VSBSC 2021 Team

Meet the people who are organizing the 9th Annual VSB Sustainability Conference!

Myra Wei

Chair

As a senior student at Prince of Wales Mini School, Myra is entering her third year with the VSBSC Executive Team. She is an involved member of the community, having worked with her local community centers and organizations such as Youth4Action and Pacific Spirit Park Society. From her experiences with the VSB Sustainability Conference, she has had the privilege of connecting with remarkable individuals and organizations with shared passions. Some of Myra’s interests include intersectional environmentalism, food systems, and sustainable development. In her spare time, Myra can be found dancing, making playlists, and taking naps. She is beyond thrilled to be continuing her journey with the VSBSC as Chair and looks forward to creating new opportunities for climate action and education.

Nahira Gerster-Sim

Workshop Coordinator

Nahira is a Grade 12 student at Prince of Wales Secondary. This is her second year working as a Workshop Coordinator for the VSB Sustainability Conference. Nahira is passionate about climate justice accessibility and works with various environmental organizations such as UBC Climate hub and the David Suzuki Foundation. Nahira is passionate about intergenerational activism, and is planning an event to facilitate discussion amongst families about sustainability. As a huge advocate for youth empowerment, she also co-leads a provincial campaign to lower the voting age. In her spare time, Nahira likes to dance, cook, and hang out with family and friends. Alongside a team of amazing individuals, Nahira is thrilled to present VSBSC 21!

Leah McKinney

Workshop Coordinator

Leah is a Grade 12 student at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary and is thrilled to be the workshop coordinator for this year’s VSB sustainability conference. She is hopeful that this year’s workshops will introduce youth to valuable mentors and facilitate important conversations about what students can do locally and globally to ensure a sustainable future. She also acknowledges the importance of listening to and collaborating with Indigenous people, who have been fighting to protect the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people for generations. In her free time Leah enjoys bike rides, rock climbing and reading sci-fi novels. She looks forward to virtually connecting with you at this year’s conference. 

Nithila Theivendrarajah

Logistics Coordinator

Nithila is a senior at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary joining VSBSC for her first year as a Logistics Coordinator. She has always been an advocate of climate action and sustainability, and is excited to help organize a conference around her passion. She comes with 4 years experience of running Churchill’s Environment Club, and various experience within the Vancouver youth community. Nithila has been involved in many youth-centered organizations such as YouthTalk Nation and Amplify Canada. Aside from weekly zoom team meetings she can be found daydreaming of her trip to Japan while staring at the planes outside her window. She knows that Japan may wait for her but the climate crisis waits for no one. She sees the youth champaining the movement, strongly believing in the power of youth and their capability to demand change. She is ecstatic to be a part of a team that empowers youth to do just that.

Rachel Dong

Logistics Coordinator

Rachel is a grade 11 student at Eric Hamber Secondary and she is super excited to be a Logistics Coordinator for this year’s VSB Sustainability Conference! Ever since a young age, Rachel has been passionate about giving back to her community and incorporating sustainability into each aspect of her volunteer work and projects. Currently, she volunteers with Ocean Wise and works to collect unsold bread from bakeries to donate to people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community. In her spare time, she can be found planning school events, teaching swimming lessons, or spending time outdoors. Entering her second year involved with the VSBSC, Rachel is thrilled to be working alongside a passionate team and hopes to make this year’s conference an impactful experience for everyone!

Grace Du

Public Outreach Coordinator

Grace is a grade 12 student at Byng Arts Mini School entering her third year of involvement with VSBSC. Sustainability has always had a special place in her heart and she is thrilled to have the privilege to be one of the two Public Outreach Coordinators this year! She hopes to use this as an opportunity to create positive change within her community and to bring light to the climate disaster currently happening on our planet. Grace is also involved in the Byng Arts Student Council as Secretary and various other clubs at her school. In her spare time, she enjoys playing ultimate, coaching taekwondo, and drawing. She looks forward to creating new connections with individuals with similar passions as this year’s Public Outreach Coordinator!

Leona Lam

Public Outreach Coordinator

Leona is a gr 10 student at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary, Prelude Program. She has been involved with VSBSC previously as a Youth Head Delegate. Many extracurriculars such as the BC Youth Council, Sir Winston Churchill Student Council, Sir Winston Churchill Student Voice, and the BC Heritage Fairs Society have helped her gain many leadership skills. It has always been a passion of her’s to create meaningful change regarding significant issues in our community, such as mental health, gender equality, climate change, environmental, economic sustainability, and systematic racism, to name a few. Her goal is to use this platform to influence a positive ripple effect in hopes of inspiring all students and adults in the BC community; perhaps working on an even a larger scale and making the world a better place starting with the voice, ideas, and passions of our youth. Leona enjoys burning in the heat during beach volleyball, falling off bikes during bike rides, and running away from bees while gardening. She is thrilled to be a Public Outreach coordinator this year, and she looks forward to amplifying the voices of brilliant, passionate youth. 

Katarina Krivokapic

Graphic Design Coordinator

Katarina Krivokapic is a grade 11 student at Point Grey Mini School. Having participated in VSBSC 2020 as a Youth Head Delegate, she is delighted to come back to the VSBSC as a Graphic Design Coordinator in hopes of inspiring like-minded youth on the topic of sustainability. Katarina is passionate about creating change through community-based initiatives, and she dedicates her time to several youth-led organizations, most notably PuMP and YouthSeeBC, where she sits on the executive councils. In her spare time, Katarina enjoys playing chess, biking, and of course– graphic design. Along with the rest of the talented executive team, Katarina is thrilled to have the pleasure of presenting this year’s VSBSC conference!

Stephen Lin

Graphic Design Coordinator

Bio coming soon!