German Ocampo

Work Study Student

German Ocampo has supported both local and international community-based projects gaining expertise in community organizing, effective communication, and advocacy. As Community Organizer with Friends of Clayoquot Sound in Tofino (traditional Tla-o-qui-aht territory), he dedicated his time to building community resiliency through environmental education and informed advocacy. In the past, German has worked on a variety of projects based in Victoria (unceded Coast Salish territory) concerning food security/sovereignty issues, decolonization of the cultural landscape, as well as education as a social justice and anti-poverty issue. He continues to pursue post-secondary education in Political Science, Environmental Studies, Human Geography, and Ecological Restoration. German truly believes that to have healthy thriving communities we must start by having a reciprocal relationship with each other and the natural environment that gives us life. “It’s not just land that is broken, but more importantly, our relationship to land.” —Robin Wall Kimmerer