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Québec, QC, Canada

Spencer Chaisson

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A youth workshop series aimed at exploring the "secret life of plankton".

Project Description

My project aimed to spark a curiosity from children in ocean science and the unseen beauty and importance of plankton. My workshops included providing a fun narrative on what plankton were and how they were important for sustaining everyone’s favorite marine wildlife from turtles to whales. I provided access to a plankton net and to a microscope attached to a TV to look at real plankton from their local beach.  I completed 3 workshops in early Fall 2020, with the largest being a tailored workshop for a group from Big Brothers Vancouver in October 2020.

“The Secret Life of Plankton: Learn about the microscopic but big world of plankton! What are plankton and what do they look like? Why are they important for all ocean life like clams, fish, and whales? And what can we do to help keep our ocean plankton health and happy? These are all questions that will be answered in this fun and interactive workshop. The workshop is split into three parts – 1) An overview of the basics of plankton; 2) Going outside to a nearby beach or dock to collect our very own plankton from the ocean; and 3) A look at the plankton we collect using a microscope.”

Biggest Challenge

My biggest challenges were gaining the confidence to run a workshop, and getting the equipment and space needed for this kind of workshop. Ocean Wise helped with all three by 1) including me in a network of other youth to learn and grow together, 2) providing me a microscope to train with and use for workshop demonstrations, and 3) providing me free space to use at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Most Valuable Takeaway

The most amazing things is that I still have parents thank me and say that I inspired some of their kids to become marine biologists, and that they’re taking school seriously because of it. So they act as an inspiration to me to keep pursuing my ocean science career.

#oceanbridge

This year make a difference by giving a sustainable gift.

🎄Support local businesses that promote sustainability.

🎄Re-use gift wrap and use cloth bags, to reduce waste.

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#seedsforseas #ocean #sustainablilty #ecofriendly #oceanwise #youthtosea #oceanwiseyouth #tree #christmastree #christmas #holidays #holidayseason #local #shoplocal #gift #vacation #experiences #diy
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Less than 25 Days until I depart for Norway and fulfill a lifelong dream of mine!

It's slowly sinking in that I am actually going to Tromsø to see marine mammals from a whole new perspective! I can't wait to meet all the women that are part of seawomenexpeditions and learn as much as I possibly can during our 10-day expedition.

#seawomen #seawomenexpeditions #expedition #arctic #arcticsnorkel #arcticcircle #norway #tromso #fjords #herringrun #orcas #humpbacks #oceans #oceanresearch #oceandecade #oceanconservation #climate #gender #equity #inclusion #breakthebias #changetheratio #yesshecan #diverseocean
#oceanwiseyouth #oceanwise

Art by witleemikee
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Last week we said goodbye to our Ocean Bridge Ambassador, amanda.purnell 💙
Amanda has shared her passion for marine life in our community with a Build-A-Whale outreach program this summer. She spent many an early morning with wet feet counting sea stars for our Sea Star Wasting Surveys. And she even raised 670$ for SIMRS by running her first 10k! You can also thank Amanda for our Trivia Tuesdays posts these last few months. We are so grateful to have had her as a part of our team, thank you Amanda for all of your hard work and dedication to SIMRS!
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Here’s what Amanda has to share about her time with us:

“Working for SIMRS the past 3 months has been an incredibly rewarding experience. A few of the many highlights was being a part of the August Sea star surveys, attending all of the build-a-whale events and being given the opportunity to write two articles for Tofino Times.
This experience has been better than I could have asked for and I'm so thankful it has confirmed my desire to work in marine conservation!
SIMRS is an amazing nonprofit doing such valuable work here on the coast. It's been inspiring to watch such strong women lead this organization and put their passion, time and talent into it. I'm so sad to go, but very excited to see what the future holds now having this experience under my belt. Thanks so much SIMRS!”
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Ocean Bridge Direct Action is an oceanwise program that connects youth with marine conservation organizations, giving them opportunities to explore ocean-related careers. Thank you oceanwise for this partnership opportunity, we hope to host other Ocean Bridge Ambassadors in the near future!
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Thank you Amanda and best of luck with your future in marine science. You are going to do great things!
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#oceanwise, #oceanwiseyouth, #internship, #internshipprogram, #marinebiology, #marinebiologist, #oceanscience, #oceanconservation, #marineconservation, #marineeducation, #oceanliteracy, #tofino, #ucluelet
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Love Our Oceans Project is still here!
A little life update- I’ve learned how important mentorship has been to me through this project, so I started teaching in a Veterinary Technology program! I’m still in clinic as well, and the project is alive and well! This past month I’ve learned all about lesson planning, marking, etc. so I haven’t been as active on here! Now that things have settled, I will be posting some very exciting updates & content to keep LOOP in the VetMed world! Happy Recycling ♻️
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#vetmed #vettechlife #vettech #vetnurse #vet #veterinarynurseinitiative #oceanwise #oceanwiseyouth #onlyone #leaderstoday #recycle #sustainability #yvr #explorevancouver #explorebc #ecoconscious
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Planning meeting with seawomenexpeditions! We've been meeting regularly for the past few months. This is our last planning session prior to us departing for our trip! Cohort 1 is leaving November 12! It's finally happening!

