Staff

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Jessica Bradford, Program & Development Manager

Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Jessica Bradford is working with the HLC as Program & Development Manager. Her work includes managing the field station/wilderness retreat operations, fund/partnership development, designing and coordinating programs, workshops and events, and marketing/promotions.

Jessica is a recent Dalhousie University Master of Marine Management graduate. She was the recipient of the Douglas M. Johnston Scholarship in Marine Affairs, Nature Canada Charles Labatiuk Scholarship Award, and Marine Affairs Millennium Prize in Marine Policy. She has worked previously as Teaching Assistant with the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University and Communications Coordinator with the Nature Trust of New Brunswick for three years.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys freediving, scuba diving, surfing, hiking and gardening, so she will be right at home at the HLC where the outdoor adventure opportunities are endless. 

This position has been made possible by the United Nations Association of Canada (UNAC) Green Corps Program.

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Kaitlyn Harris, Protected Areas Public Outreach Intern

Kaitlyn grew up on the South Shore of Nova Scotia- riding horses, swimming in fresh and salty waters, and exploring bogs, forests and rivers. Kaitlyn has a BA in Geography and Environmental Science from McGill University, and is currently working on her Master of Marine Management degree at Dalhousie University where she’s focusing on strategies to meaningfully engage youth in natural resource management conversations.

Her love for the environment began with The Otesha Project, a national youth-led charitable organization that uses experiential learning, theatre and bicycle tours to engage and empower Canadians of all ages to take action for a more equitable and sustainable world. Her work experience has revolved around a desire to cultivate a sense of respect, responsibility and curiosity towards natural environments- she’s led bicycle tours around the world, worked as an outdoor educator, and most recently, spent time working with the HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development as a Youth Program Facilitator. 

These days, Kaitlyn enjoys touring around on her bicycle, trail running and mountain biking with her dog Toby, and spending time with her cutie-pie nieces.

This summer, at the HLC, Kaitlyn is part of the Clean Foundation Youth Leadership program as the Protected Areas Public Outreach Intern.

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Jamiel Brulotte, Field Station Assistant

Jamiel has joined as Field Station Assistant at the HLC where he will be assisting with all aspects of operations, including day-to-day care of the facility and surrounding landscape, as well as supporting with communications and outreach, workshops, environmental education programs, research, and other events. 

He was born in Saskatchewan, but spent his first ten years in North Africa where he attended primary school in Arabic and French. His love for nature was instilled in him at a young age by his father through numerous multi-day backcountry adventures across the world. Jamiel climbed his first 10 000-foot mountain at age six and continues to enjoy challenging hikes today. As a teenager, he moved to the Rocky Mountains and took advantage of the opportunity to explore many of Canada's national parks. His favorite hike, and, in his view, the epitome of Rocky Mountain splendor, is The Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park.

He has spent the past year studying many aspects of the environment through the Environmental Technician program at Algonquin College and is excited to apply his knowledge and continue to learn from the very knowledgeable HLC staff and board. He hopes to work full-time within the environmental science sector and is passionate about wildlife conservation. Some of the highlights of his program include the study of the many invasive and endangered species surrounding his hometown. One example is Zebra mussels, an invasive species that creates beautifully clear water, but removes nutrients vital to the survival of native species.

When not working Jamiel enjoys hiking, running, kayaking and canoeing within Algonquin Park.  Through his work with the HLC he hopes to expand his knowledge of rural heritage, local bird species and help to instill his love for the environment in guests visiting the Centre. 

This position has been made possible by the Canada Summer Jobs program.