Haley grew up on the beautiful shores of Nova Scotia and has always had a great love for nature and living things. She campaigned for environmental causes in her adolescence, and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science & Ecology at Dalhousie University gave her a developed understanding of the scientific and social elements of environmental issues.
A major finding of her honours thesis, which investigated Nova Scotians’ relationship with the sea, was that citizens place a high value the ocean and want to protect it, but lack a full understanding of ocean science and governance. This work fuels a personal and professional goal of Haley’s to see a greater emphasis on oceans within environmental education.
Upon graduating from Dalhousie, she has worked with Dr. Douglas Wallace and Dr. Heike Lotze researching ocean literacy of youth in Nova Scotia. She is very excited to have our research published (her first publication) soon in Marine Policy.
Andrea is a freelance biologist, editor, and writer working out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She grew up in Edmonton and studied environmental biology at the University of Alberta before taking off on a world circumnavigation aboard the tallship Picton Castle. After almost two years at sea, she traded the high seas for the coasts, earning her Master’s in Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation in Europe as an Erasmus Mundus student studying in Portugal, Lithuania, Malta, and Belgium. Her current research focuses on monitoring and risk assessments of marine invasive species in Atlantic Canada.
Andrea is excited to keep the ocean literacy CaNOE paddling along over the next year as a continuing board member.
Heather is a facilitator and project assistant with WildBC, the education arm of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, in Victoria BC. She coordinates, develops and delivers professional development workshops in environmental education to teachers and other community leaders, with an emphasis on exploring the outdoor classroom.
Heather grew up beside the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. She has degrees in chemistry (Mt Allison), secondary education (UNB), studied in the UK, and travelled extensively. Heather eventually found her way to Vancouver, joining the Sage Foundation to help introduce Destination Conservation, an energy, water and waste program in BC schools. She also served on the board of the Recycling Council of BC.
Having married into a sailing family, Heather spends part of her summer gunkholing around the spectacular south coast of BC, which has deepened her love for the ocean and desire to understand and protect it. As a founding member of CaNOE, she is thrilled to help launch a national ocean literacy initiative and is looking forward expectantly to the first conference and beyond.
Matthew Rockall is a Program Head and Instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). A BA in Geography from Carleton University and a certificate in Technical Writing at Ottawa’s Algonquin College led to 10 years of experience in business development consulting and communications, including environmental engineering and software, before teaching Technical Writing part-time at BCIT. This opened up to a full-time role in the Communication Department, teaching applied communication and liberal studies courses into various programs and schools, from students in the Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation program to those in engineering and business programs.
Completion of a Masters in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University supports a long-term goal of taking part in the “greening” of BCIT; this includes advocating for and supporting widespread incorporation of sustainability in the curriculum. In particular, Matt is proud to have co-developed Reading Sustainability, a liberal studies course for the Sustainable Business Leadership Program.
Matt is an active volunteer. He currently works as an editor of the Sunshine Coast in Transition monthly newsletter, is a member of the Sunshine Coast Community Solar steering committee (hoping to establish a non-profit community-funded solar array), and is on the advisory board of the Marine Education Center, a small aquarium planned for the Gibsons Public Market.
As a father of two, an avid SCUBA diver, a resident of beautiful Gibsons, BC, and a teacher of fisheries management students, I am particularly concerned about ocean health. As such I have been very pleased to be a part of the development of the Canadian Network for Ocean Education and thankful to have had the opportunity to work with the current board toward the first AGM. I hope to continue to advocate for ocean literacy as an educator and member of CaNOE long into the future.
Rick is an accomplished writer, author, educator, radio and television host, facilitator, video producer, program manager and team leader. He is known and praised for his innovative use of technology combined with powerful narratives to extend the reach and impact of messages with specific audiences.
Rick is proud to have assisted a great many organizations with their outreach, community engagement, public education and communication needs including: BC Parks, Capital Regional District Parks, Parks Canada, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Islands Trust Fund, Natural Resources Canada, Metro Vancouver, Union of BC Municipalities, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.
Recently he completed a four-year stint with Ocean Networks Canada where he built a national marine science education program from the bottom up and through strategic collaborations with the likes of: Let’s Talk Science, Vancouver Aquarium, Maritime Museum of BC, Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, and ArcticNet.
He takes immense pride in instigating the vision of a national organization dedicated to advancing ocean literacy in Canada and has been honoured to have worked with a remarkable team of individuals who stepped forward to help make the vision a reality.
Anne Stewart, a founding director of CaNOE, pulls hard for ocean literacy in Canada (Galway Canadian Marine Working Group) and beyond. Anne is a marine naturalist, ecologist; lover of oceanography and educator who believes that one cannot be truly science and environmentally literate, without being ocean literate. Known widely for leading the Public Education team at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (for over 20 years), Anne is now dividing her working time between Pearson College, Bamfield and educators’ workshops. She can often be found on Race Rocks admiring all the life in this MPA.
Anne looks forward to the next leg of CaNOE’s journey. She brings experience, wisdom and passion to help chart a course that is inclusive, national and dynamic. Anne would build membership, provide benefits, link to others, bring in en français and first peoples’ expertise, and consider charitable status, fund raising and a move towards a governance model board. Allons y, à la plage!