VSBSC 2018 Team
Emily Mittertreiner (Co-Chair)
Emily Mittertreiner is a Grade 12 student at Prince of Wales Mini in Vancouver. Emily takes great interest in community-building, sustainability, and climate justice, and is so excited to be on the planning committee for the third year in a row, this time as co-chair. In her free time, she enjoys writing, hiking, cross-country skiing, and working part-time as a cashier. Emily is a competitive elite cheerleader, a piano and guitar player, and a journalist for a small online news website. She loves to discuss topics concerning intersectionality, queer and POC issues, the environment, and alternative education, and she can’t wait to see everyone at this year’s conference!
Jessica Sun (Co-Chair)
As a driven senior at Windermere Secondary, Jessica shares a passion for creating change within the world. Inspired by her past experiences, she dedicates her time towards serving others and their communities. Jessica has held a variety of student leadership positions supporting numerous causes from human rights, inequality, social justice and environmental sustainability. After her experiences in nature backpacking, hiking and backcountry camping, she became aware of her appreciation for our environment. In her spare time, she loves to draw, learn new things, and travel to different places. She is ecstatic about this year’s conference and can’t wait to meet all the participants!
Kei Poon (Logistics Coordinator)
Vancouver born, and Vancouver bred, Kei has been lucky to grow up in the PNW wonderland. An avid hiker, lake swimmer, and all-around outdoor enthusiast, her time in the TREK Outdoor Program and experience as a ski instructor inspired her to get involved with the VSB Sustainability Conference as this year’s Logistics Coordinator. As a Grade 12 student at Eric Hamber Secondary, she is a peer counselor, co-President of the Youth for Youth Foundation, copy editor for the school newspaper, and yearbook person. When not doing any of the above, she can be found eating noodles, doing gymnastics, or talking to people. She is excited about the positive vibes and changes that this conference will bring and all of the people she will meet along the way!
Samantha Lin (Logistics Coordinator)
A Grade 10 student at Prince of Wales Mini School, Samantha is constantly experiencing new things and loves meeting new people. Her interest in sustainability sparked early after being influenced by positive mentors; since then, Samantha has been involved with the Ravine Park Ivy Pull, the Pacific Spirit Park Society, the school’s garden club, and along with other initiatives. Whether it’s playing ultimate or being captain of her volleyball team, eating vegan food or volunteering, Samantha is passionate about what she does and hopes to apply that to organizing this conference. In her spare time she can be found exploring Vancouver’s vegan food with friends, hiking, and spending time outdoors. Samantha is looking forward to serving as a Logistics Coordinator and hopes to see you all there!
Evin Li (Workshop Coordinator)
Currently attending Grade 10 at Point Grey Secondary, Evin Li is super excited to be serving as the Co-Workshop Coordinator for this year’s VSB Sustainability Conference. Ever since a young age, Evin has had the passion for helping out in her community and incorporating sustainability into each aspect of her volunteer work and projects. At school, Evin is co-president of PG’s GreenTeam and founder of the ProjectZero initiative. She is a current member of MVST 2017 and student of the FSL program at Science World. While Evin is not studying or volunteering, she can be found eating, binge-watching TV shows, or sleeping. With all the workshops Evin hopes to bring into this year’s conference, she promises that it will be an unforgettable experience and cannot wait to meet everyone in the upcoming months.
Stephanie Quon (Workshop Coordinator)
Stephanie is a Grade 11 student at Eric Hamber and she is super excited to be serving as the Co-Workshop Coordinator this year! Her passion for sustainability grew when she learned about the concept of “place” and protecting it when she attended MVST 2017. In the realm of sustainability, she has started a battery recycling program at her school, worked to introduce a compost system at the apartment she lives in, and collected unsold bread from bakeries that would be thrown away to donate to people in need. In her free time you can find her involved in her school environmental club, dragon boating rain or shine in False Creek, or trying to take photos with a camera she hasn’t quite yet learned to use. Stephanie hopes the conference this year can inspire others to be as stoked about sustainability as she is and she’s excited to see you all there!
Selisa Skala (Public Outreach Coordinator)
In her last year at Eric Hamber Secondary, Selisa knew she couldn’t leave without making a difference–so she joined the VSBSC team as Public Outreach Coordinator. With a yearning to meet new people, Selisa can be found running from a VDSC meeting, to a field hockey game, to a volleyball game as Yearbook Photohead. When she isn’t playing sports or taking photos–Selisa is usually taking more photos as Photography Editor of the school newspaper, or talking to little Grade 8’s who are taller than her as a Peer Counselor. In her free-time, Selisa enjoys dehydrating fruits and veggies while watching quality Netflix shows. She promises to be as committed to VSBSC as she has been to two years of veganism–and as excited!
Chantal Wong (Graphic Design Coordinator)
Chantal Wong is a Grade 11 student at Eric Hamber Secondary and is in a very serious relationship with her extracurriculars – seriously. Ever since the elementary school days, she’s loved to give back to the environment and promote sustainability. Besides her passion for sustainability, she also has a love for theatre and design. If you ever need her she’ll most likely be at one of the following: hibernating in her school’s yearbook room, stage managing in an auditorium or at St. John Ambulance Cadets. She’s the PR/art executive of Compassion, Environmental, and Diversity Club, Line-Production Manager for Theatre Hamber’s Musical, Squad Leader and holds other positions that let her basically live at school. She’s stressed most of the time, but she loves everything that she does! She’s volunteered at VSBSC for the past two years and is thrilled to be the Graphic Design Coordinator for VSBSC 2018. She hopes you enjoy it!
Angus Ho (Media Coordinator)
Meet Angus: A driven Windermere Secondary student in his Grade 12 year, serving as this year’s Media Coordinator for the VSBSC team. Through his time in his school’s Leadership Program, Angus has developed a keen understanding of sustainability, having organized events such as Windermere’s Climate Change Conference and the annual Earth Day Parade and Festival on Commercial Drive. Angus sees inherent value in community engagement and strives to be as involved as possible – whether it is by revitalizing his school’s newspaper as the Editor-in-Chief, by participating in highly entertaining school events, or by whipping up graphic designs for whatever project is in need of them. He hopes to see a world that is alleviated from its numerous injustices, and challenges you to expand your learning after this year’s conference!