Photo: Volunteers in Action: Meet Yuri

By Kathryn Gibb, Public Information Volunteer

While the environment isn't the first thought that comes to mind when one hears "mathematics", that doesn't seem to bother DSF volunteer, Yuri. She came from Mexico eight years ago to pursue a PhD in math at the University of British Columbia, and has since accomplished so much more.

After growing up in a small, rural village surrounded by cacti, rivers and farms, the big city doesn't seem to intimidate Yuri. She loves "how urbanity and nature can share the same space" in Vancouver. Upon arrival, she quickly found her passion for city cycling and rides those two wheels wherever she goes, experiencing first-hand what nature has to offer, rain or shine.

She hopes to connect her love for both math and programming to help solve environmental problems either in B.C. or back in her home country. She's volunteered here since October as part of our Community Giving Team while studying business analytics at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

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We appreciate all of Yuri's hard work here at the Foundation, and she returns the love. "It has been a great experience, I got to meet people who are doing amazing things to help the environment, learn more about environmental issues, awake my curiosity to find solutions to these problems and be part of a great team," she says.

We could not accomplish what we do without the help of our volunteers! Our sincerest thanks goes out to Yuri, especially, for bringing such passion and drive to the team.

August 29, 2014

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