Maia's dream has always been simple: save the world. When she graduated University and looked at what other people were doing towards that goal, there didn't seem to be an organization utilizing youth empowerment and leadership, and the joyful, youth driven environmental education she wanted for the world. So Maia created her own organization: Friends Uniting for Nature (FUN) Society. Here, by engaging with children and youth through their own passions over eight years, she has inspired nearly a generation of local children and youth to realize their own potential for positive social change.
Winner of multiple academic awards including: Bateman Fellowship in Sustainability, SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters, Royal Roads University Entrance Scholarship. Winner of the TD Environmental Sustainability Scholarship, the Canadian Federation of University Women Victoria Award in Honour of Elsie M Stapleford and the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society One World Scholarship among others. In addition her master's thesis, “A Path With Heart - Exploring
Love and Power on the Wild Coast of South Africa” was nominated by Royal Roads University for the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award.
Maia is the founder and Executive Director of Friends Uniting for Nature Society and has developed it from an after school care program into a charity which runs multiple programs in Vancouver and Southern Vancouver Island.
Maia led a contingent of local Youth to South Africa for the Thanda Mandala, leadership and empowerment project.
Maia acted as an organizer and co-leader of the Youth Delegation to the United Nations Climate Change conference in Copenhagen.