VSBSC 2022: RECALL
RECALL consists of two mentor sessions featuring former Co-Founders, VSBSC Chairs, and long-time supporters. In February, these accomplished leaders will recall their past experiences with the VSBSC and share how this conference has impacted their current sustainable work.
On February 15th and 17th, join our online event highlighting the experiences of Vancouver activists, from directing their own non-profits to organizing protests with Sustainabiliteens. Attendees will get the chance to learn from mentors of all ages about the lifelong progress of environmental endeavours. Our goal is to show students the opportunities that they can create in sustainability, regardless of the career they decide to pursue.
Meet the Mentors!
VSBSC Chair, 2019 & 2020
Sam Lin (she/her) is a youth climate justice activist currently attending Queen’s University, on the unceded Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territories. After her initial introduction to environmental action, she noticed a lack of dialogue about the intersections of social issues and climate change. Since then, she has organized with youth-led groups such as Sustainabiliteens, Climate Strike Canada, and Banking on a Better Future, with an emphasis on tackling the climate crisis, mobilizing communities, and building a more just, equitable future for all.
Tesicca Truong 張慈櫻 Trương Từ Anh (she/elle/她) is a community engagement innovator, an anti-oppressive facilitator, and a serial changemaker. She co-founded CityHive, a non-profit transforming the way young people shape their cities and communities. She also started the VSB Sustainability Conference and Vancouver Youth4Tap, a city-wide campaign that led to the installation of new water fountains in every public high school in the district. Tesicca has served on Vancouver Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force, BC’s Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council, and SFU Senate. She was awarded Vancouver’s Greenest City Leadership Award and SFU President’s Leadership in Sustainability Award.
VSBSC Chair, 2019
Hello! My name is Stephanie and I am currently a third-year electrical engineering student at the University of British Columbia with an interest in sustainable energy and infrastructure. I went to high school in Vancouver, and I was the co-chair of the VSBSC in 2019! I was also involved in other sustainability-related programs throughout high school, including founding The Sprouts Initiative. I hope to share my experience with getting involved in sustainability initiatives in post-secondary and sustainability-related career paths!
VSBSC Chair, 2018
Em Mittertreiner (they/them) is a Chinese-Dutch settler studying in the Honours Psychology program at UBC, with a minor in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. A past chair of the VSBSC, Em has been invested in spreading hopeful climate narratives since early high school. Over the past seven years, building climate community with other queer, disabled, and BIPOC student activists has become a main source of joy in Em’s life, and they now serve as co-student director of the UBC Climate Hub. Especially close to Em’s heart is the Hub’s Youth Climate Ambassadors Project, a climate justice storytelling program that they co-founded in 2019.
VSBSC Chair, 2017
Denise Lee is a senior economics and environmental science undergraduate student at the University of Toronto. A green policy and tech enthusiast, she has interned at Tesla and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, researched the scalability of direct air capture technologies, co-authored a paper regarding petrostates and ecotourism in the Amazon, and served as a macroeconomics compliance analyst for the G20 Research Group. In high school (Eric Hamber 2017), she co-chaired of the 2017 Vancouver School Board Sustainability Conference, volunteered for the Vancouver Aquarium, Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, and the Porpoise Conservation Society, and ran Our Poles Our Planet, a nation-wide conference series dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of the polar regions after venturing to the Arctic herself. In her free time, she can be found sleeping too much, vacuuming, or talking about how much better Vancouver is over Toronto.
Director of Facilities at the Vancouver School District
Ron Macdonald is the Director of Facilities at the Vancouver School District – responsible for the operations, maintenance, and sustainability teams at the District. He was formerly the Manager of Energy and Sustainability with the District for a number of years. Ron first trained as a mechanical engineer. Since then his work background has included positions in the petroleum industry, municipal infrastructure, environmental monitoring, climate change mitigation and adaptation, strategic consulting, and sustainability planning. These roles were interspersed with segments of travel and further education. In his current role, he puts a number of pieces of his work history together trying to create a District that has efficient, low-carbon, resilient, and high functioning facilities.
Sustainability Coordinator at the Vancouver School District
Ashley Bangsund is the Sustainability Coordinator at the Vancouver School District, which is a job that allows her to support sustainability initiatives throughout the VSB – including the VSBSC! Ashley grew up in BC, developing strong childhood connections to nature. She studied environmental technology, then went on to pursue a master’s degree in environmental education and communications, with a special interest in the use of humour in climate communications.