2023 Stuart Somerville Memorial Scholarship Winners

Emily Burkholder

Emily Burkholder is working towards a Master of Resource Management – Planning at Simon Fraser University. She has previously completed a degree in International Development, an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a certificate in Sustainable Food Systems and Security.
Emily has extensive experience studying food waste reduction and food system planning. Her capstone project is examining circular food economies.
Emily looks forward to a career in waste reduction and food system planning.

Mackaila Ching

Mackaila Ching is in 3rd year Bachelor of Environment – Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University.
Through her co-op program, Mackaila spent last summer working at Cowichan Valley Regional District as an Environmental Resources Assistant in the Recycling & Solid Waste Division. This provided a deep dive into many of the activities associated with municipal solid waste management.

Mackaila is looking forward to contributing to local government efforts in moving toward net zero waste.

Aur Hager

Aur Hager is in 3rd year Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering at the University of Northern BC.
Since high school and through her undergraduate time, Aur has been an active volunteer in environmental, social, professional and campus activities. She has recently worked on a number of sustainability and conservation activities with the Youth Climate Corps. This group works under Wildsight, an environmental non-profit based in the East Kootenays.
Aur is looking towards a career in environmental protection consulting.