Vancouver Canvass Director
Karlis Hawkins

Karlis (he/him) currently resides in Vancouver on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səlilwətaɬ territories.

Karlis mentors and trains a diverse group of canvassers to teach folks about our campaign work across British Columbia. He works from the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səlilwətaɬ nations. Karlis has been passionate about wildlife since he was a child and has always wanted to be part of the environmental movement. For Karlis, the Wilderness Committee offers solutions and contributes to the philosophical shifts that are needed to make our society sustainable. He grew up visiting the Nottawasaga River in southern Ontario. It provided him with an important refuge from downtown Toronto and exposed him to the amazing seasonal changes of the floodplain landscape. Karlis has stared down a capibara in Argentina, seen a glimpse of caribou in Jasper National Park and has been awestruck by killer whales breaching the water along the shores of the Gulf Islands. He has an undergraduate degree in Geography and Environmental Studies and is currently studying Ecological Restoration.