Tracy is collaborative and strategic and brings 14 years of management experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Her deep interest in sustainable development grew from a 6-month volunteer experience in a small village in Ghana, Africa, where she learned how living with less could give us more. She’s a graduate of the Management Certificate Program at the University of Winnipeg and has an undergraduate certificate in Sustainable Community Development through Simon Fraser University. She has also taken courses on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Tracy has worked with many rural and northern Manitoban communities and wants to expand Green Action Centre’s reach to as many Manitobans as possible.
Tracy is passionate about the environment and is proud to live in a walk-able and transit-friendly community with an urban forest and local stores. She has hiked, canoed, and camped in many parts of Manitoba, including a trip to Churchill to see the tundra and kayak with the belugas. Her love of the ocean and marine mammals led her to volunteer as a research assistant in the Belize Bottlenose Dolphin Research Project with the Oceanic Society. She also sits on the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation’s review panel.
Lea Coté works as the Events Coordinator for the Active and Safe Routes to School Program and is now part of the After The School Bell Rings Program after starting out as an intern through the YMCA’s Youth Eco Internship Program 2011. She is a recent graduate of the University of Manitoba with a degree in Environmental Sciences and is very passionate about the environmental education Green Action Centre is doing. During her time here, she hopes to bring her love for the environment, her passion of working with people and her friendly outlook to the Green Action Centre and all the great work they are doing!
Sylvie Hébert has had a passion for sustainable living since she was a child. Without hesitation, Sylvie chose to pursue an environmental career, earning a degree in Environmental Science at the University of Manitoba. She is interested in the Transition movement, outdoor activities such as camping and canoeing, sings in a French choir and keeps active by playing ultimate frisbee and practicing yoga.
Jamie is a longtime outdoor Instructor and Educator, with over 12 years of experience in getting people active outdoors. He is a proponent of active commuting, is a long time cycle commuter, has ran a walking school bus in his neighborhood since 2008, and in the fall of 2016 started leading a Bike Train to his son’s Junior High.
He is currently a Paddle Canada River and Sea Kayaking Instructor, a CCSAM certified cross country ski coach, and a MCA certified Mountain Bike coach. He is the founder and head coach of the Flaming Cheetahs Kids of Mud bike club, and is the past Director of Communications for Paddle Canada.
In his role as Program Manager of the Active and Safe Routes to School Program, Jamie has chaired the Bike Education and Skills Training Committee, leading to the development and delivery of the first Bike Education Program in Canada (and just the 2nd in North America!) that is part of the Physical Education curriculum in schools, currently being piloted at four schools in Winnipeg. He is also Project Lead on a two year study of Transportation modes in Manitoba Schools using the ASRTS programs app BikeWalkRoll.org, is a committee member on the Provincial Stakeholder Advisory Group on Active Transportation, and is Project Manager of School Travel Plans in two Winnipeg Schools in 2016.
Jamie is also a frequent presenter at conferences on behalf of the Active and Safe Routes to School Program, presenting at the National Safe Routes to School Conference in Columbus, OH in April of 2016, the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place Conference in Vancouver, BC in September of 2016, and at the Association for Commuter Transportation Sustainable Mobility Summit in Ottawa, ON in October of 2016.
In his spare time he can be found getting his three kids outside on bikes, skis or in boats, or charging down rapids in his kayak somewhere in the world. He is excited to be able to share his passion for active living through the Active and Safe Routes to School Program at Green Action Centre, and hopes to be able to get more people across Canada to make healthy, active commuting a priority in their daily lives.
Shoni Madden has worked with the Active and Safe Routes to School Program since 2010. She comes (on her bicycle, of course) with experience mobilizing communities to create School Travel Plans which work to improve conditions for active travel. After years of work with youth, Shoni has grown to be a strong advocate for children’s health and well-being. She joins the exciting momentum of the active transportation community through participation on several committees, as a perpetual event volunteer, and as a founding board member of Peg City Car Co-op. Shoni loves gardening, cooking local food with her family, and will never tire of DIY projects!
