Ayden grew up in a rural town within the Upper St’at’imc Nation. Her experience includes extensive outreach and communication skills, from working as an employee for the Lillooet Regional Invasive Species Society (LRISS) and as Lillooet’s Tourism Ambassador.
While working within the surrounding Indigenous communities, she helped to develop sustainable programs teaching youth about the land and the effect that humans have on it. During her time at LRISS, she managed their social media platforms raising awareness about environmental challenges and solutions, cultural events within the community, and strategizing about ways to live a more sustainable life. Ayden also created a girls youth empowerment group at her local elementary school. The group focused on giving young girls mentors within their communities and creating a safe space to express themselves creatively. Due to COVID-19, she was no longer able to volunteer at her local extended care facility, where she helped the residents reconnect with their roots though stories and songs. Ayden is very passionate about raising awareness within communities and finding ways to engage others productively. She is currently enrolled in her second year as Chemistry major at Queens University.
Ayden is with Ecotrust Canada for Summer 2021 as part of the Canada Summer Jobs program and Loran Scholars Foundation.