Hello, I am Ally Zhao and I am a Grade 9 student from Vaughan, Ontario. Although I am from a city, I still love to be around nature; whether that be swimming, jogging, or just enjoying my time outside! This love has lead me to become an advocate of protecting the earth’s delicate ecosystems. Some of my current hobbies include a variety of water sports , long distance running, science, and collecting rocks from different countries. From this expedition, I hope to spread my passion to stop climate change from the community to the world, to learn more about the science behind why the Arctic is the way it is, and to gain knowledge about the reconciliation process. I am overly excited to be part of the 2018 Arctic Expedition, and to use the experience to make a difference not only in myself, but in the community!