I am a hydrologist who undertakes studies related to surface water and flow forecasting. I perform analyses to evaluate water management strategies including reservoir operating plans and wetland drainage regulations. I completed a master’s thesis at the University of Saskatchewan: Prairie pothole drainage and water quality.
I was a member of the 2011 Cross Canada Canoe Odyssey that successfully paddled, walked, and biked canoes from Vancouver, BC to Saint John, NB in 171 days. I planned and coordinated foodstuff and collaborated in the production of a video documentary that was shortlisted for the Reel Paddling Film Festival.
I am on the board for SaskOutdoors, an organisation that connects people to the outdoors and inspire a sense of discovery and play within the natural environment. I have planned and facilitated events that promote an appreciation for the outdoors, wilderness skill development, and network building (e.g. Birding and Canoe Overnight, Winter Camping Skills Workshop).
I am a student in the Faculty of Arts, in Human Justice Program, at the University of Regina. I have an earnest desire to work towards the alleviation of social justice issues that affect my homeland in East Africa. I believe that learning and handling issues that affect the social context in which I currently live brings me closer to my goal because we are all part of a human family. I believe in the power of collective action to exert change in our beautiful world. Thus, volunteering in the community for me is an expression of my beliefs and a way to live my passion in accordance with my core values.
Rebecca was born and raised in Saskatoon. She is excited to be a part of Next Up, so she can broaden her understanding of social and environmental issues and find ways to turn passion to action! Rebecca studied Sociology at the U of S a few years back, and is currently deciding on what she wants to pursue in her next big adventure: grad school… (Probably. She is a bit indecisive). She is interested in becoming more involved in activism, as well as learning more about the theories, structures, and practices of activist culture.
People are what inspire Rebecca, and she values her friendships and the opportunity to find and participate in new networks like Next Up. Rebecca loves yoga, art, ukulele and guitar, sci-fi, soccer, coffee dates, and walking around in the city and in nature!
Lisa was born and raised on Treaty 7 land in Calgary AB, has spent time living in Vancouver BC and now calls Saskatoon (Warman) SK home. She has a passion for animal rights, environmental sustainability, and health equity and has a masters degree in Sociology (Health) from UBC. She currently works at the University of Saskatchewan as a coordinator in the Division of Social Accountability, supporting the College of Medicine in its efforts to ensure all of its activities are aligned with the priority health needs of Saskatchewan residents. In past jobs she has worked in evaluation for cancer screening, quality improvement, and patient engagement. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys getting outside for a run, sweating it out at hot yoga, crafting it up at home or mixing it up in the kitchen trying out a new vegan recipe. While she fondly misses having Stanley Park and the English Bay seawall in her backyard, she has enjoyed putting down roots in Saskatchewan and loves how interconnected the community is here. She feels we are truly on the cusp of some radical social change and has been working to embody the changes she hopes to see in our society in both her personal and professional life. She believes that even one person has the power to create lasting and impactful change and that we have far more in common with one another than we do differences. She dreams of a world where every individual is provided with the foundation to live a full and happy life and hopes to leave this world better than she found it for future generations.
Christina grew up on a farm not far from Saskatoon where her curiosity about the world & love for the Saskatchewan prairies began. Since Next Up, she has been employed with Mental Health & Addiction Services as a Social Worker & is nearing the completion of a Master’s of Social Work degree. During this time she also began to pursue a passion for photography & videography & has had the honour of documenting many engagements, weddings & births. Inspiration & motivation for all this is, of course, her two young sons & supportive husband.
Mairi Anderson is currently completing her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Saskatchewan, with a focus on Indigenous writing. She is learning what it means to be a settler on this land, what decolonization looks like, and how she can be a better ally. Mairi grew up in Red Deer, Alberta, and has maintained strong ties there, returning for the summers between academic years. She has been active with Bus Riders of Saskatoon and the Socialist Students’ Association. She is inspired by expressions of community, time spent outside, poetry, and folksy art. She is keenly interested in working creatively with young people in a way that fosters respect for land, self, and other people, and will be applying to study Education in the future. She is striving to bike more, waste less, and eat her vegetables, and she knows there is always lots to learn.
Having already walked this earth for 16 years, Emma was born in 2009 when she accidentally enrolled in the Outdoor School program. After throwing her teammate and canoe on shore to win the skills competition, she had solidified her passion for the outdoors and knew she needed to tackle tougher challenges. A seven-month trip to New Zealand and Australia following high school then turned into a travel addiction that she has fed by going to Nicaragua, Honduras, Denmark, and Israel/Palestine. This travel addiction inspired her decision to work towards a bachelor’s degree in International Studies as well as fuelled her passion for social and environmental justice. She has since attended Generating Momentum and IMPACT Sustainability Training and worked as a Recycling Ambassador for the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council. She is thrilled to be a part of Next Up and have the chance to be part of such an inspiring and mutually supportive community.
Aditi teaches high school math in French immersion and is passionate about youth engagement with nature in any subject. She is involved with the City of Saskatoon’s Environmental Advisory Committee and is a strong supporter of maintaining Saskatoon’s river valley as an ecological wonder. She believes that technology can enhance citizens’ experiences with nature and that this engagement will lend a powerful voice in new policies for the environment. She can be found on twitter @mmegarg – come say hi! Saskatoon, 2016.
Abby Morning Bull – BA
Natoyi Apohsoy Piikunakiik
From the Piikani Nation, member of the Blackfoot Confederacy.
Julian is a doula, reproductive health advocate, and community organizer in Regina, Saskatchewan. She is currently attending the University of Regina in the Health Studies program and is interested in social justice and anti-oppression work as it pertains to improving the health of individuals, families, and communities.