Zelyn Lee (Co-Chair)
Zelyn Lee is a Grade 12 student from Eric Hamber and is extremely honoured to be the co-chair for the fifth annual VSB Sustainability Conference! Throughout her years in high school, she has found a passion in community building events such as this. Zelyn loves putting her ideas into action and more importantly, bringing people together for a common cause. In school, she’s the president of the environmental club and has introduced multiple initiatives such as meatless monday, waste audits and a waste diversion campaign. She is a proud participant of the 2016 Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox program, which has opened her prospects for a future in sustainability. Paired with her experiences in and out of school, she is looking forward to further spreading her enthusiasm to a whole new community of changemakers.
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Denise Lee (Co-Chair)
Denise Lee is a porpoise enthusiast, mediocre guitarist and future scientist from Vancouver, Canada. A senior at Eric Hamber Secondary and the 2016 VSBSC Workshop Coordinator, she’s ecstatic to be returning as the 2017 Co-Chair. If not rehabilitating seal pups, she’s dragon boating or speaking to the public about environmental issues. You can often find Denise exploring the outdoors, or perched on a cliff porpoise watching (can you tell she likes them?). She hopes this year’s conference will inspire others to view sustainability with a more holistic lens, to solve the issues in multiple directions, and can’t wait to see you all there!
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Emily Mittertreiner (Speaker Coordinator)
Emily Mittertreiner is a Grade 11 student at Prince of Wales Mini School. She is excited to be returning as the Speaker Coordinator for a second year, and can’t wait to organize another set of inspiring keynotes. Emily first began engaging in sustainability initiatives as a shy eighth grader who just wanted to complete her volunteer hours. Somehow, she has since been roped into petitioning at MLA offices with Kids for Climate Action, speaking at EcoFest, co-facilitating the Vancouver Youth Sustainability Network, and participating in the Metro Vancouver Sustainability Toolbox. In her free time, Emily enjoys playing piano and guitar, writing for United Youth Journalists, volunteering with BC Heritage Fairs, and working at London Drugs. She also is a competitive cheerleader and loves kayaking, cross-country skiing, and getting lost in the PNW. She is so excited to see all of you at the conference!
Peter Fang (Logistics Director)
Peter is a Grade 12 IB student at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary. He became engaged with sustainability initiatives when he first attended VSBSC 2014. Since then, Peter has been involved in his school’s environment club and other community organizations. Currently, Peter is a member of PNE Youth Council and City Wide Youth Council. In his spare time, you can find him dragonboating in False Creek, curling up on the sofa watching Netflix, or playing violin. He also loves to travel and exploring our majestic planet. Peter is excited to see you at this year’s conference.
Alexandra Caramizaru (Outreach Coordinator)
Alexandra is a French Immersion student in grade 11, at École Panorama Ridge Secondary. A few of her passions are sciences, playing piano, fencing, and computer coding. In her spare time, Alexandra is studying for her SATs, occasionally annoying her cat, and binge watching How To Get Away With Murder. She is involved with numerous non-profit organizations, such as Inova Computer Association (ICA), and Social Diversity for Children (SDC) Foundation. However, a notable experience sparked her interest in environment awareness and sustainability, which is a WEX placement at the Vancouver Aquarium, as well as the lovely seal pups at their Marine Mammal Rescue Center. Ever since, Alexandra has gotten herself involved in various Green Teams in her school, Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad (SYSS), and Sustainable Youth Canada (SYC). Most of all, Alexandra is extremely enthusiastic to be your Public Outreach Director for VSBSC 2017, and hopes that you will have a wondrous time at the conference!
Jessica Sun (Outreach Coordinator)
Jessica is an optimistic grade 11 Leadership student from Windermere Secondary who is passionate about environmental sustainability. Although this is her first year coordinating the VSB Sustainability Conference, she has past experiences from planning Windermere’s Climate Change Conference, Car Free Day, and numerous other community events. Growing up in Metro Vancouver, she has developed interests in creative arts, event planning, outdoor activities and volunteer work. More specifically, she enjoys drawing, exploring new places, and giving back to her community. Jessica is grateful to be a part of this year’s team and hopes the conference will empower you to think critically about the aspects of sustainability.
Lovely Ranges (Media / Volunteer Coordinator)
Lovely Ranges is currently in 10th grade at Moscrop Secondary School. Actually having spent their last birthday to attend the 2016 VSB Sustainability Conference, they realized how much more they preferred vegan coconut pasta over the typical birthday cake. Lovely has a wide variety of interests ranging from rapping to The Hamilton Mixtape on the way to school, peer pressuring their friends to watch Cowspiracy with them—to fantasizing about a visit to the Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary. This student can be found walking in the school hallways eating half a watermelon with a spoon, supporting local people-of-colour-owned businesses, and attempting to live a minimalist and zero-waste lifestyle.
Grace Zhu (Co-Workshop Coordinator)
Grace is a grade 11 student at Point Grey Mini School and she is super excited to be the co-workshop coordinator for this year’s VSB Sustainability Conference. Grace’s interest in sustainability sparked when she spent a summer volunteering at the Vancouver Aquarium, in which she learned all about conservation and climate change. Since then, she’s read Climate Cover-up, seen Before the Flood, and now also sits on the Children Youth and Family Advisory Committee where she listens and contribute to civic activities, such as how Vancouver plans to become the “Greenest City” by 2020. In her free time, Grace can be found biking, doing lots of drawing, or snowshoeing with her family. Grace can’t wait to see you all at this year’s conference!
Emma Ng (Co-Workshop Coordinator)
Emma is a grade 12 IB student at Churchill. She first developed a passion for the environment when she volunteered at UBC farm in grade 8. Since then, she developed a down to earth approach to environmental care. This includes digging holes, destroying ivy and planting potatoes. She enjoys teaching others about gardening as co-president of the gardening club and teaching kids how to identify the best fern for optimum camouflage as a Catching the Spirit camp leader. She is as stoked about asparagus as she is to be workshops coordinator for this years conference!