–2020 Virtual Youth Summit
ISCBC’s 2020 Youth Summit was held virtually on May 1 and 2, engaging young adults from across the province.
This exciting virtual experience brought together youth, leaders and industry experts from across BC. Attendees explored volunteer projects in habitat restoration, learned from environmental experts, participated in enriching communications workshop and built networks in the invasive species management community and beyond.
ISCBC Youth Summit 2020 Recap
This amazing event is now packaged into an online series!
Introductions and Project Presentations
ISCBC youth facilitators and ISCBC board members welcomed everyone to the 2020 Youth Summit on May 1, 2020. A beautiful welcome from Musqueam Nation proceeded project presentations. We invite you to explore 2019 habitat restoration and virtual projects led by ISCBC youth volunteers.
Meet Patti Beer
Patti Beer joined the summit as a professional aquarist & lifetime volunteer! She has worked most of her career as an animal care specialist and is currently a Senior Aquarium Biologist for the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative. Share in her excitement and passion for the natural world around us!
Concert with Luke Wallace
Luke Wallace brought an amazing style of environmentally focused folk music to the summit, calling people to rise and meet the social and environmental challenges we face.
Welcome and Volunteer Panel
Day Two of the ISCBC Youth Summit included an engaging youth volutneer panel. ISCBC youth volunteers shared their reflections on what it means to be a volunteer.
Meet Justin Perry
Justin Perry joined the summit as a youth Indigneous leader, sharing his perspective on nature and how to take action to protect sensitive habitats.
Inspiring Change Communications Workshop
Karen Brandt of Brandt Strategy led Inspiring Change: Communications Workshop. Learn how to raise awareness and inspire action through social media, improve writing skills, leverage “the power of the photo” and build media relations.
ISCBC’s Youth Summit 2020 was held on May 1 and 2, 2020.
FRIDAY MAY 1, 2020
6:00 PM PST
Youth Facilitators & ISCBC Board member
Welcome and Opening
Explore the 2019 habitat restoration and ongoing virtual projects led by ISCBC youth volunteers
Meet Patti Beer, professional aquarist & lifetime volunteer
Concert with Luke Wallace, folk musician
Thank you and closing of Summit Day One
SATURDAY MAY 2, 2020
1:00 PM PST
Youth Facilitators & ISCBC Board
Volunteerism Short Film with Bunch of Carrots
Presentation with Justin Perry, Indigenous Youth Leader
Session One: Karen Brandt, Brandt Strategy
Effective communications and outreach are essential in building environmental awareness and action in the public ambient. Workshop attendees will learn how to:
- Raise awareness and inspire action through social media.
- Build effective communications strategies and work plans.
- Improve writing skills for both traditional and social media.
- Clearly and succinctly tell your organization’s story to inspire change.
Session Two: Karen Brandt, Brandt Strategy
Volunteer Word Cloud Session
Summit Wrap Up
INSPIRING CHANGE: COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP
Turn your communications efforts from the ordinary into the extraordinary. Attendees of this two part workshop :
- Raise awareness and inspire action and action through social media.
- Improve writing skills for both traditional and social media.
- Leverage “the power of the photo”.
- Build media relations.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Karen Brandt, Brandt Strategy
Karen Brandt is a results-oriented strategic communications professional who has strengthened reputations for companies, governments, communities and non-profits across North America. She has a passion for sustainability and for the past 25 years has built common positions and partnerships with First Nations, environmental groups, customers and governments.
Brandt Strategy provides strategic advice to clients who are committed to building strong businesses through proactive partnerships, smart public policy and a commitment to sustainability.
Key areas of work:
- Public Affairs & Policy
- First Nations Partnerships
- Branding & Re-Positioning
- Reputation & Issues Management
Karen has held a number of senior executive level positions in both the private and public sectors including Mosaic Forest Management, Interfor Corporation, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd.
Karen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She holds an honours Bachelor of Journalism (minor Political Science) from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Luke Wallace brings an amazing style of environmentally focused folk music to the summit, calling people to rise and meet the social and environmental challenges we face. Luke plays at folk festivals across the west coast, having just released his fifth album “What on Earth”. He recently performed at Salmon Arm Roots and Blues, Vancouver Island Music Festival and The Vancouver Folk Festival.
SENIOR AQUARIUM BIOLOGIST, VANCOUVER AQUARIUM
Patti can’t remember a time when she wasn’t a nature nut! As a child spending countless hours on the beach at Samish Island Washington, in the forest, in an empty lot with ant hills and up a willow tree in her yard felt sacred to her. The experience of caring for a dog, a couple of cats, rodents, turtles, fish and hermit crabs as pets kept her spellbound by all living things.
As an adult that has continued with the love of a cat, a guinea pig, a bearded dragon, burrowing owls, a pair of wolf eels and many other fascinating creatures in her life. She has worked most of her career as an animal care specialist and is currently a Senior Aquarium Biologist for the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative. Patti has a unique position on contract to the Vancouver International Airport, caring for a satellite aquarium there. With all of this and over 30 years of SCUBA diving locally and around the globe she is gobsmacked by the diversity on our planet! She can’t help but share that excitement!
INDIGENOUS YOUTH LEADER
Justin graduated from BCIT’s Forest and Natural Areas Management Program in 2018. Justin was chosen to be valedictorian for his work with BCIT’s Indigenous Services and his public speaking abilities. Following graduation, Justin began working in Campbell River in the Forest Industry. The vast majority of his work involved applying the use of drones to land management.
Justin’s work with drones involves search and rescue, wildfire mapping, and managing forests. Justin has a strong spiritual connection with the land. Justin acted as firekeeper of BCIT’s sweat lodge. Justin spends most of his free time practicing meditation and astrophotography.