Alumnae

Alumnae Spotlights

Learn About Our Alumnae
We are pleased to highlight some of our outstanding alumnae and their accomplishments. Thank you to our alumnae for sharing their thoughts, their experiences, and the interesting journeys that have led them to live a life filled with purpose and joy. Our future graduates have much to learn from the words of wisdom and life experiences that our alumnae have so graciously shared with us. Read the snapshots below and see how well-prepared our Yorkies have always been to navigate through an ambiguous and unpredictable world only to find great opportunities and secure the career of their choice.

Alumnae Spotlights

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  • Amanda Weltman '06

    Upon graduating from York House in 2006, Amanda attended Queen's University and received a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Drama and Biology. Realizing her passion for animals and the environment, she continued her studies and got a Master's in Environmental Management at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. While living abroad, Amanda took the opportunity to travel throughout Australasia and also learn to SCUBA dive, not knowing that this would lead to her current job. She now works as a field research and data assistant with the Howe Sound Research and Conservation Group at Ocean Wise where she gets to dive in the water almost every week working on various projects involving biodiversity monitoring, habitat restoration and species recovery. Amanda's main project involved creating habitat for vulnerable rockfish species, and successfully created an artificial reef at Porteau Cove Marine Park in 2019. Not only has she been able to work on projects locally, but Amanda has also travelled to the Arctic to assist with a long-term monitoring project surveying species underwater.
  • Dr. Sari Saunders '84

    Dr. Sari Saunders '84 was valedictorian when she graduated from York House in 1984. She went on to complete her undergraduate degree in biology at Queen’s University, her Master’s at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser, and her PhD in Forest Science at Michigan Tech.

    Sari has studied and worked as a forest ecologist and avian biologist in British Columbia, Ontario, the US Midwest, and Alaska. Currently she is the Research Section Head for the Coast Area, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. She works with an interdisciplinary group of scientists who do field-based research and consulting with Ministry, industry, and academic colleagues to support stewardship and land management from Haida Gwaii to Victoria. As a research ecologist, Dr. Saunders studies ecosystem-based management in the BC central coast, characterization of old growth ecosystems, coastal disturbance dynamics, and landscape, and forest succession under projected climate change. She is one of two ecologists responsible for refinement and mapping of the coastal land classification used for resource management in BC.

    Dr. Saunders is an adjunct professor in REM (Resource and Environmental Management) at Simon Fraser University, is a senior editor for the journal Ecological Processes, and serves as a director on the Board of Nature Nanaimo.
  • Nathalie Poznanski '06

    Nathalie Poznanski ‘06 graduated from York House in 2006 and currently works in Corporate Social Responsibility for a Vancouver-based mining company that has seven operating mines in Mexico.

    Nathalie has worked in the area of sustainability within the mining industry for the last seven years. In her work, she develops strategies for social and environmental management as a means to reduce project risk and achieve positive development outcomes in host communities. Her work involves engaging with local communities and a broad range of stakeholders to identify, assess and manage the social, environmental and economic impacts associated with the Company’s mining operations. She also works at the corporate level in integrating responsible practices into the Company’s management systems and standards. Prior to entering the mining industry, Nathalie worked in various International Development projects in South America and West Africa, as well as in International Trade with the Canadian Embassy in Ecuador. Nathalie has a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa specializing in International Development and Globalization.
  • Shelley (Bowell) 0’Callaghan '66

    Shelley (Bowell) 0’Callaghan attended YHS from Grade 7-12 graduating in 1966. She was Games Captain in 1965 and appointed prefect and Iroquois House Captain in 1966. After York House she graduated with a B.Ed from the University of British Columbia and an LL.B from the University of Calgary.

    Shelley has had thirty years experience as a lawyer and has been recognized as one of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers. While a partner at Bull Housser & Tupper LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP) she served as Head of the Environmental Law Practice Group, Chair of the Business Development Committee, member of the Student Recruitment Committee and was a mentor for women lawyers. She published numerous articles and has been a frequent speaker at conferences on environmental law.

    Shelley is a passionate volunteer and advocate for social justice. In 1970 to 1972 she was a teacher with CUSO (Canadian University Services Overseas) at a rural boarding school in Zambia where she fostered literacy among adults in rural communities and encouraged girls to stay in school to complete their education. She returned to Zambia in 2006 and created a charity, Friends for Zambia, to raise money for the construction of a school for 450 students from preschool to Grade 7. Shelley continues to visit the school in Zambia every year which now has a sponsorship program to enable disadvantaged students to attend the school.

    In 1980-82 Shelley served as President of the YWCA Calgary Board of Directors where she provided leadership in opening a women’s resource centre and emergency shelter. In her retirement, Shelley became a writer and published a book, How Deep is the Lake: A History of Chilliwack Lake. She is a member of the North Shore Writers’ Association, The Whistler Writing Society, and a director of the Canadian Creative Non-fiction Collective. Shelley is the 2019 recipient of the YHS Lifetime Achievement award.
  • Taylor Green '10

    Taylor Green ‘10 is a wildlife photographer, guide, and naturalist from Vancouver. She attended York House School from grades 7-12 and was Vice-Head Girl with the graduating class of 2010. She studied at McGill University where she completed a BSc in Environmental Science, specializing in Biodiversity and Conservation. Now she works as a grizzly bear guide at a remote ecolodge in the wilderness of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. Spending every day outdoors surrounded by wonderful wildlife and stunning scenery, it was inevitable that she would develop such a passion and talent for photography.

    Photography is a way Taylor connects with her environment and shares her appreciation for the natural world. From bears to bald eagles, to barnacles and bryophytes, there is so much to be amazed by. At a time when biodiversity loss is an ever-pressing global issue, it is important to recognize the diversity and interconnectedness of life on earth, and to inspire action for conservation.

    Taylor has travelled throughout East Africa, to Ecuador, Japan, New Zealand, and national parks in the USA, yet her favourite place is still here in BC. One of the wildest places left on earth, the Great Bear Rainforest is an area of temperate rainforest along BC’s north and central coast. Here, old-growth forests are nourished by the annual return of Pacific salmon, grizzly bears graze in verdant estuaries in the springtime, and humpback whales visit glacier-cut fiords to feed on an abundance of krill and herring.

    Taylor was awarded Canada’s Amateur Grizzly Bear Photographer of the Year in 2018 by the Grizzly Bear Foundation. The winning photo is featured in this gallery. To see more of Taylor’s work, please go to her website at www.tayloranngreen.com or follow her on Instagram at @ta_green.
  • Zoë Craig-Sparrow '15

    Zoë Craig-Sparrow ‘15 is a member of the Musqueam Indian Band and was born and raised on the reserve in Vancouver, BC. An alumna of York House, she also studied at Lester B. Pearson United World College on Vancouver Island and Sciences Po in France before completing her BA in Political Science from UBC.

    Zoë is passionate about girls' and women’s rights and the environment, particularly how those relate to Indigenous communities. Zoë’s activism began in Grade 7 at York House where she interned with Justice for Girls, a non-profit organization that advocated for girls’ rights.

    Through Justice for Girls, in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation, Zoë travelled to the United Nations with JFG to present a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2012. Zoe has worked in a variety of fields, including hosting a TV show on APTN, working in Academic Advising at UBC and serving as the Coordinator of Musqueam’s Environmental Stewardship Department. Zoë is currently pursuing a Master's in Human Rights at the University of London and is the Co-Director of Justice for Girls.