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
Courtney is our President + ZooBrew chair! 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 fur seals.
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 favorite animal at the zoo is Xena, the lynx, partly because Xena looks like one of her cats!
Kaley is our Communications Chair for the Ark Project! She is a graduate of the Media Studies and Professional Communications Diploma from Red Deer College and is currently taking her bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from Royal Roads University. She has a passion for creating and communication and loves using these skills to help the animals. She is a kitty mom of two and a proud auntie of two and spends her spare time doing all sorts of crafts. She joined the Ark Project because the Edmonton Valley Zoo has provided her with so many amazing memories and is a favorite place to visit by her and her husband. Her favourite animals at the zoo include the adorable red pandas, seals, and snow leopards.
Alyssa is a past president of the Ark Project + the 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 travelled 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.
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 learn new things was too good for her 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 favourite animal is the meerkat.
Alix was born and raised in Hinton, AB. She grew up involved with dance, music, and with a strong interest in animals. Being allergic to most animals with fur, she adopted various reptiles including her leopard gecko, Marmalade, 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 has developed a major interest in the health and maintenance of the environments captive animals live in. Because of 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 industry and hospitality industry to help throw events and raise money for the massive enclosure upgrades.
Kelley is currently a student at the University of Alberta, working towards gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Anthropology. She has been volunteering and fundraising for various organizations for 15 years and was awarded the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Philanthropist award in 2014 for her contributions to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. As someone who grew up just up the hill from the Valley Zoo and made frequent visits, she was ecstatic to have the opportunity to join the Ark Project and help raise funds for the Edmonton Valley Zoo and combine her love for animals with her passion for fundraising and making a difference. Her favourite zoo animals are without a doubt the river otters and the red pandas!
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 studies. 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 scaly 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 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 program. His favourite animal at the zoo is the Black-and-white ruffed lemur because it reminds him of his favourite 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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