Announcing the winners of our 2020/2021 Post-Secondary Scholarship

WCMRC would like to congratulate the recipients of our 2020/2021 $1,000 post-secondary scholarships: Ainsley Kensall, Patricia Wocknitz and Courtney Smaha.

Ainsley Kensall is affiliated with WCMRC through her father, the owner and operator of Tyee Pacific Marine Operations, Ltd. Ainsley is pursuing her second Masters degree in Counseling Psychology at Adler University so she can work directly with people to help solve real-world problems. She grew up being on the ocean, spent a few years working in rural communities of Nepal and loves fostering meaningful connections with people living in Vancouver.

Patricia Wocknitz’ family has long been involved in the marine towing industry. Her grandfather was one of the founding partners in North Arm Transportation and her father and brother are involved in the daily operations at North Arm. Patricia has completed her Bachelor of Education at UBC and is pursuing an MEd in Supporting Inclusive Education so she can support students and educators in working towards their potential. She has gained experience supporting North Arm projects all over the coast and is looking forward to pursuing her professional calling to be a teache

Courtney Smaha is an Environment Advisor in the Safety, Health, & Environment Department at BC Ferries, a member of WCMRC. Courtney has a Bachelor of Arts in Environment and Sustainability Geography and is pursuing her Master’s in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University. As an Ambassador with the Ocean Wise program, she has organized and led 5 shoreline cleanups, covering over 50 kilometres of land and shoreline, collecting over 300 pounds of garbage, while providing education on water sources and water connectivity from the mountains to the ocean.




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