Our People

STAFF

 

OMAR BHIMJI Project Manager

omar@hastebc.org

Omar is a Partner at HASTe with a background in developing, managing, consulting on and supporting innovative educational and charitable programs in the area of sustainable and active transportation. Prior to his involvement with Passion for Action, Omar worked with Pedal Energy Development Alternatives in Vancouver and Bikes Not Bombs in South Africa developing and managing a number of programs focused on engaging youth in active and sustainable transportation alternatives. He also co-wrote and created Transport Canada’s Active and Safe Routes to School – Cycling Resource Manual. He has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of British Columbia.

MIKE SMITH-CAIRNS Special Projects Coordinator

msmith@hastebc.org

Mike is a Partner at HASTe and works on a number of HASTe’s School Travel Planning initiatives. He has previously worked on Vancouver’s Travel Smart program and the City of New Westminster’s Active and Safe Routes to School initiative. He currently manages HASTe's Internship Program – a partnership between HASTe and various post-secondary institutions in Metro Vancouver. Mike previously worked as an Instructor in Geography and the Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) where his research and teaching interests focused on sustainable urban transportation and the built environment. He holds a Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University.

CAILEY ARMSTRONG (on the left) Operations Coordinator

cailey@hastebc.org

Cailey is the Operations Coordinator for HASTe. Before joining HASTe, she worked in the environmental, public health and educational realms, utilizing her diverse education background. Cailey earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration (Accounting) and a Master of Public Health degree, concentrating on climate change policy (and more specifically sustainable transportation policy). She is a devotee of active transportation and cycles and walks nearly everywhere.

SANDRA JONES Best Routes Cartographer

sandra@hastebc.org

Sandra is HASTe's Best Routes developer and cartographer and assists with School Travel Planning (STP) Facilitator support. She is a partner in the company Jones Maps & Diagrams and worked on the national STP program for Green Communities Canada. Sandra has worked for Norecol Environmental Consultants, the Way to Go! School Program (as Regional Coordinator), and for the BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation. Sandra has a Higher National Diploma in Geographical Techniques from England.


CAROL SARTOR Active & Safe Routes to School Facilitator        City of North Vancouver

carol@hastebc.org

Carol is a Facilitator at HASTe. Her background is in project management. Once her children began school, she noticed how few children walked to school and the safety concerns for pedestrians and young cyclists within her neighbourhood. She became an advocate within her community as a foundering member of the North Shore Safe Route Advocates (SRA). Carol brings to HASTe her experience as a school PAC volunteer, 10 years of project management experience and a mother of two to the STP process.


KEELY KIDNER School Travel Planning Facilitator                  District of Squamish

keely@hastebc.org

Keely is a facilitator at HASTe with a background in language and communication. She has worked with communities in Canada and Aotearoa/New Zealand where she lived for the last four years before moving to beautiful Squamish, BC. Outside of her research career, Keely has been involved in cycle advocacy in Edmonton, AB and Wellington, NZ and is an active commuter who loves mountain biking and cycle touring and camping. Keely previously worked as an instructor and research assistant at Victoria University of Wellington and she holds a PhD in applied linguistics. Keely brings to HASTe her experience in community activism and facilitation, as well as extensive training in research communication. She can be found commuting around Squamish on her folding purple Brompton, aptly named “The Bromptosaurus”.


GABRIELLE BARNES School Travel Planning Facilitator                 District of Squamish

gaby@hastebc.org

Gabrielle is a facilitator at HASTe with a background in urban-environmental outreach. She previously worked for Evergreen BC as a program coordinator in community development, where she planned and delivered programs geared at increasing sustainable food systems by way of growing and eating food. Currently, Gabrielle is pursuing her Master’s in Education for Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in planning sustainably built environments that in turn create vibrant and liveable communities. As an avid bike commuter and mountain biker, Gabrielle is thrilled to advocate and plan for active school transport in her growing community.

LISE RICHARD School Travel Planning Facilitator                         Capital Regional District

lise@hastebc.org

Lise is one of HASTe's School Travel Planning facilitators in the communities of Victoria and Saanich. A transplanted Nova Scotian, she started biking at the age of three and hasn’t stopped since. Lise believes a bike is that silver bullet solution everyone is looking for to solve financial, mental, emotional and physical health problems. She LOVES her bike, Apollo, and you might catch her rolling around the Capital Region with her “melon-head” helmet. She remembers the bike rides, hikes and urban adventures in local park spaces with her parents and brother fondly; these memories inspire Lise in her work as School Travel Planner.

 

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