“I come from a rural background, having grown up on a farm in Chilliwack, and my interest in Agriculture probably germinated from that. I began my undergraduate degree at the UBC Faculty of Agricultural Sciences in what was then the Department of Animal Science, in 1993. There were a number of options one could choose within the various departments that existed in the Faculty at that time, and I chose the Wildlife Option. The program I was able to complete resulted in a degree with a broad range of study experience. I was able to take plant and soil science as well as animal science, ecology, forestry and wildlife management courses. My undergraduate thesis focused on vole grass preference, and was conducted under the direction of Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust (DF&WT). The degree I obtained in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences prepared me well for the future work and study opportunities I have been able to take advantage of up to now.
After graduation, I was hired to fill a temporary leave as the Project Coordinator at DF&WT. Before and after this five-month contract, I made trips to Guatemala, and during the second trip decided I would do my MSc thesis research there. The topic of my thesis pertained to the sustainable extraction of non-timber forest products, and thus, my degree is a MSc in Forestry.
During the three years that I was in the Master’s program, I was privileged to teach the laboratory component of first year biology at UBC for one year. I found this experience to be exceedingly enriching. Also during my Master’s study period, I was again offered a position with DF&WT, which I accepted and I worked for the Trust as their Agriculture Coordinator for the subsequent three years.
I currently work for BC Hot House Foods Inc., as their Quality Assurance Analyst. This position has taken me into the produce industry and the arena of quality control and food safety. I’ve recently taken some HACCP courses to improve my understanding and capabilities as issues concerning food safety, trace back and recall become more and more important in the food industry.”