Adriana Bravo: Volunteering for the next generation

Written By: Cathy McCabe, JGI Canada Volunteer
Category: Our Champions

As a student studying to become a biologist in her native Peru, Adriana Bravo drew inspiration from Dr. Goodall and her break-through discoveries. But having volunteered for JGI Canada for the past two years, she is now equally inspired by the wide-ranging initiatives that the Institute takes on.

“I am so impressed by the work the organization does in Canada and the Democratic Republic of Congo through projects such as Delivering Healthy Futures,” says Adriana.  “I am also inspired by the work of the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre, and all the Roots & Shoots groups.”

As a graduate student, Adriana studied bats in the Peruvian Amazon.

Adriana arrived in Toronto with her family in 2017. Looking for opportunities where she could apply her academic background that also aligned with her personal values, she came across the JGI Canada office and put her name forward to become a volunteer. “I decided to volunteer because I share Dr. Goodall’s vision, that each person can make a difference in the world,” she explains.

Armed with a PhD in Biological Sciences and a keen interest in ecology, education and conservation, Adriana has proven to be a perfect fit for our work and, with her quiet, gentle demeanor, with our staff as well.  Indeed, Adriana’s impressive background includes working with the  Organization of Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Peru before she moved to  Canada.

Last year, Adriana finally got the chance to meet the woman who played such an important role in her career choices. “Dr. Goodall came by the office to personally thank the volunteers. It was a powerful and beautiful moment.”

Looking ahead, Adriana says she is committed to contributing in “any capacity towards a better future for the next generation.” She has every intention of remaining deeply involved in projects that focus on improving the lives of people and animals. “I have a four-year-old daughter, and I want her to have the same opportunities I had, seeing plants and animals in the wild. For that, we need to continue working to stop climate change, habitat destruction, and land-use changes around the world.”

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