Heriot Bay Inn - Quadra Island
Ollie The Orca - MascotOllie is our newest team member; she joined our team just before Canada Day in 2010! She is a Resident Orca and loves to eat Salmon. Keep a look out for Ollie as she is roaming the docks and boats, you might even see her downtown Campbell River!! And by the way.....kids love to give Ollie a good whale hug!
Heike Wieske – President & CEOI am excited about sharing with you the beauty and wildlife of our area. Having had 8 years of experience in the Marine Tourism industry I have a clear picture of what our visitors expect when they sign up for one of our safaris. I want you to really feel how dedicated we are right from the moment of your inquiries, your reservations, the check-in and then the actual tour. We have our hearts in what we are doing and our goal is to make this safari the highlight of your trip. We are organized and energetic and love dealing with tourists from all over the world.
And I particularly enjoy greeting our guests when they step off the boat and listen to the excitement of their trip. Seeing a whale or Grizzly on a photo is nice but being close to them and seeing, listing or even smelling them in their natural habitat…. that’s an experience nobody can ever take away from you!!!!
Our fabulous staff in the office and our knowledgable and responsible boat crew is excited to welcome you all!
Geord Dunstan - Captain & OwnerBeing born and raised in Campbell River has given me a very unique connection to our diverse marine ecosystem. With 20 years experience as a captain of fishing, whale watching, and freight vessels, I have an extensive marine background.
I am very excited about being part of DMS, where sharing our passion for these beautiful and majestic creatures is truly what we are all about. Answering your questions and talking about the animals is something I thoroughly enjoy. It's not uncommon to see myself or my co-captains, Warren and Joel and our passionate naturalist Mark, bursting with excitement as a whale surfaces along side the boat.
Everyday on the water is a blessing and I look forward to sharing this with you soon.
Joel Bridle - CaptainOver the last thirty years I’ve had the fortune of making a living on the sea. Sailing with a lot of great companies in my past, my good fortune has continued having joined the Discovery Marine Safaris team. I get to skipper the nicest small passenger vessels on the coast into the most beautiful waters to see incredible wildlife. At the same time meeting people from all over the world. Heike tells me that I don’t have to pay to come to work, but actually get paid!! I guess I’ll just keep pinching myself!!
Shaun - Captain
Mark Evans - Head Naturalist & CaptainEco tourism, wildlife and the sustainability of our natural environment is my passion. I have been blessed in my life having worked in some of our natural worlds most unique and stunning environments, from Australia, to Tanzania, Bolivia, Nepal, US and now beautiful Vancouver Island in BC. For me personally eco tourism is all about connecting people to our natural environment, for the connection breeds relevance and relevance breeds knowledge and most importantly care. I am very excited to be part of this dynamic team for another exciting season and look forward to sharing our beautiful part of the world with you.
Kat - Office ManagerI'm original from Germany but lived in Vancouver for the last 5 years and have finally made it to paradise!!
Look forward to summer 2012!!
Megan - Office AssistantBorn in Calgary, and living in Alberta most of her life, Megan moved out to Vancouver Island after finishing her BSc. in 2011. Passionate about the outdoors, the environment and conservation, she looks foward to working with the fantastic DMS 2012 team!
Lucy Schoenfelder - Office AssistantThis will be my 4th season working with DMS and I'm the Friday girl! I'm a born and raised island girl and have been in Campbell River for 3 years now. I have 2 young boys (age 2 and 6 months) and they take up the majority of my time so I work around them but enjoy being down on the water very much. I thoroughly enjoy greeting our guests, finding out where they're from, and getting them out on the trip of a lifetime! I'm fluent in French so venez nous visiter et nous partirons à la recherche des baleines!!
Ena - Office AssistantWhat a sheer joy to get people on the water and out in nature to see the beauty of creation! I have always loved water, the ocean and everything about it. Nothing beats our office that floats, moves, and sends people out to let their dreams of seeing marine wildlife come true. I am a South African who is living a dream of seeing Canada and her spectacular natural treasures.
Gaby Chaykowski - Marketing & CreativeGaby was born and raised in beautiful Bavaria, Germany, where she also studied the Art of Graphic Design. Her passion has always been nature, and animals in particular. In 1993 she decided to pack her cat and her suitcase and move to the land of her dreams and has never looked back.
"Working with Discovery Marine Safaris gives me the chance to do what I love best: helping people to get an understanding of our beautiful BC coast and to discover some of the incredible wildlife that we are blessed with. Nothing beats the sparkle in our guests' eyes when they come back from one of our trips and tell me what they have seen today!"
Gaby also takes care of our marketing and advertising. She makes sure that we look great, and that our customers can easily find us in a crowd when they look for a premier tour operator with ethics and the mission: Your Adventure is our Passion!
Dominik Friede – Marketing & IT DirectorAlthough I have also moved permanently to Calgary to join the Calgary Fire department to safe lives, I am not completely done with helping Discovery Marine Safaris. I am still keeping a close eye on our website, maintaining our social media pages and giving technical support to our team "thanks to Skype"!! I will be visiting in the summer and my fiancee and I are planning our 2012 wedding on "Tenacious III". It'll be our dream wedding!!!
Being born in Berlin, Germany, I fell in love with the great Canadian out-doors as soon as I got here. Almost fourteen years later, and I still get as excited about seeing Orcas and Grizzlies as I did for my first time!! It’s this excitement that keeps me attached to this business.
Let’s make your dreams come true! Let’s go find us some Orcas!!
Wir wissen, dass Sie sich den "Kanadischen Traum" im Urlaub erfuellen wollen
Discovery Marine Safari bietet Ihnen eine Qualitaetstour, die Ihnen unvergessliche Erinnerungen von der kanadischen Wildnis bereiten wird, wie auch schon Gaesten vor Ihnen. Wir freuen uns, Sie schon bald auf einer unserer Orca-oder Grizzlybaerentour begruessen zu duerfen!
Heike Wieske President & CEO und Geord Dunstan Co-Owner
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