Team Member Profiles

JESSICA FICKELL

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When did you first get involved with The Bicycle Valet?

I first got involved with BEST in the summer of 2011.

How did you first get involved?

I had a lot of free time that summer and so I wanted to do some volunteering and researched ways to volunteer in Vancouver on govolunteer.ca and I found BEST and was hooked from the get-go.

What’s your role with The Bicycle Valet?

My role is to safely and securely look after peoples bikes while they attend events in and around Vancouver. It’s also a great way to promote car-free transportation. The less CO2 that enters the atmosphere, the better.

What’s the best part about volunteering with us?

The best part is the interaction with the other volunteers and the people who’s bikes we park. I find that most people who bike carry with them a very positive demeanour and so my day get’s better just by being there.

When not working and volunteering, what do you do with your time?

I am a full-time student at SFU and I study geography! Some of my main focus is devoted to sustainability, caring for the environment and our natural resources, as well as planning for the future of urbanization.

What field do you work in or study in?

I currently work for the Teaching and Learning Commons which seeks to integrate more experiential learning into students courses so that they can get a better feel for real-world initiatives instead of just studying them.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I am working on developing a website to document my travels and new experiences! Its a blog for the most part but perhaps one day it will be more of an outlet for people to explore and learn about ways to gain new perspectives about culture. BEST in itself is a cultural experience raising the sustainability bar in Vancouver! There isn’t much yet but its called foundperspective.com if you have any interest in following me in the future!

 Thanks Jess!

 

ROBYN ASHTON

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When did you first get involved with The Bicycle Valet?

In the summer of 2012

How did you first get involved?

I went to see a movie in David Lam park. I had no idea Bike Valet existed and the service was so awesome I asked if they took volunteers.  The rest is history!

What’s your role with The Bicycle Valet?

I park bikes but mostly I just covet peoples bike and spend far too long discussing interesting specimens with their owners. I also love to Instagram any neon 90s bikes that appear.

What’s the best part about volunteering with us?

All the awesome bikes and the occasional free beer.

When not working and volunteering, what do you do with your time?

I work in digital media as a project manager.  Oh and I run, a lot.

What field do you work in or study in?

I work in IT but I studied the liberal arts and business at university.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Volunteering at The Bicycle Valet is awesome. It’s a great way to spend some time in the sun meeting other bike lovers. Also, I’ve yet to park a tall bike, perhaps this is the year I make this dream a reality?

 Thanks Robyn!

 

ANNA MOORHOUSE

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When did you first get involved with The Bicycle Valet?

I got involved with The Bicycle Valet in the summer of 2011 where I did my first shift parking bikes at Granville Island on Canada Day.

How did you first get involved?

The always persuasive Stephanie Williams needed an extra pairs of hands for Canada Day, so I volunteered.

What’s your role with The Bicycle Valet?

Now, I volunteer as web support, troubleshooting the The Bicycle Valet website and adding features or writing code as needed.

What’s the best part about volunteering with us?

As a bicycle valet, I loved how friendly everyone was on site, including all the staff, volunteers, cyclists. As a web designer, it’s great to be able to donate my time and skills to such a worthwhile, local program.

When not working and volunteering, what do you do with your time?

I read lots, write a little, and usually have a few side web projects on the go at any given moment. I also volunteer for the YWCA’s High School Mentorship program. I also love getting out to False Creek or Deep Cove at least once or twice each summer to go kayaking.

What field do you work in or study in?

I work in digital marketing, where I run the social media channels for a company in Kitsilano.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Can’t think of anything… 🙂

 Thanks Anna!

 

LIZ CHASTON AND DOUG PARISH

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Liz Chaston and Doug Parish are avid cyclists who for years have gone on biking trips throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Now retired, last July when they cycled to Stanley Park for Summer Live they spotted the signs for The Bicycle Valet. They had never heard of it but decided to give it a try – they thought the service was fantastic and the people terrific and they were hooked. For the rest of the summer whenever they went to events around the city they kept an eye out for The Bicycle Valet.

In the spring of 2012 when The Bicycle Valet made a call for volunteers Liz and Doug checked it out. Liz has volunteered all her life but for Doug this volunteer gig was a first. The orientation gave them a sense of what was expected – the flexible commitment and opportunity to choose their shifts were big selling points.

In 2012 Liz and Doug volunteered at Epic, Car Free Day on Commercial, Canada Place for Canada Day, and Celebration of Light. Their favourite event was Car Free Day because, says Liz, “the corral for the bikes was spacious and easy to use, we were steadily busy the whole time, there were lots of interesting bicycle variations including two high-end electric bikes, and there was lots close by to keep us entertained – including a pole dancer!”

They are looking forward to coming back for the 2013 season!

For this exuberant couple, volunteering for The Bicycle Valet is another of life’s adventures. Would they recommend volunteering for The Bicycle Valet to everyone? Absolutely!

(If you would like to volunteer for The Bicycle Valet, please fill out the on-line form.)

 

DAVIDE ELMO

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Professionally, Davide Elmo, one of The Bicycle Valet’s faithful volunteer bicycle valets, is a “rock mechanic” ‒ no, nothing to do with music! Davide, 41, is a mining specialist, and starting in July 2012 he will be a full-time professor at the University of BC.

Born in Bologna, Italy, Davide studied mining engineering in the UK before coming to Vancouver six years ago. He doesn’t own a car, and cycles as much as he can.

Davide decided to volunteer as a bicycle valet in the summer of 2011 after meeting Stephanie Williams, BEST’s Bicycle Valet coordinator. “I really like the program,” he says.

His first gig was at Canada Place on Canada Day last year, where he helped park and secure 140 bikes. The day was sunny, and Davide says he really enjoyed the atmosphere. He helped out at Granville Island that day, too.

A few days later, he was at the Summer Live event in Stanley Park, when Vancouver celebrated its 125th birthday. Over the three-day festival, Davide and other volunteers at two different sites parked 4,400 bicycles. On July 9, a record 1,792 bicycles were secured, far exceeding any previous one-day record.

In 2012 he volunteered for The Bicycle Valet at Whitecaps games, MEC Bike Fest, Greek Day, and Canada Day at False Creek.

Davide says he’s also enjoyed The Bicycle Valet’s legendary volunteer appreciation events, which involve dinner and drinks at a local restaurant.

Thank you to Davide and all of The Bicycle Valet’s wonderful volunteers! (If you would like to volunteer for The Bicycle Valet, please fill out the on-line form.)

 

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