Forum – Protect the Orca: Protect the Strait

Sun, Apr 7, 2019 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Fireside Room

This presentation and discussion will focus on the plight of the endangered southern resident orca (killer whale) population, why the species is in crisis and how its plight is tightly connected to the health of the entire Salish Sea.
Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance, will talk about the health of the Strait, current threats to the region and how the various programs and campaigns of the Georgia Strait Alliance are working to address many of these threats, and how communities are and must play a part.

Christianne has been GSA’s Executive Director since 2010 after spending 6 years as the organization’s Clean Air and Water Program Coordinator. She is an Ontario transplant who came to BC in 1995 to pursue a MSc in ecology at UBC and, like so many, stayed on after graduation. Past experience includes time as a lab technician and freelance science writer. Christianne leads Georgia Strait Alliance’s government and media relations efforts, along with supporting GSA’s strategic campaigns and programs. She has a deep passion for social change and connecting with people across sectors to build a better future for our communities. Christianne sits on the Advisory Board of the Salish Sea Institute and is a Founding Board Director and Vice-President of The Elbow Theatre Society. She was a 2018 nominee for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award – Metro Vancouver (Environmental Sustainability) and is a 2019 nominee for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards (Social Change).  She is a past Director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (including two years as President), Canadian Women Voters Congress, and the Conservation Voters of BC. In her time off, she enjoys yoga, cooking/baking, kayaking, gardening, reading and sailing with her husband. She is an aunt to seven amazing kids and godmother to three more.

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The UCV Environment Team usually organizes the forum for the first Sunday of each month (except July and August). If you have ideas to suggest, contact the committee by email.



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