Mel is a life-long environmentalist. She lives in downtown Winnipeg so that she can bike and walk almost everywhere she needs to go. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Theatre by the River, a professional, independent theatre company, and she also serves as the Marketing Director at Great Plains Publications. Mel loves teaching kids theatre as part of the Native Youth Theatre program and volunteering for the YMCA-YWCA. She’s happy to be helping more people to commute in a healthy, sustainable way, everyday!
Beth McKechnie has been with the Workplace Commuter Options program since 2006. Stemming from personal and professional experience, she believes that many people want to change how they get around – with a little help. Beth moderates the Active Transportation listserv in Manitoba, sits on the City of Winnipeg’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Advisory Committee for Winnipeg’s first Transportation Master Plan. She is also a co-founder and board member of Peg City Car Co-op, which introduced carsharing in Winnipeg.
Mary Melnychuk has been involved with Environmental Speakers Bureau for ten years. An experienced teacher, she has been involved in international development and environmental issues for most of her adult life. Her passion is helping people of all ages find simple, cheap, not-too-weird ways to live more gently on the earth. When she is not doing ESB things, she is a mum, a gardener, and a mean mezzo-soprano.
Heather has had a love of nature and all things wild her whole life. Her passion for environmental sustainability and advocacy has always been an important part of her life, but was further inspired by the book The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard, where afterwards she vowed to do all she could in her community to promote green living. She attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Environmental Science. During University and after graduation, she has dedicated her time to environmental education. She has had the opportunity to volunteer with local, environmental non-profits, including FortWhyte Alive, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and Green Action Centre. Heather is also passionate about working with children. With nature deficit disorder on the rise, she hopes to spread important messages amongst our youngest generations to create a greener future. She has had the opportunity to work with and teach children as Education Coordinator for Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Program Instructor at Assiniboine Park Conservancy. At Green Action Centre, Heather will share her time between the Active and Safe Routes to School Program and Workplace Commuter Options Program.
Jaret gets to spend his time in classrooms with kids through Green Action Centre’s Environmental Speakers Bureau. He is thrilled to be doing something he loves for a cause he is passionate about. Prior to joining Green Action Centre, Jaret spent ten years as a manager at the Manitoba Children’s Museum. He has worked with thousands of kids and families and enjoys teaching youth the importance of environmental and social issues. In his spare time Jaret is active in his community. He is president of his local community centre, and has assisted with program development and centre management. With the help of neighbors and cycling enthusiasts, Jaret co-founded the South Osborne Bike Hub, a volunteer run community bike shop. Jaret has been a cyclo-commuter for over 15 years and loves seeing other cyclists on the road with him. In his spare time he enjoys working on bikes, birdwatching, and forcing his kids to help him in the garden.
With a passion for community and sustainability, Liz enjoys connecting people with the tools and information they need to incorporate green lifestyle habits into their daily lives. As the Commuter Challenge Coordinator, she is determined to get more people walking, busing or carpooling more often and especially during the annual week-long event! Since graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Winnipeg in 2014 she has lead two major projects in both the environmental and arts sectors working with the David Suzuki Foundation as the Blue Dot movement coordinator and as the Project Manager with Manitobans for the Arts. She looks forward to seeing you out on the street riding your bike, walking down the sidewalk or cruising in a carpool with your coworkers. Liz is also a volunteer director with Bike Winnipeg and organizes CycloFemme in Winnipeg, the annual Mothers’ Day group bike ride that celebrates women in cycling.
Bo van der Midden is an educator, writer, and Master Composter whose love for nature was fostered by summers spent camping in the Canadian Shield. A graduate of Queen’s University, they have coordinated training for small-scale farmers, worked in production at small- and large-scale nurseries, and managed community composting systems in central Winnipeg. Bo delivers classroom presentations, conducts waste audits in schools through Waste Reduction Road, and coordinates ON SITE – a multi-family composting project.