Mark Maftei, Executive Director
Mark has a lifelong passion for nature and the outdoors. Growing up, he divided his time between paddling the lakes and rivers of northern Ontario and his studies at the University of Toronto. After completing his undergraduate degree, he decided to visit Bamfield for a couple of weeks and ended up staying almost a decade after falling in love with Barkley Sound. During this time he took a short detour to St. John’s Newfoundland where he completed an Msc. in biology at Memorial University focused on High Arctic gulls.
Mark has worked for a number of universities and government agencies in both Canada and the US. Before joining the RES, he worked for Environment Canada studying colonial seabirds along the BC coast. Mark’s passion for birds has taken him around the globe, from Ellesmere Island in the Canadian High Arctic to South Georgia Island in the Southern Ocean. He has spent 15 years working in some of the most remote and spectacular places on earth, but always eagerly looked forward to returning back home to the coast where he spends most of his free time surfing, fishing, or just enjoying life in the most beautiful place on earth.
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Ariane Batic, Field School Coordinator (Tofino)
Ariane is a keen adventurer and dedicated scientist. As a child, she fell in love with the ocean and all things marine, which led her to obtain a B.Sc. in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University. Since then, her time has been focused on promoting awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of the natural world via public education and community outreach.
Ariane has worked with Raincoast Education Society since 2013, where she has coordinated and led outdoor programs in Ahousaht, Hot Springs and Tofino. She has also worked as a Marine Sciences Educator at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, and as a Field Research Technician at East Bay’s Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Nunavut.
The majority of her time is spent surfing, climbing mountains, exploring the nooks and crannies of nearby inlets, and learning new languages. A bit of a safety nut, she is an active member of Westcoast Inland Search and Rescue and is certified in Advanced Wilderness First Aid and Marine First Aid. Her goals with outdoor exploration are: to be prepared for any unexpected situation, to learn something new during every excursion, and to have the most fun possible.
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Aisha Balint, Program Development and Communications Coordinator
Aisha is an avid hiker, biker, baker, and sailor. Having grown up in the Gulf Islands, BC, Aisha has spent the majority of her life between (and within) the ocean and the forest. As a result, she is fascinated by this ecological interface. She enjoys exploring, learning about, and conserving coastal areas as well as inspiring others to do the same.
Aisha began working with the Raincoast Education Society as an intern in the summer of 2015. Having recently completed her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Quest University Canada, she is excited to be working with RES once again towards a mission she feels passionate about.
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Kaylyn Kwasnecha, Project Lead: Connecting Students with Wildlife Project