Not that my programme was a waste of time, but I didn’t find it very stimulating. Until a life changing environmental issues elective in my final year. As I learned about the environmental crisis, I knew I had to help solve it.
So, with no post-secondary science background, I started over from scratch at McGill, where I did a BSc, majoring in environmental biology.
Like my peers, I partly supported myself via summer jobs. One was to establish and run McGill’s Wildlife Hotline – a service to answer questions on wildlife and suggest effective, humane and environmentally friendly solutions to conflicts. It was the start of what would become a lifelong fascination with non-human urbanites and commitment to outreach.