Welcome New Staff!

We are excited to welcome four new amazing staff members to the EALT team! A warm welcome to Nikki, Michelle, Alana, and Emilia!

Nikki Paskar is our new Conservation Coordinator, and will be working full-time alongside Meghan to steward our conservation lands, coordinate outreach and volunteer events, and manage social media. Nikki previously worked for EALT as the Education and Outreach Intern in 2016 and the Nestbox Conservation Intern in 2017, and is excited to bring her new knowledge and experience back to EALT.

Fueled by a long-standing passion for nature, Nikki recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Conservation Science from the University of Alberta. Nikki has experience in protected area conservation, ecological monitoring, and wildlife research, and has been deeply involved in the local environmental community for many years. She has worked for a variety of non-profit organizations, research labs, and government agencies, including Parks Canada, CPAWS, WildNorth, the Beaverhill Bird Observatory, and the Kluane Red Squirrel Project.

Interning for EALT was one of my first jobs in environmental outreach and stewardship, and I feel so fortunate to be back! I am so excited to reconnect with all of EALT’s dedicated volunteers and get back out onto the lands. I grew up in Edmonton, so I am passionate about protecting wild spaces around the city I call home.

When she’s not working to protect nature, you can find Nikki out foraging in the forests for her next culinary experiment, engaging in citizen science activities, or walking her dogs in Edmonton’s beautiful river valley.

Michelle Holland is joining us as our new Stewardship Assistant. She will be here for 6 months and will play a huge role in helping us steward our conservation lands through the summer and fall.

Michelle is a born and raised Edmontonian with a passion for exploring the outdoors and connecting people to nature. She has recently obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from MacEwan University, which adds to her technical diploma from NAIT in Biological Sciences. She has worked extensively within the fields of environmental education and conservation, mainly with the City of Edmonton and Alberta Parks. 

I have volunteered and worked alongside EALT for many years, admiring their ability to engage the public while also conserving natural spaces. Now I have a chance to become a part of that legacy, and I look forward to bringing my unique skill set and passions to the table....or the forest.
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Alana Tollenaar is returning to us for her third summer, and will be helping us organize outreach events and materials in her role as Community Engagement Intern.

Alana is a fourth-year student in the Environmental and Conservation Sciences program at the University of Alberta. She has a passion for plants and fungi, and an interest in studying the interactions between humans and nature. She has been involved with a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Clifford E. Lee Nature Sanctuary Society, Girl Guides of Canada, and Nature Alberta.

I’m so happy to return to EALT for another wonderful summer of nature conservation! I look forward to the many nature tours, bee hotel workshops, and farmers markets this summer has in store, and, of course, I can’t wait to see some amazing plants and animals out in the field. I hope to see some familiar faces at EALT’s volunteer events and I’m excited to meet some new nature-lovers as well

Emilia Housch is joining us as our Stewardship Intern for the summer. She will be assisting us with all things stewardship, and will be bringing her videography and graphic design experience.

Emilia is a fourth year student at the University of Alberta studying Earth and Environmental Science, majoring in Conservation Biology.

I am so excited to work with the Edmonton and Area Land Trust for the summer! I can not wait to learn all about the different landscapes that Edmonton has to offer. I am looking forward to better connecting myself and others to nature.

Welcome Nikki, Michelle, Alana, and Emilia!