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    Working from home during COVID-19

    COVID-19 has changed a lot of aspects of many people's lives. It has impacted us all in one way or another and for me, the biggest change has been working on the Vital Signs for The View from 2117 project from home. Over the last several months I have experienced the positives and negatives that...

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    A Day in the MABR

    On Wednesday, July 8th, Pierce and I went out for an adventure in the MABR with Courtney and Mandy. We took this day as a great opportunity to explore some of the MABR’s 10 Amazing Places including Parksville Community Park, Rathtrevor Beach, and Top Bridge.  Pierce and I are part of the team...

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    Data Collection at Milner Gardens & Woodland

    On Wednesday, February 12th, I joined Jessica Pyett and a handful of volunteers at Milner Gardens & Woodland to collect data for the Plant Phenology Research & Monitoring Project. The project is a collaboration between Milner Gardens, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource...

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    Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative Accelerator Launch Event

    From January 20th-January 23rd 2019, MABRRI staff members and a team of Master of Community Planning (MCP) students, including myself (both a MABRRI Research Assistant and a MCP student), assisted at the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative (IHII) Accelerator Launch Event. The four day launch...

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    Forage Fish Sampling - Halloween Night

    One of the many reasons I wanted to become a Student Research Assistant for the Forage Fish Spawning Habitat Monitoring Project at MABRRI was to gain more experience and knowledge sampling on beaches for forage fish! So far, this position has done just that! On the night of Halloween, Chrissy,...

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    Wetland Mapping - October 4th and 25th

    One of my favourite things about working at MABRRI is the opportunity to help with a variety of the different ongoing projects. On October 4th and 25th I joined Haley, Jess, and Alanna on trips to Gabriola Island for the Wetland Mapping project. The goal was to map some of the wetlands on the...

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    On the Table Event for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

    On September 27th 2019, Courtney Vaugeois, Jenica Ng-Cornish, other MABRRI staff members, and I hosted an On the Table event in the Master of Community Planning (MCP) Lab on the VIU campus. On the Table is an initiative, first introduced by the Vancouver Foundation, which brings people together...

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    Bull Kelp Documentary for Environment Climate Change Canada

    On July 26th 2019, Cassy Twiname, Alanna Vivani, and I began filming for what would be a documentary on MABRRI’s Bull Kelp Monitoring and Enhancement Plots in the Salish Sea project. Firstly, we gathered our audio and visual equipment and drove to Neck Point Park. Upon arrival, we began filming...

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    Gold River Parks Inventory

    Day 1: On July 29th Graham, Sarah, Courtney, and I headed up to beautiful Gold River to meet with Village Staff and complete an initial parks inventory for the Gold River Parks and Trails Master Plan. It was a gorgeous day that gave us high spirits and led to an amazing day in the sun while we...

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    SDGs in Powell River

    The main focus of my work at MABRRI this summer has been helping Courtney, one of MABRRI’s Project Coordinators, on the VIU and the UN Sustainable Development Goals project. The MABRRI team started this project last year by looking at what VIU is doing to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development...

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