Ollie The Orca - MascotOllie is our best known team member; she joined our team just before Canada Day in 2010! She is a Resident Orca and loves to eat Salmon. Keep a look out for Ollie as she is roaming the docks and boats, you might even see her downtown Campbell River!! And by the way.....kids love to give Ollie a good whale hug!
Heike Wieske – President & CEOAs an owner of Discovery Marine Safaris and Stubbs Island Whale Watching I am hoping to have our guests from all over the world fall in love with the beauty of our prestine evironment and the amazing wildlife. Our team's mission is to provide marine mammal education with the goal to encourage the protection of our precious oceans.
As of our tours: Having had 10 years of experience in the Marine Tourism industry I have a clear picture of what our visitors expect when they sign up for one of our safaris. I want our guests to really feel our dedication from the moment of your inquiries, your reservations, the check-in and then the actual tour. We have our hearts in what we are doing and our goal is to make this safari the highlight of your trip!
Seeing a whale or Grizzly on a photo is nice but being close to them and seeing, listing or even smelling them in their natural habitat…. that’s an experience nobody can ever take away from you!!!!
Can't wait to see you!
Geord Dunstan - Captain & OwnerBeing born and raised in Campbell River has given me a very unique connection to our diverse marine ecosystem. With 20 years experience as a captain of fishing, whale watching, and freight vessels, I have an extensive marine background.
I am very excited about being part of Discovery Marine Safaris and since 2011 also of Stubbs Island Whale Watching in Telegraph Cove, where sharing our passion for these beautiful and majestic creatures is truly what we are all about. Answering your questions and talking about the animals is something I thoroughly enjoy. It's not uncommon to see myself or my co-captains, John and Geoff and our passionate naturalist, bursting with excitement as a whale surfaces along side the boat.
Everyday on the water is a blessing and I look forward to sharing this with you soon.
Lucy Schoenfelder - Office AssistantThis will be my 6th season working with DMS and I'll see you in there part time. I now have two crazy (but cute!) little boys to take care of, aged 2 and 3 1/2....needless to say they keep me busy!!
I'm a born and raised island girl and have been in Campbell River for 5 years now. I thoroughly enjoy greeting our guests, finding out where they're from, and getting them out on the trip of a lifetime! I'm fluent in French so venez nous visiter et nous partirons à la recherche des baleines!!
Hannah - Office AssistantI grew up in and around Campbell River and love spending time on the water! I am so excited to be working here for my 2nd season!! When I was little I wanted to be a marine biologist but have decided to switch my focus to nursing. Looking forward to another beautiful season and fantastic tour season here!
Gaby Chaykowski - Creative & MarketingI was born and raised in beautiful Bavaria, Germany, where I studied the Art of Graphic Design. My passion has always been nature - and animals in particular. In 1993 I decided to pack my cat and suitcase and move to the land of my dreams.
At Discovery Marine Safaris I make sure we look great and that our customers can easily find us in a crowd when they search for a premier tour operator with ethics and the mission: Your Adventure is Our Passion!
Dominik Friede Marketing & IT DirectorAlthough I have also moved permanently to Calgary to join the Calgary Fire department to safe lifes, I am not completely done with helping Discovery Marine Safaris. I am still keeping a close eye on our website, maintaining our social media pages and giving technical support to our team "thanks to Skype"!! My wife and I are still visiting Vancouver Island frequently. We had our dream wedding on "Tenacious III" in 2012 and therefore it will always be a special place for us.
Being born in Berlin, Germany, I fell in love with the great Canadian out-doors as soon as I got here. Sixteen years later, and I still get as excited about seeing Orcas and Grizzlies as I did for my first time!! It’s this excitement that keeps me attached to this business.
Let’s make your dreams come true! Let’s go find us some Orcas!!
Geoff - CaptainBeing born and raised in the Campbell River area I absolutely love our wildlife. So much that I am a captain for Stubbs Island Whale Watching and Discovery Marine Safaris.
See you onboard!
John Lewis - CaptainI am proud to be born and raised in beautiful Campbell River. Recently, I have retired from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), following a 32 year career as a federal fishery officer. Working for Discovery Marine Safaris (DMS) provides the opportunity to pay it forward sharing my knowledge and respect for local coastal ecosystems. My personal objective is furthering public education and appreciation of our wonderful coast. It is great being part of a truly dedicated environmentally minded team here at Discovery Marine Safaris.
Our Mission To You, Valued Customer
Discovery Marine Safari's mission is to make our passion of all our local wildlife YOURS!
We want you to have a first class experience with us that'll become the highlight of your vacation as it has become for many of our guest!
Heike Wieske President & CEO and Geord Dunstan Co-Owner