Susan Debreceni is often met with wide eyes and surprised comments when she tells people she works for the Vancouver Aquarium.

“My friend jokes, ‘That must be a fun commute.’”

That’s because she lives further than Surrey, Abbotsford and even Chilliwack.

Susan lives in Toronto, Ontario.

The Aquarium’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and Ocean Wise programs are far-reaching – they’re nationwide initiatives. So it makes sense to have people supporting these programs in different parts of Canada.

Aside from Susan, who is the Shoreline Cleanup’s acting manager, there’s Lauren Shunock with Ocean Wise and Sarah Odell, also with the Shoreline Cleanup. Susan and Lauren are based out of the Centre for Social Innovation in downtown Toronto, while Sarah telecommutes from home on the South Shore of Montreal.

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Lauren, Ocean Wise in Toronto

Lauren says it can be difficult for people to understand the connection between what they do and who they work for, so they all agree that the best way to delve into these conversations is to outline their job descriptions first, before explaining the Aquarium connection.

Rather than feeling completely disconnected from the buzz at the Aquarium, Sarah says coming to Vancouver once a year is a great way to keep tabs on what’s going on here.

In the meantime, it’s nice for us other Aquarium employees to know that we have a place to crash, should we find ourselves far east of the Rockies.

Written by Karen Horak, writer-editor, content and digital experience at the Vancouver Aquarium.

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