#seawomen #seawomenexpeditions #leaderstoday #norway #tromsø #arctic #arcticsnorkel #arcticcircle #norway #fjords #herringrun #orcas #humpbacks #oceans #oceanresearch #oceandecade #oceanconservation #climate #gender #equity #inclusion #breakthebias #changetheratio #yesshecan #diverseocean
#oceanwiseyouth #oceanwise
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We had such an amazing time participating with orcafestival last weekend!

As our first public event, this opportunity was so amazing to be apart of. Many interesting conversations were had about the effects of climate change and sustainable food sourcing.

So many sustainable businesses/organizations were brought together for this event. Big thank you to O.R.C.A fest for hosting us, we had so much fun!

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#seedsforseas #vanorcafestival #vanorcafest #orcafest #youthtosea #oceanwiseyouth #oceanwise #climatechange #sustainable #garden
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Thank you so much to orcafestival for inviting us to participate in your event this past weekend! Thank you to all those that came by as well!

I have to give a HUGE shout out to the organizing team and volunteers for doing such an amazing job on their very first event!

This event was hosted by a group of youths aged 15-18!!! Each person was professional, kind, always offered to help and smiling!

Being a huge advocate for young entrepreneurs, I was so excited to witness and be a part of such an awesome day!!!!

Kudos, kudos, kudos!!!!

Beautiful card by oceanchildcreative

#periwinkledesignsca #oceanwiseyouth #orca #shoplocal #kidentrepreneur #leaders #thankyou #market #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness #ecofriendly #sustainability #sustainable #zerowaste #savetheocean #conservation #oceanconservation #oceanwise #youthtosea
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Website Launch!

Seeds for Seas is so excited to finally share our website! On our website you can find DIY sustainable garden pots, recipes and more about each of our members. Be sure to check out the link in our bio!

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#seedsforseas #youthtosea #oceanwiseyouth #oceanwise #sustainable #gardening #recipes #wixsite #websitelaunch
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Upcoming Event!

Seeds for Seas is happy to announce that we will be working along side orcafestival to share our project with the public!

O.R.C.A fest is rooted in Ocean Conservation, Reform, Climate Optimism and Action. O.R.C.A fest is your chance to support our project along with many other sustainable businesses.

To support our mission and get a free plant starter come by between 11am-3pm October 22nd at Milton Wong Plaza.

Where: Milton Wong Plaza (650 Manitoba St, Vancouver, BC)
When: October 22nd, 11am-3pm
What: O.R.C.A festival
Why: Support and shop local sustainable businesses and connect with our community!

Make sure to follow Seeds for Seas and orcafestival for more information!

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#seedsforseas #vanorcafestival #vanorcafest #youthtosea #oceanwiseyouth #oceanwise #climatechange #sustainable #shoplocal
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We did it!!⁠ 🌊✅

Kara and I are back from the 7th International Marine Debris Conference (7IMDC) and are excited to share our experience.

