The Crew

These irreplaceable volunteers are the lifeline of our Pacific Rim Chapter. This Crew serves as one of the first responses to local threats to our beaches and ocean in Pacific Rim. They are the boots on the ground who collaborate on both the local, and national level with regional staff and issue experts to carry out our mission through campaigns, programs and educational initiatives in the community.

The work that we can achieve in the Pacific Rim Chapter will grow stronger with every volunteer that joins the crew. The best way to get involved is to come to an event, public meet up, or have a look at our calendar HERE.  You can also join our Facebook page HERE to stay updated. Check out how to be involved HERE. Thank you to everyone interested in being part of our team. 

Our Executive Committee

Catherine Bruhwiler

Chapter Ambassador

Catherine is a life long local Tofino surfer who loves to spend most of her time in the ocean. She is a talented surfer and is an incredible ambassador for her hometown of Tofino, B.C. Catherine has taken the Woman’s National Surf title many times, and makes the podium in every long-distance paddleboard race and surf contest she enters. She was awarded the Canadian SUP Surf Women’s Champion award at the 2nd Annual Tofino Paddle Surf Qualifier for the World SUP Games and represented Canada at the World SUP Games. Motivated by her love for the ocean and beaches, the fresh air and the rainforest, Catherine loves to share her stoke and appreciation for the planet, and is always available to support your campaigns to protect the ocean. With her vast experience growing up on the ocean and surfing, Catherine brings a wealth of local knowledge to the Surfrider chapter. She can be found on the judges tables at surf comps, and provides an inspiring role model to the groms of Tofino, all of which are completely in love with her. Us too.

Karla Robison

Chapter Ambassador

Karla Robison has been an ambassador for the environment her entire life. Working for the District of Ucluelet as the Environmental and Emergency Services Manager her Department provides environmental services through Ucluelet’s Marine Debris Program, initiatives such as spill response mitigation measures, and department support associated with the maintenance or improvement of natural ecosystems. She organized a 4 year marine debris project that collected hundreds of tonnes of driftage debris from the Japanese Tsunami from the Broken Group Islands. Her experience and knowledge on ocean systems and how marine debris travels through currents and gyres is such an important educational tool for awareness. We are quite sure she is some kind of superhero navy seal.

Marcel Zobel

Chapter Ambassador

Marcel perviously sat on the board as volunteer Treasurer for Pacific Rim Chapter, and now supports the group with his wisdom for Clayoquot & Pacific Rim waters for the Surfrider remote cleans ups. You will see his smiley face in the waves, at public meet ups, organizing beach cleans and promoting healthy oceans through the power of community solutions, surf and dance! You can find Marcel at beach cleans and events providing waste free salmon BBQs and sharing the stoke for positive community action! He also knows where all those secret surf spots are….

Lilly Woodbury

Lily Woodbury
Chapter Manager

chaptermanager@pacificrim.surfrider.org

One of the most progressive voices in the community and hardest working volunteers. Lilly volunteered on the executive committee, formally on the media team, but is an active volunteer across all campaigns and coordinates the Ocean Friendly Business working with the chair. She is a source of research on the effects of single use plastics, a campaign planner, an outreach volunteer to business, and she seeks funding and sponsors to help keep the ship running. Her annual short Film Fest event is a sell out, and brings awareness to environmental and social injustice through local film makers. She writes the Surfrider articles for local rag Tofino Times, nothing is impossible, and everything is achievable. That’s just how she rolls, and you want to be on that path with her. Read more of her story here on her website Raindance for Renewal (she’s also addicted to Kombucha and nose rides like a pro).Lilly recently became the Chapter Manager, in April 2017 and we are stoked to support her in this new paid role.

Michelle Hall

Michelle Hall
Chair

chair@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Michelle volunteers as Chair for the Pacific Rim board. She supports all of the campaigns and projects for the chapter including the Rise Against Plastics team, social media, Love Your Beach cleans, remote coastal clean ups, youth programs, volunteer co-ordination, administration, and lobbying for positive change across Vancouver Island. She supports her Executive committee group with passion, and encourages them to lead the way through their best talents and abilities. She is capable of making change happen through positive action and education, and of course she has the sweat and determination to do it all. She gets the job done, when she says she will, even with her funny accent. She is a general busy body and all around cheerleader for the Pacific Rim chapter and global Surfrider Foundation. She is at her best when playing in or on the ocean, walking and sleeping on the beach, watching birds whilst drinking tea, planting seeds in her garden and being with people she loves (eating chocolate).

Jason Sam

Vice Chair

youthcoordinator@pacificrim.surfrider.org

vicechair@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Jason Sam is that dream teacher when you were a kid. Volunteering for our chapter as the Vice Chair AND youth coordinator for the chapter, he puts the Surfrider Youth Environmental Stewardship programs together, as well as full time teaching at the schools in Ucluelet. He is the modern day pied piper, students are at ease in his company and at their best when around him. Jason is at his best when out on rugged and remote spots of the Pacific Rim remote beach cleaning, he always is ready for a challenge and will always be there with a smile win or fail. Additionally, we are so lucky to have Jason cook traditional Nuu Chah Nulth salmon BBQ at our beach events, waste free and delicious. Be sure to ask how he sharpens his tools, and you might just get promoted to sous chef.

