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
Alyssa is currently completing a degree in marketing at 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.
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.
As an animal lover, Courtney has always dreamed of being able to make a difference in the lives of these creatures. She knew that this goal would prove difficult with her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and her accounting career, and so she began volunteering at the Medicine Hat SPCA at a young age. Though she enjoyed her time growing up by building virtual zoos in Zoo Tycoon, she is even more thrilled to be able to further the development of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. As a diverse individual, Courtney hopes to help showcase the diversity of the world’s wildlife. While it is nearly impossible to pick her favourite animals, she has a special appreciation for harbour seals and Goeldi’s monkeys.
Courtney is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Communications Studies program at MacEwan University. She has always loved animals and is passionate about learning about the different species that inhabit our Earth. Courtney enjoys being creative and working with people. She has been involved with various operations within the Valley Zoo Development Society for a few years and loves doing her part to assist in the revitalization of the Valley Zoo while also learning more about the animals that live there and the conservation and sustainability of our planet as a whole. Courtney’s favourite animals include the red pandas and the fur seals.
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.
With a love for animals and promotions, Katie joined the Ark Project in hopes of helping all the creatures at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Since she was a child Katie has made many fond memories of visiting the zoo and wants to give others that same opportunity. She hopes by doing this others will be inspired to give back and help the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Katie is a NAIT student currently working on her Business Administration Degree with emphasis on marketing and hopes to gain experience in the industry while helping the zoo. Her favorite animals at the Edmonton Valley Zoo include Lucy the elephant and the tigers.
Tiona has recently attained her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta, majoring in Human Resources. Since graduation, she explored Europe for two months and cannot wait to see more of the world. Tiona has been a part of numerous volunteer projects around the city, her most recent being the Director of Student Relations for 5 Days for the Homeless. Being in the service industry for the past 4 years, she enjoys spending time getting to know people and putting on events. Having a fear of most animals as a child (including puppies), she has come a long way to loving animals and all of nature’s beauty. Tiona’s favourite animal is the Hawksbill Sea Turtle, and she dreams of one day swimming with them.
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.
EMAIL VZDS@BUILDINGOURZO.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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