Poster night:⁠

On the third day of the conference, we got to showcase our poster. We talked about how ocean conservation needs more accessible youth mentorship programs and how it mutually benefits youth AND the organization. ⁠

On this poster, we also highlighted a few organizations that personally helped us along our journey.⁠

oceanwise ➡️ How our platform, Plastic Free BC started! Through the Ocean Bridge program as ocean bridge ambassadors.

ecopcanada ➡️ An incredible resource for both of us as Early Career Ocean Professionals, as they have given us a network to find opportunities, connect with other ECOPs and advance our ocean action project.⁠

ocean_networks ➡️ Supporting our project and pushing us to think even bigger, broader and past the conference into our next steps.⁠

#youthengagement #risingyouth #youngleaders #futureleaders #municipalpolitics #YouthEmpowerment #oceanconservation #climateadvocacy #unoceandecade #leaderstoday #oceanwiseyouth #oceanwise #Savetheseas #UN #genocean #unitednations #oceanminded #oceanpolicy #plasticpollution #oceandecade #earlycareeroceanprofessionals #youthleader #ECOPs #oceanleadership #communityofchampions #oceanleaders #intergenerationalequity #marinedebris #uvic⁠ #marineplasticpollution⁠

ecop_programme unoceandecade unitednations jeanine.clair hey_its_kara universityofvictoria uvicscience oceanwiseyouth unep unacanada unacvancouver
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A week ago we had our first opportunity to share our work with our peers. It was an amazing experience and so rewarding to finally share our project after months of preparation. Thank you so much everyone who attended the Youth to Sea showcase, we had an amazing time.

Big shoutout to youthtosea and oceanwiseyouth for making this project possible. It has been an incredible journey and we can’t wait to continue this process.

Be on the lookout for future Seeds for Seas events in the future!

Share your plants progress by tagging us in your posts!

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#seedsforseas #youthtosea #oceanwise #oceanwiseyouth #sustainablilty #planters #garden #climatechange
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Join Ocean Bridge ambassadors in the Museum of Nature's Retunda Room for an evening of learning and networking! Guest speakers include Lawrence Gunther of Bluefish Canada, the Ottawa River Keeper, and Watersheds Canada!

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with individuals involved in freshwater citizen science from the Ottawa region, hear from special guest speakers about their initiatives and the value of citizen science, and enter to win a door prize of mini Water Rangers test kits!

Social hour begins at 5:30PM EST - don't forget your business cards and questions!

Ocean Bridge ambassadors would like to acknowledge that this event will take place on the unceded traditional territory of Algonquin Anishinaabe Peoples and on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. During this event, we will take time to reflect and consider our part in Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

RSVP: link in the bio!
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Joignez-vous aux ambassadeurs de Portail Océan dans la salle Retunda du Musée de la nature pour une soirée d'apprentissage et de réseautage ! Les conférenciers invités comprennent Lawrence Gunther de Bluefish Canada, le Gardien de la rivière des Outaouais et Watersheds Canada !

Les participants auront l'occasion d'établir des contacts avec des personnes de la région d'Ottawa impliquées dans la science citoyenne en eau douce, d'entendre des conférenciers spéciaux parler de leurs initiatives et de la valeur de la science citoyenne, et de participer au tirage d'un prix de présence consistant de mini trousses d'analyse Water Rangers !

L'heure sociale commence à 17 h 30 HNE - n'oubliez pas vos cartes de visite et vos questions !

Les ambassadeurs de Portail Océan tiennent à souligner que cet événement aura lieu sur le territoire traditionnel non cédé des peuples algonquins anishinaabe et lors de la Journée nationale pour la vérité et la réconciliation. Au cours de cet événement, nous prendrons le temps de réfléchir et d'envisager notre rôle dans le processus de vérité et de réconciliation au Canada.

@LeadersToday @OceanWise #LeadersToday #CanadaServiceCorps #OceanWise #OceanWiseYouth #OceanBridge @leadersdaujourdhui
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ZILCH: The Zero-Waste Market is happening on Saturday, October 1st at the heritagehallvancouver ⁠!⁠

Support your local zero-waste and low-waste businesses at this one-day pop-up market. Hosted by OceanWise's Ocean Bridge Pacific Youth Ambassadors, this event will have vendors, speakers and raffle draws! ⁠

• Date: Saturday, October 1st 2022⁠
• Time: Open 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM⁠
• Location: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St, Vancouver ⁠
• Free Administration!⁠
• RSVP through the link in our bio⁠

Share this post and tag a friend who you'd want to go with! We hope to see you there!!⁠ ⁠

Follow their instagram account, zilchzwm, for more information.

