Welcome, summer staff!
The Freshwater Alliance is lucky to be joined by four fresh faces this summer! Meet our summer staff.
Brianne Fiebelkhorn (based in Coquitlam, BC)
Brianne is joining the Our Water BC team as our summer Outreach Coordinator. You can meet her at a number of events over the next few months that we’ll be promoting on our Our Water BC facebook page and our Freshwater Alliance Twitter and Instagram accounts! Little known fact about Brianne: Her sense of smell is half gone! Brianne can’t smell garlic and skunk, but can smell things like flowers and coffee.
Brianne’s water story: I’m from a small town about an hour and a half northeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba. My home, Lac du Bonnet, is surrounded by water. I remember the first time I dove into the cold river, and the huge breath I took when I surfaced again. My Papa told me the only way to keep fish from getting my toes was to keep swimming. So I swam, and fished and floated until I moved to Winnipeg for school. Moving to British Columbia brought up an urgency for me to be around water. The beautiful lakes, oceans and their animals make me feel less homesick for my little town. Word of the droughts and fires here echo the ones happening where I grew up. My work at The Freshwater Alliance helps protect my new home, and hopefully your home too.
Jade Prévost-Manuel (based in London, ON)
Jade is supporting the Lake Erie Alive campaign this summer as an Event Coordinator for the Lake Erie and Thames watershed projects. She has been working to document our Explore the Thames event series using her event photography, blog writing, and social media skills. She has been doing an amazing job making everyone look really cool at our birding and paddling events! Little known fact about Jade: Jade spent her first few months of 2019 working on a macadamia nut farm on the Big Island of Hawaii!
Jade’s water story: Growing up in the Turks and Caicos Islands, I spent most of my time in or near the ocean snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, and swimming competitively. My favourite water story would have to be the first dive I ever did with my dad—breathing oxygen at 40 feet below the surface and swimming through the coral archways among the turtles, parrotfish, and moray eels propelled me into the world of aquatic conservation. My experiences underwater have fuelled my support of the political and ecological protection of water bodies—both fresh and saltwater—and the amazing diversity that can be found within them.
Jocelyn Wong (based in London, ON)
Jocelyn is supporting the Lake Erie Alive campaign this summer as an Event Coordinator for the Lake Erie and Thames watershed projects. She will be engaging with her community through multimedia productions: through videos, photographs, and infographics. Little known fact about Jocelyn: She travelled to Dublin last summer to get inspired by the same city as James Joyce.
Jocelyn’s water story: I grew up in the beautiful port city of Hong Kong. It was a tough pill to swallow when the government made a motion to create an artificial island—a decision that would greatly impact the waters by harming marine life and decreasing the quality of drinking water. Moving to London, I learned the importance of urban waters: how it provides recreation, a home to all kinds of creatures; water for people to drink. The Freshwater Alliance gives me the platform to impact my new home in a positive way and to help create a safe space for my neighbours to enjoy water in so many ways.
Kira James (based in Toronto, ON)
Kira will be joining the CFA team as an intern assisting with the Green Infrastructure program. Hailing from New York City, Kira is now living in Toronto to complete her studies as an Environmental Studies major at the University of Toronto. Little known fact about Kira: she knows how to solo paddle a canoe!
Kira’s water story: I grew up in New York City, surrounded by water but separated from it by highways. The river bank was often disregarded and polluted, kids were warned to never swim. As a teenager I spent time canoeing in northern Ontario, experiencing beautiful landscapes that supported diverse ecosystems. As cities begin to focus on their waterfronts more and more as places of beauty and recreation I hope to work towards also making them spaces of thriving ecosystems. I now live in Toronto and love to spend time on the waterfront but I can see there is still so much to do before the city’s impact can be considered positive rather than negative on the Great Lakes.