Clea Schooner is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation and resides in Bella Bella, BC. She has spent all her life on or near the ocean and when she wasn’t able to physically be on the ocean she would leave her heart in the water and her spirit in the tide. Being connected to the ocean meant taking care of all that the ocean provides; the livelihood of Heiltsuk people; Salmon. Clea is passionate about Salmon and finds she resonates with the resiliency exhibited by them. Ms. Schooner works to find ways to preserve the life and spirit of who the salmon are; to her, to her community, and to anyone who shows them, unconditional love. She does so through her personal and professional life as she leads communications for Qqs Projects Society, a community-driven charitable non-profit focused on the Great Bear Rainforest. Her work with Qqs reflects her values and beliefs.