ABOUT

SeaChange is located in the heart of unceded traditional W̱SÁNEĆ territory, near Victoria, BC. Much of our work is close to home in SṈIDȻEȽ, Place of the Blue Grouse, also known as Tod Inlet and Gowlland-Tod Provincial Park. We are very grateful to be sharing this land and acknowledge that sorrow and grief has resulted from this sharing. Our hope and intention is to grow in partnership with W̱SÁNEĆ communities and to enact our responsibility for healing Indigenous-Settler relationships, land and ocean. In this place, alongside W̱SÁNEĆ Elders and youth, we deliver education programs with local and international schools, offer cultural-historical tours on water and land, host cultural events and restore terrestrial and marine ecosystems. We are honoured to work here.

We are deeply rooted in SṈIDȻEȽ but our passion for marine conservation and restoration spills across the Salish Sea where we work with community groups and First Nations to map, monitor and restore eelgrass habitat. We work with researchers and graduate students and strive to find the best conditions for restored eelgrass meadows to thrive. We help governments make better decisions about the fate of shorelines and nearshores.

Community volunteers and dedicated staff are the backbone of SeaChange, they are the hope and passion of our communities.

Read our 2015-2016 Annual Report.

ABOUT

SeaChange is located in the heart of unceded traditional W̱SÁNEĆ territory, near Victoria, BC. Much of our work is close to home in SṈIDȻEȽ, Place of the Blue Grouse, also known as Tod Inlet and Gowlland-Tod Provincial Park. We are very grateful to be sharing this land and acknowledge that sorrow and grief has resulted from this sharing. Our hope and intention is to grow in partnership with W̱SÁNEĆ communities and to enact our responsibility for healing Indigenous-Settler relationships, land and ocean. In this place, alongside W̱SÁNEĆ Elders and youth, we deliver education programs with local and international schools, offer cultural-historical tours on water and land, host cultural events and restore terrestrial and marine ecosystems. We are honoured to work here.

We are deeply rooted in SṈIDȻEȽ but our passion for marine conservation and restoration spills across the Salish Sea where we work with community groups and First Nations to map, monitor and restore eelgrass habitat. We work with researchers and graduate students and strive to find the best conditions for restored eelgrass meadows to thrive. We help governments make better decisions about the fate of shorelines and nearshores.

Community volunteers and dedicated staff are the backbone of SeaChange, they are the hope and passion of our communities.

Read our 2015-2016 Annual Report.

OUR TEAM

Nikki Wright

Nikki Wright

Executive Director

Nikki has been engaged in community organizing since the 1970’s. She is an environmental educator, conservationist and leader. In 1998, she began her journey as the Executive Director of SeaChange. With the support of the Canadian Wildlife Service in 2001, she initiated and  has helped guide the Seagrass Conservation Working Group. She passionately believes small groups in community are the real agents of change for a more protected coast.

Judith Arney

Judith Arney

Ethnoecologist

Judith Lyn Arney is a local ethnoecologist, raised in W̱SÁNEĆ territory. She has worked in restoration of traditional food ecosystems in Mexico, Italy and Japan. Currently Judith works in W̱SÁNEĆ territory managing a number of restoration projects as well as the PEPÀḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Native Plant Nursery, which supplies plants for these restoration projects and also serves as the home for the PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Native Plants & Garden Program at ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱ Tribal School.

Judith has been coordinating the SṈIDȻEȽ Restoration Project with SeaChange since 2010. She is passionate about incorporating traditional practices into the fields of restoration and native plant propagation in respectful ways which honour the land and the people whose cultures have stewarded it for millennia.
Alison Prentice

Alison Prentice

Office Assistant

Alison recently moved back to Victoria after spending 30 years in Vancouver and White Rock. She completed the Administrative Assistant program at Sprott Shaw College and is very pleased to be working as a part-time Office Assistant for SeaChange. Passionate about the environment and volunteer work, Alison enjoyed volunteering with the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society in White Rock and in the athletes village at the 2010 Olympics. She currently does Coastal Waterbird Surveys for Bird Studies Canada. Alison has a BSc in Biology from UVic and a MSc from UBC where she studied salt marsh vegetation in estuaries around British Columbia.

Leanna Boyer

Leanna Boyer

Biologist

Leanna’s passions include marine ecology/conservation, being a mother to a wild child, activism, dancing, organic gardening, community building and resilience, deep nature connection and honouring First Nations’ traditions on unceded territories. Leanna has a Bachelors degree in biology and anthropology and an interdisciplinary Masters of Art. 

Her most rich learning experiences have been spending time with her 7 year old daughter and other families and communities in nature. Leanna has been actively engaged in training and supporting community groups to map and monitor eelgrass and bull kelp habitat since 2002 and has volunteered and worked on eelgrass restoration projects.

VISION

Seachange imagines a world where we are all connected through nature. A coastline that is abundant and healthy . A new generation of caring youth who feel a sense of belonging to this place and the diverse cultures it supports.

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