2017 Stuart Somerville Memorial Scholarship Winners

Talor Osberg

Talor is a second year student in the Integrated Environmental Technology program at Selkirk College in Castlegar.  Through her studies and involvement in ecosystem restoration with the Kootenay Native Plant Society she became interested in solid waste legacy problems and the restoration of these sites.

Talor’s career goal is to encourage people to reduce consumption, improve disposal habits and to create sustainable waste management solutions into the future.

Graham Fonseca

Graham is a 4th year Environmental Engineering student in a joint program at UBC and UNBC.  Graham’s co-op work terms have included assisting graduate students using biochar as a soil amendment, developing an online tool to calculate an individual’s ecological footprint and assisting with solid waste management programs for a number of BC First Nation communities.

Graham hopes to become an environmental engineer and work in a company that offers innovative ideas to solve issues around solid waste and greenhouse gas management.

Yun (Nina) Tong

Nina, from Calgary, is a 3rd year Civil Engineering student at UBC.  Inspired by a second year sustainability course she sought and obtained a co-op research position helping to develop two civil engineering sustainability courses.  She is currently working as a co-op student with Metro Vancouver’s Solid Waste Services helping them move toward their Zero Waste goals.  Nina has volunteered locally with Engineers Without Borders’ Sustainability Venture to reduce food waste, with the Stanley Park Ecological Society as an Eco-ranger and at Trout Lake Farmer’s Market.

After graduation, Nina hopes to return to solid waste, especially in the public sector, to improve the accessibility of recycling programs.