Sarah Greenwood

Treasurer

treasurer@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Sarah is in charge of the Surfrider cash! She volunteers on the board as the chapter Treasurer, taking care of all budgets and helping keep our chapter on track, paid upto date and ensures we have the right funding for our chapter to continue the great work we are accomplishing. Sarah is probably the MOST organized volunteer in our team, is that because she is French Canadian, who knows? But we absolutely love her for it, and can never let her leave. Ever. She knows her digits, so if you want to donate some of yours, get in touch with her. She may have a warm smile, but this girl also can save your life in water. She’s a previous lifeguard, and I’m sure she is also a mermaid. Who else just likes to ‘swim’ in the frigid waters of Pacific Rim?? Sink or swim you can be sure she is keeping us afloat.

Timothy Stevenson

Tim Stevenson
Volunteer Coordinator

volunteercoordinator@pacificrim.surfrider.org

You can always expect to see this awesome face when you ask how to volunteer for Surfrider! Tim is the Volunteer Coordinator, and is the friendliest person you will ever meet guaranteed. He has all the knowledge for whats happening in our crew, and how YOU can get involved. Tim was born landlocked in the Prairies of Canada, and has always been fascinated with the marine environment. Whether it was lakes or ocean, he wanted to be there. To feed his love for water, he moved to BC and started working in the marine world first with scuba diving and it all snowballed from there. Tim is always eager to give back to the place he loves, trying to preserve and repair what gives our planet so much. Through his daytime job as a wildlife guide, he is able to be in the environment he loves AND share it with others, spreading the message of protection further whilst waggling a volunteer sign up sheet in your direction. Check out the current opportunities here on our Volunteer page!

Jeh Custerra

Secretary

secretary@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Jeh volunteers as Secretary for the Pacific Rim board. He is an environmental justice activist and Campaigner for Friends of Clayoquot Sound! He keeps our chapter organized, works with the youth programs, and beach clean up team. And he loves making music and can rap too! If you want to get involved, shake some tail feathers and have fun doing great things to protect the environment, this is the guy to contact.

Matty Westcott

Video Production Director

media@pacificrim.surfrider.org

An environmental activist since the time he can remember, Matt is excited about combining his passions for mother nature and storytelling in his volunteer role in videography for the Pacific Rim Executive Committee. With a background in Sports Journalism, Matt has worked as a independent film maker specializing in action sports as well as worked for production companies in Canada and Japan. In 2013 Matt released Good Morning Miyazaki, a feature surf film documenting the surf culture in the southern Japan. The film has featured at festivals around the globe and was the award winner for Best Soundtrack at the Florida Surf Film Festival. He attends all events collecting film bites and asking YOU whats important about protecting what you love. Be prepared. Brush your hair, you could be in a Surfrider movie.

 

Jennifer Agostini

Jen Agostini
Social Media Director

media@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Jenn brings an awesome background and education from a career in marketing and advertising, but this time she is using it for greater purpose! Jenn volunteers as the Social Media Director, and she knows how to spread the good word and keep it out there!! All positively through the pathways of social media and her sunkissed smile. Her passion for a healthy future is being promoted every single day, and she is inspiring others to join in on this movement through the power of connection. She claims a clean ocean and ground can only happen by moving forward, inch by inch, goal by goal. She is always the one having fun helping out the community, practicing karma yoga, and bringing good intentions out to the world. #OceanOptimism #weloveJenn #protectwhatyoulove

Connor Paone

RAP and LYBC Team

support@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Connor grew up in the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s traditional territory, in Say Nuth Khaw Yum Provincial Park, better known as Indian Arm, North Vancouver.  As a youngster, Connor fell in love with the environment through exploring the Salish Sea, competing in Freestyle Skiing all around B.C., and eventually falling in love with surfing in the PNW. While attending UVic, he discovered a passion for understanding and acting upon the interconnection of human health and ecosystem health. He believes that real social and environmental change begin with individual people’s awareness, and are achieved through all communities working, learning, and expressing their diversity, together. Connor joins the rise above plastics team, continuing important campaign work for Straws suck. You can also find Connor leading beach clean ups, playing in the waves, and giving you a big ‘ol friendly holler when you make your drop in.

Alyne Francis

Webmaster

web@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Alyne is one of those gem finds that suddenly appear from nowhere and changes your life. How often do you come across a technical genius, who happens to be a complete babe, and a surf bum who regularly packs her laptop up to travel to warm surf spots for a few months to code and surf. Alyne has a background and education devoted to environment planning and sciences, and previously worked for Parks Canada in Environmental Assessment. Yip, she means business. And she doesn’t need you to give her a wave, she will already be spraying you with a smile in her bikini. Alyne does all things web and technical for our chapter, as well as supporting all campaigns and beach cleans. She is a key volunteer for the chapter, and without her we’d still be hillbillies.

