HOMETOWN: Tofino, British Columbia
TRADITIONAL TERRITORY: Unceded Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council / Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation territory.
Lilly Woodbury has shown her unwavering passion for the environment through her volunteerism and dedication to conservation.
Lilly Woodbury is a born teacher, inspiring those around her with her passion for positive actions that encourage behaviour change. Her appetite for learning is insatiable -- she researches, writes articles and conducts field work, all while listening to those around her and adapting programs to their needs.
Lilly has co-developed a Youth Environmental Stewardship program, operating in local Tofino schools for three years. As part of her contributions, she expanded the program to educate youth on the issues of plastics and their effect on our oceans.
This year, she took it a step further and helped create a curriculum that is in line with the British Columbia education curriculum. This new, four-part class focuses on all aspects of the ocean and the effect of plastic pollution, as well as beach cleans, data quantification and how to make positive changes in your life.
The program was well-received -- every grade eight student in the communities of Tofino, Ucluelet, Hitacu, Ty-histanis, Opitsaht, and Ahousaht will participate in this program next school year, educating the next generation in ocean conservation.
Through her work with the Surfrider Foundation, she also applies for grants, presents campaigns to local city councils, and works with businesses and locals to create positive change. She does all this amazing work with a contagious exuberance, showing that making more environmental changes can be fun and easy.
Through this passion and dedication to making a positive change, Lilly is quickly establishing herself as a great environmentalist that will go on to do even more amazing things.