Who we are
We are a non-partisan coalition of Squamish residents working to help shape the future of our community.
Heather is a social scientist by training, motivated to support the transition to an economy that operates within social and planetary boundaries. Heather has 5+ years experience working with startups, with a particular interest in social enterprise models. In 2015 she co-founded Brighter Investment, a social enterprise that allows private investors to fund students’ higher education in exchange for a share of their future income. From 2018-2020 Heather worked as a behavioural scientist for Symend, one of Canada’s fastest-growing tech startups, where she engaged with enterprise clients to develop customer engagement campaigns reaching over 2 million users. Heather currently works at the intersection of healthcare and technology to support patient education for chronic kidney disease. She holds a PhD in Psychology, and has trained in behavioural science, social entrepreneurship, sustainability for business, and process-oriented psychology. She believes collaboration is key to growing a sustainable economy that works for all.
Daphnee is a river scientist who is passionate about working to cultivate positive social and environmental impact. Her passion for river systems has led her to work in and explore mountainous landscapes and remote regions across North and South America in several geoscience disciplines. However, she feels that being rooted in local community has the most meaningful impact, and she feels fortunate for finding the opportunity to do that here. Daphnee has worked across academic, industrial, government, and non-profit sectors and strives to involve and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders. She is interested in approaching problems with a systemic perspective and in reframing our mindset towards holistic orientations to outcomes.
Nick is a writer, web developer, and photographer working to communicate global crises and catalyze cultural evolution. He writes a newsletter called Sacred Headwaters on the systemic issues that cause the climate crisis: culture, value systems, economic and legal structures, and more, and he sees climate change as just one of a number of potentially existentially threatening issues resulting from the way our human civilization integrates itself into the living planetary system. Sustainability is a systemic issue that demands a holistic reorientation of our society in ways that can facilitate all humans', current and future, ability to thrive. Nick enjoys all the typical Squamish mountain sports, but has a special affinity for "experiencing the landscape" neck-deep in devil's club with no trail in sight. He's excited about a just recovery because he believes we owe it to ourselves and to our community to work to ensure that we are building a Squamish that can thrive in the challenging decades ahead!