Beth McKechnie

Interim Executive Director/Program Coordinator, First Nations Waste Minimization

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 100

Beth has been with Green Action Centre since 2006. For the first 10 years, she focused squarely on sustainable transportation. Since 2016, she is thrilled to be part of the First Nations Waste Minimization team. This program supports First Nation communities in Manitoba to reduce and divert waste through hands on assistance, resources, tools, school presentations, and community events. Beth continues to moderate the Active Transportation listserv in Manitoba and is a co-founder and past board member of Peg City Car Co-op, which introduced carsharing in Winnipeg.

Colleen Ans

Living Green, Living Well Program Coordinator

Colleen’s passion for the environment began at a young age while she grew up on her family’s acreage, surrounded by animals and nature. She has a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree from the Asper School of Business with a major in International Business but has since found a love working with and learning from local organizations. Colleen furthered her studies when she travelled to Israel to complete a permaculture and ecological design course on Kibbutz Lotan. In Israel, she studied and ignited a passion for organic gardening, composting, and using her creativity to reduce waste by repurposing materials. She’s always known she wanted to help better the world through her career.

Colleen aims to leave as little footprint on the world as possible and hopes to inspire others to do the same. She has an affinity for supporting local business, travelling, listening to live music, and spending time outdoors as much as possible. Colleen is an avid volunteer and advocate for waste reduction, mental health awareness, animal welfare, and gardening within her community.

 

Sean Birkett

Green Audits Project Assistant

Sean has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science with a focus area in sustainable development from the University of Manitoba. His passion for environmentalism began in high school when he discovered documentaries and reading material on the environmental effects of the meat industry. Doing a school year abroad in Germany at the Technical University of Munich and his work experience with waste auditing have led him to his passion of waste management. In his free time, Sean enjoys
learning languages, cooking, watching hockey, and spending time with friends and family.

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Composting

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 104

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.

Ariel Desrochers

Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 105

Ariel recently graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and spent the past twosummers applying her knowledge as a species at risk assistant with Nature Manitoba. An avid cyclist, gardener and birdwatcher, Ariel loves all things outdoors, is very interested in environmental protection and personal sustainability, and is especially concerned with Winnipeg’s reliance on vehicular travel. As a sustainable transportation coordinator, Ariel hopes to bring more Manitobans into the wonderful world of cycling and sustainable travel. When she is not working, she loves painting, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.

Jordan Guiboche

Community Pathfinder, First Nations Waste Minimization

Jordan’s interest in community-based work began when he attended the Katimavik program after completing high school in Norway House Cree Nation. This led him to volunteer with various compost and environmental organizations, and gave him experience in connecting with organizations, resource-gathering, team-building, building community relationships, and facilitating. After spending 4 years working full-time in a classroom as an Education Assistant (EA) with the Seven Oaks School Division while also working on a degree in Education at the University of Winnipeg through the Community-based Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (CATEP), Jordan decided it was time for a career change. He has a strong sense of concern for the environment that fits well with the mission of the First Nations Waste Minimization program and Compost Winnipeg, where he worked briefly before moving over to the First Nations program. As a single Indigenous father, Jordan works to change stereotypes and provide a good future for his son Aldrian. In his free time, you can find Jordan jamming on his guitar, playing video games, long-distance walking, or taking care of his son.

Chantel Henderson

Indigenous Programs Outreach Coordinator, First Nations Waste Minimization

Ph: (204) 925-3777 ext. 107
Chantel is Ojibway from Fairford First Nation and Sagkeeng First Nation. She developed her passion for the environment from an early age. She first learned about recycling back in elementary school and has strived to promote sustainable environmental practices through friends, family, and coworkers, ever since. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Urban and Inner City Studies from the University of Winnipeg, a Graduate Diploma in Community Economic Development from Concordia University, and is a 2016 graduate of the 20/20 Catalyst program that provides 3 months of intensive training for First Nations, Inuit and Metis leaders across Canada on developing clean energy projects within their communities. She loves to read, chill out with her cat Venus, sing karaoke, and travel. She looks forward to working with First Nation communities on developing waste minimization efforts and resources here in Manitoba as part of the First Nations Waste Minimization team.

Sharee Hochman

Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator

 
 
 
 
Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 102
Sharee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Sociology from The University of Winnipeg and has since applied her studies in the nonprofit sector, helping local and national bike and environmental organizations share their mission. Her passion for cycling quickly began after discovering the vibrant and mobilizing bike and urban planning community in Winnipeg. This has encouraged her to create an impact in her own way, which led to co-founding Women in Urbanism Canada, a women-led community working to transform Canadian cities into more equitable, enjoyable, and sustainable places for everyone. This has allowed her to develop a gender and intersectional lens toward cycling and city-making.
 
