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.
For Kristina, being on her long, fun board, in her cozy 5mm wetsuit trying to catch waves has nurtured her long-standing love for protecting the ocean. Her journey with the Surfrider community has been a humbling and passionate experience. A B2B PR hound and marketer by day, Kristina works on integrated marketing campaigns for high tech, financial services and clean tech companies. She not only garners high profile media coverage for her clients, landing stories in WSJ, Bloomberg, CBC and the Financial Times, but also helps companies generate leads from marketing campaigns with budgets that range from $5,000 - $100,000 per campaign.
In her own words: “The term “stoke” may be obviously borrowed from the sport of kings. To me, it means passion/excitement. This applies to how I feel about Surfrider Vancouver and how it can be a means to gel and bring people together from all backgrounds. The stoke we feel together, means learn from each other and nurture our communities. We pass it on and pay it forward. We pass on our stoke.”
Luise grew up in East Berlin at the river Spree. Chose to leave Berlin for seeing the world and to live on the ocean. Luise works as a journalist and reviewed over 100 Mediterranean beaches as a Beach Inspector in Spain. Moved to Vancouver in 2005 where she feels at home now. She does not believe in national boundaries but in natural and cultural spaces. She joined Surfrider Vancouver to help protect what she loves most: the ocean, the beach and the wonders of life.
Jason was born and raised in San Francisco California and has a deep love and appreciation for the waters he grew up on. Jason moved to Vancouver 3 years ago and joined Surfrider so he can help protect the coastlines near his new home. Growing up in California, Jason was able to experience all different types of our ocean ecosystems and the pollution that affects them. Now, teamed up with Surfrider, he hopes to be part of a drastic change that raises awareness and protections for our oceans.
Growing up on the West Coast has allowed Marin to form a strong connection with the ocean from a very young age. While supporting a variety of environmental issues, she is especially committed to combating plastic pollution. Witnessing the effects of such pollution first-hand has motivated Marin to take responsibility in removing litter and marine debris from every beach she visits — from urban and remote beaches in BC, to those in Australia, Greece, Uruguay and Hong Kong.
Marin first joined Surfrider Vancouver Island while studying International Business at the University of Victoria. After moving back to the Lower Mainland, she joined Surfrider Vancouver as the Recycling Lead and is now the Events Director. Marin thoroughly enjoys volunteering with the Surfrider Team, as it provides opportunities to learn from local and global changemakers, as well as to inspire others to take action in their daily lives.
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 today.
While working out of the events and creative fields, her passion for interdisciplinary collaboration is what initially drove her to Surfrider. Through having firsthand assisted 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!
Dr. Elaine Leung
Elaine is a marine biologist and founder of a non-profit called Sea Smart. Sea Smart's mission is to inspire and empower kids to love and protect our oceans. Through fun summer camps, after school programs and school workshops, Sea Smart gets kids excited about our oceans and empowers them to be environmental champions. Elaine has researched threatened marine animals around the world for over 15 years and she knows our oceans need our help right now! Elaine and Sea Smart love partnering with Surfrider to power big waves of change and inspire people of all ages to become ocean heroes.
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Partnership Lead: Regan Courtney
Membership Lead: Brianna Brown
Social Media Lead: Katrina Bernaus
Social Media Lead: Stacy Taylor
Content Lead: Steph Baker
Events Lead: Jess Moe
Events Lead: Rithikha Rajamohan
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Recycling Lead: Kennedy Tuccaro