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.

Current members of Team Thrive

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 Dr. Karine Pigeon 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.

Being raised at the doorstep of the Canadian Rockies, my love for the Yellowstone-to-Yukon region initially started through recreation. Hiking, biking, and climbing turned into a curiosity for unraveling ecological questions and has greatly influenced my pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.

Participating in a literature review on the impacts of recreation to wildlife this summer has been a rewarding way to blend my recreational and research interests. I feel lucky to have connected with the amazing work happening at Y2Y over the past few years!

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