Maureen Vo, Education Director

Maureen joined the Raincoast team in 2016 to help pilot the Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program. She continues to develop and deliver the education program and additionally supports the development team.

As a proud BC resident, Maureen grew up exploring and enjoying the natural playground around her through hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, rock-climbing, and now sailing. Her passion for educating and connecting people to nature, led her to organize the annual Stepping into Nature Festival at Burns Bog, which educates over 400 students per year with hands-on nature education. She has worked with environmental conservation organizations throughout the coast of BC to help people recognize the incredible biodiversity of BC’s coastal environment, as well as understand the many threats and challenges it faces.

She is excited to be a part of the Raincoast team to inspire more people to connect, respect and protect nature. Maureen holds an interdisciplinary Master’s in marine biology and computer engineering.

You can join us and support the Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program.

Maureen Vo stands on the bow of a small sailing vessel in the coastal waters of British Columbia.
Maureen Vo, Education and Development Coordinator
Hummingbird on the Gulf Islands.

Conserving endangered Gulf Islands forests

The Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) bio-geoclimatic zone is the smallest and most endangered of 16 such zones in British Columbia. According to BC’s Conservation Data Centre, nearly every ecological community in the CDF is provincially listed as threatened or endangered. The Gulf Islands represent 33.2% of CDF forests and associated habitats, and are the Traditional Territories…
Three Salish Sea Emergin Stewards sit in their kayaks.

On hope

“What would your ‘management plan’ for the Salish Sea be?” I ask the youth gathered. We are having a conversation about wild Pacific salmon and Southern Resident killer whales with Misty MacDuffee.