Who’s that behind the wheel of the RuralEV Mobile Showcase?

If you visit a local Farmer’s Market or Festival in the Kootenays this summer, there is a good chance that you’ll see our Mobile #RuralEV Showcase, and with it, the smiling face of our new Public Outreach Coordinator, Sarah. So before you meet in person, here’s a bit about Sarah.

Where ya from, Sarah?! I grew up on a solar-powered 400 acre farm in the middle of Ontario wilderness, one of four provinces that I’ve lived in (so far!). I live in Fernie, BC now, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be the Public Outreach Coordinator for accelerate Kootenays this summer.

What is your favourite Kootenay activity? I discovered climbing last summer and it was love at first rock; I’ve never become so invested in a sport before. In fact I talked about it so much (and so passionately I suppose!) that now both of my brothers are avid rock climbers as well.

What excites you most about working for the #RuralEV showcase this summer? The sheer joy of driving an electric vehicle, and to share that experience with others at test drive events.

What is the most surprising thing that you’ve learned about EVs so far? Regenerative braking! I love the cleverness of a motor that can capture, store, and reuse propulsion energy.

What did you get up to before joining the Community Energy Association team? I have a Bachelors in Environmental Studies with a minor in Gender Studies from University of Ottawa. The most intense job I’ve ever had was spent on rapids around Algonquin Park teaching youth how to whitewater canoe. The wackiest job was researching moths in Costa Rica as an entomologist’s assistant. The best job? Who knows, maybe this one!

We’re really excited to have you on board, Sarah. The last word is yours! I’m looking forward to attending events all summer, answering questions, demystifying EVs and mostly: meeting Kootenay folks. Stop by to look at an EV motor, perhaps take it for a test drive, or just say hello.

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