What were you doing before joining Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
Before working at RAOC I was working as a teaching assistant and studying criminology. For many years I also worked as a swim instructor, special needs swim coach, and lifeguard.
Favourite aquatic animal in the aquarium?
I have always been obsessed with sharks, and they remain my favourite creatures on the planet, however, our beautiful grouper in Ray Bay stole my heart.
Best part about working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
The best part about working at RAOC… aside from being up close and personal with the Worlds most amazing creatures, is our ROAC staff members. I am fortunate enough to work with some of the most knowledgeable, passionate, hard-working, and caring humans. Our teams love of marine life and of our creatures at the aquarium, is marvelous and completely contagious. Watching your co-workers passionately educate and teach about the creatures you love so much (especially sharks) is such a beautiful thing. Spreading conservation messages and squashing myths not only brings a smile to my face, but also helps our planet.
Any other fun facts about you?
The water is my favourite place. I love to swim and swam competitively for many years (I’m still pretty fast and always down for a challenge. Butterfly anyone?) I also love to dive and recently got into our Dangerous Lagoon tank for our Discovery Dive! I’m pretty sure mermaids exist. I’m also convinced my favourite creatures at RAOC know how much I love them… I tell them… a lot. Please don’t try and convince me otherwise.
What made you decide you wanted to pursue a career in Education/Marine biology?
I am passionate about conservation, more specifically, shark conservation. We are losing more than 100 million sharks per year and this has catastrophic consequences to our marine ecosystems. Sharks are such beautiful, intelligent, misunderstood, and IMPORTANT creatures. Working in education at RAOC has enabled me to contribute to shark conservation efforts .