Hello! My name is Sam Maillet and this summer I am ecstatic to be joining the Sierra Club Canada Foundation as a summer student working on the Watch for Wildlife initiative! I am going into my third year at Dalhousie University where I’m completing a double major with honours in Sustainability and Sociology and am also a member of the Varsity Men’s Basketball team. Much of my previous work experience has revolved around outdoor recreation with youth which has fostered a deep appreciation for the beautiful environment we’re so fortunate to enjoy.
My hometown is Moncton, New Brunswick, and like most Atlantic Canadians, I’m constantly in awe of the beautiful wildlife we share land with. As someone who is a frequent driver in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, I’ve come to learn how much wildlife can tend to be around the highways where they are at serious risk of getting hit by a vehicle. As part of this program,I am hoping to help educate drivers to the best of my abilities on how they can avoid animal-vehicle collisions, what to do when these collisions happen, and advocate for preventative measures that provide sustainable solutions to the pressing issue of wildlife-vehicle collisions. In the future I hope to go into education with a focus on sustainability!