Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative volunteers make up Team Thrive. These important people work to amplify the Y2Y mission and vision through online storytelling, on-the-ground work, administrative or research assistance.

Online storytellers

These volunteers use the power of social media to share stories relevant to living with wildlife. They strive to foster positive connections between the people, places, and wildlife of the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

On-the-ground volunteers

From tabling at events, giving presentations to groups, and encouraging community members to actively participate in improving human-wildlife coexistence, these are the volunteers you’re likely to see out in the community.

Administrative volunteers

Working out of head office in Canmore, these volunteers help Y2Y’s administrative team share stories with our donors, supporters, and partners. 

Research volunteers

Research volunteers work remotely with Y2Y’s science team to collect and process data or on literature reviews. These desk-based projects help to ensure that the best available evidence is used to guide conservation.

Past members of Team Thrive

Evan is an undergraduate majoring in Wildland Conservation & Recreation at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). Originally from Ontario, Evan first completed an Adventure Recreation diploma at Sault College, Sault Ste Marie and then transferred to UNBC. His academic interests revolve primarily around systematic conservation planning, freshwater ecology, recreation ecology, and the socio-cultural dynamics and discourse around natural space.

Evan first engaged with Y2Y through a recreation ecology project to qualify, quantify, and consolidate threats to Canada’s species at risk relating to recreation activities and spaces. He hopes through this project to develop and apply meaningful information to the effective conservation of species at risk in the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

In summers he ventures into backcountry settings to guide canoeing and sea kayaking expeditions to share the realities and wonders of the natural world. As you can guess, his favorite activity is paddling, but he also enjoys cross-country skiing, trail running, fly fishing and downhill skiing.

While interning at the UN-Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, I attended a lunchtime presentation by Harvey Locke, one of the co-founders of Y2Y. I was incredibly moved by Harvey’s message—the importance of creating a movement rather than a campaign—and the mission of Y2Y. Four years later, I’m thrilled to be volunteer with this incredible organization! I’m excited to be a part of the vision of not only habitat connectivity, but also the connection between people and nature.

Growing up hiking, trail running, biking, and skiing in the Rocky Mountains, the outdoors has always been an important part of my life. I am thrilled to be volunteering with Y2Y and to combine my passion for the outdoors with community-based conservation and research. Currently I am working with Y2Y on a review of law, policy, and regulation related to recreation in the Yellowstone to Yukon region.

Recently I completed a BSc in Applied Animal Biology from the University of British Columbia where my undergraduate research focused on human-wildlife coexistence and animal welfare. I am currently a MSc student at Trent University studying the influence of human activities and environmental changes on black bear populations across Ontario.

Growing up in Northern British Columbia, I spent most of my time hiking, skiing, and working in a grizzly bear conservancy. For this reason, I have always felt most at home when surrounded by nature and knew from a young age that I wanted to become an advocate for conservation.

After receiving my degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science, with a minor in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management, I moved to Calgary. While I have a particular interest in grizzlies, I believe all species and people should have access to healthy and sustainable protected areas. I am volunteering for Y2Y because the work being done is meaningful and brings people together to pursue conservation.

Header photo: Ross Donihue