Meet the Team:
Sarah just moved to Vancouver in January from Toronto. She completed a BScH from Queen’s University, where she majored in Life Sciences and minored in French Studies. Sarah is passionate about healthcare innovation and sustainable development. When she’s not ~mapping~ she like to go snowboarding, and explore BC!
Sarah is most passionate about SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-Being. Specifically, she is interested in the social determinants of health, and how addressing specific barriers can lead to a downstream effect of healthier and happier communities.
Sarah hopes that the Movement Map acts as a tool to connect like-minded organizations working towards a sustainable future. By making visible organizations working towards the SDG’s, she also hopes that youth are more inclined to become involved in their own communities.
Asia was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has an older sister, a mom who emigrated from Hong Kong to Vancouver, and a dad who was born in Ontario. Asia holds a B.A. in Human Geography with a specification in GIS and a minor in Sociology from the University of Winnipeg. In her free time, she enjoys playing badminton and mah-jong, going to Cantonese drop in sessions, and volunteering with the Youth Collaborative for Chinatown.
Asia is most passionate about SDG 13 – Climate Action – as she feels like it is the most pressing topic for the future of the world. Asia believes that if changes are not implemented soon, there will be irreversible consequences that will affect future generations.
She hopes that the map will allow people to realize how many organizations are working towards making Canada more sustainable, and also which sectors are lacking in resources and attention.
Joan is a project manager by profession and has more than 11 years of experience with the United Nations organization (UNICEF) and the non-profit sector. After leaving Jerusalem, Palestine and landing in Canada 2.5 years ago with her family, she joined BCCIC.
Joan is passionate about SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Gaols. In her opinion its importance stems from the fact that this SDG binds all goals together – it is at the core of all the SDGs. This passion has led her to start her own work of developing a portal that allows sustainability of Small-Medium organization and enables CSOs, charitable organizations and donors to connect and to facilitate a strong local and global partnerships increasing aid transparency and effectiveness.
Joan is very excited about the Movement Map and its potential in spotlighting where efforts are needed, streamlining work and collaboration between non-profit organizations. She believes it builds on the understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals, how they are interconnected and how collectively we can work to reach our ultimate goal of attaining the SDGs. Mapping allows BCCIC to visually communicate the important effort every single organization is contributing towards the SDGs and increase understanding of the importance of the collective efforts to be made. Joan hopes the launch of the Beta version of the map will be a huge success.
Luke is originally from South Africa and has been living in Vancouver since coming to study at the University of British Columbia in 2012 where he studied a double major in International Relations and Economics. He enjoys reading, movies, dogs, learning languages, and spending time outdoors.
Luke is most passionate about climate action, gender equality and quality education, but SDG 17 stands out for him as most important. “Without coordinated partnerships, information sharing, and capacity development on issues of sustainable development – or anything really- action, and impact, will be limited.” Someone somewhere at some point said that “Connection changes the nature of an object”, and so facilitating connection, through partnership, collaboration and raising awareness is a powerful thing and important to focus on.
Luke hopes that the Movement Map can grow into its name, catalyzing action and awareness on the work being done by organizations across Canada and around the world who are pushing a development agenda that has been invisible to so many for so long. With this new level of visibility, the map can act as a powerful platform and tool for engagement on the SDGs, whether that be through pairing volunteers and workers with work opportunities, matching organizations with similar interests, helping politicians understand the percentage of their electorate who care deeply about issues, and acting as a rising tide of awareness.
Byrony is from the South West of England, and moved to Canada in June 2018. She studied Natural Sciences at the University of Durham, which involved a combination of Biology, Geography and Geology focusing on ecology, environmental change and climate. Bryony moved to Canada for the outdoor lifestyle; climbing, skiing and mountain biking.
Byrony is most passionate about SDG 13 – Climate Action – because she believes that the effects of climate change will impact everyone globally and climate action is intrinsically linked to so many other issues such as food security and loss of biodiversity. Climate change is causing long-lasting and potential irreversible changes to our climate system and ecosystem therefore reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting a more sustainable lifestyle, and planning adaptation and mitigation strategies are real, urgent priorities.
She believes that the Movement Map has the potential to help organizations and communities connect and collaborate. In addition, she hopes that the map will promote awareness of work on the SDGs and will hopefully make the Global Goals more approachable and attainable to individuals who are considering getting involved.
Pathana is originally a local of Canberra, Australia. She recently moved to Vancouver, BC following her graduation from the Australian National University, where she gained a double Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Asia Pacific studies. Pathana is an avid traveller, having visited over 35 countries. She loves exploring new terrains and enjoys learning about new cultures through food and art. Her favourite thing about Vancouver is the accessibility of nature and abundance of hikes to explore.
Through her studies and travels, Pathana has been exposed to issues in international politics, development and social justice making her a strong advocate for sustainable development and gender equality. She is most passionate about SDG 4 – Quality Education – as it provides a foundation that can empower youths and adults and help people to make informed choices on many other issues.
