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“I can’t do everything, but I can do something, and I won’t let what I can’t do stop me from doing what I can” - EE Hale
Shaunti Bains is in the Global Stewardship program at Capilano university, and plays music with an environmental band. She was drawn to Mission: Transition because of the efficacy and efficiency at working at the municipal level. She is on the North Shore team where she helps to organize community meetings as a Meeting Captain.
I care deeply about climate change. Force of Nature continues to provide me with the resources and support to engage my local community. By changing the way society responds to climate change, our municipal, provincial, and federal governments will address the threat efficiently and work towards a more sustainable future.
Monica is a 17 year old grade 12 student at Dr. Charles Best Secondary School in Coquitlam, enrolled in the French Immersion Program. She has always been passionate about saving our environment and creating a sustainable community. Through Force of Nature, she has been able to make an increasingly influential dent in the cycle on environmental issues in government and society. She has been volunteering with the Coquitlam Watershed Roundtable and other in school environmental groups for several years, and has been with Force of Nature since early 2017.
Sven has been a campaigner and organizer in the environment movement for more than a decade. Currently he is a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Stand.earth where he leads their work to oppose the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Before joining Stand, he worked as Campaign Director at Tanker Free BC and as the Wilderness Committee’s Director of Outreach. Force of Nature's commitment to building power with communities as they work to find solutions to the climate crisis is what inspired him to get and stay involved in this organization.
Darleen is a nurse with a BSC and a BSCN, who has worked in Peru and the Dominican Republic. She has three children, two cats and one dog. She was drawn into the environmental movement by the events on Burnaby Mountain in 2014, and feels a deep need to protect the orcas and the ocean they live in. She is a team captain in her current home town of Maple Ridge.
Natalie is a third year First Nations and Indigenous studies major, and Environment and Society minor at the University of British Columbia. Through her internship with Force of Nature, Natalie has come to understand the power of grassroots organizing when faced with environmental crises. She is very excited about working towards a carbon reduced future through Mission Transition.
Sarina Clay-Smith is a recent graduate with a Master's in Conservation and Biodiversity, and she is presently the Program Coordinator for the Richmond Food Security Society. She grew up in Vancouver and has always been interested in the power of politics. She now bridges her two interests with Mission Transition as an Executive member of the Vancouver Team, working towards a carbon-free future.
“Though she be little, she be fierce”
Teagan is a student of Capilano University and a founding executive of the North Shore community team. She likes Force of Nature’s community-based approach to climate solutions.
Steven is a documentary filmmaker whose skills include directing, editing, sound and camera operating. He is also a skilled bike mechanic. He joined Force of Nature’s solarize our cities campaign in 2017, and is currently working as a canvas captain, data captain and recruitment officer for the Burnaby community action team.
Mike joined Force of Nature as a volunteer in December of 2016. He is currently a member of the Central Research Team and the Tri-Cities Community Team. He is deeply concerned about the impacts of climate change on the health of the planet, and is hopeful that by joining forces with other like-minded volunteers he might be able to help with the transition towards a fossil free future. Mike is a retired teacher, and lives in Port Moody. When he's not trying to save the world for future generations, he enjoys photography, gardening, cooking and spending time with his three young grandchildren.
Farima is the co-chair of the student environment centre at UBC and speaks three languages: Farsi, french and English. She wanted to make concrete change in her community and likes Force of Nature’s focus on community organizing at a municipal level. She is an executive member of the Burnaby team where she plans and facilitates community meetings.
Katie worked in non-profit management and social enterprise before becoming fascinated with community organizing through her work in at Stand.earth, Organize BC and the Leadership, Organizing and Action program at Harvard Kennedy School. She is a founding member of Force of Nature Alliance.
Aurora has worked as a stage manager in Broadway productions in New York City, and is a skilled dive master who also volunteers with the Vancouver Aquarium. She joined Force of Nature to get politically involved in environmental protection, and is a currently an executive on the Vancouver community action team.
"It has been an absolute joy for me to have been with Force of Nature since its earliest days and to watch it grow as an organization and develop a complex web of staff, volunteers and campaigns."
Ginny is a big advocate for grassroots community mobilizing, believes it is the best beacon of hope we have for the great challenges we face today, and feels that Force of Nature truly embodies this concept of community organizing and social change.
Most of Ginny's involvement with Force of Nature has centered around volunteer recruitment and retention. She has always loved being the first point of contact a potential volunteer has with Force of Nature and brainstorming how best to motivate and inspire others to find their place in the climate movement and reclaim their political power.
She is enthusiastic about the direction Force of Nature is heading in and excited to join the Board of Directors to help contribute to strategic and effective political action. Her awe of the diversity of life on Earth and appreciation for the healing powers of nature only grow stronger and fuel her passion for preserving this beautiful world we share. She is grateful for the opportunity to protect what is sacred and connect with others who share her vision.
