Directors of Green Action Centre are elected by members at an Annual General Meeting held in June. Directors serve 2-year terms on the board. Meetings are held monthly. The responsibilities of board members are set out in Green Action Centre’s bylaws. Participation on the board of a non-profit organization can be a rewarding volunteer experience. If you are a member of Green Action Centre and are interested in learning more, please contact us.
(Appointed 2016) Lynne Skromeda believes in spending time in nature and being good to our planet. She believes strongly in active transportation and can be found walking, running, biking, cross-country skiing or kayaking across Winnipeg and in her travels. In her professional life, she is the Executive Director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival where she oversees both the 4-day summer festival and its year-round initiatives. A graduate of the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, Lynne also spent 13 years in senior executive roles in the Canadian film and television industry. A passionate supporter of her community, she is also a volunteer board member of Imagine Canada, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Music Canada Live and Manitobans for the Arts as well as a number of advisory committees and councils including the Canadian Arts Summit, the Winnipeg Public Library Advisory Committee (City Centre), the Mayor of Winnipeg’s Advisory Committee on Heritage, Culture and Arts and the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council. She previously served on the boards of the West End Cultural Centre, On Screen Manitoba, the Plug In ICA and TEDxWinnipeg.
(Appointed 2016) Rick Wishart brings an exceptional amount of relevant experience to our Board, from his 32 years of service for a large, highly successful conservation NGO – Ducks Unlimited (DU), much of it in an executive capacity – and from his involvement with many local and national sustainability organizations. Rick is an expert in environmental education having served as the director of DU’s environmental education programs, including the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. With several advanced degrees in environmental studies, he has taught students at all levels, worked with both formal and informal educators and is familiar with the school curriculum requirements in Manitoba. He’s been an active member of many NGO working groups, steering committees and Boards, including serving as Chair of the Manitoba Education for Sustainable Development Working Group. He has experience in the following areas that align with the goals and needs of Green Action Centre: environmental education program development, goal setting and evaluation; promoting sustainability policies; membership development and customer service; fundraising at the individual and corporate sponsor level; public presentations; budget development and review; staff goal setting and performance appraisal.
(Appointed 2019) David’s past work experience has had him in various industries including agriculture, manufacturing, conservation, and most recently, the public service sector. This breadth of experiences has allowed him to develop a strong understanding of current sustainable business practices and to help drive businesses towards adopting more ecologically minded business models. David currently works with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and his role has him working closely with various stakeholders to ensure Canada’s aquatic ecosystems remain sustainable for generations to come. David holds a degree of Environmental Science (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba and is a Master of Business Administration candidate from the Asper School of Business where his study concentrations are focused on Leadership and Organization as well as Finance. David enjoys spending time outside in his vegetable garden as well as camping, kayaking, canoeing and hiking throughout Manitoba’s diverse natural landscapes and waterways.
(Appointed 2020) Neil Richard is a Chartered Professional Accountant, currently working as Manager of Risk & Compliance for Ducks Unlimited Canada, a large conservation-focused not-for-profit organization. He has experience in finance, accounting, and risk management both in the not-for-profit and public sectors, as well as through board involvement with other not-for-profit organizations. He is an avid traveller, having worked abroad for several years of his professional career, and enjoys spending time outdoors through sport, camping, hiking, cycling, and skiing. He is excited to see more and more people in Winnipeg make healthy, eco-friendly, and sustainable changes that benefit themselves, the city, and the environment. .
(Appointed 2018) Lawrence Bird has served for a number of years in various capacities at Sustainable Building Manitoba (formerly the Manitoba Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council). He is a current member of SBM’s Board of Directors, and serves of the City of Winnipeg’s Urban Design Advisory Committee. He is especially interested in green urbanism, and brings a planner’s as well as an architect’s perspective to his work (he is licensed in both professions). As an urban designer he has contributed to two of Winnipeg’s first Transit Oriented Developments, both of which integrate community development, bus rapid transit, active transportation and geothermal district heating. He works at Sputnik Architecture. Lawrence writes frequently for Canadian Architect, has taught at McGill University, the University of Manitoba, Kanazawa International Design Institute (Japan), and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also has a visual arts practice; it frequently focuses on satellite imagery of landscape and urban space, projected in public places.