Our Support Crew

Nancy Woods

RAP and LYBC Team

Nancy’s contribution to the Chapter is invaluable!  She most likely knows every single person in the community, will always be up for a surf, a beer, a gathering, a rally and a good sing a long. She volunteers at all of the beach clean ups, leads her own beach clean, is part of the RAP team, youth programs, helps with volunteers and on occasion acts as Principal. Don’t be fooled though, she spend her summers teaching surf at Tofino Surf school and volunteering her butt off for Surfrider, always with a huge smile. Her high notes have deserved her a place in the Tofino choir, the Sunshine Sisters and private events. She is a positive ray of sunshine, and you’ll find yourself signing up to anything when you meet her.

Alan Hall

Support Crew

Its raining hail. Your event plan needs to change immediately. Your volunteers all bailed to go surfing. There are super heavy things to carry. Smiles, high fives and jokes needed… booth help all day long making kids laugh… This guy ALWAYS has your back! …and he never wants any credit for all of the Surfrider stuff he does last minute and always on demand. Hands down the best support crew a chapter needs in the face of emergencies. He could strap a surfboard to your broken leg, throw you over his shoulder and carry you over a slip stream of seaweed without breaking a sweat. You want this guy on your team. Every time. Alan is a great safety lead on remote clean ups and can definitely tell you if your coat looks like it will leak. Then give you his.

Dede Monette

Wetsuit Reincarnation Lead

Dede is the founder of Tofino Yoga and also supports the LYBC team by providing free beach yoga, always surf inspired and fun! Expect sandy toes and laughs, and of course, a connection to the beach, waves and ocean. Dede is also the lead for the wetsuit reincaration program, and can help you get your old wetsuits turned into yoga mats, she’ll even show you hers at class. **insert link to our wetsuit reincarnation page**
Dede also runs summer youth camps and collaborates with Surfrider to educate the groms on environmental stewardship, and cleaning up the beach together. Her own children will easily be running this Surfrider chapter soon, always the first to grab a bucket and help with all of the action at our beach clean ups. Dede brings such a beautiful energy and offering to our team, you can find her through her website  Tofino Yoga. Namaste.

 

 

Don Glover

LYBC Team

Don is one of the longest standing volunteers for the Pacific Rim Surfrider Chapter. As part of the support crew, you can guarantee he will be on every beach clean up organized throughout the year, AND he looks disappointed if you give him a small bucket to fill. This guy is committed to being part of the solution, rather being part of the problem. Authentic in his choice of off grid lifestyle, he also works at the Recycle Depot providing essential education and support for coastal clean ups and community recycling.

Claire Watson

Art and Design

We are so very lucky to have the talented Claire Watson on our crew! Claire looks after the design work for Love Your Beach Clean and special events, and is a close advisory to the team. Claire lives on her 42ft sailboat with her family of adorable pirates and lives the dream. ‘People protect what they love’. Claire’s desire is to harness the power of art and design and it’s influence on popular culture to give the oceans and the creatures within a voice. To create something tangible. To capture the beauty and fluidity out of something ever changing to not only raise awareness, but to promote discussion, inspire change and share her passion for this fragile environment through her art. You can find more of her work here http://clairewatson.com/ and check out her free west coast inspired colouring pages in the Tofino times every month.

Laurie Boudreault

Surfrider Volunteer, Laurie B Designs
Graphic Artist

Laurie supports Surfrider through volunteering, designing the monthly Love Your Beach Clean posters, and other graphic artwork contributions. She is a graphic designer and creative head by trade, and we love her work! Growing up in Québec, she never expected to be living by the ocean but her newfound love of surfing brought her to this beautiful town called Tofino, and she never looked back. Her love for this beautiful remote part of Canada is endless. She also co-owns a local store and always aims to support the community that she lives in. You can find more of her work here Laurie B. Design.

Kelby Jane Holmes

Kelby Jane Holmes
Stitch n Beach Lead

We welcome new amazing volunteer to our crew Kelby Jane Holmes! Born and raised along the coast of Southern Africa, Kelby is still adjusting to the cold west coast waters so spends her time scanning the shoreline for debris, waiting for the warmer summer waters to roll in. With her father working in the shipping industry, she spent some time travelling between busy shipping ports and has witnessed human impacts along many ‘pristine’ coastlines. She manages the Ecolodge at the Tofino Botanical Gardens, where she has learned, among other things, the importance of recycling (which is not practiced in households in South Africa!). Kelby has a degree in Fashion and Textiles and after working in the industry and learning the negative aspects of fashion, she now concentrates on finding sustainable solutions to minimize her impacts and help others where she can. As well as taking part in Surfrider remote clean ups, Kelby will be leading the Stitch n Beach groups in Tofino and Ucluelet and we are so lucky to have her support the BYOB campaign! If you would like to join the group, click here, or get in touch with Kelby directly, we are always looking for material donations and skills!