Jess Van

Jess majored in International Relations and minored in French at UBC.  Her interest in traveling and culture has already taken her to France for a year abroad and she plans to add Istanbul, Saigon, Buenos Aires, Shanghi, and Mexico City to her list one day. She has an adventurous passion for new foods, hiking, yoga, and running.

Jess has an interest in inclusive social movements. Currently she works in Communications & Public Engagement with RangiChangi Roots. Her work involves facilitating workshops on the local and global implications of climate change and the importance of cultural diversity in the green movement.  Jess has also utilized her communications and social media skills with organizations like Canopy and projects like Speak In Images/Parler en images.

Jess would say that what matters most is family.  She has taken on the role of cheerleader, bathroom buddy, nurse, and social coordinator to her sister who was diagnosed with cancer this year.  You could say that the most important activism to happen in Jess’s life happened at home where she used social media to organize support for her sister and shaved her head to raise money towards cancer research.  Through her experience she’s become an inspiring and grounded individual with a clear sense of what’s important.

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