Editor's Note: This summer, we welcome two new Outreach Assistants, Dylan Brassard and Dorothy Graham, to continue our education and stewardship work in the headwaters. Get to know a bit about them, and if you happen to see them out and about this summer, be sure to say hello!
Dylan is the fourth generation born and raised in Strathmore, Alberta. After graduating high school, he enrolled in the Environmental Science program at the University of Lethbridge with the ambition to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a Professional Biologist title.
From a young age, Dylan has spent most of his time outdoors. Fishing, hunting, and camping are all activities that he holds close to his heart. These experiences gave him a new perspective on nature and helped create the respect and love for it that he has. Conservation is very important to Dylan because without it, there would be no nature for people to enjoy. This past year Dylan joined the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers University of Lethbridge Chapter. This has given him the opportunity to not only enjoy what nature has to offer for himself, but also to help teach others about great outdoor activities Southern Alberta has to offer.
Previously, Dylan conducted bird surveys, did wetland surveys, and banded waterfowl species while working as a wildlife technician for the Canadian Wildlife Service. Last summer he was a fisheries biologist with the Alberta Conservation Association, where he worked primarily with Northern Pike and Walleye. Dylan is looking forward to exploring the Oldman watershed and contributing to its preservation and conservation with the Oldman Watershed Council.
Dorothy was born and raised right here in Lethbridge. She was brought up in a socially active family, which instilled that same sense of community action in her. From a young age Dorothy has been involved in theatre, nature, and sports, like tae-kwon-do, rugby, and dragon boating.
Most recently, Dorothy has been working to finish her undergraduate in Environmental Science at the University of Lethbridge. When she’s not at school, Dorothy can be found coaching the youth dragon boat program, participating in a run, or facilitating municipal and youth interaction and engagement as the chair of Lethbridge’s Youth Advisory Council.
Dorothy is wildly enthusiastic with a huge passion for education and the environment. She hopes to one day settle into a career in environmental public education, which she believes to be at the forefront of combating climate change. Dorothy is very much looking forward to this opportunity and what it has to teach her, and she is excited to share her knowledge and put her spin on things.