My name is Halina Do-Linh and I am the new Programs Coordinator for Heal the Bay. I will be working together with Club Heal the Bay partners, as well as coordinating other beach programs that we run at Heal the Bay including Suits on the Sands and Nothin’ But Sand Cleanups. I haven’t been here long, but from looking at past Youth Summits and your previous Club Heal the Bay events/projects I can see there is a so much dedication, enthusiasm, and creativity that comes from the young adults (you!) in the Greater Los Angeles area. Because of that I am so excited to be working with each and every one of you to achieve your club goals, plan events and activities, and to recognize all that you have done to help the environment. Here is a little bit about myself and my journey to Heal the Bay.
I am someone who grew up on camping trips, hikes, and endless explorations of all the different kinds of ecosystems that California hosts. I was lucky to have those experiences because it ignited a passion that led me to participate in beach cleanups (ones like Heal the Bay hosts), to intern at the Moorpark College Zoo, and ultimately to complete my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After university, I went on to travel and explore other environments for either work or personal. I saw glaciers in Patagonia, Bristlecone Pines in the Eastern Sierras, Whale Sharks in Southern Baja California, Ringtail cats in the Mojave Desert, and so much more. I was an outdoor educator teaching primarily middle school students, and after that I was coordinating a UC-wide field course working with undergrads.
By the end of 2017 though I was drawn back home to Los Angeles where I spent most of my childhood– where my passion for the environment first began. I am incredibly happy to be part of Heal the Bay where I can extend my fascination and concerns about the environment to young adults like you and everyone else.
In my free time, you can find me with my head in the tide pools or up in the Santa Monica Mountains. One of my favorite local hikes is Sandstone Peak, which is the highest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains! I can’t wait to connect with all of you who are part of Club Heal the Bay.