Let Me Introduce Myself
My name is Dr. Erika Sullivan and I am a veterinarian from Toronto, Canada. It is my desire to help animals around the globe. My passion for international veterinary work began with travel abroad to volunteer for international animal shelters, and has since continued through my ongoing journeys, education, and animal outreach campaigns. Read more about my experiences, travels, international volunteer work, publications, and interests by clicking on Dr. Erika.
It is my desire to introduce you to the realms of helping animals around the world. This website will assist you in becoming a volunteer, donating supplies and equipment to organizations in need, donating money towards animal sterilization projects to help animals living in remote destinations, and educating yourself on the issues affecting our animals, both above land and under the sea. You do not need to be a veterinarian to participate. We all have a role in helping animals deserve the freedom, respect, and life they deserve to have. We all share this planet, and we all have a role in maintaining it.
Professional Association of Diving Instructors
In May 2016 I became a PADI [Professional Association of Diving Instructors] Open Water Scuba Diving instructor, earning distinctive PADI specialties in Shark conservation, Emergency First Response and CPR training, Oxygen Provider, Deep Diving, Wreck Diving, and Search and Recovery. In June 2017 I became a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer [MSDT], signifying I have the experience to offer all the training a diver needs to become a Master Scuba Diver (the ultimate recreational diver rating). In July 2017 I became a PADI Freediving Instructor to learn how to get closer to marine life while breath-holding, as bubbles deter marine life from staying nearby. In March 2018 I earned a distinctive PADI instructor specialty called Dive Against Debris to teach students about Project AWARE's initiatives to keep our oceans free of rubbish, and participate in marine debris surveys. In April 2019, I earned my PADI Staff Instructor title after interning a PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course) in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.
Learning to scuba dive was a result of my lifelong fascination with marline life. I want to teach others to follow Project AWARE’s 10 Tips Divers can follow to protect the ocean, become educated about issues facing ocean inhabitants, help create more protected marine parks, protect endangered species through legislation reforms and supporting CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), and keep our oceans clean and populated for generations ahead to discover.