Meet the passionate, dedicated and hardworking bunch at Empty Nests.
As an indigenous youth, native to the Plains Ojibway band near Manitoba, Alyx Hough has made it her goal through volunteer and work experience to implement changes that value sustainability, and that respect all people and facets of life. Combining her passions for the environment and for human health, for nature and for education, Alyx now finds herself four years into a Bachelor of Urban Forestry.
Chris was born in Vancouver and moved to the Tri-cities at a young age. Growing up in a diverse neighborhood of people marginalized by western society, Chris became fascinated by social issues and systemic problems. His curiosity drew him to further explore social justice at the University of British Columbia where he completed a degree in Social Work focused on child welfare and Indigenous social issues. Chris has since returned to Vancouver with a fresh perspective and a passion for promoting equity and social inclusion. These interests ignited his desire to get involved in civic engagement and community building. Over the years, Chris has volunteered as an equity liaison for his grad class and as a mentor for youth in various capacities. In his current role, Chris provides advocacy and support for youth and families.
Giancarlo Reyes is completing his degree in a Bachelors of Environmental Design at UBC, following three years of Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Giancarlo has always been interested in improving communities through environmental education, interaction and design. He owes his attraction to the environment to an adventurous childhood growing up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Giancarlo hopes to preserve and replicate this passion for nature in future generations through his work.
Kristina Smith is a social justice advocate, change maker and world traveller. After living in various cities worldwide, including Amsterdam, Istanbul and Toronto, she now calls Vancouver home. She has an MSc in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam, where she researched the role of mobile banking in Ghana for sustainable livelihoods. During the day, she works on an education project for girls in developing countries. On the weekends, you will find her studying Spanish, drinking too much coffee and helping to launch Empty Nests.