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 has worked with the Active and Safe Routes to School Program since 2011, after starting out as an intern through the YMCA’s Youth Eco Internship Program. She is a 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. Lea loves volunteering around the world, whether it’s with turtles in Costa Rica or on a farm in the Galapagos Islands, and has a love for learning and trying new things everyday.
Derrick Cundy aka Derrick McCandless is the newest addition to the Compost Winnipeg team. Derrick enjoys building things with wood and metal – anything from bikes to guitars. Derrick would like to leave the smallest human footprint possible, and loves recycling materials to build other useful devices. Keeping useful resources out of the landfill is one of Derricks passion. Music is the other, and you may see Derrick performing solo or with other bands. Derrick encourages anyone with an idea, be it a weird build idea or a musical project , to get in touch with him.
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.
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 has dedicated much of 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 at Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and 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 has been with Green Action Centre in a number of roles since 2014. Starting out as our Commuter Challenge Coordinator, Jaret has also been a School Programmer with both our Environmental Speakers Bureau and Active and Safe Routes to School Program, a Compost Courier and Operations Manager with Compost Winnipeg, and of course his timeless role as ‘Terra the Frog’. Jaret is currently the Office Coordinator for Green Action Centre. He is ever excited to be doing something he loves for a cause he is passionate about. Jaret has been a cycle-commuter for over 15 years and enjoys working on bikes, birdwatching, and forcing his kids to help him in the garden.
Victoria is a new addition to the Compost Winnipeg team, and is thrilled to add to her active living load! She is a cycle commuter of 12 years, plays ultimate Frisbee, and enjoys anything that involves the great outdoors. Holding a Bachelor of Education from the University of Winnipeg, Victoria has recently returned home from teaching overseas, and is excited to continue the clean ‘n green journey.
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.