Shannon is a life long learner. Growing up in North Vancouver, Shannon spent most of her adolescence as an athlete, competing Nationally in both Women's Wrestling and Rugby. In university Shannon pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography at UBC, and began to develop a keen sense of how social systems impact long term human and environmental sustainability. After completing her undergraduate degree, Shannon went on to complete a Master of Arts in International Studies from SFU, specializing in International Development and Food Sovereignty in Latin America. Through this, Shannon became fascinated with food systems and their impact on social justice. After interning at a Campesino-focused NGO in Bolivia in 2012, Shannon realized the important role farmers play in sustainable food systems and enrolled in the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture at UBC Farm. After completing the Practicum, Shannon co-operated a half acre market garden in Richmond for two seasons. Shannon recently moved on to full time professional work as the Communications and Engagement Specialist for the UBC Sustainability Initiative.