Amy Anne Lubik holds a PhD in cancer research and works in environmental health. She is passionate about the social and environmental determinants of health, human rights, and environmental justice, volunteering for the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, the Public Health Association of BC and Bridge for Health Coop. She is a long-time volunteer for Force of Nature, Amnesty International, founder of the Queensland University of Technology chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and an alumna of the Next Up Leadership program through the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC. As a lover of animals and nature, she became involved in environmental advocacy when the pipelines began to threaten the Great Bear Rainforest. In her spare time she is a pro-am musician, playing at community events. Amy has taken a leave of absence to run as a candidate in the Port Moody municipal election.
Morag Keegan-Henry is the Manager of Field Operations with Force of Nature. She first became involved with environmental activism when her parents took her to protests at age 5, and has since volunteered with many environmental groups including CommonEnergy UVic, the UVic Ancient Forest Committee, and Sierra Club BC. She is deeply involved in the fight against the Site C dam and founded the grassroots group FightC to raise awareness on the ground in Vancouver.
Originally from India, Zeus is an international level sailor who is currently in his final year of political science and international relations at UBC. He is completing a UBC Arts internship with Force of Nature, and is working on the North Shore Team.
“We are at the cusp of a green industrial revolution in Canada and I am humbled and honoured to be a part of this movement alongside the avant-garde members of Force of Nature.”
In 1986, Tara completed her Masters in an integrated language programme in Spanish at the Jawaharlal University in New Delhi and since then have worn many hats. She has freelanced as a translator for, copywriter and scriptwriter in Mumbai, and worked as a Grade 1 teacher in Malaysia, where she was very involved in advocating against child labour and child trafficking.
Tara migrated to Canada from India in 2002, with her husband Farhad and two children Shirin and Javad. She was an emergency coordinator and the liason with Kinder Morgan at her son’s elementary school, and was involved in highlighting and halting the refuelling of tanks 801 and 802 adjacent to Underhill Avenue which were against code. She is a core part of the action committee BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, has worked for the “Voter Pop-up” campaign with Samara Canada in the 2017 BC election, and has worked as a tax facilitator with the ISS of BC from time to time.
Helen was born in Scotland before coming to Canada at the age of fourteen. She's so happy being a member of Force of Nature where she feels she is accepted and valued. The aims of the group are her aims and she feels privileged to work on them with some wonderful people.
Janice Thompson is from the Sto:lo Nation located in British Columbia. She is an activist for human rights, women's rights, environmental rights, Indigenous rights, animal rights and low income family rights. Janice is an active member of her community and loves to volunteer for various causes; she specializes in canvass work. Janice has been involved with Force of Nature for the past year and enjoys creating new relationships. Janice’s network includes people and organizations that share the common interests of promoting Indigenous rights, helping to create a low carbon footprint, utilizing and promoting renewable energies, stopping fossil fuel expansion, and promoting provincial and federal leaders who are working on climate solutions.
Kiera Tsakonas is currently studying International Studies and Economics at Simon Fraser University and has recently become a part of the Burnaby Community Action Team as a recruitment captain. She is driven by social and environmental issues and feels empowered not only by the engaged and enthusiastic individuals involved in Force of Nature but by Mission Transition as she believes grassroots organizing at the municipal level the most productive avenue to address environmental and social issues in tandem.
After two years of immersive studies in Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden, Cherry has come away with a deep understanding of present environmental problems and the interdisciplinary and holistic strategies necessary to tackle them and create future sustainable pathways. In particular, the program honed her research and analysis skills in formulating governance approaches for complex sustainability challenges.
In addition, Cherry has a background in environmental justice work and community organizing.
She is currently applying her knowledge of social, economic, and environmental systems to current projects within the research and planning team at green engineering firm Integral Group.
"I believe all change comes from organizing at the local level. Force of Nature Alliance does fundamentally important work in this regard"
Ben has been an outspoken environmental campaigner for over a decade. He has worked on some of the biggest environmental issues in the province of BC and has been an outspoken voice in the media. He is a writer, runner, vlogger, juggler, animal lover and street art addict. He says he would rather be doing comedy if there wasn’t so much serious stuff going on. Recently his focus has been working on climate solutions in partnership with First Nations and community groups around the Salish Sea.
A Burnaby North Secondary grad of 2018, Mary is an international student looking forward to pursuing a post-secondary education in business & entrepreneurship. Her passion for environmentalism sparked in 8th grade, during a science research project on solar energy in Florida. Her involvement in the fight only grew as she joined Force of Nature October of 2017. Mary is excited to be taking on a leadership position in this organization and working with her team on implementing climate solutions in Burnaby.