Rhiannon works for the City of Victoria, and previously worked as a Researcher at Ocean Wise. Her research focused on microplastic pollution in beluga whales and their prey in the western Canadian Arctic. She published the first evidence of microplastic pollution in cetaceans within North America, was named one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 sustainability leaders, later receiving the Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research. Her passion for science communication and waste reduction paired with the sobering findings of her research enabled her to shift her career from ocean research to waste reduction policy communication. Rhiannon now works for City of Victoria’s Zero Waste team.
Kelsey is a researcher at the University of British Columbia where she studies the internal anatomy and biomechanics of whales. She has been passionate about the ocean and marine life for as long as she can remember, despite growing up in the prairies. In her journey to study marine life, Kelsey completed a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in animal biology and studied at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre where her love for all marine life – big and small, continued to grow. She obtained her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia where her whale research began. Kelsey has recognized that the most important thing she can do to help our oceans is share her knowledge to help educate people about how important our oceans and all of their inhabitants are, to demonstrate how much we stand to lose if we don’t take action.
Chantel’s passion for marine ecology and ecosystem health has brought her to a career in environmental stewardship and outdoor education. Chantel studied Environmental Studies at Trent University. Her love of the ocean, and passion for adventure are what drive her to connect with people and inspire them to live more sustainably and take care of our natural world. Chantel is the Program Coordinator for Ocean Ambassadors Canada, overseeing all programs and actively working on the organizations’ zero waste small business initiative in Metro Vancouver. In her spare time Chantel can be found in the forest, on or in the ocean.
Zero Waste Coordinator
Sarah is an upper-year student at the University of British Columbia, pursuing her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science with a focus in Sustainability Science and Political Science. Her passion for outdoor adventures has fueled her interest in protecting the ocean, mountains and forests in her backyard. She is most interested in making the world more sustainable through educating people about environmental issues, advancing environmental policies, and supporting local sustainability initiatives. In her free time, Sarah can be found hiking, skiing, and kayaking.
Lauren grew up on the coast of Western Australia down the road from the Indian Ocean, where her love for the water began. Growing up snorkeling, surfing and wading through rock pools inspired her to complete a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and Conservation Biology at the University of Western Australia.
This passion for ocean conservation presented opportunities around the world from coral monitoring in Mexico, scuba diving remote reefs of Borneo, assessing fishery sustainability in BC and determining rates of coral acidification in northern Western Australia. Laurens love of the ocean is her motivation to share sustainable practices around ocean pollution and marine conservation.
Erica grew up in sunny southern California, spending as much time as
possible outside and at the beach. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation, as well as several
certifications in Yoga Teaching, Integrative Energy Therapy,
Ayurvedic Massage, and Restorative Justice Facilitation. Her
interdisciplinary background has provided her with work in project
management, education, and health services that serve diverse communities
She recognizes how important our surrounding nature is to our personal
health, and brings that to her work at Ocean Ambassadors Canada. She is
motivated by creating experiences for people to care for themselves and
their environment. Her love and connection to the ocean fuels her role as a
teacher and leader in creating sustainable action to protect what we love
and be involved in the causes we care about.
Nima Mostaghimi holds an honours degree in Environment and Resource Studies from the University of Waterloo. He is driven by a passion for understanding ecology and how human society fits within the environmental system. His recent experiences as an Assistant Field Instructor for the University of Waterloo and an Outdoor Educator for Mt Seymour have sprouted an interest in facilitating experiences for children and adults to cultivate a connection with the outdoors.
For as long as I can remember I have always had a very close connection to nature. From horse riding to sailing with my dad on the ocean. It has played an integral part in who I am and I have forever strived to give something back to a world which has given me so much fulfilment. I decided at an early age to study the environment, taking biology and geography classes through high school and finally Ecology and Conservation at University in Lancaster, England, where I wrote a thesis on sustainable agriculture. My 2nd University year abroad in Australia was the highlight of my academic career as it sparked my interest in coastal and marine ecology and its importance in worldwide conservation. After being a practical conservation volunteer and participating in a number of Environmental Non-Profit internships in South America, I moved to Canada in 2017 on a 2 year visa at the age of 21 and soon became involved in outdoor environmental education and guiding with children. To me working with children is not only fulfilling and enjoyable but important in creating an environmentally conscious society for our future. Developing the ocean plastic education workshops with OAC has been an incredible privilege and I have constantly been inspired by the plastic problem solutions our younger generations are thinking of.
Ocean was born in Vancouver British Columbia, he grew up spending countless days on the beach while his parents worked as local lifeguards. As an elementary school student he attended the Ocean Ambassadors school camp and had a really good time! Later on in the year he got accepted to the Ocean Heros Worldwide Bootcamp at UBC. he has been stand up paddle racing from 10 years. He loves to SUP surf in Tofino with his family.
I was born and raised in Vancouver BC, and am currently attending boarding school in a small town just north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. My love for the ocean and the outdoors in general began early, exploring tide pools at the beach and going on fishing trips with my family. When I am not at school, I spend most of my time participating in outdoor activities including skiing, mountain biking and fishing, as well as playing sports including hockey, football and basketball.
In my free time I love to play hockey, paint, and volunteer. Whenever I’m at the beach, swimming is always at the top of my list!
Sophie was born in Vancouver and has always loved being close to the Pacific Ocean and beaches, where she swims, kayaks and paddle boards. She first discovered Ocean Ambassadors through a field trip with her elementary school. The program got her started in SUP and furthered her interest in creating awareness about climate change and micro plastics. She volunteered last year with Ocean Ambassadors and is looking forward to being a Camp Leader this summer.