East Coast native longed for British Columbia

March 15, 2017 - Campbell River, B.C.

By Gina Forsyth

The outdoors has always been a big part of Sam Hartley’s life. She has many positive memories of time spent outside with her dad.

“There’s peacefulness about sleeping in a tent that can’t be beat,” Sam says.

The Campbell River resident is an avid hiker, beachcomber and camper and is currently keeping her eyes open for a good deal on a canoe or kayak.

The former Frederictonian fell in love with the idea of working in B.C. while studying aquaculture at New Brunswick Community College (NBCC).

The three practicums she did at school made her realize how much she wanted to work on the ocean.

She completed her studies then started as a sea site technician with Marine Harvest in July 2015 in the Broughton operating area.

She has moved between three sites in the region: Glacier Falls, Upper Retreat and her present site Wicklow Point.

“Whether I’m at home or at work, I can’t get enough of the ocean,” says Sam.

Her duties include feeding fish, net washing, and environmental monitoring such as checking water quality and oxygen levels.

“I’m where I’m supposed to be,” says Sam.

Sam Hartley