Michelle is in the third year of her Bachelor of Science with a double major in Statistics and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. During the summer of 2018, Michelle will be working on a variety of projects with the Gorge Waterway Action Society, including designing educational displays, managing volunteers, and updating administrative procedures. Michelle is excited to use the skills she gains over the summer as she works towards completing her degree in the spring of 2019.
Alaina is in her fourth year of her Bachelors degree in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology at the University of Victoria. When not studying, Alaina can be found looking in tidal pools eager to explore the diversity found on our coast. As the ecological restoration technician at the Gorge Waterway Action Society Alaina will be working on numerous summer projects including grant applications, refreshing the Nature House, and coordinating a community ecological restoration event.
Vanessa is in her third year of the Environmental Technology program at Camosun College. Outside of school, she has worked as a Summer Camp Coordinator, Restoration Technician, and Naturalist. She especially enjoys species ID and is a self-proclaimed “bird nerd”. Vanessa grew up in Esquimalt and is thrilled to be working for GWAS. In addition to operating the Nature House, Vanessa will be working on a variety of summer projects including restoration work and Nature House upgrades.
Completed two extensive biophysical inventories within the forest and the salt marsh
Sampling and analysis of water/biofilm during the Gorge Creek sewage spill
Worked on collaborative projects with local ENGO's such as World Fisheries Trust, SeaChange, Oceans Network Canada, and the Habitat Acquisition Trust
Created newsletters and promotional handouts for GWAS and the Nature House
Created and managed the Gorge Waterway Nature House Facebook Page
Redesigned the GWAS Website
Ran Silent Auction Events inside the Nature House
Tracked and reported on Nature House visitor attendance throughout the summer
Assisted the World Fisheries Trust with Nature House children's programs and beach programs throughout Victoria
Monitoring and sectioned removal of native parasitic species Salt Marsh Dodder (Cuscuta Salina)
Removal of invasive species in Kinsmen Gorge Park including, English Ivy (Hedera Helix), Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus), Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
Organized a volunteer invasive species removal event
Reorganized, and re-designed displays in the Nature House
Operating the Gorge Waterway Nature House, which was open everyday in the summer of 2016