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About

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he Discovery Passage Aquarium Society was formed in 2012 by a group of enthusiastic and committed biologists, educators, and business people. The Board and our Advisors have a tremendous range of experience, and we are excited to be part of establishing and running the Aquarium.

We are committed to realizing our vision of designing and delivering educational and interpretive programs for residents, schools and visitors highlighting the fascinating marine life of Discovery Passage and surrounding waters.

Our Objectives

 

The Aquarium makes visible the wonders of our local marine life accessible through hands-on experiences and expert interpretation. Through establishment of the Aquarium and subsequent projects, DPAS aims to enhance knowledge, appreciation, and stewardship of our natural resources and ecosystems.

 

A Registered Charity

 

DPAS operates the Aquarium with paid staff and volunteers using revenue from entrance fees, sponsorships, grants and donations. DPAS is a non-profit society, registered as a charity with Revenue Canada (# 801263484RR001).

Discovery Passage Aquarium Staff
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Ricky Belanger

Aquarium Manager

Ricky is a long-time marine enthusiast. Recently graduated from the University of Victoria, he has found home at the Discovery Passage Aquarium, where he uses his skills as a freediver, biologist, and public speaker to foster literacy and appreciation for local sea life.

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Hailee Arlitt

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Hailee is heading into her grade 12 year at Timberline Secondary. At the aquarium she adores the octopus the most because she finds him fascinating.

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Isaak Haberman

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Isaak is going into his fourth year at UBC while majoring in Marine Biology. At the Aquarium, Isaak likes the wide variety of tasks he can perform, including animal husbandry, conversing with people, and learning about how the Aquarium operates.

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Novalee Anderson

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Novalee just completed her grade 11 year at Timberline Secondary and is looking forward to grade 12 in the fall. She loves to draw, and thinks the best part of the Aquarium for families is the touch tank.

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Olivia Hill

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Olivia recently completed her freshman year at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. In Hawai’i she majors in Biology. Olivia loves her job because it gives her the opportunity to work with kids in addition to educating the public on all the wonderful life in our local waters.

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Rochelle Helstrom

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Rochelle is going into her grade 12 year at Carihi. She is interested in deep sea exploration and intends to travel to Australia one day to explore their waters.

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Sabrina Jordan

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Sabrina is working towards her goal of being a Marine Biologist. The two things she loves most about her job are being able to work hands on with the animals and the ability to share the knowledge she has obtained from the community while growing up in Campbell River.

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Shawn Harrison

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Shawn completed his undergrad in Biology in Alberta. He now attends BCIT in Burnaby for the Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation program. He has a deep-rooted passion for wildlife and hopes to one day lend a hand in that field by performing research.

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Taylor McEachnie

Aquarium Interpreter and Educator

Taylor is entering her second year in Psychology at UVic. Taylor thinks her job is a blast because her coworkers are very passionate and have taught her a great deal. Now she is able to share the information with the public as well!

2017-2018 Board of Directors
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Mark Wunsch

President
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Lorrie Bewza

Vice President
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Erica Chan-Lafrance

Treasurer
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Naomi Tabata

Secretary
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Elan Downey

Director
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Bruce Izard

Director
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Ryan Krasman

Director
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Bruce Murdoch

Director
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Amanda Striga

Director