OUR STORY

ABOUT

At FUN Society, we take education seriously.
FUN Society is an innovative “action-tank” working to redefine the very meaning of education. We believe that the purpose of education is to raise a society of good people with open, active minds and beautiful hearts.

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OUR DREAM:

We want to shift the way the world thinks about Education.

We envision A world where a holistic school SYSTEm nurtures and raises the next generation of society to be happier, healthier and ultimately more whole.

 

OUR TEAM: 

Maia Green, Founder and Board Chair

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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. 


Morgan Reid, Executive Director

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Morgan spent much of his childhood outside on the water, in the bush, and on farmsteads on southern Vancouver Island. At times when his parents let him back in the house, Morgan read voraciously, learned to cook by trial and error, and idolized David Suzuki and Jacques Cousteau via their small black-and-white television.

Morgan’s first job was as a chimney sweep, followed by three seasons as a deckhand on a small salmon troller, during which he developed a connoisseur’s appreciation for quality rain gear.

Morgan has always enjoyed almost everything about school, (except for…well, ask him about the time he brought a fish to class in grade five). He went to grade thirteen at the Ontario Science Centre, where he got to play with lasers and liquid nitrogen, and then studied at the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria, and Simon Fraser University, where he graduated with a B.Ed and teaching qualification. Morgan researched educational systems and environmental education to earn a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of British Columbia in 2010.

Morgan’s driving academic and professional joy is in working to make the world a better place for children. Morgan especially loves getting people together to eat good food and have fun.

He found teaching in the public system to be revealing, as he experienced not only hard, rewarding work, but also saw many students barely getting along, and many teachers struggling with overload. Having attended many different schools and seen a wide range of education, Morgan believes we have a great opportunity and responsibility to create a better world through our education systems.

One of those 50/50 left-brained / right-brained people, Morgan likes to get dreams on the table and then help them come true. In his career, including 15 years at the University of British Columbia, Morgan has always enjoyed solving strange problems and working to make teaching and learning more rewarding experiences for students and teachers alike.

When he is not working, you can find Morgan out on the Salish Sea in a tiny Zodiac, in shallow water, scuba diving, in the workshop fixing things, or anywhere outside, playing with family and friends, or inside, either cooking or reading scientifically plausible near-future fiction.

For his birthday, Morgan usually asks for a pirate ship.