What were you doing before joining Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
I was working in Napanee as a wildlife technician/rehabilitator at Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre; A very demanding yet rewarding job where I got to work with many different native species. I am also still working as a part-time educator at Reptilia Zoo in Vaughan.
Favourite aquatic animal in the aquarium?
I couldn’t pick one if I wanted to! Every time I think I couldn’t be more interested in an amazing animal like the Sand Tiger Shark, along comes another fascinating fact about the Giant Pacific Octopus or the Horseshoe crabs, or a new animal shows up like the recently arrived Spotted Eagle Rays. And with close to 400 species in the aquarium to learn about, I know that I’ve barely scratched the surface!
Best part about working at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada?
I love having the chance to learn about these amazing animals, and in turn having the opportunity to pass that knowledge on to the guests that visit us daily. Nothing makes my day more than a guest asking great questions and walking away with just a little more knowledge about the world around us and the fascinating creatures in it.
Any other fun facts about you?
My father is a veterinarian and my mother rehabbed wildlife, so I grew up surrounded by animals. I’ve worked with all sorts of species; from wolves, to owls, to snakes, to squirrels. And when I worked for a few years on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, I even got to know a couple of grizzly bears! The aquarium has been my first real opportunity to work with marine wildlife, however, and it feels like I’m filling in an important gap!
What made you decide you wanted to pursue a career in Education/Marine biology?
I love to learn, and I love helping others understand the wonder and diversity of the world around us. I’ve always enjoyed the idea of being a “go-between” for the people that come to a place like the aquarium and the animals in it. I also think that getting the knowledge of these animals out to the world is a vital part of making this world a better place. We’re all in this together.