try a criminal case in a real court room in front of a judge. The event has been run in cooperation with the Victoria Bar Association and the Justice Education Society. I was the lead organizer of this event from 2014 to 2019.
Residents of the Hillside-Quadra, Oaklands, and North Park neighbourhoods in Victoria, BC have been without a community library branch for far too long. They deserve access to the valuable resources that a local library provides including books and other materials, meeting rooms, classes, storytime for kids, and a serving as a community hub. I am part of the organizing committee for this campaign.
The Black Fish is an international community united in its aim to end illegal and destructive fishing practices and safeguard a future for the plentiful species in our oceans. Its approach brings together people and the benefits of modern technology to protect the oceans through civil fisheries monitoring. I served as the lead researcher of this organization from 2013 to 2018.
A marine conservation organization dedicated to mobilizing and empowering local communities, citizen scientists, and campaign groups to end the destruction of habitat and species in the world’s oceans; through science, education, conservation and action! One of the major goals of Fin Fighters is to make the UK fin free by 2023. I helped found and develop the strategy of this organization.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a marine conservation organization that uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas.
In 2015 the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was awarded €8.3 million by the Dutch Post Code Lottery, for the purchase of a custom-build, high-speed,long-range, Antarctic patrol vessel. I served as the lead author of this grant.