Sarah Thomas, MSc, MCIP, RPP

sarah_headshot_mar2016_danfredlundCreative, Energetic, Detail oriented, Approachable

Environmental Planner and ECOllaborate Now consultant, Sarah is committed to social and environmental justice and to helping organizations like yours build capacity and create opportunity for collective impact, innovative change. Sarah is a Registered Professional Planner, a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and an Innoweave Coach. With over 10 years of experience on boards and managing projects, Sarah has developed skills in facilitation, financial management, community engagement, and capacity building.

Sarah is presently focused on increasing the financial sustainability of the Vancouver based, non-profit bike shop, Our Community Bikes. Previously, Sarah worked with the City of Port Alberni to coordinate community engagement for Active Transportation Plan implementation and co-founded Cycle Alberni, Port Alberni’s cycling advocacy organization. In addition, Sarah has been involved in a number of grassroots planning projects to further a healthy, livable community; these include roles as Chair of the Port Alberni Air Quality Council and Coordinator for Salt Spring Island’s Agriculture Response and Recovery Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarah specializes in sustainability planning, community development planning, and non profit development. Sarah leads collaborative approaches to planning, weighing competing objectives and helping groups develop alternatives and move on a course of action.

While not at work Sarah can be found hiking and biking around the local trails or in the kitchen chopping apples and preserving fruit for the winter.

Photo credit: Dan Fredlund Photography

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