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pssttt! Here's a sneak peek at some of our wonderful vendors! ⁠

milklady_soap⁠ ⁠
ReJewels⁠ ⁠
RefillRoad⁠ ⁠
Nada⁠ ⁠
GlowingOrchidOrganics⁠ ⁠
MalatheBrand⁠ ⁠
UP.Pet⁠

#ZeroWasteMarket #SustainableMarket #SustainableSmallBusiness #ZeroWasteBusiness #SupportLocal #SupportBCbusiness #YVR #VanCityEvents #vancity #yvrevents #vancouverisawesome #popupmarket #supportsmallbusiness #plasticfreeBC #OceanWise #OceanWiseYouth #localvendor #madeincanada #dailyhivevan #LeadersToday mountpleasantbia OceanWise OceanWiseYouth leaderstoday leadersdaujourdhui
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Comédienne de formation, Camille Deslauriers Ménard tombe rapidement dans la grande marmite du conte. On a pu la voir aux Dimanches du conte, mais aussi dans des espaces publics, des musées, des bibliothèques, des garderies et des écoles. Elle crée des histoires pour le musée Pointe-à-Callière et pour l’Aquarium de Québec et commence son incursion dans le monde des festivals avec Festilou. S'enchaînent alors Tam Tam Macadam, le festival de contes des Laurentides et Contabadour, où elle remporte en 2022 le concours de conte pluridisciplinaire. Camille est aussi marionnettiste, auteure, metteure en scène et formatrice. Elle sera prochainement marionnettiste dans la pièce Perruche du Théâtre de l’Œil.

#oceanwiseyouth #oceanconservation #stlaurent #montreal #symposium
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Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting one of my fellow #seawomen sarachip! She visited the Yukon for the first time and I was able to share the beauty of the place I get to call home with her! In less than two months we will be reuniting in Norway! 😊

I love all the connections I've already been able to make thanks to seawomenexpeditions and I can't wait to meet all the other incredible female leaders soon! It's truly inspirational to be surrounded by such a diverse group of women from all walks of life and (almost) every corner of this planet.

#seawomen #diverseocean #seawomenexpeditions #expedition #arctic #arcticsnorkel #arcticcircle #norway #tromso #fjords #herringrun #orcas #humpbacks #oceans #oceanresearch #oceandecade #oceanconservation #climate #gender #equity #inclusion #breakthebias #changetheratio #yesshecan #diverseocean
#oceanwiseyouth #oceanwise #femaleleaders #travelyukon #fishlake #kwanlindun
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De la Gaspésie à la basse côte-nord en allant jusqu’à Montréal, le Saint-Laurent est un écosystème d’une valeur inexplicable. La forte présence de mammifères marins, dont nos bélugas de Tadoussac, les nombreuses communautés qui le bordent ainsi que sa grande biodiversité en font un lieu d'une grande importance culturelle.

Bien que le Saint-Laurent ait une énorme importance économique, entre autres dû au couloir maritime et à la pêche commerciale, il reste prioritaire de conserver ce milieu marin.

Apprenez en plus lors d’Osmose-Symposium et Exposition d’Art.

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From the Gaspé peninsula to the north shore all the way to Montreal, the St. Lawrence is a unique ecosystem with an indescribable value. Its strong presence of marine mammals, such as the beluga whales of Tadoussac, the many small communities on its coasts and its biodiversity make it an important part of our culture..

Although the St. Lawrence has a very important economy, amongst others the maritime corridor and commercial fishing, it should be everyone’s priority to protect our oceans.

Learn more during Osmose-Symposium and Art Exposition.

#oceanconservation #oceanwise #oceanwiseyouth #artexpo #symposium #montreal #stlaurent #stlawrenceriver
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Free event! In collaboration with Ocean Minded Inc., Ocean Wise's Ocean Bridge program invites you to our Ocean Expo!

Artistic, educational & scientific workshops for people of all ages on ocean & marine conservation + Information session on beluga whale protection with experts!

RSVP by clicking the link in the bio!
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Événement gratuit ! En collaboration avec Ocean Minded Inc., Ocean Wise Portail Océan vous invite à notre Expo-Océan !

Ateliers artistiques, éducatifs et scientifiques pour les personnes de tout âge sur la conservation des océans et des milieux marins + Séance d’information sur la protection des bélugas avec des experts !

RSVP en cliquant sur le lien dans notre bio !

@oceanminded.ed @oceanwise @leaderstoday @leadersdaujourdhui #canadaservicecorps #oceanwise #oceanbridge #leaderstoday #oceanwiseyouth
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Spotted in a restaurant in Skagway, Alaska! 🐋

#skagway #alaska #diverseocean #oceanwise #oceanwiseyouth #seawomen #seawomenexpeditions #savetheocean #plasticpollution #saynotostraws
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