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to survive, you need to survive. You have to keep stoking the fire with good fuel. “I know so many environmentalists that have burned out and simply vanish or die. One of the most important things is not to be angry. Anger is exhausting and eventually kills you. You have to replace it with love and let that be your fuel source. Find something you love to do that isn’t work. I play guitar. I have to have a dog in my life.” One of her greatest joys is motherhood, and is thankful for the love and support of

her grown son, daughter-in-law, teenage daughter and beloved grandson. Her joy also comes from the animals of the wild world and pride in her accomplishments. Being adopted by a First Nations family and given the name Gwayum'dzi, Big Whale. An honourary PhD in 2010 for her work in sea lice research. Earning income creating prints of local fish species in the Japanese tradition of Gyotaku. Publishing on viruses in major scientific journals in collaboration with a virologist and statistician.

Alex answers her Call to Legacy by inspiring and supporting others in ocean conservation. At her research station she advises the young graduate students to be the ‘small mammal’ not the ‘dinosaur.’ To be agile and adaptable. “I think the most important thing is to follow your heart. Build up your allies and don’t fall to self-barriers. If there’s a field of science you need to be part of to follow your path there’s always a way to access it. Don’t be afraid and don’t get angry. Just buckle down and do it.”

For more on Alexandra's work: www.alexandramorton.ca

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