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 started her journey with the Green Action Centre in 2011, as part of the Active and Safe Routes to School Program. Her passion for food waste reduction led her to switch over to the Composting Program in April of 2019. 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.
Kristen received a bachelor of science in environmental sciences, majoring in forest ecology at the University of Winnipeg. Kristen loves everything the outdoors has to offer, and has always sought a career in the environmental field, (especially when her jobs take her outside).
Kristen’s passions include reducing her waste and consumption, sourcing food from small scale farmers who practice regenerative and sustainable agriculture, learning about ways to incorporate permaculture concepts into her garden, trees and forests, canoeing, camping, and spending time out at the lake with friends and family.
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 has been with the Workplace Commuter Options program since 2006. She moderates the Active Transportation listserv in Manitoba, sits on the City of Winnipeg’s Active Transportation Advisory Committee as well as the OurWinnipeg Review Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Advisory Committee for Winnipeg’s first Transportation Master Plan. Beth is also a co-founder and past board member of Peg City Car Co-op, which introduced carsharing in Winnipeg. Since 2016, she has been part of the First Nations Waste Minimization project at Green Action Centre. This project supports First Nations communities through resources such as the Recycling Toolkit, school presentations, community events, and the Pathfinders project that works closely with specific communities to reduce and divert waste.
Heather has had a passion for nature and all things wild her entire life. Since studying biology and environmental science in university, she has had the opportunity to work and volunteer with many environmental non-profits, including placements in South Africa and Costa Rica. Heather also has a passion for education, community development, and working with children. With nature deficit disorder on the rise, she hopes to work alongside our youngest generations to create a greener and more equitable future. Heather will share her time between the Active and Safe Routes to School Program and Workplace Commuter Options Program.
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.
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.
Denae is an environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast with over six years of experience in event planning and programming. She is a University of Winnipeg graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, focused on active transportation and urban sustainability issues.
Previously Denae worked as a bicycle mechanic and instructor, and has been involved in organizing bicycle rides for women, LGBTQ+, and femme individuals to help create inclusive and safe cycling spaces. Outside of work, Denae is an avid skier and runner, exploring Manitoba with her dog Rhubarb.
Nicole is very excited to be a member of the sustainable transportation team at Green Action Centre. She is a philosophy and communications graduate from McMaster University, that has had a longtime passion for environmental sustainability. She has spent many summers leading hiking groups, tree planting across Canada, and volunteering with wildlife sanctuaries. Nicole enjoys carrying reusable bags with her at all times, tending to her house plants, and photographing her natural surroundings.
Nicole has lived in Winnipeg for over a year now and has experienced firsthand the unique challenges of navigating the city by foot, bike, and bus. She loves the challenges of breaking down the barriers Manitobans face in terms of Sustainable Transportation, and approaches this problem with openness, flexibility and a sense of fun!
In 2018, Amy started on contract as a Community Pathfinder for the First Nations Waste Minimization project. Her passion for waste minimization began in her childhood home in Pinawa, where she helped her parents with the backyard compost and worked a couple of summers at the town recycling depot as a teenager. In October, she completed a Masters of Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba. Her thesis studied ways to improve end-of-life vehicle recycling in northern Manitoba.
Tracy moved back to her hometown, Winnipeg, after spending the last 20 years in Edmonton, AB. For 18 of those years, she filled a variety of roles in a non-profit organization. She is an avid composter and loves to garden. Tracy is excited to work with the Compost Winnipeg team to help reduce waste in Winnipeg.
Marshall joined the Compost Winnipeg team in 2018. He is a graduate of the Red River College Creative Communications program and has worked for various local organizations as a communications professional. He’s excited to be part of a team that helps support more sustainable communities in Winnipeg.
Kimlee joined Green Action Centre in 2018 on contract as a Community Pathfinder with the First Nations Waste Minimization project. A member of Sagkeeng First Nation, Kimlee grew up acutely aware of health issues stemming from environmental contamination. Sagkeeng is located immediately downstream of a pulp and paper mill that for decades released untreated effluent directly into the river upstream of the community’s drinking water and swimming areas. She holds an undergraduate degree in wildlife biology from Acadia University, a Masters of Environment from University of Manitoba, and worked in Southeast Asia on sustainable development issues as Sagkeeng’s environmental officer. With a background in science, Kimlee helped create the first national environmental training program for Indigenous youth. Upon learning that all people, including our newborn babies, carry a body burden of many toxins, Kimlee helped form the first group in Manitoba to raise attention to children’s unique vulnerability to toxins, called The Children’s Health and Environment Partnership.