She hopes that the movement map will encourage people to seek further education on the SDGs and how they work. She also hopes that it will enlighten people to the holistic nature of the SDGs and lead to more targeted planning for development/sustainability work and thus increase possibilities for progress and success.
A life-long Vancouverite, Orton studied engineering at the University of British Columbia and is most interested in how the intersection of arts and technology can be leveraged to achieve the Global Goals. A firm believer in the power of the creative mind and in turn, the importance of innovation in achieving all 17 goals, Orton believes in the value of thinking outside the box. On his off-days, he enjoys playing tennis and heading to the beaches for a day of reading or a night of fireworks.
He is most passionate about Goal 9 – Industry Innovation and Infrastructure. “Our future looks to be driven by cutting edge technologies, so it’s important that they are developed in a way that benefits everyone, not only the most privileged.” An enjoyment of both engineering design and user experience design are additional reasons for his interest in Goal 9.
Orton sees the Movement Map first and foremost as a tool for collaboration, where different civil society groups can come together to leverage each other skills and strengths to achieve even greater outcomes. The launch of this first version of the Canada-wide SDG Movement Map is the only the very first step in bringing together organizations across the country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Abhishek is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of International Economics (BIE) program at UBC and has been working with BCCIC for the last 6 months. As a globally-minded individual, he has been fortunate to have grown up with a multicultural experience in India, Tanzania, Kuwait and now, Canada. Always ready to set off on an adventure, Abhishek’s hobbies include paddleboarding, snowboarding, photography and generally anything involving being in the wonderful outdoors!
SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities – holds importance to him, as he is passionate about cities taking steps to become more liveable, with a reduced carbon footprint!
Abhishek hopes that the Movement Map gathers momentum and is used as an effective tool for collaboration on achieving the SDGs in Canada!
Landyn has been a part of the mapping team since January. She was born in China, but has lived in Vancouver for most of her life. Landyn is currently studying at Simon Fraser University, focusing in International Studies and Political Science. She is extremely interested in the field of international development and is so excited to be able to volunteer within this sector.
Landyn’s favourite SDG is SDG 13, Climate Action. She likes this goal because she feels that it is very universal. It applies to everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from. Further, this issue needs to be addressed before we can begin to resolve any other issues.
Landyn is excited to see the Movement Map in action. She hopes that it will change the way individuals and organizations interact with each other. She hopes that it will help facilitate cooperation so that we can work towards the SDGs in a more effective and collaborative way!
Shannon is from the Eastern Townships in Quebec. She has a BA in International Development Studies in the Economic Development and Living Standards stream from McGill University. Shannon also holds a Master’s Degree in IDS with a focus on Health Promotion and Development from Saint Mary’s University. Her research is centred on improving child and maternal health through informal education for adolescent girls in Uganda. Shannon is now living and adventuring around BC, scouting out prime surf, climb and snowboarding spots, while working at BCCIC.
Shannon’s work and passions cross cut most of the SDGs, however SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals – speaks the most to her drive in aligning the planet, people, prosperity and peace. She believes that with coordinated efforts and intersectional support, we can truly come together to achieve the ambitious 2030 agenda.
She hopes the Movement Map will be an easily accessible tool, that will not only showcase the incredible work already being done towards the global goals, but also help people and organizations come together and collaborate on shared interests. She wants the SDG map to spark awareness and engagement and be a platform to unite efforts to create a sustainable future for all.
A.J. is from Vancouver and has a background in personal training and web development. You could say he’s a “brogrammer”. In AJ’s spare time, he loves to exercise, travel, and eat!
A.J. is most passionate about SDG 4 – Quality Education – because he believes it to be the foundation to creating a sustainable future.
A.J. hopes that the Movement Map increases people’s awareness of the amount of organizations actively supporting the SDGs.
Kelsey was born and raised in Vancouver and is currently studying Global Sustainability Science in the Netherlands. Growing up in British Columbia inspired her passion for adventure; she loves mountaineering, traveling to new beautiful places and sharing authentic moments with people from all around the world.
Although this has been continually evolving in the past 3 years, Kelsey is currently most passionate about SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals. She feels that her participation in the Movement Map reflects this.
Kelsey hopes that the Movement Map facilitates the interconnection within and outside of Canada, spreading the idea of global citizenship and uniting humankind in working towards a better world.
Nicholas joined the Mapping Team in February, 2019. He is originally born in the US, but has grew up in Hong Kong. Currently, Nicholas is studying at UBC, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in International Relations. Nicholas’ main hobby is sports, specifically rugby and basketball.
Nicholas is most passionate about SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth – as it coincides with is studies as UBC.
He hopes that the movement map will eventually serve as a platform for international cooperation. He believes that it provides a unique platform for governments, organizations, and people to connect with one another, to exchange ideas and to work with one another to pursue similar goals. The problems that the SDGs are trying to target are big ones, and it will be impossible for individuals to achieve the goal alone. He hopes the map becomes the start of a process for greater international cooperation and inclusion on resolving global issues.