2019 Stuart Somerville Memorial Scholarship Winners

Kevin Fowler

Kevin is in the second year of a diploma program in Environmental Protection Technology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. His co-op work term this past summer was as an Engineering Assistant with the Landfill Gas Team at Vancouver Landfill. Kevin helped to organize a recent interactive workshop called Trash Talkers which focused on waste consumption and proper disposal. He hopes to work in a field related to sustainability or renewable resources.

Theresa Coles

Theresa is in the diploma program in Environmental Protection Technology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her interest in solid waste came from early scouting activiities and volunteering during high school. Her classmates elected her coordinator for their annual shoreline clean-up, an activity where students get introduced to the concepts of waste audits. Theresa is considering a career in community education.

Nicola Herman

Nicola is in the second year of a diploma program in Integrated Environmental Planning Technology at Selkirk College in Castlegar. Nicola cofounded a cafe in Kimberley that, as founding objectives, chose to minimize its waste generation and be as sustainable as possible. She is active with several campus and community organizations focussed on sustainability issues. She is planning to continue her education in the Ecological Restoration program at BCIT and hopes for a meaningful career in the waste management sector.

Karla Dahlgren

Karla is in the fourth year of the Northern Environmental Conservation Sciences Degree program at the Yukon College. Before returning to school, she worked with a health and safety consulting company on a long term project at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre. This project provided exposure to many facets of solid waste management and encouraged Karla to finish her degree in environment and conservation. She is involved in school and community events as a participant, spectator and volunteer. After graduating in 2020, Karla hopes to continue her career in the solid waste management and environmental protection fields with a special interest in leachate management.