Omar Bhimji - Project Manager
Omar is the project manager of HASTe BC. His background is in developing, managing, consulting on and supporting innovative educational and charitable programs in the area of sustainable and active transportation. Prior to his involvement with Passion for Action, Omar worked with Pedal Energy Development Alternatives in Vancouver and Bikes Not Bombs in South Africa developing and managing a number of programs focused on engaging youth in active and sustainable transportation alternatives. He also co-wrote and created Transport Canada’s Active and Safe Routes to School – Cycling Resource Manual. He has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of British Columbia.
Kerry Hamilton - Community Programs Manager
Kerry is HASTe's Community Programs Manager. Her focus is on promoting healthy communities, active transportation, and the linkages between the built environment and physical activity. As a volunteer with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation (KCAT) she coordinated a variety of programs, workshops, research studies, and events supporting a diverse range of health and planning initiatives promoting physical activity and active travel. Kerry brings to HASTe her experience as a community organizer and activist, and her passion for promoting active transportation. She has a Masters Degree in Health Promotion from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Honours in Human Kinetics from Ottawa University.
Mike Smith - School Programs Manager
Mike is the School Programs Manager for HASTe BC and works on a number of HASTe’s School Travel Planning initiatives. He has previously worked on Vancouver’s Travel Smart program and the City of New Westminster’s Active and Safe Routes to School initiative. He is also an instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) and teaches in the Geography Department where his research and teaching interests focus on sustainable urban transportation and the built environment. He currently manages HASTe's Internship Program – a partnership between HASTe and various universities in Metro Vancouver. He holds a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University.
Sandra Jones - Best Routes Cartographer
Sandra is HASTe's Best Routes developer and cartographer and assists with School Travel Planning (STP) Facilitator support. She is a partner in the company Jones Maps & Diagrams and worked on the national STP program for Green Communities Canada. Sandra has worked for Norecol Environmental Consultants, the Way to Go! School Program (as Regional Coordinator), and for the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation. Sandra has a Higher National Diploma in Geographical Techniques from England.
Emily Hein - Cool Routes to School Facilitator
Emily is HASTe's new Cool Routes to School Facilitator. She has been a bike enthusiast since a young age where her focus has now grown into promoting cycling and active transportation for the creation of healthy communities. Prior to HASTe, Emily has worked with Pedal Energy Development Alternatives (PEDAL) as a bike mechanic, Bike Club coordinator, and senior collective member. Emily has also worked with HUB as a cycling instructor, a Bike to Work Week coordinator and the School Travel Planning Data Collection Coordinator. Emily has a Degree in Human Geography from UBC.
Rupinder Sandhu - HASTe & UFV Intern Fall 2013
As an intern at HASTe BC, Rupinder (or Rovi) looks forward to combining his interest in working with kids and transportation together. He is a fourth year Geography major student at the University of Fraser Valley and has a background of working with kids in both elementary and middle schools. He will be putting these skills to work as he helps HASTe celebrate International Walk to School Week and develop Walking School Buses for some of our STP Schools. In turn, HASTe hopes to bring back Rovi’s fond memories of learning how to ride a bike - maybe on two wheels this time.
Tiffany Suderman - HASTe & UFV Intern Summer 2013
It took a while for Tiff to move on from the tricycle, however, once she did she quickly became a bicycle enthusiast. As an intern with HASTe BC and a Geography major in her third year, Tiffany is excited to mix her studies and personal love for active transportation into a summer semester working on HASTe community events and active transportation research. Previously she's had involvement in community festivals and events in Abbotsford and just recently joined the Students for Sustainability at UFV.
Kristianne Hendricks - HASTe & UFV Intern Winter 2013
Kristianne is an intern at HASTe where she will be leading and developing the Active Travel Champions Campaign. A third year student at the University of the Fraser Valley working towards a BA, she is also active on campus as a Student Life Ambassador, and holds executive positions within the Students for Sustainability, Oxfam, and Sociology Anthropology Undergrad Student associations.