Our People


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.



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.



Cailey Armstrong (on leave)

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.



Lise Richard

School Travel Planning Facilitator

Coming soon.



Laura Bamsey

Youth Engagement Facilitator

Laura is a HASTe’s newest employee. Bio coming soon!



Gabrielle Barnes

School Travel Planning Facilitator, District of Squamish

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 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.



Tanya Ruscheinski

School Travel Planning Assistant

Tanya is a School Travel Planning Assistant with HASTe, supporting facilitators in developing and implementing School Travel Plans. Tanya has an undergraduate degree in Communications and a background in program management and outreach. Having grown up playing in the dirt, she knows that being active and outdoors is an important link to healthier individuals and more conscious, greener communities. Tanya strives to be an active member in the community, and is still happiest outdoors in the dirt. Or snow.



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.



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.



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.



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.