Victoria Wee is The Starfish's Top Environmentalist Under 25!

Photo from Victoria Wee.

Photo from Victoria Wee.

Victoria Wee is the current Youth Engagement Director of “We Canada”, a nation-wide initiative that aims to foster dialogue around issues of sustainability and helps to provide opportunities to influence policies for Earth Summit 2012, also known as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

In this role, Wee was primarily responsible for organizing and embarking on a two-month 16-city cross-country tour, "Dialogues and Action for Earth Summit 2012", to talk to young Canadians about the conference and the opportunity for positive change it presented. She facilitated presentations and workshops with 30 schools and 23 universities and colleges from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia, organized sponsorships, and collaborated to bring sustainability veterans onto the tour as guest speakers including  Dr. David Suzuki, Dr. Amelia Clarke, and Desiree McGraw (the Vice President of Climate Reality Canada). The results of the tour were presented in We Canada’s report, "The Future Canadians Want" during the Summit in June 2012, at We Canada’s event "A Journey for Canadian Leadership at Rio+20".

Impressively, Wee also facilitated a workshop for 40 international child delegates during the UN International Children and Youth Conference (held in Bandung, Indonesia), represented Canada as a youth delegate, and served on the core editing team for the Bandug Declaration.

Another project that Wee has been involved with is an Arctic Expedition with Students on Ice. During this endeavor, she joined an international team to expand her knowledge of the world, its wonders, and the challenges we face as human beings.

Following the expedition, Wee was inspired to organize the International Youth Arctic Declaration, which was delivered to the Arctic Council in November 2011, and founded a youth-led Arctic group that is exploring the widening of youth participation in the Arctic Council.  In addition, Wee has been involved in the activities of the Canadian Environmental Network, the United Nations Environment Programme Youth Climate Report, and the Jane Goodall National Youth Council.  

In addition, Wee has been part of the International Youth Arctic Declaration, the International Arctic Youth Working Group, the Canadian Environmental Network, the Youth Climate Report, and the Jane Goodall National Youth Council.  

Wee’s nominator says that “she is an incredibly passionate and devoted young woman with a talent for articulating complex concepts in a language that is understandable and engaging for youth. Her creative thinking, sustainability policy understanding and determination distinguish her from the rest."

Wee is a young and inspiring woman who displays an array of skills. She is able to conceptualize, develop, and execute projects with ease, implement strategic planning sessions, design and lead organizational structures, facilitate team meetings and public dialogues, successfully manage virtual teams, and deliver public speeches that result in large-scale youth engagement. Also according to her nominator, “Victoria's maturity, driving curiosity, intelligence, and wide-ranging knowledge equip her to surpass expectations in a team environment of professionals and experts.”

It is with great pleasure, that we announce #1 on our Top 25 Under 25 List for 2012, Miss Victoria Wee! Congratulations on all your successes and we wish you the best of luck in your future! Get out there and make the world proud!