When Sharee is not biking for transportation, protests, recreation, or in the winter, you can find her planning her next solo backpacking trip. She has travelled around Canada and Europe to discover cities built environments and infrastructure. She also enjoys photography, outdoor markets, and cooking. Sharee is excited to help kids, parents, and everyone in between incorporate cycling into their lives in a safe and enjoyable environment!
 

Dr. Durdana Islam

Program Manager, Climate Action Team

The Climate Action Team (CAT) is a coalition of environmental organizations in Manitoba who joined forces out of a sense of urgency and obligation to create a road to climate resilience in our province.  Partners include Green Action Centre.  Climate Change ConnectionWilderness Committee – Manitoba OfficeManitoba Energy Justice Coalition and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba Office.

Durdana Islam has a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Manitoba with several years of teaching experience at the University of Winnipeg. She has many peer-reviewed publications and won a number of awards for her academic research and publications. She worked with many northern Indigenous communities in Manitoba during her doctoral and postdoctoral studies.

Durdana’s heart is in creating a healthier and sustainable community. As a climate change researcher and a mother of two amazing kids, she is worried about her children’s future. She believes in the equity for all in a diverse and progressive society. It is through our determination and shared vision; we can accomplish real change to build a better world where social and environmental equity is addressed. She envisions a Manitoba where real action on climate change supports thousands of new jobs and saves Manitobans millions of dollars as we transform to a more efficient and green economy. Whether in the scope of university teaching, professional and volunteer work, she strives to connect with people and create a sense of community. Durdana believes in learning, growing and empowering others.

Durdana loves to read and paint in her spare time. She enjoys long walks in the park, kayaking, camping and fishing in summer; and skiing and skating in winter. According to her, “Nature feeds my soul”.

 

 Katheryn Loewen

Senior Sustainable Transportation Coordinator

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 101
Katheryn
is a cyclist with a love for the outdoors. Born and raised in Manitoba, she is a dedicated four-season bike commuter that learned to enjoy getting around the city on two wheels, no matter the weather. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus on Music Therapy, she spent two months cycling with friends to St. John’s, NL, slowly experiencing some of the many faces of Canada and getting to know people and communities along the way. Katheryn spent time working as a bike mechanic and became involved with the cycling community in Winnipeg, then moved to Windsor, Ontario and worked with a local cycling advocacy group managing their community bike shop, the Bike Kitchen. Through this position, Katheryn discovered a passion for active transportation advocacy and non-profit work that she brought back with her to Winnipeg. Katheryn also currently sits on the board of Bike Winnipeg. When she’s not fixing or riding bikes, she can be found playing the banjo, petting cats, and sewing. 

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Composting

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 106

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.

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Workplace Commuter Options

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 112

Mel is a life-long environmentalist. She lives in central 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 is the Publisher at Great Plains Publications. She’s happy to be helping more people to commute in a healthy, sustainable way, everyday!

Nikole Sawatzky

Office Coordinator

Nikole is passionate about animal activism and environmental sustainability. She has been plant based for most of her adult life, for both the animals and the planet, and is always looking for new ways to lessen her carbon footprint. Her current focus is learning how to avoid the fast fashion industry, and her goal for 2020 is to learn how to sew so she can make her own clothing (or at least alter thrifted items). Nikole is an avid reader and writer, and spends her free time volunteering at a local farm sanctuary.

Josep Seras Gubert

Sustainability Projects Coordinator

Josep is a multidisciplinary project manager focused on environmental education and sustainable design. He is an innovative and visionary team player with 25 years of experience ranging from product design to creativity in education and the eco-movement. He is always keen to be involved in like-minded organizations, which help us reframe our understanding of how to live on the planet. Josep has a special interest in educating kids in their exploration of the natural cycles around them and their role in preserving Mother Nature. Having worked with organizations such as Evergreen Brickworks and Earthbound Kids, he has a deep seated belief that through education and innovation we can work together to make a better world.

Amy Smith

Lead Community Pathfinder, First Nations Waste Minimization

Amy has worked with the First Nations Waste Minimization Program for over four years. 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. She has 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. In her free time Amy enjoys cooking, spending time with family and being outdoors camping, canoeing or cross country skiing. 

Amanda Wolfe

Compost Winnipeg General Manager

Amanda has a wide range of experience leading environmental projects, from water treatment to waste reduction to public engagement.  She has a degree in applied science from the University of British Columbia and is a registered Professional Engineer.  She moved from Vancouver to Winnipeg in 2006, and was quickly won over by the friendly people and sense of community.

Amanda has a strong belief in environmental and social sustainability, which led her to Compost Winnipeg.  She is excited about the opportunities ahead for Compost Winnipeg, as the value of social enterprises and social equity gain recognition, and the diversion of organic material from the landfill increases in importance.

Outside of work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her partner and kids, reading, biking, walking, and listening to podcasts.

Learn more about Compost Winnipeg and the rest of their talented crew!