The ocean has always been a way for Yura to connect to something larger. It has always been a part of his life and it has always felt strange to be away from it. He is a firm believer in protecting our oceans and planet. It has been a fulfilling and inspiring for Yura to be with Surfrider. The organization provides him with an opportunity to give back to something he loves and hopes to protect. Volunteering with Surfrider also gives him the pleasure of being surrounded by like-minded people.
Kat was born and raised in Vancouver and is passionate about keeping our oceans clean. She is an independent filmmaker passionate about telling meaningful stories. Her films are her way of making a difference by telling stories that need to be told. Kat volunteers with Surfrider as another way to create positive change in our community. She has loved every minute of being a part of the Surfrider team and is thrilled to be surrounded by such passionate and like minded people.
A snow, skate and board sports enthusiast, Crystal is deeply inspired by the work, craft, and arts seen in and around coastal oceanic communities. Raised in Richmond BC and minutes away from some of the most advertised scenic destinations, she’s drawn to all the natural ecosystems we’re fortunate enough to still be able to enjoy to this day.
While working out of the events and creative fields, her passion for interdisciplinary collaboration is what initially drove her to Surfrider. For the past year, she’s had the honour of working with the community, assisting with events, issuing memberships and providing quick turnaround visuals for use both online and in chapter newsletters. Crystal is thrilled to be joining SurfriderVan as Volunteer Coordinator and looks forward to having you out to an upcoming beach clean!
Nataliya has been with the chapter for three years in various roles, from research to communications and, finally, treasurer. All these positions have allowed her to see how different parts of the organization interact and coexist, and she's excited to pursue her new role as treasurer. Always a water baby, Nataliya pursued environmental sciences and oceanography as an undergrad, but switched to accounting to have a more flexible set of skills. For her, Surfrider represents a community in Vancouver who believes in making a difference in the environment.
Alexandra is a marketing graduate of the University of British Columbia and was most recently an experiential marketing specialist for one of Canada's fastest growing retailers. In addition to leading the North American store grand opening program, she also developed strategy and implementation tools for large scale partnership events with partners like Wanderlust Yoga Festivals and TED, as well as localized marketing programs across Canada and the US. An avid traveller, Alex visited four continents in 2017, and also enjoys hiking, skiing and cooking. As development director for Surfrider Vancouver, she looks forward to building relationships with local businesses and organizations!
Communications Director and Secretary
A passionate of oceans and surfing, Bassam Chahira joined Surfrider Foundation, Vancouver Chapter, in 2016 to help improve the image of the organisation among its diverse audiences and raise awareness around ongoing projects defending the littoral. Bassam is a seasoned public relations and communications professional with over 10 years of experience. Bassam earned his Masters of Organisations’ Communication degree, he is continuing his studies in Public Relations, Social Media and Marketing Communication. He is member of CPRS – Canadian Public Relations Society and MMCA - Moroccan Marketing and Communication Association. Bassam lives in Vancouver with his wife and his two kids; he is fan of soccer, surfing and camping.
Monique hopes to live a life that makes a positive difference in the world. Her background is in oncology but she is now dedicated to the world of non-profit. During the day she works as a wish coordinator, planning wonderful wishes for kiddos in need. However, in the evenings and on weekends you can most likely find her outside hugging trees or swimming under waterfalls. She loves the mountains and the ocean, and if she’s not playing in them she’s usually spending her time protecting them.
Graphic Designer: Tera Luxembourg
Web Designer: John Cristiani
Photography Lead: Renee Sutton
Partnership Lead: Alexandra Lam
Fundraising Lead: Regan Courtney
Facebook Lead: Regan Courtney
Instagram Lead: Renee Sutton
Twitter Lead: Stacy Taylor
Newsletter Lead: Rithikha Rajamohan
Content Lead: Steph Baker
Events Lead: Katie Davie
Events Lead: Rithikha Rajamohan
Events Lead: Marisa Gullaci
Events Lead: Kendall Andison
Equipment Lead: Paige Maddock
Research Lead: Jess Moe
Recycling Lead: Caitlin Mellor