Daphne Austin

Daphne Austin

Vancouver, Canada

Online Specialist, Online Learning and Ocean Literacy at Ocean Wise. Enthusiastic about education, sustainability and connection.


My name is Daphne Austin. I am a Canadian educator based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada, although I grew up in the USA. I am an ocean lover who graduated with a BSc. from the University of British Columbia who couldn't wait to connect others to the ocean through education.

Starting out as an education program volunteer, I have been involved in many facets of education and connection within Ocean Wise and the Vancouver Aquarium since 2014. I was a member of Ocean Wise's AquaVan 150 tour, one of the Canadian government signature projects for Canada's 150 years of federation. This allowed me to connect to Canadians from coast to coast in the largest cities and smallest communities connecting them to the ocean, each other and climate change.

I believe education has the power to give others the support they need to explore their potential and desires for the world. Education is also a power for connecting folks to build a connective power source for change.

I love spending my free time outdoors; biking, skiing, paddling, hiking, and nerding out around amazing life along shorelines!

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

Visiting so many classrooms and communities across Canada and beyond in person and virtually, I have found the desire teachers and educators have for innovative activities, resources and actions. Learning of HundrED's work looking to seek and share innovative practices in the K12 space and connect educators to support innovation I was instantly drawn to joining the change!

How can education support students to flourish?

Education is a tool to support minds to grow to their full potential and I believe that together we can find ways to better foster innovative ideas and interests in the next generation.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Education tools and techniques are constantly evolving and we are learning more about what is and isn't effective. Unfortunately, if there isn't any communicating on what is working we leave large portions of the population behind. Here is a space for those innovative and supportive ideas to be shared!