THE ARK PROJECT
We are the ARK Project, a division of the Valley Zoo Development Society,
committed to raising funds and creating awareness for animal conservation and
education by engaging the millennial population. The committee is primarily
comprised of millennials who share a passion for protecting and preserving
all species on our planet. All funds raised support the zoo’s ongoing
The Ark Project Committee
PRESIDENT + ZOOBREW CHAIR
Alix was born and raised in Hinton, AB. She grew up involved with dance, music and with an strong interest in animals. Being allergic to most animals with fur, she adopted various reptiles including her leopard gecko, Marmalaide, who is now 18 years old. After high school graduation, she moved to Edmonton and decided to focus her life around her passions. She quickly found a job working with fish and reptiles but had to later end that chapter to make room for dance & Djing. Through her experience, she’s developed a major interest in the health and maintenance of the environments captive animals live in. Because if this, the opportunity to volunteer for the Ark Project was incredibly attractive. She’s very excited about the renovations underway at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, and delighted to be able to use her current career in the entertainment and hospitality industry to help throw events and raise money for the massive enclosure upgrades.
PAST PRESIDENT + ZOOLANDER CHAIR
Alyssa HAS a degree in marketing from MacEwan University. She grew up submerged in the world of performing arts where she found her passion for dance. Throughout her performing career she has traveled through Spain, China and North America. Alyssa has been a dance instructor for the past seven years, she shares her love of dance through teaching at local studios and taking part in programs, such as The Boys and Girls Club of Canada and Ivivva outreach programs, which provide opportunities for at risk youth and low income families. Alyssa also has extensive knowledge and experience in the hospitality/service industry and manages a local business downtown. Alyssa has always been an animal lover and supporter of the Edmonton Valley Zoo Development Society, her favourite animals include the Snow Leopard and Spider Monkey.
ANIMAL ATTRACTION CHAIR
Toni is finishing a combined Bachelor of Kinesiology/Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta. She grew up caring for a variety of animals on her family’s ranch. This is where her passion for animals was first ignited. Toni is the newest member of the Ark Project and sits as the Animal Attraction lead. December is her favourite time at the zoo. Toni’s favourite animals at the zoo are the Amur Tigers.
ARK PROJECT COORDINATOR + LIAISON
Devynn is currently employed for the Valley Zoo Development Society as the Volunteer Coordinator, Adopt an Animal Coordinator and ARK Project liaison. She started working with the Valley Zoo Development Society in 2014 through her field placement with the Arts and Cultural Management Program at MacEwan University. She grew up in a rural community and has been around animals all her life. Even though she has a huge passion for the arts, the opportunity to work in a field where it will better the lives of animals and provide the opportunity to learn new things was too good to pass up. Since starting with the Society, she has greatly broadened her skill set. When not in the office, she is often spending time with her furbabies (she is a puppy mom to 2 little doggos), spending time on the ice teaching littles how to skate or feeding the masses at dinner parties. Throughout her childhood, she made a point to volunteer for community events as much as she possibly could. She has figure-skated and sang most of her life and loves anything that will allow her to express her creativity. Her favorite animal is the meerkat.
Victoria graduated from the University of Alberta in 2017 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Economics & Law. She completed a cooperative education degree, which gave her the experience that eventually led to a job in commercial real estate for one of Canada’s largest retail cannabis companies. Victoria joined the Ark Project because the Edmonton Valley Zoo has always been a place that’s near and dear to her heart. She is excited to be able to contribute to a zoo that she grew up going to, and that has given her so many positive memories. Her favourite animal at the zoo is Xena, the lynx, partly because Xena looks like one of her cats!
Justin graduated from the University of Alberta in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and has recently started his Master’s degree in Communication and Technology. Justin is a long-time animal lover. He spent three seasons as an interpreter at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, where he was passionate about educating all ages about conservation practices and helping Edmontonians get a closer look at their furry, feathered, and scaley neighbours. Justin is also a musician and a lover of bad jokes and spends his spare time chasing his new kitten around his apartment. Although all the animals are his favourite, Rover, the Children’s Python, is his extra favourite.
Jordy is currently a student at the University of Alberta, studying towards his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. He worked for two summers helping the Valley Zoo Development Society to put on fundraising events. Jordy has loved the zoo ever since he was a kid on a school field trip. He cares passionately about conservation and the zoo’s participation in the Species Survival Plan program. His favorite animal at the zoo is the Black and White Ruffed Lemur because it reminds him of his favorite childhood tv show – Zoboomafoo!
JOIN THE PROJECT
TO SUPPORT THE VALLEY ZOO DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY
AND THE EDMONTON VALLEY ZOO IN THEIR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS
TO BUILD AWARENESS FOR REVITALIZATION, CONSERVATION
AND EDUCATION. THIS WILL BE ACHIEVED THROUGH FOCUSING ON
ATTRACTING THE INTEREST AND PARTICIPATION OF MILLENNIALS.
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