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. 

Board

Jason Sam

Jason Sam, Surfrider Pacific Rim Chair
Chair

chair@pacificrim.surfrider.org

youthcoordinator@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Jason Sam is that dream teacher you had when you were a kid. Volunteering for our chapter as the youth coordinator for the chapter, as well as “Chair”, he’s working hard at keeping our chapters success a positive movement for all to be part of. He puts the Surfrider Youth Environmental Stewardship programs together, as well as full time teaching at the schools in Ucluelet. Students are at ease in his company and at their best when around him. Jason is at his best when leading remote beach cleans out on the rugged and remote islands of the Pacific Rim. He is always 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.

Kelby Jane Holmes

Kelby Jane Holmes
Vice Chair

vicechair@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Kelby Jane Holmes volunteers as “Vice Chair” for the chapter, as well as leading the Stitch n Beach program, as part of the Rise Against Plastic program. Kelby was born and raised along the coast of Southern Africa, and 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. 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 host 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!

Michelle Hall

Michelle Hall
Regional support & Treasurer

Regional support : mhall@canada.surfrider.org

Pacific Rim Treasurer: treasurer@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Michelle has been with Surfrider Foundation since September 2015, rebirthing the Pacific Rim chapter as Chair, and now maintains the sustainability as Treasurer, aswell as Regional Support, sitting on the board of Directors for Surfrider Canada. She manages all of the financial needs for the campaigns and projects for the chapter, ensuring financial stability and security of the chapters operations. She brings together the chapters for British Columbia, and 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 at her best when playing in the ocean, chasing her pup on the beach, watching birds whilst drinking tea, reading books in a hammock and being with people she loves (eating chocolate).

Connor Paone

Secretary

secretary@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 sits on our Board as Secretary. You can also find him leading beach clean ups, playing in the waves, and giving you a big ‘ol friendly holler when you make your drop in.

Colin Robinson

Colin Robinson Surfrider Pacific Rim Support Crew
Volunteer Coordinator

volunteercoordinator@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Colin is the main touch-point for anyone interested in getting involved with Surfrider Pacific Rim, and organizes volunteer meet-ups and appreciation events. Whether you’re here for a week or a year, looking for a one-time beach clean experience or a long-term position in one of our campaigns, he’s stoked to help you find your spot! Colin grew up in Ontario, spending winters in the woods and summers playing in the waves of Lake Huron before moving west and becoming an avid surfer and paddle-board guide. He also works as the Communications Coordinator for the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, helping to facilitate research and community development projects that promote environmental, social and economic health in Clayoquot Sound. You can find Colin under a moonlit sky seeking the perfect longboard wave, or on his laptop writing extraordinary articles for Tofino Times Surfrider section!

Chantal Kerr

Chantal Kerr Surfrider Support Crew
Volunteer Coordinator

support@pacificrim.surfrider.com

Chantal Kerr is Ucluelet and Tofino’s biggest fan. Falling in love with the area during her first visit in 2007, she knew this is where she would one day call home. After moving from Squamish, B.C. to Ukee in 2016, with her husband Dave and dog Yukie (yes, it’s pronounced Ukee), Chantal realized that helping protect this area she’s so passionate about is crucial to ensure generations to come can enjoy its natural beauty as well. When Chantal isn’t surfing, you can find her working on her other passion, marketing and advertising for a world-wide travel company. Experience with projects from her career such as brand marketing, events, local community marketing and marketing training will be brought into her position with Surfrider as part of their Volunteer Support Crew. You’ll be able to find Chantal on many Surfrider projects such as beach clean ups, Stitch and Beach group and other community campaigns ready to help and high five every step of the way!

Staff

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.

Ambassadors

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….

Marketing & Media

Jordan Dyck

Jordan Dyck Volunteer
Marketing & Media Lead

media@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Growing up in Alberta, the ocean and its vastness called to Jordan from a young age. With an extensive background in marketing, communications, and photography- she’s traveled to more than 25 countries around the world chasing the ocean, learning from diverse cultures, and developing a voice passionate about the environment and the world around her. The call of the wild chased her, and she moved to British Columbia 6 years ago, never looking back. Getting involved with Surfrider was a natural fit after moving to Ucluelet, combining her passion for storytelling and photography of this rugged coastline to help spread awareness of plastic and micro-plastic pollution in our waters. If you can’t find her behind the lens, find her chasing waves, chasing her pup, and chasing new adventures.

Jennifer Agostini

Jen Agostini
Instagram

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

Arya Touserkani

Photographer/Videographer

Born and raised in California, Arya learned to appreciate and respect nature at an early age through a passion shared by his parents. After starting a career in the tech industry, Arya realized that the so-called “safe path” meant being stuck indoors and quickly losing touch with the things that mattered most. So he and his wife Whitney decided to save their money and travel the world. After a few years of bouncing from one location to another, they revisited the Pacific Rim and realized it was where they wanted to be. Contributing to Surfrider was the next natural step and serves not only as an outlet for Arya’s love of the ocean and this rugged coastline but another way for him to hone his skills behind the camera. He mainly spends his time taking landscape photos that you can view on his website (www.compasscreative.vision) but can also be found catching waves, mountain biking, and backpacking.

