Sari Ohsada
MSc in Environmental Change and Management
University of Oxford (Rotary Club of Canmore and Rotary Club of Faringdon and District), 2020-21
 
Sari Ohsada is an MSc student in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford (Wolfson College), where she studies peace and conflict issues through a broad appreciation of the local and global processes of environmental change, and the stakeholders involved in environmental management. Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, Sari’s journey with Rotary International began when she was a Rotary Youth Exchange student to France (2012-13). Living abroad for the first time, she developed a passion for cross-cultural understanding (embracing many mistakes while learning French) and became inspired to study international development and our diverse natural and socioeconomic environments.

Sari graduated from Queen’s University, Canada with a BSc (Honours) degree in Environmental Science and Global Development Studies, having published her undergraduate thesis on Sustainable Agricultural Narratives and Policy in Ontario.
Given her passion for meeting various people with different perspectives, she took part in many student-led organizations on campus including Queen’s Rotaract Club, Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change, Queen’s Engineers Without Borders, Queen’s International Affairs Association, Queen’s Japanese Program, and Queen’s Karate Club. Expanding her academic interests of environmental justice beyond campus, Sari was also awarded a Killam Fellowship (Fulbright Canada), which enabled her complete part of her undergraduate coursework at Arizona State University.
 
Sari has worked for numerous governmental organizations including Environment and Climate Change Canada and Parks Canada in Banff National Park. Additionally, Sari has extensive experience researching abroad, such as her work with the United Nations Development Programme in Kosovo. There, she traveled to five municipalities with the communications team and published two articles based on her interviews with a local ethnologist in Pristina and rural producers and entrepreneurs in Štrpce.
 
In her spare time, Sari engages with local community groups including the Town of Canmore’s Environmental Advisory Review Committee and the Banff Canmore Community Foundation’s Programs Committee. She is also the Chair of International Service (2020-21) for Rotaract Canada, and an elected University Councillor (2020-24) for Queen’s University, with the goal of contributing to ongoing efforts on diversity and inclusion.
 
Sari is very excited to begin her journey at Oxford and to join the international community of Rotary Scholars. Upon graduation, she hopes to return to Alberta to contribute to solidarity projects that address COVID-19, climate change, and political polarisation.
 
To find out more about Sari’s career, visit her LinkedIn page or follow her on Twitter at @SariOhsada.