(Appointed 2017) Morrissa grew up on a farm 270 km northwest of Winnipeg and has always been passionate about environmental sustainability and deliberative democracy. After graduating in 2016 with a Masters of Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba, Morrissa has been employed as a researcher at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg. Additionally, she has worked as an independent contractor reviewing Environmental Assessments (EA) and writing reports for environmental and not-for-profit groups in the city. Morrissa’s research background is on next generation EA, public participation, Indigenous capacity for resource management, and adult learning. She has co-authored six peer-reviewed journal articles on these and related themes. She is an avid knitter and crafter and has recently taken up weaving. Morrissa is excited work with Green Action Centre to promote sustainability and environmentalism in Winnipeg.
Nicola is the Marketing Manager for MLT Aikins LLP, a large Western Canadian law firm. She’s experienced in marketing and digital strategy, sponsorship and events. She has worked with multiple industries including legal and finance, agriculture and retail. Nicola grew up on farms in rural Cornwall, England and then Manitoba and now considers herself a proud Winnipegger. She’s volunteered with the Queen Green Coaches program via The David Suzuki Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters Winnipeg. She enjoys urban gardening, exploring trails on foot or by bike and camping in Otentiks.
Cindy has been employed in various human resource positions for over twenty years. After graduating with a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Manitoba, Cindy spent 7 years working and living in the Northwest Territories. She enjoyed many canoeing, camping and hiking adventures in Canada’s beautiful north, most notably paddling the Nahanni River. Since her return to Winnipeg, she has worked as the Manager of Human Resources for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division for the past 16 years. During her time at the School Division she also held the position of Community Led Emissions Reduction Coordinator. A provincial pilot project whose mission was to empower and enable community members to make small sustainable behavioral changes to reduce GHG’s on a permanent basis. Cindy is an avid cyclist and is thrilled to contribute her experience and knowledge of human resources to the Green Action Centre.
Elona is a lawyer with Taylor McCaffrey LLP working in both wills and estates law and in corporate and commercial law. She has extensive experience advising charities and not-for-profit organizations on corporate governance matters. Elona’s interest in environmental matters started with childhood canoe trips, hikes and skiing in Manitoba wilderness. Today Elona is a committed supporter of many environmental non-profit organizations in Manitoba with a particular interest in protecting Manitoba’s many ecological treasures.
(Appointed 2017) (Niskiskwew Askaw KaneKanet—Goose Woman Who Sometimes Leads) Pepper Pritty is a Master’s prepared, Registered Nurse, Traditional Knowledge Keeper and Scientist with expertise in environmental health and Indigenous Community Health. She is a Provincial Public Health Practice Consultant for the Manitoba government and the National Director of Education for the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (2016-18). Her clinical experience includes a broad portfolio in primary care, emergency and mental health with the last several years of her career dedicated to Public Health and advancing public policy.
Before deciding to complete a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Pepper spent three years as an undergrad intern and two years at a master’s level in the Faculty of Agriculture in the department of Soil Science. This experience solidified her belief that environmental protection must be directed at mitigation efforts and strategic prevention of ecological harms in addition to environmental recovery. It also inspired her to advocate that this work be shared by the health sector to prevent the negative health outcomes associated with environmental degradation.
Over the past eight years, she has been doing environmental land investigations and her interdisciplinary, graduate studies research has focused on First Nation water, housing, food security and food sovereignty disparities. Recently she began to incorporate videography and photo voice methodology into her projects that allow for greater reach of environmental awareness to the public. She is working towards a PhD in Indigenous Health and is committed to promoting reconciliation through reclaiming Indigenous culture, which includes environmental advocacy, and land-based traditional knowledge. She is excited to join the Green Action Centre team to have and be a source of support to a larger collective that share her values and goals for an ecologically sustainable society.