Caroline merner, Co-DirECTOR
Caroline is a passionate environmental educator and a sustainability enthusiast. Caroline works at Parks Canada engaging youth in Northern National Parks. She co-directed the Dalhousie Student Union Sustainability Office in 2016-17 and, since 2015, has served as a Youth Advisory Group member for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Her background in conservation has taken her to the Arctic, Hawaii, Peru, Chile and Banff, as a workshop facilitator and international conference delegate. As a graduate from Dalhousie University in Sustainability and International Development, Caroline’s thesis focused on effective climate change communication. She is now thrilled to co-direct Climate Guides in Vancouver. For her work, Caroline has been named Green Student of the Year by Dalhousie University, an inaugural Young Women for Nature by Nature Canada, and a Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists by Starfish Canada.
Marina Melanidis, CO-DirecTOR
Marina Melanidis is a senior undergraduate student at UBC studying Natural Resources Conservation. Having grown up in Vancouver BC, surrounded by ocean, forests, and mountains, her passion for the environment and for developing climate change solutions is no surprise. Marina is a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholar, which has led her to India and the Arctic to discover and learn how climate change is altering ecosystems and livelihoods around the world. She has also been able to contribute to climate change research at home with several federal and provincial departments. The global connections Marina has made have helped her to better understand how climate change impacts families and communities. Marina believes that connection is the most effective way to build understanding and create change, and hopes to continue to find new ways to make these connections throughout her life and career.
MiChal MArcis, Chief Of program
Michal is a visionary and enjoys working on projects that better the world. In Czech Republic, Michal studied Psychology and Sociology to understand behaviour change and how people interact in society. He was one of the founding members of a mentorship program with UNIFER, a professional development organization for students. Michal quickly discovered the benefits of a mentee-mentor platform, not just for a trusting relationship, but for greater society. His background in marketing helps propel ideas with good intention forward. His involvement in Climate Guides guarantees new ideas, forethought and constant creativity. Michal is a morel mushroom connoisseur. Despite the fact that they need frequent forest fires to spawn, he hopes to help reverse this trend by creating a new generation of leaders towards change.