Ben Giesbrecht

Marketing & Media Support

Born and raised in British Columbia, Ben grew up with a respect and appreciation for nature through canoe trips with his photographer father. The lifestyle stuck, and Ben’s been taking photographs in the outdoors ever since. This recently relocated photographer and cinematographer is now based in Ucluelet, with his partner and dog. When he’s not surfing in the water, in the mountains or working on films, Ben can be found travelling the world in search of new inspiration and experiences. Ben connected with Surfrider’s local chapter in the Pacific Rim shortly after moving to the island, a natural fit for his love and support of the ocean and coastline of his new home.

Tech & Data

Travis Wade

Environmental Impact Analyst

Travis grew up surfing the coast of northern California and in 2013 moved to British Columbia to pursue grad school at UBC in Clean Energy Engineering. He spends his free time enjoying adventures in the outdoors, whether in the ocean or up a mountain, the connection to natural environment is where he’s most at peace. You could call him an adventure junkie, but he would most likely find a way to show you how his environmental impact shredding waves or powder was for the greater good. He brings technical knowledge to quantify the environmental benefits that are realized from the activities and campaigns Surfrider organizes to protect our oceans and beaches

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.

Art & Design

Claire Watson

claire watson
Art & Design Lead

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.

Josh

Art & Design Support

More info on Josh coming soon!

Rise Above Plastics

Laura Griffith-Cochrane

RAP (Rise Above Plastics) Committee Lead

rap@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Laura Griffith-Cochrane loves the ocean and everything in it (except polychaete worms). Originally from the east side of the island, Laura has spent the last decade working for the Ucluelet Aquarium (Canada’s first catch-and-release aquarium), where she currently acts as its curator. Laura is a nerd at heart. She loves a well designed study and is constantly questing for new knowledge about ocean ecosystems and the organisms that live within them (except for polychaete worms). Laura joins the team as the Rise Above Plastics committee lead, and through the team at the Ucluelet Aquarium is teaching the coast how to be citizen scientists for microplastic research!

Nancy Woods

Straws Suck campaigner

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.

Love Your Beach Clean

Colleen Sedgwick

LYBC Committee Lead

beachcleanups@pacificrim.surfrider.org

Colleen is originally from Ontario, but fell in love with the west coast upon moving to Tofino two years ago and has not looked back since! For Colleen, there was no exact ”aha” moment, she began volunteering for Surfrider Pacific Rim and she was immediately hooked on restoring the beautiful beaches of Tofino, Ucluelet and the surrounding Sounds. Colleen is excited to harness her background in media and communications to spread the stoke for protecting the ocean, beaches and waves in her role for Surfrider. She see’s every beach clean as an opportunity to create an impact and spread awareness, and she is thrilled to become a vital force in making these opportunities a reality! As the Love Your Beach Clean Lead, she can officially be the queen of dirty hands and sun kissed cheeks! If you have an idea for the beach clean up crew, or want to be involved, send her an email!

Timothy Stevenson

Tim Stevenson
Remote Expert

You can always expect to see this awesome face when you ask how to volunteer for Surfrider! Tim provides support to our volunteer coordinator and is our Remote Expert, 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!

Don Glover

Recycling expert

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.

Bradley McGinn

Volunteer Bradley McGinn
Data

Bradley comes to us with a background of data technology in the field of citizen science and conservation, primary involved in wherever data science can be used for innovation, Bradley has a keen interest in nature and enjoys observing the wildlife of his surroundings. With a mix of technical skills and strong appreciation for nature Bradley has found a place for himself exploring efficient and effective way to track and monitor trends of beach debris collected through the Love Your Beach Clean volunteer efforts.” See more of Bradley here! ontarionature.org/about/staff

Campaigns & Programs

Dede Monette

Dede Monette Wetsuit Reincarnation coordinator
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 reincarnation program, and can help you get your old wetsuits turned into yoga mats, she’ll even show you hers at class.
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.

 

 

Alys Hoyland

Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) support

Hailing from the ex-coalfields of northern England, I first learned to surf the icy brown waves of the North Sea. Though the ridiculous joy of cold-water surfing first attracted me to Tofino, it was the community – the kind that bans plastic straws and fights to protect its old growth forest – that made me want to stay. Well, and the fact it feels like we live in a copy of National Geographic. I’m inspired by the wonders of the west coast landscape and ecosystems, and as a Kayak guide I get to share that daily, spreading the word about the legacy of activism in Clayoquot sound and our shared responsibility for its protection. I’m passionate about education and its role empowering people to step up as leaders for positive change, and I’m super excited to be volunteering with the YES programme, sharing that stoke and learning from the creativity and energy of the next generation. When not beach-cleaning, tide-pooling, teaching yoga, or playing in / on the water, I can usually be found in the kitchen cooking up plant-based, plastic-free treats

Veronika Miralles Sanchez

Stitch n Beach support

More info on Veronika coming soon!

Support

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.

Jane Woodbury

Advisory panel

More info on Jane coming soon!

Art Skoda

Treasurer support

More info on Art coming soon!

Hana Simkova

Surfrider Pacific Rim volunteer Hana Simkova
Events Coordinator

My name is Hana Simkova, originally from Czech republic and last 6 years I was travelling and living abroad. Me and my husband got work/travel visa for Canada and we decided to stay in small and wild town on the island 🙂 We lived in the van for 1,5 years and it changed our lives. We become very close with nature, we realize we don’t need to buy stuff we don’t need and only thing is matter is being healthy and happy. So I joined Surfrider to help protect what I love and enjoying the most, being outside….!

Youth

Emmett Wellman

Chair, Surfrider Foundation Ucluelet Secondary School Club

More info on Emmett coming soon!