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CPCIL Series: Inclusion and Equity Leader Profiles

The following series was composed by the Youth Knowledge Gatherer team as a part of their work for the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership. The Knowledge Gatherers were encourage to pursue topics they were passionate about, and several of the Gatherers conducted interviews with leaders to share parts of their stories of inclusion and equity in parks and protected areas agencies. The following seven interviews with leaders from across jurisdictions–and across regions–are just a few of the wide ranging experiences and identities present within the parks and protected areas community. 

We acknowledge that many gaps still remain beyond these profiles. The interview series was conducted on a volunteer basis, and as such there are a number of perspectives yet to be shared. We extend our gratitude to the participants who have already given us their time and we are conducting more research in order to tell a fuller story of the diverse people who lead parks and protected areas.

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Pause to Reflect

This series does not need to be read in one sitting. In fact, we encourage you to take some time to engage with the content and let the interviews wash over you. After each interview, you will find reflective questions–take a moment to pause and reflect on what you have learned.

  • Begin by taking a moment to reflect on how you approach leadership. 

Inclusion and Equity Leader Profile: Daniella Rubeling

Daniella Rubeling (she/her) is the visitor experience manager for the Parks Canada Banff Field Unit. In this role, Rubeling oversees visitor experience across most of Banff National Park. She started in this role eight months ago, one day prior to the transition to working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daniella has recently returned to her office in the Banff townsite, which is where I reached her.

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Pause to Reflect

Take a moment to reflect on your leadership approach.

  • What values do they reflect?
  • In what ways do you challenge yourself to see other perspectives?
  • Do your leadership values challenge typical forms of leadership?  

Pause to Reflect

Take a moment to reflect on your career choice.

  • Did your family or cultural values impact how you viewed your career options and the choices you made? 

Inclusion and Equity Leader Profile: Marilynn Hay

Marilynn Hay (she/her) is a municipal advisor with the Province of Nova Scotia and has been in this role since November 2019. She initially took a leave of absence from her role as a Municipal Advisor with the Kananaskis Improvement District (KID), Alberta Environment and Parks but has since left that position. With the KID, Marilynn was employed as a Municipal Advisor and spent a year acting in a dual role of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Manager of Emergency Services within the Kananaskis Region. She identifies as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community. I reached Marilynn at her home office in Halifax, Nova Scotia to discuss her experience as an LGBTQ2S+ woman working in conservation.

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Pause to Reflect

Think about how some of the men in Marilynn’s story spoke about women. 

  • How do the people around you speak about those who do not hold the same privileges or power as they do?
  • Do people speak to you differently when you have certain privileges in common? 

Inclusion and Equity Leader Profile: Rike Moon

Rike Moon (she/her) works for BC Parks as the Community Engagement Specialist on the Community Engagement and Education section at Provincial Services Branch in Victoria, BC. She has been in this role since May 2020. Rike is a native of Germany and identifies as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community. She spoke to me about her experience in parks and protected areas from her home in Victoria, BC.

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Pause to Reflect

Think about the park or protected areas related to your work. 

  • If you identified as non-binary, would you be able to easily move through the space?
  • Are your facilities gender inclusive? 
  • What kind of language do you use in your interpretive signage and presentations? 
  • Have your staff received adequate training to be aware and sensitive of people’s identities?

Inclusion and Equity Leader Profile: Sarah Boyle

Sarah Boyle (she/her) is a project manager for the Protected Areas Establishment Branch of Parks Canada, which deals with establishing terrestrial and marine conservation areas. Boyle is currently working on the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan – Similkameen region of British Columbia, the unceded traditional territory of the Syilx Nation. She has been working in this position for the past two and a half years.

I reached Sarah at her home in Revelstoke, British Columbia to talk about her experience living and working in parks.

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Pause to Reflect

Sarah makes a powerful point about knowing when to engage in good followership to support your leadership. 

  • In what ways do you support your team when you are not in a leadership position? Reflect on the power of collaboration when you take a step back and allow someone else to lead. 

Inclusion and Equity Leader Profile: Kayode Adeyemi

Kayode Adeyemi is an Immigrant from Nigeria who currently lives in Calgary, Alberta and works as a Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator for Alberta Parks and Environment. In accordance to CPCIL’s Inclusion and Equity profile series, here’s what he shared with us on his experience as a Black Park Leader.

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Pause to Reflect

Reflect on your organizations hiring practices. Think of the language used, the process, and how you’re asking people to identify their relevant skills. 

  • Are your recruitment material and interview process inclusive? 
  • What barriers might they create for someone who is new to parks, a person of colour, a person with a disability, someone from a different way of knowing, or a young person? 

Inclusion and Equity Leader Profile: Dawn Carr

Dawn Carr (she/her) was the executive director of the Canadian Parks Council (CPC) and the principal consultant of her own consulting agency, CarrPark. She was the executive director of the CPC from 2012 to 2021. Since this interview, Dawn Carr has accepted a new role with the Nature Conservancy of Canada with she started in September, 2021. I reached her at her home in Peterborough, ON to talk about her experience as a woman working in parks. 

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Pause to Reflect

Consider how your identity has shaped your leadership experience. 

  • In what ways has who you are impacted your career trajectory? 
  • Reflecting on your career, are you where you thought you would be? 
  • Have you ever had to step away from you role for an extended period of time? How did or how would that kind of move impact your career? 

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