Program Facilitator, Unbounded Foundation
Program Coordinator, Unbounded Foundation
Laura Bamsey is a guest on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-watuth and Musqueam Nations and is experienced in non-profit management, community-based program development and facilitation, environmental education, and event management. She currently supports government, social enterprises, and non-profit organizations to develop youth, teacher and community programming and resources that connect to sustainability and leadership.
Laura has developed and delivered a variety of youth-focused workshops on energy and water conservation, zero-waste, food sovereignty, active transportation, climate change and much more. Laura is passionate about empowering youth to take action on climate change and is excited to have the opportunity to do this through the EcoCooks program.
Communications Specialist, Elements Society
Serena is a communications wiz, passionate about sustainability, youth engagement, outdoor-ed and all things nature. Her experiences in facilitation have shaped the strong belief that youth have the power to not only make meaningful change, but take resilient action - and she tends not to surround herself with those who agree otherwise.
After getting a strong feel for life in corporate PR as a professional communications consultant with FleishmanHillard Highroad, one of the world’s top ranked global PR agencies, she moved on to private consulting for various non-profits in and around BC including the C2C BC Education Network, eMotive, Recycle BC, Youth4Action, and the BC Parks Foundation.
She now specializes solely in community engagement with a focus on connecting local organizations to people, place & planet. As Elements Society’s Communications and Engagement Specialist, she works in supporting programs that work to facilitate, inspire, and empower youth climate action.
Instructional Design, Elements Society
Kate’s teaching philosophy centers around equity, inclusion, and empowerment. Honing her teaching practice through years of teaching a diverse range of subjects across all age groups, Kate has developed countless curricular units, projects, and assessment tools. Spending time working meaningfully with the elders, youth, and leadership of a community builds a fuller picture of what is needed at an educational level.
Kate’s commitment to community, fellowship, and connectedness is what truly sets her curriculum development strategy apart. Born in North Vancouver and raised in a rural village in Wiltshire, Kate has been immersed in land stewardship and environmental sustainability from a young age. Kate strives to make more sustainable choices at a personal level through her plant-based diet and commitment to a low-waste lifestyle.
Instructional Design, Elements Society
Matt is a passionate high school Food Studies teacher. He is passionate about empowering youths to develop their individual potential and to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to contribute meaningfully to our global community.
Matt trained at Northwest Culinary Academy, the Vancouver Pastry Training Center, and is a certified Red Seal chef. He also completed a BSc with a focus on Nutrition, Food Science, and Food Systems from the University of British Columbia. He is excited to join the Elements team and to grow awareness, interest, and knowledge of the impacts that our food and diets have on the environment.
Marketing Coordinator, Unbounded Foundation
Tanya respectfully acknowledges that she lives and works within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. Originally from the Republic of South Africa, Tanya lived in various communities across the nation. She learnt from a young age, how to connect with people of different cultures, as well as the importance of stewardship of animals and the environment, as a caretaker of God’s creation.
Tanya has a background in Marketing and Communications, as well as Plant-Based Nutrition Coaching. She is mission driven and loves to partner with life changing non-profit programs and initiatives that help support a well-balanced lifestyle, whilst making a lasting social impact through sustainability and community development. She believes in educating and encouraging nutritional wellness in our youth and empowering a generation of environmentally responsible citizens. In her spare time Tanya enjoys hiking, swimming and exploring this diverse and beautiful landscape with her husband and son, visiting local farmers markets and creating tasty whole food plant-based meals.
Coordinator of Education Programs, Elements Society
Growing up in Calgary, Cailey developed a strong connection to the land as she explored the nearby mountains, foothills and prairies with her friends and family. This love for the outdoors, genuine curiosity, and connection to place is what led her to completing a B.Sc. in Geography. Paired with her B.Ed, she has become a strong educator with an interest in finding ways to empower young leaders by creating authentic experiences that build capacity and understanding - especially around environmental issues.
Cailey is a well-rounded educator who has worked with all ages, teaching a variety of skills and subjects. She enjoys working with others who are passionate about improving themselves and the world around them.As a recent transplant to Vancouver, Cailey is excited to explore and learn more about the traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in which she now finds herself.
Executive Director, Unbounded Foundation
Manager of Education Programs, Elements Society
Living on the unceded and occupied Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) territory, Maïna was born and raised in the countryside in France, where she developed a love and passion for the natural world early on. As a child, she explored caves, historical sites, museums and travelled throughout various French landscapes.
She has substantial experience with inquiry-based teaching and strongly believes in the empowerment educators can bring to students and adults alike to feel emotionally connected and respect nature and people before us. Her approach is for everyone to have fun, feel included and nurture curiosity for any student to become a lifelong learner.
Maïna believes that sustainability, conservation and social justice are the drivers for a better future, which she tries to apply in her everyday life by making better choices. She is often outdoors hiking, swimming, running and working on her next photo project.
Program Facilitator, Unbounded Foundation
Executive Director, Elements Society
With a formal education in both business and the environment, Samantha has dedicated her career to organizations focused on supporting people and the planet. As an undergraduate student, Samantha wove her love for the environment into her business studies regularly.
Since graduating at the top of her class, Samantha has turned her focus to the social sector where for 10 years she has brought a progressive, solutions-oriented approach to non-profits focused on health and conservation.
On a personal level, Samantha prioritizes frequent connections to nature through outdoor recreation while pursuing a Master’s of Environment and Business at the University of Waterloo. Joining Elements as the Executive Director in 2021 , Samantha is focused on advancing the high-value environmental leadership work that has been the cornerstone of the organization’s mission since its founding.
Education Facilitator, Elements Society
Having completed a Master of Education with a focus on environmental education at UBC, Danielle is passionate about educating youth to become leaders for sustainability. Born and raised in Fuzhou, a city famous for banyan trees, Danielle’s love of stewardship and environmental sustainability emerged from spending time on her grandmother’s balcony garden.
With a background in English Literature and teaching English as an additional language, Danielle seeks ways to integrate language, storytelling, and social justice with sustainability. She has helped develop and lead educational programs and projects that aim to empower youth through gardening, community-building, and environmental justice, having previously worked with the Amir Project, and interned at UBC farm and WWF-Canada. Danielle is excited about her work as a bilingual facilitator at Elements Society. She speaks three languages, English, French and Mandarin.