“Cities have the capacity of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
-renowned urbanist and activist Jane Jacobs
Cameron's life mission is to create harmony between humans and nature by enabling people to reduce their environmental footprint, while improving their quality of life. This, combined with a passion - bordering on obsession - for sustainable urban environments and community motivated him to start OurSquamish in the spring of 2019 with his wife Constance. His past occupations include carpenter, forest fire fighter, permaculturist, and kayak guide. He now works as a homebuilder, with a special interest in design and energy efficiency. Some other passions? Adventuring out in the wild, chainsaws, and sitting down at a cafe for a croissant and espresso. Cameron has called Squamish home since moving in 2011 to attend Quest University. He grew up on Saltspring Island.
Constance grew up on a mixed farm on Vancouver Island, and has been adventuring in Squamish since 2010. In 2018 she settled here, where she spends as much time as possible in the forests or gardens. She works with Squamish CAN specializing in sustainable food systems and teaches in the garden at Mamquam Elementary. She loves nature but realizes that humans need a place to live too, and so sees sustainable dense urban towns and cities as a way to preserve nature as opposed to suburban sprawl. She finds inspiration from all over the world and loves how adding a little fun and good design draws people together and brings a place to life.
Favorite quote: "If you want to change the world, throw a better party than the people destroying it"
Gord grew up in Vancouver and happily landed in Squamish two years ago to be closer to the trailhead and to a small growing community where there is opportunity to help shape its future. He has a masters in Resource and Environmental Management and has worked remotely for eight years as a marine planner for four First Nations on BC's Central Coast. Before that he was a planner for the Provincial Government working on the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement and the Sacred Headwaters. Gord loves to ski, hike, bike, climb, and kayak when hes not working or volunteering in the community.