Communications and Marketing Volunteer
Shauna Curran is a Canadian volunteer focused on Communications and Marketing projects with Sustainable Seas Trust. At 21 years old, Shauna is a recent graduate from the University of New Brunswick in Canada where she completed a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership with a Minor in Business focusing on Marketing. Driven by a desire to see, understand and make positive contributions to the world, Shauna has worked and volunteered for a number of Canadian and international organizations including a position as the Marketing and Event Coordinator for Team Broken Earth, a Canadian based medical project dedicated to delivering and improving healthcare in Haiti. Shauna has also worked with the Guidance, Counselling, and Youth Development Centre for Africa (GCYDCA) in Lilongwe, Malawi where she researched, developed and implemented mental health programs, collaborating with staff and students across the country. Through these opportunities, Shauna developed a passion for social and global development.
Shauna is incredibly excited to be part of the Sustainable Seas Trust team where she can combine her passion for social and global development and her lifelong love of telling stories through art, photography and writing. Growing up up on the island of Newfoundland in Canada, Shauna developed a love for the water and the environment as well as a desire to travel and explore. Shauna is looking forward to communicating Sustainable Seas Trust’s story, a story of South Africa’s natural beauty but also of its environmental challenges and a great need for coastal awareness and conservation.
Education and Sustainability
Megan White is a Canadian volunteer focused on Education and Sustainability at Sustainable Seas Trust. Megan is a recent graduate from Vancouver Island University where she completed a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Biology, with a focus on marine and aquatic ecology, and Psychology. Driven by a desire to educate and promote sustainability Megan has worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for 7 years, as a marine life interpreter at Deep Bay Marine Field Station where she educated visitors on the local marine life as well as played a role in caring for the fish and other animals, and volunteered with Operation Groundswell, a Canadian based organization where she worked on building a dry-composting toilet, a cistern to grow fish and a greenhouse to grow income-generating plants to promote sanitation and sustainable incomes in Tzibal and San Juan, Guatemala. It was through these experiences that Megan developed a love for educating the public on marine life and sustainability as well as promoting development.
Megan is excited to be a part of Sustainable Seas Trust where she can continue to educate the public on the importance of sustainability as well as working to identify the animals within the estuaries and the areas in which they live. Growing up on the shores of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans as well as her experience in scuba diving Megan developed a love for and a connection with the oceans and the creatures that live there. Megan is looking forward to working with the community on producing an estuary identification book outlining the history and the present of the region to provide a very positive future.
Rehabilitation & Food Security
Samantha (Sam) Green is a Canadian volunteer with SST and focussed on Rehabilitation and Food Security projects with SST. She grew up in a small town in the province of Newfoundland, Canada. Living near the sea she developed a love of the ocean, and as many of her family members depend on fishing for a living, she recognized the need for sustainable harvesting of the ocean resources. She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science, Honours degree focused in marine biology, and worked with a research lab investigating clams during her degree. Following her Bachelors, she worked at the Bonne Bay Marine Station in Gros Morne National Park, a World Heritage Site, in Canada, and was involved with the public aquarium featured in the Marine Station educating the public on marine life in the ocean. Here, she discovered her passion for public education and learned the importance of involving the community in ocean awareness.
After working in the Marine Station, she began her Masters of Science through Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2013. Her Masters project focussed on the red-gilled mudworm, a species of intertidal marine worm (polychaete Marenzelleria viridis). Because it is an invasive species, she looked at how the red-gilled mudworm impacted local animals and bacteria on the Newfoundland shoreline, as this would lead to a further understanding of our ecosystems in a rapidly changing ocean environment. During her Masters, she worked as a teaching assistant in several university biology courses, finding each course a unique and enjoyable challenge to teach her students. She is very excited to be a part of SST, and is looking forward to working with the team!