OUR CREW

THE TRIPPERS BEHIND CANOE FOR CLEAN WATER

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HOLLY MOLASKI

It has been a lifelong dream of Holly's to canoe across Canada and she cannot wait to bring it to reality next year. Holly has a passion for the outdoors and worked in outdoor education for many years teaching canoeing and kayaking lessons, lifeguarding, and leading canoe trips. She currently leads social justice education workshops for youth, and is excited to take action on water and Indigenous rights.

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LINDSAY POTTS

Having spent most of her summers at a cottage in Georgian Bay, Lindsay has been a lifelong lover of freshwater ecosystems. She is currently pursuing that passion through an MSc in Biology at McGill University, focusing on an endangered freshwater fish called Pugnose Shiner. Like the wildlife she adores, Lindsay thrives outside and is excited for this epic Canadian adventure. As a scientist by training, especially preoccupied by the other critters that we share the planet with, Lindsay is looking forward to better understanding the social dimensions of freshwater issues and supporting Indigenous access to clean water in Canada.

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JOHN HISSINK

Since learning how to canoe trip at Camp Outlook in 2009, John has led over 30 trips and has held a variety of positions at Camp Outlook, Project Canoe, Camp Kirk, and Trails Youth Initiatives. John's favourite lake in Algonquin Park is McIntosh and favourite trip meal is peanut butter stir fry. John is looking forward to seeing the milky way in all its glory and not having too many bug bites while raising money for an extremely important cause.

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ED MATTHEWS

Ed adds some foreign flair to the group, half Canadian but born and raised in England. Having led canoe trips and worked in the outdoor industry with Holly, Taylor and Lindsay, he is keen to embark on this trip of a lifetime. Ed moved to Canada to ski the BC coastal mountains and has always loved being in the outdoors. This trip has presented him with an opportunity to combine that with another one of his passions: social justice and equity. He is looking forward learning more about Indigenous ways of knowing, and better understanding the complex social issues that still grip the country he has come to love.

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JAY RYAN

Jay lives to be outside. Growing up in North Bay, she loved fishing, camping, and helping out with the trapline. After college, Jay dabbled in guiding and has professionally lead nearly 50 trips in addition to many others for training and for fun! She spent a couple summers fighting wildfire (where she learned to be pretty handy with a chainsaw), and is now in her third year of serving the public as a paramedic. Through life's ups and downs, she's always found peace and healing in the natural world and strives to protect it. Although rough and tumble, Jay knows she's been handed a lot of advantages in this world, and the more she learns, the more important she finds it to speak up everyday for Indigenous rights across this land we now call Canada.

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LINDSAY POTTS

Having spent most of her summers at a cottage in Georgian Bay, Lindsay has been a lifelong lover of freshwater ecosystems. She is currently pursuing that passion through an MSc in Biology at McGill University, focusing on an endangered freshwater fish called Pugnose Shiner. Like the wildlife she adores, Lindsay thrives outside and is excited for this epic Canadian adventure. As a scientist by training, especially preoccupied by the other critters that we share the planet with, Lindsay is looking forward to better understanding the social dimensions of freshwater issues and supporting Indigenous access to clean water in Canada.

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JOHN HISSINK

Since learning how to canoe trip at Camp Outlook in 2009, John has led over 30 trips and has held a variety of positions at Camp Outlook, Project Canoe, Camp Kirk, and Trails Youth Initiatives. John's favourite lake in Algonquin Park is McIntosh and favourite trip meal is peanut butter stir fry. John is looking forward to seeing the milky way in all its glory and not having too many bug bites while raising money for an extremely important cause.

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ED MATTHEWS

Ed adds some foreign flair to the group, half Canadian but born and raised in England. Having led canoe trips and worked in the outdoor industry with Holly, Taylor and Lindsay, he is keen to embark on this trip of a lifetime. Ed moved to Canada to ski the BC coastal mountains and has always loved being in the outdoors. This trip has presented him with an opportunity to combine that with another one of his passions: social justice and equity. He is looking forward learning more about Indigenous ways of knowing, and better understanding the complex social issues that still grip the country he has come to love.

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JAY RYAN

Jay lives to be outside. Growing up in North Bay, she loved fishing, camping, and helping out with the trapline. After college, Jay dabbled in guiding and has professionally lead nearly 50 trips in addition to many others for training and for fun! She spent a couple summers fighting wildfire (where she learned to be pretty handy with a chainsaw), and is now in her third year of serving the public as a paramedic. Through life's ups and downs, she's always found peace and healing in the natural world and strives to protect it. Although rough and tumble, Jay knows she's been handed a lot of advantages in this world, and the more she learns, the more important she finds it to speak up everyday for Indigenous rights across this land we now call Canada.

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AVERY MCNAIR

Avery recently joined the group as the outreach coordinator, where she will be connecting with communities, news media, or interested individuals while the gang travels across the vast country. Avery has spent many summers paddling the waters of Temagami, Ontario as a guide for Camp Temagami, where she established a deep respect for the Indigenous folx whose knowledge and land she benefits directly from, and for the biodiversity and fragile ecosystems that surround us. She will (probably) be located in urban Toronto throughout the trip's duration, so don't hesitate to reach out!