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Julia Common - Our newly appointed BC Regional Director

We are very happy to have Julia as part of our regional directors.


Julia Common is a BCHPA certified instructor and member of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists. Julia has been involved in beekeeping since her university days. What started as a summer job became first a hobby and later a career. From 2012 through to 2019 she acted as Chief Beekeeper for the Vancouver-based society Hives for Humanity, which she co-founded along with her daughter Sarah Common.


Urban beekeeping has led her to several epiphanies concerning the health and welfare of both bees and humans. Pollination work has led her to focus on how to better the conditions under which we expect our bees to live and work. Julia is passionate about bees and teaching and she has participated in a number of research projects over the past decade.

Since her retirement from Hives for Humanity in 2019, Julia has built Bees Actually to include nuc and honey sales, both green house and field pollination, consulting , presenting and teaching .

Julia is a member of several local honeybee and native bee clubs in the Fraser Valley and of the British Columbia Honey Producers Society. As a member of the Western Apicultural Society, she welcomes the opportunity to discover more ways in which both sides of the 49th parallel can support and collaborate with one another to face the challenges of the future for our bees and our profession.



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