You’re on board the Sedna IV for the 1000 Days mission. You already know this boat well, don’t you?
Yes, I had the chance to meet Jean Lemire and participate in shooting the film Meeting the Whales of the St. Lawrence that he co-directed in 1997. At that time, I worked at the St. Lawrence marine mammal research station. In 2008, I was a Biodôme project manager for the
Antarctic Mission at the Biodôme presentation, working in particular with direct communications. I also created an exhibition on the ecological footprint at the Sedna-Global Scrap space, at the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal, as part of Sedna IV’s return from its Antarctic mission. The boat was docked there all summer, and I developed guided tours on board and a school program about Antarctica. Although Sedna IV has been completely renovated, I still feel right at home on board!
Have you always been interested in boats and the ocean?
Travel and nature are my passions! I worked for the Students on Ice organization as an educator for students ages 14 to 18. These trips were scientific expeditions on board ships that took us to polar regions like Iceland, Greenland, Baffin Island, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. I discovered the beauty of these environments and how much I enjoyed introducing them to the students, helping them to appreciate this wilderness.
Are you an avid traveller?
I am a trained biologist who has had the chance to travel all over the world. My travels include French Polynesia, Kenya, Malaysia and Costa Rica. This gave me insight into not only the incredible biodiversity of these regions, but also the fragility of this biodiversity and our responsibility for preserving it.
Tell us about your writing
I wrote two youth documentary books published by Éditions Les 400 Coups: As Long As There Are Whales in 2000 and The Seasons of Penguins in 2006. I was also a consultant for the book Living Planet, published by Éditions Québec Amérique in 2010.
For me, writing is another way of communicating and sharing my love for our beautiful planet.
As an educator at the Biodôme de Montréal, you work specifically with creating and designing educational programs. What made you want to get involved in the 1000 Days mission?
What got me excited about this mission was taking direct communications with young people and the public at large in Québec to a whole new level from the field. Participating in this expedition around the world on board the Sedna IV and telling people about the state of biodiversity on our planet is for me a natural extension of my interests and passions.