Tracy HuculTracy Hucul

Executive Director

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 100

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.

 

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. 

Tyrell Benton

Compost Courier

Tyrell passionately invests his time in all things natural and traditional, from indigenous ceremony and organic / probiotic gardening to nature walks and regenerating the environment. While regularly increasing awareness and providing education regarding many of our ecological issues including water quality, soil degradation, commercial farming, and species diversity, he loves being a part of the Compost Winnipeg team. He is also a big pepper fanatic, and is leading the charge on Compost Winnipeg’s vermicomposting initiatives.

Karrie Blackburn

Sales & Customer Service Lead

Along with 10,000 other Winnipeggers, Karrie attended the Climate Strike in September 2019. The spectacle of supporters for #FridaysForFuture was inspiring but didn’t feel like enough. Karrie began looking at her own life habits to take immediate and deliberate action to fight climate change. Composting was the most impactful choice! Karrie, being a firm believer in leading by example, took it a step further and joined the crew of like-minded, action-taking, passionate beings at Compost Winnipeg as a courier and advocate. Since joining the team in November 2019, her zeal and drive for change continues to grow and inspire. You may also recognize Karrie as the Hoopist & founder of Kurrent Motion Hoops and former president of the Winnipeg Circus Club.

Robin Bryan

Compost Winnipeg General Manager

Robin has a diverse range of management, advocacy and programming experience. His longstanding passion for environmental action and his strong social and environmental values stretch back to his teenage years going door-to-door canvassing for wilderness protection.

He is no stranger to composting or to working within the non-profit sector.  After working for nearly a decade on environmental and active transportation issues in Winnipeg at the Wilderness Committee Manitoba office and with the University of Winnipeg’s UWSA Bike Lab, Robin then spent several years working and living in Dawson City, Yukon and across Canada’s northern territories. Robin has recently re-established himself back in Winnipeg and is excited to help Compost Winnipeg continue to grow and divert as much valuable, nutrient rich organic waste from Winnipeg’s landfills as possible. He enjoys wilderness excursions, rock climbing, pick-up hockey at the local rink, making music and raising his toddler, Taiga in his free time.

Lea CotéLea Coté

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.

Omid Ershad

Compost  Courier

Omid came to Canada in 2019 and has lived in Winnipeg since then. He came from a busy city in Iran with a different
kind of pollution, therefore he can see the big difference between Winnipeg and his hometown—a difference worth preserving. I his personal life, Omid always tries to protect nature and is glad to now be part of a friendly, caring team that tries to make our planet a better place to live. He’s a former carpenter and enjoyes playing soccer and spending time in the gym.

Cesar Flores

Community Pathfinder

Cesar Flores grew up moving throughout Central and South America. His exposure to rural and indigenous communities throughout his years growing up have fueled his passion, respect, and hope in community development and indigenous knowledge to address the climate crisis and create alternative modes of relating to the land and each other. He has a Bachelor’s in International Development Studies focused on Community Development and experience in environmentally focused small-scale organizations, not-for-profits, grassroot and indigenous led movements. This has developed his understanding of collaboration with minority groups and Indigenous Communities.
In addition to academic training, Cesar has received valuable life lessons in Northern Manitoba while gathering plants, ice fishing, and exploring the bush alongside friends and mentors.
Cesar is excited to work alongside Indigenous Communities to address waste minimization in First Nation Communities as a Community Pathfinder.

Joel Friesen

Compost Courier, Compost Winnipeg

Joel started working for Compost Winnipeg in 2019, and is excited to be doing a job which so practically addresses climate change and environmental degradation. He has a philosophy major and history minor from the University of Manitoba. Joel has always worked outside, and has spent many years tree planting in BC and doing landscape construction in Winnipeg. He loves canoe tripping, hiking, cooking and travelling. He is also a musician and does music production in his free time.

Chantel Henderson

Indigenous Programs Outreach Coordinator

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.

Kris Kuzdub

Sustainable Transportation Coordinator

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 105

Growing up in Winnipeg, Kris quickly grew a passion for travelling and understanding cities, which is why she pursued her Bachelor in Environmental Design focused on Landscape + Urbanism at the University of Manitoba. After which she made it a priority to travel and explore cities to better understand the way cities function and the places you live affect your day to day life and how to make strong sustainable communities. Living abroad for the course of 5 years throughout Europe, two of which she gained her Masters in Architecture and Urban Design, Kris decided to return to Winnipeg after graduating. Working in the design sector and gaining promotional experience throughout the years, Kris has worked as a Graphic Designer, and Landscape + Urban Designer, from which she brings a unique creative perspective to her role. Kris has a new appreciation and perspective for her hometown since returning and is excited to be making a positive impact on the city.

 

Kris is also an Artist and a creative person in general; she enjoys thrifting and flipping to reuse items in new ways, photography and supporting local small businesses. Though she loves living in city centres, she also regularly gets out to explore nature and enjoys any sports on a board (particularly surfing). She is a believer in trying new things, experimenting and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.

Kristen MalecKristen Malec

Composting

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 108

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 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

Workplace Commuter Options | First Nations Waste Minimization

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 102

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.

Sankranti Patel

Sustainable Transportation Coordinator

 

Sankranti completed her civil engineering degree at Queen’s University to gain an understanding of the integration between the built and natural environment. Since then, she has worked in several engineering fields, including transportation and planning. Her education and past experiences help her thrive at solving problems to produce practical and sustainable solutions. Sankranti is always looking to find new ways to further integrate sustainability into her personal life. In her spare time, you can find Sankranti petting her neighbour’s dogs.

Denae Penner

Active and Safe Routes to School

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 114

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.

Teresa Prokopanko

Composting

Phone: (204) 925-3777 ext. 106

Teresa Prokopanko (yes, it’s phonetic) loves dirt and hopes you will too! She has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Psychology from The King’s University (in Edmonton, AB), as well as a Master’s of Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba. She focused her studies on children and nature, behaviour change for sustainability, adult learning, and community gardens. Her passions lie in food sustainability and waste reduction, and she’s always experimenting in the kitchen! Teresa lives in Winnipeg with her husband and daughter, and they enjoy discussing city planning, loafing at the lake, volunteering at church, and going on bike adventures together.

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

Community Pathfinder

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 Thomas

Administrative Assistant – Compost Winnipeg

Tracy

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.