Chris Perrin (Photo courtesy Chris Perrin)
What is your position at the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)?
Development officer, BC region
Where do you work?
How did you come to join the NCC team?
I've been an environmentalist for a long time, which was part of the reason I moved to BC from Montreal. I'd been looking into the environmental and social justice sector for a while and was lucky enough to get into the application process when I heard that NCC was hiring. I joined in June 2016.
What is your educational background and previous experience?
I hold a BA (Honours) in history and an MA in cultural history, both from Concordia University. This gives me some experience in grant writing and outreach, which is a good fit for the role of development coordinator. I have volunteered with small NGOs, non-profits and social enterprises in Canada, Uganda and Aotearoa/New Zealand, and have been part of projects focused on everything from increasing awareness of the social and cultural impact of sports tourism, to starting a skateboard club in Gulu, Uganda, (in as non-colonial a way as possible) and more.
What are you hoping to achieve through your work at NCC?
I hope to to increase the amount of protected land in BC, and to learn every day as I work towards something positive and long-lasting.
Describe a typical day at work.
My role is to offer support to BC's fantastic development team. I handle tax receipts and revenue forms, help set up and run events, perform outreach missions and pin down project funding. I am excited to be involved in the Leaders in Conservation program as well, and am busy developing new ways to create a sense of community for members.
What are your hobbies/interests outside of work?
Surfing, hiking, camping, playing music (guitar, ukulele, yidaki/didgeridoo, among other instruments) and participating in social justice and environmental campaigns, just to keep busy. I also have a philosophy blog to prevent my brain from becoming too embedded in routine.