Tatianna de Gaspé Beaubien-Mattrick, 16-year-old college student

The fourth generation of the family includes Philippe II and Nan-B de Gaspé Beaubien’s grandchildren, who are known for their environmental awareness. One day, the grandchildren were asked, “What would you do tomorrow if you were given the means to make a difference in the world?” Their answer was, “After looking at a variety ideas and research projects, we decided that water would be our workhorse. We believe that one day a water shortage could cause a global social crisis that only the strongest can win. That’s why we’ve chosen to help future generations find solutions.”

Enrolled in Grade 12 at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia, Tatianna senses that her future lies in the field of early childhood education.She has long volunteered among children, including at summer camps, visual arts studios, daycare centres, and the Victoria Nature School, which introduces 3-to-5-year-olds to the beauty of the natural world—the best teacher there is. Tatiana is convinced AquaHacking 2015 will have a key influence in encouraging Canadians to protect our sources of freshwater through concrete action.