Volunteer Spotlight - Rachelle Shearing

At HAT we are so often blessed with incredible people who are willing to dedicate their valuable time to help us complete projects that we otherwise don’t have the capacity to do. Without volunteers much of the work that HAT does would not be possible and for that we are so grateful. Thank you to Rachelle Shearing who has been helping us by using her magical GIS skills to build beautiful maps. Rachelle is going to be starting up her own GIS company Sentry Consulting, and though we are so sad to see her go we wish her the best of luck! Below you can read about Rachelle and her experience volunteering for HAT.

Over the last four months, I have had the fantastic opportunity to volunteer for the Habitat Acquisition Trust. I approached HAT offering my GIS (Geographic Information Systems) skills and Barb Von Sacken had a project already in mind. Together, we created a spatial database to visualize properties that had been inquired about, but never made it into a covenant. This will be helpful to HAT in the future when they want to assess new properties.

I recently completed my BSc in Geoscience and I also hold a Diploma in Forest Resource Management. My work experience ranges from doing wildlife work in the forest industry to climate change field research in Northern Canada. All of my work experiences have had a large GIS component and I find the technology and innovation surrounding GIS exciting. I found that my volunteer work at HAT was making me feel enthusiasticand happy, so I recently decided to focus on opening up my own GIS consulting business in Victoria. If you are ever in need of GIS work, Sentry Consulting is here to help.

My last note is, I am a person that gets excited about rocks! I have included a photo of myself hiking at Waterton Lakes National Park, and in the background, you can see some of the incredible Geology of the area.


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