We are thrilled to welcome 3 new staff members joining our team at the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust!
Nicole Gerbrandt is the new Education Coordinator for the West Coast N.E.S.T, and is leading the next phase of the Regional Education Tourism Initiative. She’s looking forward to developing and supporting existing learning opportunities in our communities and using the NEST to link visitors seeking immersive, place-based learning experiences with local organizations and communities. Nicole recently moved to Ucluelet from Bamfield, where she worked as the University Programs Coordinator at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre. She has a background in salmon ecology, a MSc. in Biology through Simon Fraser University, and many years of teaching experience.
Rochelle Tom is our Nuu-chah-nulth Office Assistant! This summer, she will be helping us with many administrative tasks and with special events outside of the office. After taking a gap year, Rochelle will be attending Vancouver Island University starting September 2017, as she will be upgrading some courses to pursue her interests in Psychology. Rochelle is very excited to be travelling to Baie-Comeau Quebec for a conference called Co-building Sustainability & Reconciliation, and is very keen to learn more about biosphere reserves.
Mathieu St-Laurent-Addison is our Summer Research Assistant. He is completing his Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Geography at Concordia University and will be working on a number of interesting projects this summer, including promoting the Clayoquot Sound Wild Salmon Fund, the LEO network monitoring program and the Sydney Inlet remote listening soundscape project.
If you see the new CBT staff in and around our communities be sure to say hi and welcome them!