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Heather Hinam, 2015 —

Five Questions with Heather Hinam

Heather-Hinam-2011-squareWhat motivates you?

I’m motivated by curiosity and a desire to share all that I learn about the natural world around me with pretty much anyone who is willing to listen. There’s always something new and amazing to discover, if you take the time to notice. This drives me to help people experience the world the way that I do.

What do you do for a living, and why?

I don’t have a short answer for what I do for a living. I’m a naturalist, educator, illustrator, guide and interpretive planner all under the umbrella of my own business. It gives me an outlet to help reconnect people with nature and, in some cases, help their local economy and create a sense of stewardship. I like facilitating connections and helping people make their own discoveries.

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

Why are you excited to speak at TEDxWinnipeg?

I’m excited to share ideas and learn from the other speakers, the TEDxWinnipeg volunteers, and the audience. It’s a great forum to really get people thinking and communicating in meaningful ways because everyone comes in open to new ideas and opportunities to expand their comfort zones.

What is your idea worth spreading?

My idea worth spreading is that nature is all around you, waiting to be rediscovered. If you slow down and take the time to get to know your living neighbourhood and your place within it, you’ll lead a healthier, happier life, both for you and our planet.

What’s your connection to Manitoba?

I’ve been exploring Manitoba’s natural areas since I was a child. Though I completed my doctorate in ecology in Alberta, I couldn’t get back to Manitoba fast enough. I now work mostly in the tourism industry, sharing all that makes this province special.

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