Bee City Ambassadors
Our Bee City Canada Ambassadors are committed to teaching students about the pollinators and are presenting free virtual learning sessions for classrooms around the country.
Aryan Gautam is a very keen environmentalist and nature-lover. At 15 years old, he is one of the youngest Founder & Directors of a Non-Profit Organization in Canada, his being called Save the Planet – Open Doors. He is a member of Ontario Nature Youth Council, the Youth Director of Mississauga Climate Action, a member of the Mississauga-Lakeshore Constituency Youth Council, a member of the Credit Valley Conservation Frontline Program and a co-operating activist for Indigenous organizations, Eagle Spirits of the Great Waters and Eco-Spirits. He has dedicated over 10,000 volunteer hours working with many organizations and people to cast a change in his community; devoting his time in spreading awareness towards climate change, philanthropy and environmentalism. Aryan is currently in Grade 10 at Erindale Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. When not educating himself about various topics, Aryan can be(e) found taking walks, bikes and hikes through nature! After learning all about little pollinators, Aryan is buzzing to raise awareness for and teach others about these amazing little ecosystem stabilizers!
I’m Corry, I am an Earth and Biology major at Carleton University with a focus on studying how organisms are related. I am very passionate about the co-evolution between flowering plants and pollinating insects and think it is critical to preserve this relationship. That’s why I am here: I want to help children understand pollination and how the decline of bees affects us so that they may be inspired to help maintain our ecosystems going forward.
My name is Emily and I am studying Biology with a minor in Marine Biology, as well as pursuing a certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment at Dalhousie University. I am very passionate about conservation, in particular wildlife and the environment. A big hobby of mine is scuba diving, especially in warm water filled with sharks. I joined the Bee City Ambassador team to promote healthy ecosystems through important pollinator education because so much of our plants, crops, food, and the world around us in general rely on pollinators. My favourite fun fact about bees! Honeybees communicate through a “waggle dance”! A choreographed physical form of communication that bees use to communicate things like approximate distance and direction of a resource to their nestmates.
Jessica is a nature lover and twelfth grade student from University of Toronto Schools. To protect pollinator biodiversity, she’s leading the Bee the Change initiative at her school which aims to distribute around 200 pollinator kits across the Greater Toronto Area. She is also a volunteer at York University’s Packer Lab, where she enjoys sorting bee specimens. Through presentations and fun activities, she hopes to bring the beauty of pollinators to children – our future generation of changemakers. When she’s not gardening with her family, you can catch her writing poems, watching baking videos on YouTube, and watching Studio Ghibli movies.
I have always had a passion for animal welfare and environmental sustainability, which is what compelled me to complete a Master’s degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. As a wildlife rehabilitator, I strive to rehabilitate wild animals and return them to their natural environments as well as foster a peaceful coexistence between humans and animals.
My experiences as a wildlife rehabilitator have shown me the impact that human activities can have on wild animals. It is unfortunate that the health and wellbeing of pollinators are at risk, but I truly believe that community education can help to ameliorate these issues. The intrinsic value of life, whether human, animal, or plant, is what motivates me to protect pollinators and their natural environments!
Tanuj is currently a student at York University under the Concurrent Education program. He is pursuing a BSC with a major in environmental science as well as a BED degree. Tanuj has volunteered at summer camps and as a tutor and has found great satisfaction in teaching children. He is also a passionate environmentalist and shares his journey to a more sustainable lifestyle as a content creator on instagram. He joined Bee City Canada in August 2021 as a Bee Ambassador. He hopes to continue the Bee City Canada vision and share the beauty of the world we live in with our future generations.
Zimri is in her first year of the Arts and Science program at the University of Guelph. She is minoring in zoology and has had a passion for animals and the environment since she was a child. Zimri wants to go into an animal-based field in the future and has a variety of experiences with animals through the Toronto Wildlife Centre and the OSPCA. She also has a lot of experience with children. Zimri worked as a swim instructor for years, as well as a lifeguard at a day camp, and a youth leader.
Je m’appelle Adèle et suis actuellement étudiante en maîtrise de science politique à l’UQAM. Je suis particulièrement intéressée par la conservation animale et la protection de la Nature en général. Ce sont principalement les voyages et le travail de photographes animaliers qui m’ont amené à comprendre la nécessité d’agir pour aider notre magnifique Planète. Je suis heureuse d’avoir rejoins Bee City Canada pour montrer aux nouvelles générations la beauté de notre Terre et l’importance de protéger les pollinisateurs.
My name is Terra and I am currently studying Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. I am interested in food systems and sustainability. I wanted to join Bee City to help spread the word about pollinators and the importance they play in getting food to our plates. Other passions of mine include practicing Spanish and moving my body. Working with children brings me a lot of joy and I have been lucky enough to have had lots of opportunity to do this through camps and programming. Let’s make the future more bee-uitful 🙂
Katharine Dos Santos
Katharine first became friends with pollinators while working on small-scale regenerative organic agricultural projects in Québec and British Columbia. She also brings years of experience working with youth in both education and social service based contexts. Elle est profondément émerveillée par l’interdépendance de tous les êtres vivants et souhaite partager cet esprit de curiosité et d’appréciation avec les jeunes. Elle est beaucoup motivée par le travail de Bee City Canada et est heureuse de se joindre à l’équipe en tant qu’éducatrice bilingue!
Christine is an environmental scientist with a love for all animals. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Environmental Science and, prior, graduated from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Ecology and Zoology and a B.Sc. in Anthropology. For her master’s, she studied biodiversity conservation and specialized in research and data analysis. Christine is passionate about environmental education and has experience developing educational programming for youth. She is eager to inspire youth to appreciate and conserve the environment and bees. In her free time, Christine is often found hiking, crocheting, or spending time with her three gerbils.
My name is Zoe and I love to be outside more than anywhere else. One of my favourite things to do is to grow and preserve my own vegetables and fruit. I am very grateful to the bees and pollinators and am looking forward to sharing knowledge and awareness of these crucial critters with students! I work as an outdoor educator based in Saskatoon, and have had the pleasure of teaching and learning in Manitoba, Ontario, Norway, and the UK. I have a B.Ed specializing in Outdoor Education, a UK Forest School Certificate, and a B.Sc. in Biology where I focused my studies on botany and plant ecology. I have previously worked as a garden and urban agriculture coordinator which included writing curriculum for a youth garden internship and organizing Seedy Saturday events. I am a board member with Seeds of Diversity Canada and started a seed exchange partnership in Saskatoon with the local library. I’m glad to be a Bee Ambassador to help connect and create more pollinator friendly people, schools and cities.
My name is Maggie, and I am passionate about sustainability and environmental conservation. I have recently graduated from Queen’s University with a BSc in Environmental Biology. I enjoy wildlife photography, hiking, camping, skiing, sailing, surfing, gardening, birdwatching, yoga, and reading. I am a certified sailing instructor with extensive coaching experience with youth of all ages and abilities. I am grateful for the opportunity to inspire future generations to love and conserve our beautiful natural environment.
Shelly started Bee City Canada back in early 2016 inspired by the success of Bee City USA and the brilliance of its founder, Phyllis Stiles. Shelly studied agriculture at the University of Guelph and became passionate and concerned about pollinators shortly after she started a farmers market at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.
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