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.
Jordan Magtoto - HASTe Intern (Master of Urban Studies, SFU) Winter 2015
Jordan is a HASTe Intern assisting the School Travel Planning with school engagement, data analysis, and data visualization in the Winter 2015 semester. A current Urban Studies graduate student at SFU, Jordan is interested in transportation planning and the effect that transportation infrastructure has on the health of urban and suburban populations. Jordan's relevant experience includes a semester as a transportation planning research assistant with SFU under Dr. Anthony Perl, and as a research assistant with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.
Amelia Frame - HASTe & UFV Intern Winter 2015
Amelia is excited to be stepping into a new intern position with HASTe,
supporting Kerry’s role with schools in Surrey, BC. Amelia is an undergrad
student at the University of the Fraser Valley, soon to complete a BA in
Geography with an Environmental Concentration, and she also holds an
Outdoor Recreation Diploma from Capilano University. Outside of school,
she gets to spend her time running nature-themed field trips at the Surrey
Nature Centre. Amelia loves to cycle, longboard, hike, and paddle, and she
is thrilled to be promoting the most fun ways to get around.
Simon Jay - HASTe Intern Winter 2015
Simon is working on HASTe's Car Free Schools project. Simon is a board member of the Vancouver Car Free Society, who showcase the local community by turning vehicle dominated streets into festival spaces. He has been organizing street festivals since 2012, and in 2014 was the lead coordinator of the West End Car Free festival which attracts approximately 50,000 visitors each year. Simon is passionate about sustainable transportation and sustainable land use planning, and has an Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University. He is a joint UK and Canadian citizen, and has lived and worked in Vancouver, London and Moscow.
Cameron Barker - HASTe Intern (Master of Urban Studies, SFU) Winter 2015
Derrick Swallow - HASTe & UFV Intern Winter 2014
Derrick is an intern at HASTe researching how the Theory of Planned Behaviour can apply to HASTe's survey and data collection process. An undergraduate student at the University of the Fraser Valley, Derrick is completing his final year of a B.A. in Geography with a concentration in Urban Studies. He plans on beginning a Masters program in Urban Planning after graduation.
Luke Garrod - HASTe & UFV Intern Winter 2014
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.