Co-Founder, Executive Director, past Board member (2014 to 2017)
Tracey first became an accidental activist when she proposed that Rossland should be the first plastic-bag free community in Canada in March 2007, helping to kickstart a grassroots movement to reduce plastic bag use across Canada. The initiative garnered local and national media attention throughout the campaign, as well as a few awards.
Fast-forward seven years, and Tracey co-founded My Sea to Sky with several other Howe Sound citizens in March 2014, in response to growing concerns about the proposed Woodfibre LNG project.
When she’s not volunteering as the Executive Director of My Sea to Sky, Tracey works at the nexus of science, design, and communication, as a partner at Visual Science, with a B.Sc. in marine science, and the equivalent of a masters in marine botany.
In her spare time you can find Tracey skiing, sea kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, or kiteboarding—depending on the season. When she’s not having adventures or "saving the world" (or at least, her little corner of it) she’ll most likely be pottering in her veggie garden, playing guitar, or devouring a book in her hammock and watching the bees.
Board member (2017 to present)
In her teens, Cheryl learned to water ski in the glassy waters behind Gambier Island. Those were the days when the road to Whistler was a treacherous track and there was a garbage dump where Whistler Village now stands.
The majesty of the B.C. Coast is not lost on long-time locals, and as such Cheryl is now a full time Provincial Organizer with Dogwood, helping to put decision-making power back in the hands of the people who live here. Cheryl has been a passionate supporter of My Sea to Sky since its inception, and is alarmed by the current government's campaign to brainwash the public into thinking that LNG is in any way a "clean" source of energy, and that the Woodfibre LNG project is in the best interest of locals.
Cheryl has attended SFU, BCIT and UBC, with a Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality from BCIT and a BSc in Food and Resource Economics (formerly Agricultural Economics) from UBC.
Cheryl is concerned about the danger of LNG tankers Howe Sound, about the massive climate effects of increased fracking in northeast B.C., and about the dishonesty of a government so closely tied to the oil and gas industry, both financially and structurally. She is super pleased to be serving on the board of My Sea to Sky, with the side benefit of being able to spend more time in the beautiful Squamish Valley where she spent so much of her youth.
Co-Founder, Board member (2014 to present)
Melyssa believes in people powered change and the ingenuity of the human race, and gets fired up when communities take part in building the future they want. She co-founded My Sea to Sky after moving to Squamish and connecting with dozens of activated and informed residents who were building a movement without even knowing it.
Melyssa has worked in the nonprofit environmental sector for over 10 years in education, conservation, and advocacy.
She holds a B.A. in Social Science and Communications and a B.Sc. in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of British Columbia. She can be found outside with her collie and 1 year old looking for migrating salmon or herds of elk along the Squamish River.
Board member (2017 to present)
Peter grew up west of Calgary, nestled between the majestic Rocky Mountains and the towering headquarters of Canada's oil industry. Wilderness hikes, camping trips and days spent snowboarding inspired a lifelong love of the natural world.
An innate sense of justice and a drive to speak truth to power led him to pursue journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa. There he found the story of the century. It's a story that couldn't be harder to tell: an invisible gas building up in the atmosphere that threatens life on Earth as we know it.
Peter took it upon himself to learn everything he could about climate change and find ways to tell this story so the public would understand and take action. During a brief stint working overseas after graduation, he felt called back to Canada.
He needed to do everything he could to prevent the expansion of fossil fuel exports that imperils the planet and the people who call it home. Now he's thrilled to be working with British Columbians to put a stop to these projects.
In his free time, he can be found in his garden, on a mountain, or enjoying one of Vancouver's lovely craft beers.