Marika Smith, Executive Director
Marika joined the Compost Centre in 2008. She has a BSc in Biology and completed the Restoration of Natural Systems Program at the University of Victoria. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Science in Environmental Management program through Royal Roads University and is focusing her thesis research on the effects of compostable plastic particles in soil systems.
Marika is deeply committed to waste reduction initiatives and resource recovery programs. She has a near zero-waste household and looks forward to the day when disposable coffee cups no longer exist. When she’s not informing everyone she knows about composting and recycling, she enjoys running, walking and sea kayaking.
Alysha Punnett, Site Manager & Community Education Coordinator
Exploring her passion for sustainable living strategies led Alysha from the Okanagan to the Island to complete a BSc. in Environmental Management through Royal Roads University, a certificate in Permaculture Design through Seven Ravens Permaculture Academy, and a certificate in Organic Master Gardening through Gaia College.
As well as maintaining the Compost Education Centre’s gardens, Alysha teaches regularly about composting, permaculture and organic gardening.
When not playing in the garden or teaching, Alysha enjoys whizzing around on her bike to the local organic butchers, bakers, and wine makers.
Kayla Siefried, Education Coordinator
A keen sustainability activist, Kayla finds meaning in advocating for and living an environmentally sustainable life that involves bicycles, all things soils, food, and gardening, and general awareness of the earth we live on!
Kayla’s environmental education started with the completion of her BES at the University of Waterloo. She loves to share her knowledge about these things with people young and old through formal and informal education. She’s facilitated youth programs for sustainability all across Canada, Guatemala, and Cambodia, and has a zest for travel and adventure.
Kayla keeps things light by playing games and dancing at every opportunity. She goes about life with an extreme sense of positivity. She loves to adventure near and far, while learning about how others connect with growing, cooking, and eating food. Kayla is ever so excited to be sharing her passion for sustainability with youth through the Compost Education Centre’s programming!
Alexis Hogan, Administration and Communications Coordinator
Alexis Hogan is the Compost Education Centre’s Administrative and Communications Coordinator. She is a queer settler with Indigenous ancestry (Irish, Quebecois and Anishinaabe from Sharbot Lake, Ont) whose decolonial praxis continually pushes her to move towards the transformative potential of accountability, vulnerability and action in every facet of her life. She is invested in art’s capability to communicate complex and poetic ideas, to be a bearer of histories, and to instigate action. Hogan’s academic educational background is in visual arts, and critical cultural theory. In 2014 she received her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and in 2015 she was awarded the Early Career Development Grant from the BC Arts Council, which funded a year-long curatorial research residency at Open Space Arts Society.
Aside from her work at the Compost Education Centre, Hogan currently works as Gallery Coordinator at the fifty fifty arts collective and is an emerging artist and curator. When not dedicating time to her artistic and curatorial practice, Alexis occupies her time with all of the other overlapping things that she loves: camping, canoeing, hiking, cooking, gardening, processing food she and her partner grow, and learning about local ecologies, indigenous and invasive plants, decolonizing agriculture, and birds of prey.