Our People





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 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 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 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 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 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”.


STEF HARDMAN Active & Safe Routes to School Facilitator   District of Saanich


Stef is passionate about helping communities become healthier, more equitable, and sustainable. She strongly believes that the built environment ought to be shaped by the interests and imaginations of its youngest residents, as well as incorporate more play for people of all ages. Stef has pursued these goals through education, research, advocacy, activism, and other fun and effective methods. She holds a Masters degree in Environmental Studies and Urban Planning, focusing on accessible transportation. As a lifelong dedicated cyclist and advocate, Stef is happy to be working as a facilitator with HASTe to continue making the streets safer and more welcoming to all forms of active travel.

EBONY LOGINS School Travel Planning Facilitator                         Capital Regional District


Ebony is a School Travel Planning Facilitator at HASTe for schools in Sooke, Metchosin, and Langford. She has a passion for community development, which was sparked while obtaining her Bachelor of Tourism and Recreation Management at Vancouver Island University. She has coordinated several youth engagement projects and conducted research on societal issues for youth in the Sooke region. She runs a non-profit aimed at providing lifelong learning and connection opportunities, and is involved in municipal politics. Ebony is an advocate for physical literacy and volunteerism. She enjoys mountain biking, martial arts, photography, and coaching basketball.

LISE RICHARD School Travel Planning Facilitator                         Capital Regional District


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.




HASTe internships provide post-secondary students interested in the field of active and sustainable transportation with a working semester at HASTe. Intern projects vary depending on the background and interests of the student. Check out the profiles below and if you'd like further information about the program, please contact Mike Smith-Cairns (msmith@hastebc.org)


ERNETTE HUTCHINGS-MASON                                         Master of Community & Regional Planning, UBC

Ernette is an intern at HASTe for the Winter and Spring of 2016 and will be focusing on Bike to School Week best practices. She is currently a Masters student at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning, with a focus on Healthy Communities and Transportation Planning. Ernette is passionate about active transportation and how this fits into a healthy lifestyle, and in her free time she enjoys Geocaching. In the future Ernette hopes to work at a municipality where she can further her interest in active transportation, particularly in youth.




AUSTIN LEE Geography and the Environment, UFV

Austin is an intern at HASTe for the Summer semester 2015 and will be focusing on Bike to School Week celebration initiatives and events at schools throughout the City of Surrey. He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of the Fraser Valley working towards completing the last year of his Bachelor of Arts in Geography with a concentration in Urban Studies. He is passionate about the environment and supports initiatives that improve the health and well-being of children and youth. He hopes to carry this passion into his future career as a secondary school teacher.


RYEN MACKAAY Environment & Sustainability, UBC

Ryen is interning at HASTe this summer. He will use his knowledge of GIS to help design maps which demonstrate the safest routes for students commuting to and from elementary school in Metro Vancouver. He recently graduated from the Environment and Sustainability Program at the University of British Columbia. Ryen’s interests include GIS and promoting sustainable solutions at the city scale. Last semester he combined these interests during his community partnership with the Xatsull First Nations Band which resides in Williams Lake. Ryen designed a series of maps which highlighted the environmental degradation that placer mining can cause towards the natural environment. Ryen would like to work in the GIS field so that he can design maps which encourage the enactment of environmental sustainability in cities.


JORDAN MAGTOTO Master of Urban Studies, SFU

Jordan is a HASTe Intern assisting the School Travel Planning with school engagement, data analysis, and data visualization in the Winter 2015 semester. A current Urban Studies graduate student at SFU, Jordan is interested in transportation planning and the effect that transportation infrastructure has on the health of urban and suburban populations. Jordan's relevant experience includes a semester as a transportation planning research assistant with SFU under Dr. Anthony Perl, and as a research assistant with the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.

AMELIA FRAME Geography and the Environment, UFV

Amelia is excited to be stepping into a new intern position with HASTe, supporting Kerry’s role with schools in Surrey, BC. Amelia is an undergrad student at the University of the Fraser Valley, soon to complete a BA in Geography with an Environmental Concentration, and she also holds an Outdoor Recreation Diploma from Capilano University. Outside of school, she gets to spend her time running nature-themed field trips at the Surrey Nature Centre. Amelia loves to cycle, longboard, hike, and paddle, and she is thrilled to be promoting the most fun ways to get around.

SIMON JAY Master of Urban Studies, SFU

Simon is working on HASTe's Car Free Schools project. Simon is a board member of the Vancouver Car Free Society, who showcase the local community by turning vehicle dominated streets into festival spaces. He has been organizing street festivals since 2012, and in 2014 was the lead coordinator of the West End Car Free festival which attracts approximately 50,000 visitors each year. Simon is passionate about sustainable transportation and sustainable land use planning, and has an Master of Urban Studies degree from Simon Fraser University. He is a joint UK and Canadian citizen, and has lived and worked in Vancouver, London and Moscow.


CAMERON BARKER Master of Urban Studies, SFU



DERRICK SWALLOW Geography and the Environment, UFV

Derrick is an intern at HASTe researching how the Theory of Planned Behaviour can apply to HASTe's survey and data collection process. An undergraduate student at the University of the Fraser Valley, Derrick is completing his final year of a B.A. in Geography with a concentration in Urban Studies. He plans on beginning a Masters program in Urban Planning after graduation.


LUKE GARROD Geography and the Environment, UFV

RUPINDER SANDHU Geography and the Environment, UFV

As an intern at HASTe, Rupinder (or Rovi) looks forward to combining his interest in working with kids and transportation together. He is a fourth year Geography major student at the University of Fraser Valley and has a background of working with kids in both elementary and middle schools. He will be putting these skills to work as he helps HASTe celebrate International Walk to School Week and develop Walking School Buses for some of our STP Schools. In turn, HASTe hopes to bring back Rovi’s fond memories of learning how to ride a bike - maybe on two wheels this time.

TIFFANY JONES Geography and the Environment, UFV

It took a while for Tiff to move on from the tricycle, however, once she did she quickly became a bicycle enthusiast. As an intern with HASTe BC and a Geography major in her third year, Tiffany is excited to mix her studies and personal love for active transportation into a summer semester working on HASTe community events and active transportation research. Previously she's had involvement in community festivals and events in Abbotsford and just recently joined the Students for Sustainability at UFV.

KRISTI HENDRICKS Geography and the Environment, UFV

Kristianne is an intern at HASTe where she will be leading and developing the Active Travel Champions Campaign. A third year student at the University of the Fraser Valley working towards a BA, she is also active on campus as a Student Life Ambassador, and holds executive positions within the Students for Sustainability, Oxfam, and Sociology Anthropology Undergrad Student associations.



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