Maia is an entrepreneurial educationist. Inspired by the diversity in her own schooling, she founded FUN Society in 2008 as her way to create positive change in the world. As a child in the school system, Maia attended both public and private schools in Victoria, and spent time at an International School in Fiji, followed by a year of project-based learning living on a sailboat. Her experience with educational theory and design is not limited to her own upbringing. She holds an MA in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University and is a BC Certified Teacher. Her Masters’ research focused on how to intersect love and power in the creation of a youth empowerment program in rural South Africa and played an integral role in the development of the FUN Approach. She received a SSHRC grant for this research and was honoured to be nominated by the Royal Roads School of Environment and Sustainability for a Governor General’s Gold Medal Award for Most Outstanding Thesis.
Maia has received other accolades for her work including a Bateman Fellowship in Sustainability, a Royal Roads University Entrance Scholarship, a TD Environmental Sustainability Scholarship, the Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Award in Honour of Elsie M Stapleford and the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society One World Scholarship, a Women of Distinction award, and others. She was nominated for Victoria Leadership Award in the category of Social Innovation Leadership, and has recently been accepted into "Getting to Maybe: A Social Innovation Residency" at the Banff Centre.
From teaching in a rural village in South Africa to public school classrooms in Ontario and BC, Maia has a collection of educational experiences that have contributed to her love of teaching and redefining education. She has led youth delegations to UN Climate conferences, taught all of grade 10 science in 2 weeks in a provincial park and organized and led a 5-day trek in South Africa where the trek acted as a classroom for social change education. She has worked with every age group of youth extensively and is inspired and energized by all of them. Other than being a huge education nerd, Maia also loves traveling, hiking, biking, making music, making art, playing ultimate frisbee, dancing and being silly.
Semi-retired, Mayo moved to Ladysmith from Victoria for the vibrant community, world class sailing and to be closer to her husband’s parents. She is currently on the Ladysmith Advisory Planning Commission and is a Marriage Commission for Ladysmith. She received her BASc at the University of Guelph and her MBA at McMaster University in Ontario and worked in marketing for 3 international companies: New England Business Systems, Moore Business Forms and Inmac Datacom products, based in the greater Toronto area. In Victoria, she has operated a Communications Consulting Business and held the positions of Executive Director BC WorkInfoNet, Executive Director Better Business Bureau and Executive Director BC Green Party.
Alison has experienced the powerful impact of FUN Society from Victoria to the Wild Coast of South Africa. During her time as the Victoria FUN Camps Coordinator, FUN Champs volunteer and ThandaMandla volunteer, she has witnessed the innovation, leadership and teamwork of children and youth who have the common goal to make the Earth a better place. Alison has a Bachelors degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology and Chemistry from the University of British Columbia and completed her Bachelors of Education at the University of Victoria. Alison is thrilled to continue to be part of FUN Society Team and is excited to redefine education!
Lara graduated from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2014 and is currently an immigration lawyer in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prior to law school, Lara completed a bachelors degree in Environmental Science and International Development. She was also a graduate of the inaugural Redfish School of Change, a field school for environmental and social leadership. Lara’s passion to protect the environment has been shaped by her time in the outdoors, so she is thrilled to be working with FUN Society to provide invaluable outdoor experiences and essential environmental education to Canadian youth.
Robby completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Geography at the University of Saskatchewan and then continued on to obtain an Advanced Diploma with a specialization in Remote Sensing from the Centre of Geographic Sciences in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. After various traveling experiences, he has more recently been working in the survey industry as a GIS professional. Robby has always enjoyed being outdoors at any chance he can get while exploring hiking trails, mountain biking, and kayaking. He is very excited to explore new opportunities and interests with FUN Society, while being able to use previous work experiences with youth in an educational environment.