Since 2008, Maya has been involved with charity Friends for Uniting Nature (FUN) in Vancouver. In 2008 and 2011, she served as a Summer Programs Coordinator, fostering environmental leadership among large groups of young people. 2008 was the program’s initial year, and her work helped to get it
running. She took over as the FUN Society’s Interim Executive Director last year and has now transitioned to her role as a board member for the organization.
During her time with the FUN Society, Maya has kept busy with other endeavours. In 2010, she was the Sustainable Transportation Planning and Engagement Intern with Mobiligo, a strategic transportation organization in Montreal. Last year, she was involved with a student action team through CityStudio Vancouver that was dedicated to helping the city become the greenest in the world by 2020. In that same year, Maya traveled to Durban, South Africa as a Youth Delegate at the UN Conference on Climate Change. She later presented her experiences to students at Sidney Elementary in BC, alongside Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May.
“Every once in a while you are lucky enough to come across a truly amazing individual. Someone who really stands out above all the rest and who never ceases to impress with their creativity, intelligence and commitment,” said FUN Society founder Maia Green. “ Maya McDonald is one of these very rare
people. She puts not only effort and intelligence into everything she does, but also her heart. Maya is passionate and dedicated to making the world a better place and I have no doubt that her contribution to our society and planet will positively affect generations to come.”
Now four years removed from completing a Bachelor of Science in Human Geography at the University of Victoria, Maya is two years into a Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Montreal. She is specializing in sustainable urban development and community engagement.