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Queen's University

Andria Sherstone '07


B.A. (Honours) Geography and Environmental Science; MES 2007

Thesis Title:
Community Based Monitoring in Stream Ecosystems - Indicators for Success

Research Topic:
Community based environmental monitoring is on the rise in Canada as citizens become more in tune with their "backyard" environments and fearful of government inaction towards watershed protection. Finding out how these organizations work and how they can maintain a strong volunteer base well into the future is a frequently asked question and one that I am exploring more in depth. Looking specifically at communities monitoring biological organisms in streams on Vancouver Island, British Columbia I hope to isolate the organizational indicators of these groups to ensure they have successful, reputable and long term monitoring campaigns. I believe that these indicators can be applied at a much broader scale to strengthen community based monitoring in Canada.

Supervisors, Co-Supervisors: Dr. Vicki Friesen, Dr. Brian Cumming, Dr. Diane Lawrence.

Career Path:


Senior Adviser

Health Canada

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

June 2011Present  (1 year 7 months) Ottawa, Canada Area

Senior Adviser to the Director General of the Controlled Substances and Tobacco Directorate, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch

Senior Program Manager

Health Canada

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

July 2008June 2011  (3 years)

Senior Program Officer, Environmental Public Health Division, Primary Health Care and Public Health Directorate, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch

Resource Manager Intern

Ministry of Natural Resources

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Government Administration industry

June 2007July 2008  (1 year 2 months)



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