Meet the team working on the Nova Action project! Please contact us if you have any questions.
Clare (she/her) is a passionate advocate for intergenerational approaches to sustainable communities and especially making room for youth voices to be heard. Clare has an interdisciplinary background in Environment and Sustainability Studies and Biology, with a special focus in Environmental Education & Advocacy. Working at Coastal Action since 2015, she has gained skills in facilitation, community and youth engagement, and program development. She’s also a community gardener, avid reader, music lover, and ocean fanatic. Clare is excited to take on the overall project management of Nova Action, helping to provide structure and organization to this primarily youth-led initiative. She’s looking forward to meeting and learning from youth around the province and working with them as they strive to create positive change in their communities.
Julia leblanc, environmental Education project coordinator
Julia (she/her) is very excited to share her love of the outdoors and passion for science and research with youth across Nova Scotia. Julia graduated from Acadia University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science, double major in Biology and Psychology. She was a seasonal staff member at Coastal Action in the summers of 2018 and 2019 and came back full time in 2020 as Coastal Action’s Environmental Education Project Coordinator. Julia is from Bridgewater and grew up spending lots of time hiking, swimming and camping. She looks forward to supporting the cohort members as they take action in their communities and seeing the results of their research.
Stella Bowles, Nova Action Youth Leader
Stella Bowles (she/her) prompted action for the clean up of Nova Scotia’s LaHave River, which contains alarmingly high levels of fecal contamination. Because of her work, three levels of government have allocated $15.7 million dollars to address the problem of illegal straight pipes that still drain raw sewage from over 600 homes along the river. Stella continues to be an advocate for the elimination of illegal straight pipes province wide. Stella has won many awards including the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada, the Action for Nature International Young Hero’s Award from California and the Canada’s Walk of Fame Community Hero Award. In a completely separate project, she has also recently become the youngest ever published micropaleontologist. Stella’s story is now a book, My River: Cleaning up the LaHave River, written by Anne Laurel Carter. Stella hopes her story will inspire other youth to become advocates for issues they care about. As part of the Nova Action team, Stella will assist with project leadership, and provide peer mentorship to the youth participants.