Our People

STAFF

 

OMAR BHIMJI Project Manager

omar@hastebc.org

Omar is a project manager at HASTe with a background in developing, managing, consulting on and supporting innovative educational, promotional and charitable programs in the area of sustainable and active transportation. He has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of British Columbia.

MIKE SMITH-CAIRNS Special Projects Coordinator

msmith@hastebc.org

Mike 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 currently manages HASTe's Internship Program – a partnership between HASTe and various post-secondary institutions in Metro Vancouver. Mike previously worked as an Instructor in Geography and the Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) where his research and teaching interests focused on sustainable urban transportation and the built environment. He holds a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University.

CAILEY ARMSTRONG (on the left) Operations Coordinator (On Leave)

cailey@hastebc.org

Cailey is the Operations Coordinator for HASTe. Before joining HASTe, she worked in the environmental, public health and educational realms, utilizing her diverse education background. Cailey earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration (Accounting) and a Master of Public Health degree, concentrating on climate change policy (and more specifically sustainable transportation policy). She is a devotee of active transportation and cycles and walks nearly everywhere.

SANDRA JONES Best Routes Cartographer

sandra@hastebc.org

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.


CAROL SARTOR Active & Safe Routes to School Facilitator        City of North Vancouver

carol@hastebc.org

Carol is a Facilitator at HASTe. Her background is in project management. Once her children began school, she noticed how few children walked to school and the safety concerns for pedestrians and young cyclists within her neighbourhood. She became an advocate within her community as a foundering member of the North Shore Safe Route Advocates (SRA). Carol brings to HASTe her experience as a school PAC volunteer, 10 years of project management experience and a mother of two to the STP process.


KEELY KIDNER School Travel Planning Facilitator                           District of Squamish (On Leave)

keely@hastebc.org

Keely is a facilitator at HASTe with a background in language and communication. She has worked with communities in Canada and Aotearoa/New Zealand where she lived for the last four years before moving to beautiful Squamish, BC. Outside of her research career, Keely has been involved in cycle advocacy in Edmonton, AB and Wellington, NZ and is an active commuter who loves mountain biking and cycle touring and camping. Keely previously worked as an instructor and research assistant at Victoria University of Wellington and she holds a PhD in applied linguistics. Keely brings to HASTe her experience in community activism and facilitation, as well as extensive training in research communication. She can be found commuting around Squamish on her folding purple Brompton, aptly named “The Bromptosaurus”.


GABRIELLE BARNES School Travel Planning Facilitator                 District of Squamish

gaby@hastebc.org

Gabrielle is a facilitator at HASTe with a background in urban-environmental outreach. She previously worked for Evergreen BC as a program coordinator in community development, where she planned and delivered programs geared at increasing sustainable food systems by way of growing and eating food. Currently, Gabrielle is pursuing her Master’s in Education for Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in planning sustainably built environments that in turn create vibrant and liveable communities. As an avid bike commuter and mountain biker, Gabrielle is thrilled to advocate and plan for active school transport in her growing community.

LISE RICHARD School Travel Planning Facilitator                         Capital Regional District

lise@hastebc.org

Lise is one of HASTe's School Travel Planning facilitators in the communities of Victoria and Saanich. A transplanted Nova Scotian, she started biking at the age of three and hasn’t stopped since. Lise believes a bike is that silver bullet solution everyone is looking for to solve financial, mental, emotional and physical health problems. She LOVES her bike, Apollo, and you might catch her rolling around the Capital Region with her “melon-head” helmet. She remembers the bike rides, hikes and urban adventures in local park spaces with her parents and brother fondly; these memories inspire Lise in her work as School Travel Planner.

TANYA RUSCHEINSKI School Travel Planning Assistant                 

tanya@hastebc.org

Tanya is a School Travel Planning Assistant with HASTe, supporting facilitators in developing and implementing School Travel Plans. Tanya has an undergraduate degree in Communications and a background in program management and outreach. Having grown up playing in the dirt, she knows that being active and outdoors is an important link to healthier individuals and more conscious, greener communities. Tanya strives to be an active member in the community, and is still happiest outdoors in the dirt. Or snow.

KULVIR MANN School Travel Planning Facilitator                         City of North Vancouver

kulvir@hastebc.org

Kulvir is a mother of 2 children and lives in North Vancouver. She was a PAC Chair for 3 years and has been on the Safety Committee for many years at Canyon Heights Elementary School. She is involved in lots of North Shore Community programs and events and has been a member of North Shore Safety Council of BC for the last 3 years. She is very excited for her new role with HASTe BC to promote safe routes to school in all neighborhoods.

Anna Kirkpatrick Program Developer                        

anna@hastebc.org

Anna is passionate about community education and sustainable transportation. She has a long history of involvement with grassroots community organizations and is excited to step into the role of Program Developer with HASTe. Her previous work has included school-based environmental programming, nonprofit management and sustainability auditing. Anna holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Simon Fraser University. Whether touring rural back roads or commuting to work, she is fan of bicycle transportation.

ANKE KREY School Travel Planning Facilitator                         Capital Regional District

anke@hastebc.org

Anke is a facilitator in the Capital Regional District and holds a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia. Currently, she is working on a research project in Educational Psychology at the University of Victoria. Growing up in a family crazy about bicycles she values the independence and physical activity bicycles provide. Anke is excited to encourage and support active travel because of its potential to bring health and environmental benefits. She loves to explore the hills and beaches of Vancouver Island with her two young kids.

Tara Holfield Administrative Coordinator

tara@hastebc.org

Tara has worked in Office Administration for over 10 years, with side roles ranging from customer support, technical writing, and database website development. As a child, she walked to school nearly every day (perhaps uphill both ways, in 4 centimeters of rain). As an adult, she is keen on cycling, walking and public transportation.

 

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