Marissa studied at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and has a degree in Education with a Fine Arts Minor. While at University Marissa became involved with the Student Sustainability Service and attended the spring Student Sustainability Conference. It was there that she began to learn about agriculture, composting, local fruit rescue projects and farmers markets. During the weekends she also worked at local farmers markets and learned about Urban Agriculture and supporting local farmers. After completing her degree she moved to Hay River and began working at Ecology North as the Hay River Satellite Office Manger. Marissa is passionate about getting her community to think about lowering their carbon footprint and about what sustainability in a small town could look like. Currently her two major projects include The Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee Project to support species at risk and Tree Canada Fruit Tree Rescue project which involves planting edible tree and berry bushes and providing access to locally grown and harvested fruit. When not at work, Marissa can be found swimming, jogging and cooking. Two of her hobbies include photography and traveling.