Ocean Wise Ambassador – 2021 Ocean Bridge Classic Cohort
A bit about me:
In 2019/2020 I participated in the International Youth Internship Program, and was a Fisheries Resource Management Intern at Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve, in Belize. This experience opened my eyes to the numerous challenges facing independent fishermen, as well as the ways in which climate change is threatening their livelihoods.
An ocean-related issue close to my heart is protecting our oceans against the threats of climate change and plastic pollution. While walking along the beach at the field station on Turneffe Atoll, the beach was littered with copious amounts of garbage. I was in the middle of a marine reserve and what felt like such a pristine area, yet the beach was still full of plastic and waste. This just further highlighted the need to minimize my own waste and to seek out eco-friendly and plastic-free options whenever possible. I am also passionate about changing humanity’s relationship with the ocean from one of exploitation to one of admiration and respect.
I’m excited to be a part of Ocean Bridge because of the opportunity I will have to connect with other like-minded individuals and share resources on how to address the numerous threats the ocean is facing. I am also very much looking forward to the opportunity to deliver a service project in my home community, shed light on the plight of the ocean, and inspire others to take action and be a voice for the ocean!
Tell us something random about yourself:
My favourite marine animal… All of them! I just finished watching My Octopus Teacher, so currently have a soft spot for octopus. I had the chance to swim amongst spotted eagle rays during my internship in Belize, and I will never forget the feeling of awe and wonder that overcame me in that moment as they were gliding all around me! They are so graceful and I felt transported to another world as I swam amongst them.
What gets me up in the morning:
I am extremely grateful to have a job that I am so passionate about and excited to wake up in the morning for! But first and foremost I always start my day in prayer, which sets the tone for my day and allows me to give my best in every aspect of my life – at work, with family and friends, and with those I have yet to meet! After work I enjoy yoga and working out, reading, journaling, and spending time with my loved ones and dog. A couple of my favorite sports include ultimate Frisbee and softball.