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Congratulations to Stephanie Righi from Haida Gwaii! 

Stephanie is our successful recipient of the 2012 John B. Holdstock scholarship.

Stephanie “grew up in a family of avid campers and outdoor enthusiasts.”  She “enjoy[s] camping and hiking, bird watching, and fishing.” She is “also a kayaker and a member of [her] university’s outrigger canoe team.”

Stephanie already holds a Resource Management Officer Technology Diploma and is currently enrolled in her fourth year to achieve a Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection. Stephanie has been on the Dean’s list and has received the BC Environment Award, the Dan McMillan Memorial Award, and the Natural Resource Protection Degree entrance scholarship while attending university.

Stephanie has been involved with numerous stewardship programs including a volunteer trip to band ancient murrelets on a remote island with Laskeek Bay Conservation Society and a Community Streamkeeper’s program, where she worked on local impacted fish-bearing streams.  She has volunteered with “the Nature Conservancy of Canada, helping to restore Gary Oak ecosystems on Vancouver Island; the Nature Trust of BC, enforcing bylaws during Brant migration; the Bear Smart Society and Conservation Officer Society, beginning a new Bear Smart program in Parksville-Qualicum; and Vancouver Island University’s Natural History Museum, working as an interpreter.”

Stephanie’s future plans include “returning to [university] to receive the Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications, travel, and hopefully work with different environmental organizations in Canada or elsewhere… One of my goals is to work in environmental education to increase awareness and interest in natural resource management amongst island youth.”

Well done, Stephanie, and good luck in your goals!