Laura Temple, BA (MUN), MES (DAL)
Assistant Program Coordinator, Newfoundland and Labrador Whale Release and Stranding Group
Laura completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Geography in 2005, focusing on resource management and environmental issues. It was through working on this degree that she became interested in environmental education. Upon graduation, Laura began a Master of Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax where she completed a thesis on the role of film in environmental education.
While working on her Masters degree, Laura had numerous
opportunities to build on her skills in environmental education,
including as a teaching assistant for a first year course in
environmental management as well as a third year class in nature
conservation. She then moved on to become a sessional teacher for a
first year Human Geography class at Dalhousie.
After finishing her Master’s degree in Halifax, she returned home to St. John’s and worked a short contract with the Brother Brennan Environmental Education Centre, creating a climate change education program for elementary students.
Currently Laura is enjoying an exciting new job with the Whale
Release and Stranding Group. Her daily work includes both office
and field work, from completing whale-related research, to
coordinating a response to whale stranding and entanglement
incidents. She also leads workshops on proper techniques of
releasing stranded whales and some day may even help cut entangled
whales free from nets! Laura is also a volunteer with the
Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators (NLEE) and the
Global Education Initiative (GEI) based at Memorial