Meet SEWN member…
Lunula Environmental Consulting
Mardell Buryniuk, is an avid problem-solver with a particular passion for water and wastewater treatment.
“I love all things water: the ocean, swimming, aquatic plants and animals. At the same time I love solving problems and research. Finding the best way to treat water and wastewater is a perfect combination of those two.”
Mardell believes there is a solution for any problem if you look hard enough. And she’s relentless in looking. In fact, she’s just plain relentless. She completed her Master’s degree in Bio-Resource Engineering with the “help” of her newborn son, and now works as a water and wastewater plant operator and consultant.
She first visited the Sunshine Coast while working as a telecommunications operator for E-Comm (911) because she wanted to know the area when taking emergency calls for the RCMP. The by-product of that visit turned the area into a favourite vacation spot and when the family got tired of Alberta, they moved here and bought a house in 2015.
While not an engineer who designs and stamps wastewater plants, Mardell can look at various technologies from both the scientific and operator perspective and acts as a translator of sorts between engineers, operators, regulators and the average person.
Mardell’s ideal clients are honest and want to do things right; they are willing to look at the long game and see the benefits of that over saving a few bucks up front. She likes people who are open-minded and is allergic to the phrase, “that’s how we’ve always done it”.
“I like projects that have interesting problems to solve. Anything where I can collaborate with subject matter experts to come up with innovative solutions.”
Mardell joined the SEWN board in April of 2016 because she thinks it is important to offer women a safe and supportive environment to develop their businesses.
“Collectively, working women tend to face a unique set of challenges and I believe SEWN allows its members to tackle these challenges head on. As I walk into a SEWN event, I know that a fellow member had to hire a babysitter and needs to leave early, was up all night with a sick child, feels overwhelmed at the thought of promoting herself, feels self-conscious about those recent 10 lbs, feels guilty about the dirty dishes in the sink, worries about her meeting in the morning… And I also know that a fellow member will have stressed about all of these (and more) and is now looking at things from the “other side”. There is a bond as you walk in the door and a relief that I can network with someone who already understands my perspective. I want to make sure that as many women as possible have the opportunity to grow, both personally and in business, and I think that this is the place to do it.
Someone said “many hands make light work” – I believe that and I also believe that you may as well enjoy what you are doing, even if it is a crappy (haha pun) job. You may as well laugh about it. And drink wine after!”
Published: April 2017