Growing up on the coast of North Vancouver Island helped Janaya foster an early love for the surrounding marine and coastal ecosystems. This was further cemented after she took up competitive sailing and coaching, which allowed her to explore and better understand the natural processes at work around us. Janaya’s passion for the environment kept her in Victoria where she has nearly completed her double major in geography and environmental studies at the University of Victoria. She hopes to move into a career in coastal and marine restoration and conservation after graduation. Janaya is more than happy to tell stories of her days sailing or share her knowledge about our surrounding ecosystems, as well as the processes that influence the land and sea!