I am a first year student at Quest University, and I am so grateful for this opportunity to experience the beauty of the Great Bear Rainforest and help preserve it. I am very passionate about protecting our natural ecosystems from human hands and wants. I believe that in any environmental issue we can create change if everyone helps spread awareness in any way possible. It is not hard to see that oil tankers will have a negative impact on the area even without an oil spill. So, in doing this paddle I hope to build a stronger connection to the natural environment and beauty around me, and to increase awareness about this potentially disastrous issue.