What were you doing before joining Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
Before joining Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, I was completing my teaching degree at the University of Toronto. I also work as a part-time educator at the Toronto Zoo, where I developed a passion for all animals and conservation, as well as spend more time talking about pandas than I ever imagined.

Favourite aquatic animal in the aquarium?
Has to be the jellies! These prehistoric animals are mesmerizing, fun to watch, and they don’t even have brains or bones. The flashlight fish, sea turtles and giant pacific octopus are also favourites of mine.

Best part about working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
Seeing people smile and their faces light up when they touch a stingray, take a picture with a shark or laugh at one of my cheesy jokes. Marine animals are fascinating and I enjoy working in an environment where I get to share knowledge and learn new things every day.

Any other fun facts about you?
I used to have a pet goldfish named Goldy.

What made you decide you wanted to pursue a career in Education/Marine biology?
Teaching is such a challenging and rewarding career; each day is an opportunity to impact a life in a small or large way. Children really are the future, so we must encourage them to love nature and believe that they can make the world a better place.