Abby Pellaez

Abby studied political science at University of British Columbia and works in the financial services industry while deciding which graduate program to pursue. She joined Climate Guides to merge her interests in environmental sustainability, planned park and urban spaces and creative writing. Abby was a participant in Get Outside BC 2012 and Camp Suzuki 2015, where she joined other young people in hosting projects to bring people into nature or sustainability leadership roles. Her articles have appeared in youth-centric and community newspapers The/La Source, The Ubyssey, and YouthInk, as well as in a self-published anthology featuring multiple hobby writers. Abby loves oceans and forests, camping and sailing, and it breaks her heart to see litter.



Hayley Trachsel

Hayley Trachsel grew up on Vancouver Island, BC. She has always had an appreciation for wildlife, especially the species and ecosystems which occur in BC’s temperate rainforest, one of the most unique biomes in the world. As a college student studying environmental conservation in Vancouver, Hayley is interested in increasing awareness and education as more effective wildlife conservation techniques are discovered. With increased knowledge in sustainable management, she believes we can collectively work to protect our green spaces as well as the unique ecosystems that sustain us.



Celia Walker

Celia is a recent masters of Global Health graduate working as a research coordinator at British Columbia Children’s Hospital in infectious diseases. While completing her masters, Celia had the opportunity to venture the world where she studied in the Netherlands, presented at a conference in India, and worked on a clinical trial in Botswana. By the end of her travels, Celia felt an undeniable urge to take what she has learnt about global health disparities and apply them to the context of her own backyard. Her work in Northern British Columbia inspired Celia to dig deeper into how extractivist industry and global warming are impacting the health of Canada’s most vulnerable populations. Although her background was not geared towards environmentalism, Celia’s passion for our natural world and educational voyage has lead Celia to realize just how inextricably linked human health is to climate change and that as our world gets sicker, so do we.