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About Us

Our Story and Our Mission

About the Human and Nature Youth Club

Human and Nature Youth Club (HNYC) is focused on providing educational and fun programs for youth, with an emphasis on developing their naturalistic intelligence and social responsibility. We are focused on empowering the next generation of leaders to develop a life-long drive for environmental activism.

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to inspire the next generation to interact responsibly with the environment by providing nature-focused curriculum, outdoor field trips, and competitions to students in Metro-Vancouver.

We are committed to the vision of growing the next generation, with a focus on empowering leaders to make decisions that best fit the community and environment around them.

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Our Team

Our team consists of enthusiastic educators and university students who are passionate about nature and developing leadership.

Founding Team

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Daniel Chen

Daniel Chen is high school student from Vancouver, BC. He has been dedicated to solving climate change through his own actions and through empowering other youth to take action collectively.


Steven Liu

Steven is a high school student in Vancouver, BC. He is passionate about nature-based solutions and helping youth get involved in climate action.


Eric Li

Eric is an incoming 1st year at Harvard University. He has always been passionate about environmental sustainability, and is a firm believer in instilling a similar sense of interest and urgency to act within the younger generation.

Justin Lucas Mosca

Justin graduated from the University of British Columbia and is passionate about being a part of purpose-led organizations and promoting sustainability in our communities. He is Youth Organizer of the LCOY Canada Conference and Team Lead of the research team.

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Admin Team


Hashir Jaffry

Hashir is a recent high school graduate from Toronto, Ontario. He is passionate about applying climate change and sustainability solutions to business concepts. He is a Certified DiSC Behavioural Personality Consultant and a Research Assistant at York University, focusing on Microfinance for Local Integration of Refugees.


Joyce Tang

Canadian-Chinese student from Basis International School ShenZhen China who is passionate about sustainable city design. She likes solving complex challenges in helping our cities become more sustainable with critical thinking and creative solutions.

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Darren Wang

Darren joined HNYC since 2021 and has kept a lifelong interest in how everyday things work from turbines to badminton shuttlecocks. He has a deep interest in bringing STEM technology to better the life of everyone.

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Eileen Zheng

Grade 11 student from Crofton House School who is an advocate for the ESG reporting and restoring the beauty of the earth.

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Alex An

​Alex An is a grade 11 student from Collingwood who has great passion in fighting against global warming through high tech

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Eric Wei

Eric is a student in Vancouver BC


 Betty Bao

Betty is a high school student at University Hill Secondary in Vancouver, BC. She is passionate about exploring climate solutions through day-to-day observations and advocates to the young generation the importance of taking action.

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Jessica Wang

Jessica is a 10th grade student passionate about biodiversity protection.


Nicole Duane

Nicole is a 12th grader at Lord Byng Secondary, and plans to pursue a double major in Computer and Cognitive science. She hopes to apply sustainable and ecological standards across all future projects in the technology sector. 

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John is an IB student at Upper Canada College. He is the founder of the UCC Climate Change Awareness Club and is an aspiring student in the field of AI and entrepreneurship. He co-founded a company with his peers and is passionate about math, technology and sports. 

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Research Team



Abby is currently a graduate student studying Master of Science in Sustainability Management at University of Toronto. She is passionately working towards tackling sustainability issues through community advocacy and corporate social responsibility.

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Ryan is currently an undergrad student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Interpersonal Development at the University of British Columbia. He is interested in finding the interdependence between people and nature.

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Aneesa is completing a specialist degree in psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough and is passionate about environmental studies. She is excited a part of a research team and contributing to the field. 



Hanqi is an undergraduate student specializing in Statistics (Method and Practice) at the University of Toronto. She is interested in research and probing into the facts about the world using a new vision. With a psychological focus, how human brains understand the natural world and how different educational methods may affect the learning processes are interesting topics to solve from her perspective. 

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Since 2015, Arindam has accomplished achievements across 25 engineering & research projects. He is a budding researcher with a knack for providing simple technical solutions for aerospace and environmental research. He has published research in 3 peer-reviewed journals and garnered industry experience pertaining to the utilization of various infrastructure, data design & decision models.

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We acknowledge differences, listen, value and appreciate others and our surrounding environment.

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We make thoughtful choices to be caring, considerate and helpful to each other, our community and the planet.

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We lead by example, holding ourselves accountable for our actions and understanding the impact we create beyond ourselves.

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We embrace a mindset of continuous learning and strive to build educational opportunities that foster growth.

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We are passionate about working together to achieve greater positive impacts for our students, staff, community and environment.

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