I grew up in Edmonton Alberta, figure skating on the local community ice rink my father helped build. My family was devoted to our community and taught us the importance of giving to others. I was the first member of our family to attend university, and supported myself through my bachelors degree in Political Science at the University of British Columbia, and a Masters Degree from the London School of Economics.
A decade later, I am the proud owner of three zero-waste healthy fast food outlets, nourishing thousands in downtown Vancouver. We received the first Sustainability Award from the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, and we have been a Certified B Corporation since 2015. In 2020, we were fortunate enough to survive the pandemic, but we saw people in our community – renters, caregivers, seniors, students, businesses and frontline workers – fall through the cracks. This was the moment I decided to step up as a leader – for our children, for our community, for Canadians and for the planet.
A Love Story for the Coral Reef Crisis
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson