Our People

Omar Bhimji

Omar Bhimji

Project Manager

Omar is a project manager at HASTe with a background in developing, managing, consulting on and supporting innovative educational, promotional and charitable programs in the area of sustainable and active transportation. He has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of British Columbia.

omar@hastebc.org

Mike Smith

Mike Smith-Cairns

Special Projects Coordinator

Mike 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. 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.

msmith@hastebc.org

Kulvir Mann

Kulvir Mann

School Travel Planning Facilitator, City of North Vancouver

Kulvir is a mother of 2 children and lives in North Vancouver. She was a PAC Chair for 3 years and has been on the Safety Committee at Canyon Heights Elementary School for many years . She is involved in many North Shore Community programs and events and has been a member of North Shore Safety Council of BC for the last 3 years. She is very excited to promote safe routes to school in all neighbourhoods.

kulvir@hastebc.org

Lise Richard

Lise Richard

School Travel Planning Facilitator, City of Nanaimo

Lise started biking at the age of three and hasn’t stopped since. When she reached driving age, her brother would always strong arm her out of using their “shared” car so she stuck to the saddle. Lise believes a bike is that silver bullet solution everyone is looking for to solve financial, mental, emotional and physical health problems.

Lise LOVES her bike, Apollo, and you might catch her rolling around Tofino with her “melon-head” helmet. She remembers the bike rides, hikes and urban adventures in Victoria’s park spaces with her parents and brother fondly. These memories inspire Lise in her work as School Travel Planner.

lise@hastebc.org

Laura Bamsey

Laura Bamsey

Youth Engagement Facilitator

Laura is a leader in sustainability and environmental education for youth and adults. She has over 10 years experience in non-profit management, community-based program development and youth program facilitation. She co-directed the Elements Society for over 5 years and worked with districts across BC and Alberta to support sustainability action in schools. She has developed and facilitated a variety of youth-focused workshops on energy and water conservation, zero waste, food sovereignty and more. Laura is passionate about supporting youth to be empowered to take action in their communities and has done this through her work with Outdoor education schools, Katimavik, Destination Conservation Program and Youth 4 Action.

laura@hastebc.org

Anke Krey

Anke Krey

School Travel Planning Facilitator, Capital Regional District (Victoria)

Anke is a facilitator in the Capital Regional District and holds a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia. Currently, she is working on a research project in Educational Psychology at the University of Victoria. Growing up in a family crazy about bicycles she values the independence and physical activity they provide. Anke is excited to encourage and support active travel because of its potential to bring health and environmental benefits. She loves to explore the hills and beaches of Vancouver Island with her two young kids.

anke@hastebc.org

Tara Wright

Tara Wright

Administrative Coordinator

Tara has worked in a office administration, website development, customer support and technical writing. As a child, she walked to school nearly every day (perhaps uphill both ways, in 4 centimeters of rain). As an adult, she is keen on cycling, walking and public transportation.

tara@hastebc.org

Sandra Jones

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.

sandra@hastebc.org