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 and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. With over 10 years of experience on boards and planning and organizing events, Sarah has developed  skills in strategic planning, facilitation, community engagement, and volunteer coordination.

Sarah co-founded Cycle Alberni a cycling advocacy organization in Port Alberni and worked with the City of Port Alberni to coordinate community engagement for preliminary Active Transportation Plan implementation. In addition, Sarah has been involved in a number of grassroots planning projects in Port Alberni to help further a healthy, livable community; these include her roles as the Chair of the Port Alberni Air Quality Council and the Coordinator of the Alberni Valley Gleaning Project. Sarah specializes in sustainability planning, community development planning, and air-shed management. Sarah leads collaborative approaches to planning, weighing competing objectives and helping groups develop alternatives and move on a course of action.

During her Master’s, Sarah focused on ecological natural resource management and was a Institute of Asian Research Fellow through her work investigating the environmental compliance of small and medium enterprises and specifically enabling and hindering conditions to compliance in Bustos, Bulacan, Philippines. This was part of a larger project that considered opportunities for collaborative watershed governance for the Angat River. Sarah is pleased to be able to bring these skills back to her home town, Port Alberni, where the benefits and challenges of a resource town are intertwined and there is a growing need for collaborative resource management.

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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